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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Love one another (Prayer for Bible Japan and Korea)

We must love one another. 1 John 3:11
I give you a new command: as I  have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

Due to the recent development on the relationship between Korea and Japan I grew concerned about the wellbeing of the friends of our Lord Jesus in Japan, so I sent an email to the director of Japan asking about whether or not persecutions are afoot against Korean missionaries. About a month later he responded asking for prayer support, that is, the prayer for the Korean government/people to not only get along but also to love Japan/her people, stating in part, "다만 한일관계가 안 좋을 때마다 제 마음이 아픈 것은 한국을 사랑하고 한국에 도움을 주고자 얘쓰는 일본인들, 일본에서 사업하고 일본과 관련된 일을 하시는 분들의 생업에서  피해를 많이 본다는 것입니다. 특히 예전에 이명박대통령이 독도를 방문했을 때는 한국음식점의 영세상인들 가게 문을 닫아야 하는 경우도 많이 발생했었습니다. 이번에도 장기화되면은 한국과 일본이 관계되는 일을 하시는 분들은 많은 어려움을 겪을 것 같습니다. 하나님께서 저희들을 불쌍히 여기시고 서로 사랑하는 관계가 되게 해 주시기를..."

In the meantime, may the Lord keep the coworkers in Japan safe and strong:

* Keio Center: Jeremiah and Liz Kim (Kina - son attending Kunma Univ freshman; Eto - second son middle school second year)
* Tokai: Abraham and Hanna Park (Dokai) (kwangjo) (Yohan got admission from the school of pharmacology; yonab (highschool freshman) Keumbong/Stephen and Monica Choi (Mokpo Shinan Docheok Island) (Kisoo - highschool 3; kisung middleschool 3; monica - elementary 3) Mark and Lydia Kim (Hannam - Samuel - highschool 2; daniel- middle school 3; haun - elementary 4; bokwon - middle school 1
* Fujisawa: Peter and Mary Lee (Irie 15; Zion 17)
* Nagasaki: Dr. David and Sarah Jun (Ph.d computer science, teaching at the School of [aerospace] Data Science) seven children (Sarah 29; David 24; Abraham 22; Joseph 21; Grace 19; Anna 16; Joan 12)
* Ph.D's (list not exhaustive) - Dr. David Jun; Joseph Choi (Kyushu - Political science); Thomas Kang (alic material engineering; Barnabas Kang (Veterinary Science); Maria Surh (PharmD) [Joseph Surh]; Paul Kwon (Mechanical Engineering); Paul Cho (Sendai; Metalic Material Science); Pauline Cho (Sendai, Literal Art); Kido Lim (economics in Tokyo Univ); Ezra Park (Industrial Engineering - Tokyo Univ); Ester Park (Literal Art); Sarah Kang (Education); Joshua Lee (Tokyo Center: agriculture)
* Tokyo UBF sent out Jochita Miako as a short term (6 months) student missionary to Copenhagen 
* Pray for Dr. Namje Kim's [Ph.d in physics] business to prosper (Namju 48; Hanna 46; Mica 18; Mirae 16; Hankyul 12)
* Kanazawa: Moses/Rebekah Hong (Hanna - Int'l studies/Dusseldorf; Esther - middle school 3

[Daniel Choi - Uthunomia; Maria 19; Rebekah 23; Esther 18]

kingdom channel

Upon being asked by one of his disciples how one should pray, Jesus said, "This is how you should pray: our heavenly Father, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come...on earth as it is in heaven..." Matthew 6:10

He then said to one of the Bible scholars of his day, "Kingdom of God  is within you." Luke 17:21 American King James Version

This indicates that one is a channel in which God's kingdom is broadcast, just like a cell phone like Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can run a disney channel.

Last night (or early this morning) I had a dream where as I walk through a garden which looked like a wedding locale/venue, all of a sudden with joyful noise, there i saw before my eyes approaching a heavenly parade with tons of angelic figures marching singing and dancing with myriads of flowery sceneries emerging and disappearing scene after scene in a row up in the air. As soon as I heard the sound of parade starting I pulled out of my pocket my cell phone, set it on a video mode, and started recording the parade. Then I woke up. And it was a dream. Feeling sorry, I looked for and opened my phone, and there were no videos recorded!

Then the dawn turned into sunrise, a bright day. I got out of bed, and before making morning coffee, I chose to write this memory down, for memory thins out so quick. 

One word: you are a royal priesthood... called out to declare praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light (1pe 2:9)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

World Mission News Update - August by Jose Paul Ahn

World Mission News August as reported by Dr. Jose Paul Ahn

Thank God for blessing ESBC (8.8-11) with all prayer supports: 

ESBC (GLEF, Vision Camp, CBF, ESBC) gave us great confidence and a new vision for Europe! Jesus is life! Jesus is reviving Europe as a missionary sending continent through our HC ministry, one to one, disciple-making ministry among native leaders and next gens. 

We saw the 1st stage of the mission (First gens do/next gens see) is passing by, 2nd stage (First/next gens co-work together) is now happening in this ESBC conference. We could see the vision of the 3rd stage (First gens see while next gens do far greater things!) will happen soon in World campus mission! 

-P. Moses Yoon’s encouraging message in ESBC, from Matt 28, “go and make disciples of all nations!” empowered many Next-Gens to be short term missionaries: for example:

A next-gen H Kim of Europe decided to go to Latin country in Sept-December 2019, in her gap year after HS graduation.Another next-gen A decided to go to Mexico one year as a STM when he graduates his college in 2021 as an exchange student. Still another M said, "I have decided to be a coworker of my parents’ one HC with all my heart. There must be many more next gens who decided to serve the Lord and his WM through these conferences as a STM as well as in their own mission fields with their parents.

P. Moses Yoon also led a meeting among Korean, German, English DB writers during ESBC:

They decided to have the same DB passages from 2021 in Korean, Germany, English, Spanish and other languages. It will facilitate and encourage next-gen’s communication with the word of God all the more.
CBF conference in ESBC: M. Hannah Shin and Czech hold CBF conference during the ESBC with their own separate program for 4 days. Total 107 CBF members gathered in two language groups (Korean students 30 with 11 teachers (Korea 6, EU 4, USA 1, 3 messengers), and 63 German students.

*Central Asia International conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (8/16-18)
The 1st day high lights: Opening message (Jn14, by Francis Yoon, Astana 2), Evening Lec 1, (John 5, by Ulan, Oshi), the 2nd-day Lec 2 (Jn 8, by Izbasar, Almati) given today. Pls keep praying for Lec 3 (Lk 23, by Bolat, Astana), Lec 4 (Jn 21, Joshua, Bishkek)

Prayer topics: By the Holy Spirit may God protect the conference held in Almaty without any hindrances or disruption from the Government. May God bless 8/18 international HC between Georgiy Kaykatsishvili (Moscow Baumann UBF) and Lilya Philipova (Uzbekistan Tashkent)

*St. Petersburg International conference (8/22-25) 
1. May the messengers may prepare messages from their deep heart. 
2. May the Life testimony speakers recognize Gods grace on their lives and stand firm on the love and faith in Jesus.
3. We may overcome Satan's hindrances through prayers and glorify God only through the conference.

*Japan Summer Bible Conference (8.9-11) "You are the Christ" and 2nd gens House Church on 8/11 (Daniel Jung)
In spite of the recent hard relationship between Korea and Japan, the Lord allowed the 30th anniversary of UBF Japan SBC (8.9-11). Special guests: P. Joshua Lee who was in Gwangju, supporting Japan ministry from the early days of pioneering.M. Daniel Yoshiba (Chicago) supported Japan 1st SBC by helping missionaries who did not speak Japanese well in 1989. Ms. Marie Lopez, the first missionary from Japan, with her mother and her coworker Terry Lopez.(LA). Her mother accepted Jesus, working hard on Bible study. We shed tears for God’s grace for the last 30 years. 
S. Naomi Oi gave a very gracious and clear message, "What is your name?" Each person was grateful for his name, striving to be like his name. The new Q & A time was also very good. The next Lecture, by Daniel Yoshiba (Japanese Missionary to USA): “Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God”

*Japan new gen's HC between Samuel Jung and Sarah, Kim on 8/11 
May this first HC between next gens be a blessing for Japan, Asia and WM mission!

* 3 more HC's will be established:

-On 8/18: An international HC between Georgiy Kaykatsishvili (Moscow Baumann UBF) and Lilya Philipova (Uzbekistan Tashkent)will be established at the end of the Central Asia Conference 

-On 8/24 S. Lee Sung Jin (JongRo, Korea) and Hanna Lee (Zimbabwe) establishes a HC in Korea. Please for this international next gen's HC

-On 8/31 Luke Hong Jr (Montreal, Canada) and Paulina Ahn (Chicago) establishes a HC in Chicago. Pray for this HC!

*Please keep praying for our suffering coworkers:
Hannah Koh (Hansung), Hannah Byeon (Kwanak 3), Joshua Jin (Kwanak3), Tae-woo Kim (Yeon-hee), Sarang Kim (Korea), Mary Kim (South Africa), Juyong Kim (Mongolia), Yesung Kim (Jong Ro), Daniel Kim (Campina, Brazil), Mei Kim (Chicago), Paul Kim (NY), Grace Kim (Karawachi, Indonesia), Eugenia (Peru), Mary Min (Chicago), Paul Choi (St. Louis), and Naomi Kim (London), John Doty (US), Monica Forbes (D.C), Dr. Faith Choi (Chicago) Mary Cowen (Princeton), Grace Park (Dusseldorf)

Mei Kim's update (Chicago)
Cancer cell is spread more. She will go back to Mexico Aug 18-24 for further treatment. Please pray that God may heal her completely and we may see God's glory through this.

Two Kinds of Idiots

It has been said, "Idiots are of two kinds: those who try to be smart and those who think they are smart!"

Today I bumped into the youtube vid entitled "55 Youtube Channels that will make you smarter". This guy listed up a lot of good stuff. Two caveats: no. 1, it is a bit outdated; and no. 2. it (lists) lacks sites/category that works on man's whole person, namely spirit, mind and body.

Caveat No. 2 was added because according to the Miriam Webster, the first meaning of the word smart is, "causing a sharp stinging [pain]" as an adjective, and "to cause or be the cause or the seat of a sharp stinging pain" as a verb.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"Learn from me" (Matthew 11:29)

Towards the end of his life the Apostle Peter said, "grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus." 2 peter 3:17-18
How does one grow up? It comes through learning.
Thus Jesus said: "Come to me and learn from me..."
Jesus provided us with sources from which to learn in abundance, that is:
- Jesus himself
- his life and his teachings as recorded in the Scriptures like four gospels
- examples of those who learned from him such as his apostles like Peter John Paul etc. (as they left writings/epistles)
- Living exmples of the saints of the past and present, and much more.
Lately in this internet age the Lord made available on line great lectures sermons and seminars, discussions, articles, talk shows etc., all at our finger tips.
Yesterday I watched on Youtube a few on line talk shows featuring korean professor Hyung Suk Kim. He is 100 years young. He received the Lord at the age of 14 and learned from the Lord for 86 years (100-14 = 86). In a talk show (find the link below)  he shares three stages of growth (of faith).


P.s.   A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his opinion. Prov 18:2;

Walking with three people, I find my teacher among them. I choose that which is good in them and follow it, and that which is bad and change it. -- Confucius

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Life with the Lord - Then and Now

The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.

1 Chronicles 13:14

In today's daily bread Bible passage (1 Chronicles 13), we see the Lord moving to the house and staying there three months only to bless his household and everything he had, an epidode that took place about 3000 plus years ago.

In Hebrew Obed Edom has the meaning of 'servant of Edom'. In the Bible Edom which in Hebrew means red for Edom Jacob's less favorite (or even disfavored - Malachi 1:2,3; Romans 9:14 - ) son sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil (red-colored) soup. The Gittite represents the Philistines, the Gentiles. Yet, during his stay for three months the Lord blessed (not cursed) the house.

This reminds us of the word of the Lord saying: "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." John 15:4,15

What does 'remain' mean? According to Merriam Webster as a verb it means: to be a part not destroyed, taken, or used up; to be something yet to be shown, done, or treated...; to stay in the same place or with the same person or group; to stay unchanged. In Hebrew, the word remain reading Yashab (יָשַׁב) means to dwell, sit, or abide.

During the three months Obed-Edom enjoyed the fellowship with the Lord. After the three months the Lord left, so the honeymoon period was over. 

To the angel of the church of Laodicea (after a sharp rebuke in Rev 3:14-19) the Lord says, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Vision Care

Today is a fine day of May with a clear sky, the air quality crisp clear. As I drove down from Igo to Redding, an 18 mile journey to Shasta Family YMCA around 8 a.m., I enjoyed the drive every mins and seconds, for with my new eye glasses (progressive) everything looked brand new - mountains, trees, sky lines, road signs, everything. 

About a month ago while working outside at the Peace Camp I misplaced my eye glasses, and since then I could not find them. I looked everywhere but nowhere were they found. Finally I gave up, ordered a new pair. In two weeks the glasses were ready. And I am now wearing them. And with the new eye glasses life looks brand new! They cost me close to $500! Without eye glasses I drove up and down between Rocklin and Redding, and all looked dim and blurry. But now different! The old is gone; the new is come!

And only after getting the new pair, that is, yesterday morning, was I able to find the old eye glasses! It turned out that I had dropped them (perhaps they fell off of the chest pocket of my working jacket) in a grassy area on the pathway near the swimming pool! Due to the late spring rain the grass/weeds over grew, making the glasses that had fallen into hard to see. As I tried to pull out some weeds, something crashed under my sandals! And there were the eye glasses - with a broken leg (ear piece), left hand side glass popped out! Poor eye glasses! With Super Glue, I glued them back but it turned out that they are hardly wearable, for they got crooked and twisted so bad! Perhaps I need to keep them only as a souvenir!

Lesson: take a good care of your eye glasses! Carry them in a secure case, and do not treat them for granted! 

Watch out for seven bad habits!  <<<<< Click here for what Aimee wrote as well!

Aimee RodriguesAbout the Author: Aimee Rodrigues has many years of editorial experience in consumer publishing, with an emphasis on the health, pharmaceutical and beauty fields. Previously she was the executive editor for this website and wrote articles on eye conditions, sunglasses and other topics Are you a night owl, fast food lover or sun worshiper? Chances are you're prematurely aging your eyes — inside and out! Here's how...[To make it sure everyone keeps what she says I quote fully the article, for so far I neglected on all of the seven habits!] Thank you Aimee!
Rubbing Your Eyes
The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas on your face to show signs of aging. Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels under the skin's surface and cause dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as premature crow's feet and drooping eyelids.Botox injections and cosmetic eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, but prevention is best: refrain from pulling and tugging at the skin around your eyes.

Forgetting Your Sunglasses
Exposing your eyes to the sun's harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a surefire way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Extended sun exposure leads to: sunburn of the front surface of the eye (photokeratitis); cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye); and even cancer of the eyelid. Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays — even on overcast days!

Smoking harms just about every organ in your body — including your eyes. Research has linked cigarette smoking to sight-threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy.In fact, smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind, compared with non-smokers. The good news is that quitting smoking, no matter what your age, can reduce your risk of developing a serious eye condition.

Eating Poorly
Eating too much fast food and not enough fruits and vegetables? Then you're probably not getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids for optimum eye health.Leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, and wild-caught fish such as salmon can help prevent or manage many age-related eye diseases. Eye vitamins can fill in nutritional gaps, but a healthful diet, daily exercise and watching your waistline are more effective ways to keep your eyes in top shape.

Not Getting Enough Quality Shut-Eye
It's called beauty sleep for a reason: not enough sleep can accelerate aging, and your eyes may be the first to suffer! Lack of sleep causes red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and blurry vision.

Not Drinking Enough Water
Not getting the recommended eight glasses of water a day and eating a high-sodium diet can cause your body to dehydrate and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and properly nourished.Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include dryness, redness and puffy eyelids.

Not Seeing Your Eye Doctor
Regular eye exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you're aware problems exist.Sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma often have no warning signs until there is a permanent, irreversible loss of vision. Inform your eye doctor of your family's eye health history to help determine if you have a high risk for a particular eye disease or condition. If you don't already, start scheduling regular eye exams for you and your family.

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My experience on eye glasses last and this month strengthens me of the equally (perhaps more so) important need for the spiritual vision care, for the perception of the look on life both present and future depends on the spiritual vision, as is said, "[I]f your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the  light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness? Matthew 6:23

Physically I am past age 70, and often times (more frequently than ever) am hit with what Moses says, "The length of our days is seventy years-- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away." Their span is BUT trouble and sorrow!
Further, the Scripture says, "Where there is no vision there is no hope [or people perish]". Prov 29:18

Yet there is hope of participating in the life that is as glorious as that of our Lord Jesus, as is written:
"It is in this hope that we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?"  Romans 8:24

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11)

But the vision can go blurry if one faith grows weak, and the hope can go dead when one loses faith! Just as one can lose eye glasses he can lose spiritual eye glasses as well! 

Why does anyone lose faith?

Derek J. Brown carries an article on line entitled, "9 possible reasons for your spiritual drought" [9 possible reasons for spiritual drought] where he lists up: unchecked lust; pride; love of money; lack of bible reading, meditation, and prayer; too much time indoors; lack of exercise; neglect of responsibilities; morbid introspection; forgetting the gospel and living in legalism; a few other thoughts (sore of catch all category that may be many more). Add to the list, I would say, the old saying: "Use or lose" or simply put: lack of care.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Joy Unspeakable

In today's daily bread bible passage (Chronicles 1), the author of the Chronicles (Ezra) listed the family line beginning with Adam...Noah...Abram (that is Abraham)...Isaac...Judah (of whose line Jesus, the Savior of the world came.) As I read the passage, it occurred to me that this line is the line of the people of faith who carried the promise of the Savior to come in each of their generations, just like the Olympic torch light carrier.

 Image result for olympic torch light carrier

In what state of mind must they have been living? I think despite the hardness of their life in their own generations, due to the faith in the Savior (coming) they received joy and comfort from the Father.

This is seen in one of the study made by Pastor Chuck that is the Hebrew meanings of the names of the (gospel torch light) carriers of faith (as Ezra listed).

MahalalelThe Blessed God
JaredShall come down
MethuselahHis death shall bring
LamechThe Despairing
NoahRest, or comfort.
Here is a summary of God’s plan of redemption, hidden here within a genealogy in Genesis! You will never convince me that a group of Jewish rabbis deliberately “contrived” to hide the “Christian Gospel” right here in a genealogy within their venerated Torah!

The same joy is with us, for: no. 1., Abraham serves as the father of 'many' nations; no. 2., Jesus the Savior of the world, commanded his disciples to make disciples (believers in the Lord) of all nations,  no. 3., the Apostle Paul whom the Lord appointed as the apostle sent out to the Gentiles (like Koreans and Americans, etc.), states, "Mystery of God is the Christ (Jesus) [Col 2:2] and Mystery of Christ is one new person [Eph 3:1-6; Romans 4:16; :12]; no. 4., regarding the joy of (salvation) Jesus said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad." [John 8:56] and finally the Apostle Peter said of the joy of the Gentile believers stating, " Him you love, though your eyes have never looked on Him. In Him, though at present you cannot see Him, you nevertheless trust, and triumph with a joy which is unspeakable and is crowned with glory, (1 Peter 1:8)

Friday, May 17, 2019

Anti - aging pills?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom... for through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. Prov. 9

In today's searchlight newspaper they carried a paid advertisement entitled "Discovery of stem cell organ reveals cure for old age."

And the ad talks about the 'organ' called the Interstitium.
The ad promotes the product labeled, "Primal X Plus". 

Image result for primal x plus

I googled on aging and found an image stating that aging/anti-aging involves five factors like hormones, body, mind, detoxify, and nutrition, missing spiritual factor, that is, the Spirit of the Lord, for our Lord Jesus, the author of life, says "The Spirit gives life to man, flesh counts for nothing."

But remember even a fake bank robbery can go sideways.

Fake Bank Heist Can Go Sideways  <<<< --- Click here.

But not so with the life that puts trust in the Lord, for the Lord (speaking through the Apostle Paul) says: "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are  justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved, as the Scripture says, 'Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.'" Romans 10

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

M. and Scott (Wedding)

Bride: M. Kwon
Bridegroom: Scott Gordon

May 11, 2019

Lake View Terrace, California

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Way of Salvation (Cal State Northridge Sunday Worship)

"The way of salvation"

Sermon by: Dr. Abraham McELhinny, and Msn. Isaac G. Kim
May 12, 2019 at CSUN UBF Bible Center


"If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of alland richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”