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The Opportunity to Love

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to cease in-person assemblies temporarily, I preached a sermon on the opportunity that we would have as a result of that particular situation. Although the pandemic is not over, a new pressing opportunity has arisen. Over the past two weeks, our nation’s attention has shifted from a contagious medical condition and focused on a continuing cultural crisis. The death of George Floyd while being restrained by police officers reignited an ongoing cry for…
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What Are You Seeing Now?

Let me tell you a story of a friend of mine.  He began believing in Jesus. He began attending a church to worship God and fellowship with other believers. He was very excited to read and discuss the Bible. He learned new things every day in the Bible and couldn’t wait to share them with his friends the next day. He was crazy about Jesus and people were amazed at his unquenchable passion. He influenced those around him to become…
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Why Honor Your Father and Mother?

Throughout the Bible, children are viewed as a blessing to their parents. Such is the case in Psalm 127:3-5, where children are referred to as “a heritage from the Lord,” “a reward,” and, ultimately, a blessing. However, in order for children to truly be a blessing to their parents, they must understand the proper relationship they are to have with their parents. That is where the biblical command to “honor your father and your mother” comes into play (Exodus 20:12;…
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The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

  The word of God is alive and powerful. We need that power now more than any other time. Habakkuk 2:4 includes this popular saying, “The righteous shall live by his faith.” This is a word of God that gives power to us as we are going through an unprecedented difficulty during the pandemic. What does this verse mean, and how does it give us power? This verse is God’s answer to Habakkuk’s appeal in chapter one. Habakkuk was asking…
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Giving Thanks During This Crisis

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are instructed to “give thanks in all circumstances,” and, in Philippians 2:13, we are instructed to “Do all things without complaining.” When life is calm, these instructions are easy to follow, but when life is tumultuous, these instructions are difficult to follow.  Right now, we are facing a crisis unlike anything any of us have ever experienced before, and it is extraordinarily easy for us to complain about the situation rather than express gratitude. How…

The Truth Under The Pandemic

The current pandemic makes many things different than what we thought normal. As a sister rightly said, “we had no time when we missed the routines more than now.” The life of a Christian is not an exception. Worship and Bible class are through the internet, the contribution is through Paypal or mail, and Skype and FaceTime replace face-to-face fellowship. These abrupt changes invite us to think about what has to remain unchanged regardless of the situation. I’d like to…

How Do We Look?

The Korean number among us is growing, and it will continue as we are fervently reaching out to the growing Korean community around us. As we grow more diverse, I want to consider what our church looks like in comparison to what the church was supposed to look like. The book of Ephesians gives us an idea of what the church should look like based on what Jesus accomplished through the crucifixion. It says He broke down the dividing wall…

Conflict Resolution: What Not To Do

Warning labels have become a necessity for most products that appear in the marketplace. Their necessity is prompted by the potential of lawsuits when such labels are not present. The fascinating thing about some warning labels is that they seem unnecessary when common sense is applied. For example, many chainsaws provide a label warning users not to hold the blade end of the tool when operating, some hair dryers include a label instructing buyers not to use it while sleeping,…

Don’t Forget to Exercise

The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the most well preserved elevated Roman aqueducts in the world. It was likely constructed toward the end of the first century or beginning of the second century CE, and yet it still stands today. It was designed to transported water from the Rio Frio River to the city of Segovia, Spain, spanning a distance of nearly eleven miles. The elevated portion of the aqueduct measures 2388 feet in length and is 93.5 feet…

New Year’s Resolutions

A common practice that coincides with the start of a new year is the making of new year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a personal declaration of what one intends to do at the start of a new year in order to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve one’s life. Setting such resolutions can be beneficial because they provide a strategic plan for how you intend to make beneficial changes in…

Fully Involved

Have you ever heard the phrase “fully involved”? To me, that phrase refers to whether or not you want all of the fixings on your sandwich at Firehouse Subs. However, that phrase actually comes from the world of firefighting. In firefighting jargon, the phrase “fully involved” is a “term of size-up,” indicating that “the fire, heat, and smoke in a structure are so widespread that internal access must wait until fire streams can be applied.” If I understand this terminology…