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Labor Day Review

IMG_7147My family and I enjoyed a wonderful weekend over in Leavenworth, WA. We arrived after spending most of the day traveling. We drove from Spokane to Grand Coulee Dam. It was absolutely amazing to see again. Debbie and I rode bikes through the Dam back in the early 80’s (doesn’t that give our age away?). We went through the visitors center, and took the Dam tour with all of our kids (minus Michael and Kari-Lise). It was about a 50 minute tour. 

We then drove on over to Wenatchee, WA,  and up to Alpine Camp Ground, where Anthony and Aisha spent the nights. Nicholas, Hallie and Derrek stayed in a nice hotel in Leavenworth. The rest of us went back to Super 8 in Wenatchee. 

Sunday we had our church service in the hotel. We watched a message from LifeChurch.TV on Elisha: A Ridiculous Faith. It was about digging ditches and trusting God for the rain. Great message. After church we went and walked around Leavenworth, and ate at a Sausage place. In a German town, eat like the Germans! 

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On monday Michael and Kari-Lise drove over from Seattle, and we spent the morning and afternoon with them. We walked the shops, looked at cool things, tried on funny hats. We walked through the Christmas store, and the Nut Cracker store (nut crackers are expensive decoration pieces). Some went for ice cream, and others for coffee. Do you know which I went for? 

At 2:00 PM Nicholas and his family headed home, and at 3:00 the Alexanders and Anderson’s headed for home. Michael and Kari-Lise got home first, Nicholas and Hallie second, and after we dropped off Anthony, Aisha, and Meghan and Matt we arrived home at around 9:30 P.M. 

We had a totally awesome adventure, and are already looking for our next road trip together.

 



Philippians 3:13-14 The Power of Focus

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which ae behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press towards the goal for the prize of he upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

   The Joshua CodeThese two verses are our memory verses from the book: The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins. This book provides a devotional thought on 52 Bible verses that every Christian should know. The verses above deal with our FOCUS as believers. The devotional was a wonderful reminder of the power of focus. When a beam of light is focused it can cut through steel (a laser beam). Focus in life is what is needed if we are going to accomplish anything of significant value.

   Too many times we get caught up in doing so many things that we do nothing well. As a pastor I see this all the time. People wanting to be involved in everything, but never really doing anything well. They also are unwilling to let go and allow others the joy of serving. We forget that doing one thing well can make us an expert, and exceptional in training or mentoring those who are following in our footsteps. I would like to think that my one thing as a pastor is preaching the Gospel. I want to be known as a gospel communicator!

   It is also important for us to realize that focus is what gives us that impetus to always be moving forward. As a pastor I can never be satisfied with what I think I know. No, I need to always be in the school of lifelong learning. I must always be ready to learn new ways to accomplish daily chores. Far too many people give up learning, and still far too many have all together stopped reading. What? Pick up the book in whatever field of study you are interested in, and learn (GROWTH). Reach out for those wonderful things that God has set before you. Someone said, “If you are not dead, you must not stop learning.”

   Focus will push us forward. What are your short-range and long-ranger goals? Where do you want to be 18 months from today? How much further down the track of life will you be? Well your life count for something? Pursue the dreams that God places within you. Don’t quit – go after all that God designed you to become.

   Where are you going? Set that goal. Like a hunter who has a scope on his rifle, so the believer must also scope out where he is headed. Set your sights on where he is headed. Now, get up and get going, and as you go keep Christ always before you.



The Word is Mightier than the Sword

pn and swordThe Word is Mightier than the Sword Someone said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” I wonder who said that? Well, I kind of do know because I did a Google search. “The pen is mightier than the sword” is a metonymic adage coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy. How true is that statement though? It is true if you look at biblical Christianity. Remember in the Garden, that Peter pulled a sword, and Jesus told him to put it away (Matt. 26:52). His kingdom would not come by the sword. No, the kingdom of God has come by word and deed! Just think of the millions of people the world over that have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ through the proclamation of the word of God. Billy Graham alone has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people in 185 countries.

The Bible teaches us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1).

Here we have a beautiful picture of the “word” that became the “living word” (See John 1:14, where the word became flesh). The living word took on skin and bones. Jesus became a man. The Bible tells us that He came to reveal to us the Father. In Jesus Christ we saw the Father (God).

The Bible (New Testament) is a message to mankind. It is that which is mightier than the sword. As a matter of fact we read in Hebrews 4:12 the following truth, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The word has the power to cut and to do spiritual surgery on a living soul.

The teaching of the word of God has changed more lives, than the sword of man. You might be able to get converts to a religion by sword point, or the threat of having ones head cut off, but have you really made a convert? Outwardly you may, but not inwardly. No, it doesn’t happen with a human sword. However, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17) has great power to change the human condition.

There is a wonderful verse in the book of Romans that teaches us, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17). Yes, this is even true from the Old Testament. In the book of Isaiah we read, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

The sword of man may change ones behavior, but the word of God changes the human nature. I for one am so thankful for what God has done in my own heart. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t pause and thank God for the change that has transpired in my life because of the power of God’s word.

May we remember this simple truth: The pen (God’s word) is mightier than the sword of man.

I hope that you and I will remember just how powerful the word of God is. Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matt. 4:4)



Normal: Are we being deceived?

I would like to offer you a free PDF booklet on the topic of homosexuality. We are being told that it is normal, and that its love between two people. Well, it is important that we stop and look at all things through the biblical reference point. It make sense that we consult the owners-creators manual of all life. Bottom line is this – God made male and female, two distinct people, and God Himself brought Adam and Eve together. God performed the first marriage, and it was between a man and a woman. We cannot accept anything less than what is presented in the Bible. People can argue until they are blue in the face, and they can hold up their posters which decry the Biblical stance on sex and humanity, but they can even cry: “homophobic” towards those who hold to a traditional moral code. I do believe that the free PDF booklet that I am offering will provide you with a clear and solid presentation of the battle that we are facing today.

As the US Supreme Court is about to hand down a ruling on two very important cases (Prop 8 out of California, and DOMA) it is my hearts prayer that they take the higher ground. There is a road that leads to destruction and many are on it, and there is a road that leads to life and few are on it (Matt. 7). My concern is should our Justices turn away from thousands of years of world history that the demise of our nation will follow in a very short time.

Homosexuality is a sin and it is a choice. People choose to sin, and they make a choice to practice homosexuality. In the end I am not their judge (Almighty God is), however, I know for a fact that all sin eventually ends in death. I for one encourage people all the time to choose LIFE!

I hope we as citizens of the United States will encourage all of our friends and family members to stop the sin, and start making smarter choices.

Click on the line below for your Free PDF booklet:

What I Believe on Moral issues



Amos 5:1-15 Hear this Word # 3 Pt. 1

Amos 5:1-15 Hear this Word 3 Pt. 1Pastor Kim again returns to the Old Testmanet Minor Prophet book of Amos. The shepherd-tree tender turned Prophet. What a message to the household of Israel. It doesn’t sound like something written thousands of years ago. No, it sounds like a message give to a people who are alive in the 21st Century. People seem to be the same throughout the ages. The only thing that changes is the calendar. This message is a clarion call to hear, and to seek the LORD and live. Pick up your Bible and follow along.



Amos 4:1-13 Hear This Word # 2

Amos 4Pastor Kim continues in the series through the Minor Prophet book of Amos. Although it is thousands of years old, it is very relevant to the times in which you and I are living today. God’s message to Israel seems to be a message to us. Pick up your Bible and follow along.



Amos 3:1-15 Hear this word # 1

Slide1Here is a message about hearing! Check out: Amos 3:1, 4:1, and 5:1. Three messages that Amos preaches about the importance of hearing God’s Word. Pick up your Bible and follow along as Pastor Kim shares about why it is important for us today to hear God’s word.



Authentic Discipleship – Go Make Disciples Matthew 28:18-20

Slide1Disciples are to follow Jesus Christ, and they are to be obedient to His last words to them. These words are called, The Great Commission. In this message Pastor Kim shares four ideas about the Great Commission – It’s Proclamation, Transformation, Equipping, and Object. Pick up your Bible and follow along.



Culture Shock doesn’t Shock Us Any More

Man - Sex - God - YaleI was sent an email by a church parishioner. It was entitled: Man, Sex, God, and Yale. It is a book written by Nathan Harden, who spoke at Hillsdale Collage  on September 20, 2012. Nathan shared about a book that was written by William F. Buckley back in 1951, in which he underscored the tention that existed at that time for students attending Yale. Buckley wrote that the academic agenda of Yale at that time was antagonistic towards the Christian worldview, and free enterprise. Now, some 50 years later and Nathan pens a book in which he shares that Yale has move further down the road of “diversity” than Buckley would have ever imagined. He shares in his book what he saw as an undergraduate at Yale. Brace yourself:

  • A classmate was given approval to create an art object out of what she claimed was blood and tissue from self-induced abortions.
  • Professor openly praised terrorist organizations, such as Hamas,  and Hezbollah.
  • Culture of promiscuity reigned – Yale pioneered, “Sex Week”.
  • Hard core Porn was shown in classrooms.
  • Sex toy creators marketed their creations to students on campus.
  • Students held a “Porn Star” look alike contest.
  • Porn star was invited into classroom, and stripped down to bare breasts.

This is all defended by Yale in the name of academic freedom.

Nathan writes that Yale has lost its ability to discern between:

  • Art and pornography
  • Right and wrong

What is left for Yale is what is happening all around us – moral relativism. Noting is right, and nothing is wrong. It is all open to your own desire and what you personally feel is right and wrong.

This is why a sworn enemy of America was invited to become a student at Yale (Sayed Rahmatulla Hashemi. (Check it out). He was a former diplomat at-large for the Taliban.  Sayed in an interview with the New York Times stated, “I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead, I ended up at Yale.”

This is a school of higher learning! Really? Understand that according to Nathan that 3 of the last 4 Presidents were graduates of Yale, and that 2 of the last 3 Supreme Court appointees were graduates from Yale. he states the following: “What kind of leaders will it be supplying in ten years, given its current direction?”

And its not only Yale that has lost it moorings. The following schools are also hosting sex week – Brown, Duke, Northwestern, University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin. They are doing so in the name of academic freedom.

Nathan says, “Our universities have lost touch with the purpose of liberal arts education, the pursuit of truth. In abandoning that mission – indeed, by denying its possibility – our institutions of higher learning are afflicted to the core.

Yes, I think I could actually state that our culture that was once shocked by all these ideas, well, we are no longer shocked any more.

 



Amos 1:1-15 When God Has Enough # 1

Pastor Kim returns to his series on the Minor Prophets. Minor Prophets with Major Messages. In this first installment of Amos we see that God has had it with the nations surrounding Israel, and that He judged them based on their treatment to His covenant people. There are six key truths that Pastor Kim concludes this message with. You really need to grab your Bible and listen along. Take notes and interact with your Bible. God is speaking to all His people in this message.