Why Commitment Leads to Freedom

It was this afternoon. In 7 seconds. When Enoch was walkin’ toward me that truth sank in.

1. That I’m overjoyed to have left my uncommitted, single, carefree, self-obsessed & self-occupied twenty-something years.

2. That contrary to popular belief - marriage and parenting isn’t slavery nor drudgery.

3. That freedom to love reigns only when you’re committed.

4. That patient endurance in relational commitment is the closest thing to knowing who God is and what He’s been going through.

5. That the restless soul only finds a haven of rest in God and in a committed family relationship.

6. That there’s no place I’d rather be than with my wife & my son.

7. That life’s meaning, purpose and everything I’ve ever wanted to know about who I really am - comes from intimate relationship with God and my family.
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There’s a reason why the devil is ferociously attacking your relationship w/ God and your family. He doesn’t want you to commit or stay. He wants you to run and be restless like he is. In short, he wants company. Lots of them.

This friday night … if you’re again looking to fill your restless soul w/ food, music, drinks and perhaps a ‘casual time’ w/ the opposite sex … or games, drama, movies or whatever you can think of to somehow relieve stress, fill alive, or prove your worth … I hope you think again.

For once in your life, why don’t you take some time to think through what you’re really after. Why you go through the same routine over and over - expecting different results. Why after all you’ve been through - you still feel empty, broken, lonely, confused, and in a complicated relationship.

Today is Good Friday for a reason.

Praying for you tonight.

Real Jesus

In our pursuit for stuff that’s ‘deep and profound’, we often miss Jesus - who’s often found in simple, messy realities of life.

Hence, Good Friday and the Cross.

Remember, Jesus is not an idea - nor does He hang out in idealistic places.

Rather, He’s a Person in real places with real people experiencing real pain and suffering.

For SDA Young Adults who are devastated by the recent news for the Record Keeper

Often when church administration ‘tables a motion’ or ‘suspends a project’ it probably means you won’t see it’s (or any other) light of day for many years. We all know of ‘important motions’ that has been ‘tabled’ for many years.

But it is at this point of juncture you need to ask yourself “is leaving really the answer?”

The answer is no.

As prophecied, the work will be finished by an army of youth & young adults who will continue to Persevere w/ the Faith of Jesus.

It’ll not be finished by disillusioned dropouts who are quick to criticize & runaway.

What if you & a group of your friends gathered together this afternoon to sincerely pray for the leadership of the church & to ask what the next step might be for your group?

Will be praying for you this afternoon.

야심을 품은 목회자

야심과 탐심을 품고 하는 목회는 (아무리 대외적으로 설교를 잘하고 좋은 행사를 잘 치뤄도) 영적 사망을 낳는다.

왜냐하면 욕심은 결국 사망을 낳기 때문이다. (약 1:15)

자신의 야망과 탐욕을 위해 목회하는 목회자들/행정가들은 오래동안 주님 앞에 무릎을 꿇어야 한다.

왜냐하면 욕심이라는 것은 스스로 해결되는 것이 아니라 오래동안 주님을 바라보면 저절로 사라지게 되는 것이기 때문이다.

On Christianity

The greatest paradox of christianity is that it has cultivated rationalism and scientific rigor more than any of its rivals.

In its freedom to be paradoxical, it has created room for itself to live and breathe tension. It created a world where both reason and emotion, philosophy and fervor, science and religion can safely coexist.

It does not strive to resolve its contradictions or knotty paradoxes. Nor does it try to produce more cleaner and coherent faith.

You’ll find no other place on earth where you’re given the freedom and space to believe and doubt - and still be fully loved.

In spite of gnosticism, intellectualism and many other isms that have come and gone - christianity is still here.

Because it’s not an ism that can go away. It’s rather an ongoing loving relationship with a Person that is beyond all isms and created the people that created the so-called isms.

For Church Administrators

The moment when ‘rubber meets the road’ for many church administrators is the moment they have something to lose.

They can say that they love and support young adults - but when it comes down to losing control and delegating unprecedented authority & budget - will they step up and take the risk?

Or will they shrink back and destroy the future of the church? (Heb. 10:39)

When you’re still in the business of trying to make a lot of people (members of your constituency) happy to hopefully get re-elected or to ‘move up’ instead of being on mission - you’ll always shrink back.

When you have something to lose (your position, title, job, reputation) - you’ll tend to shrink back and simply maintain & repeat what has been done for years.

Innovation & Revolution (therefore, Revival & Reformation) will only gain momentum when church administrators realize that they have nothing to lose.

That they are simply nobody working for Somebody who is passionate about saving this generation and raising an army of youth that will finish the work.

Volleyball in Spiritual Context

Your position in ‘Spiritual Volleyball’ is to be the setter.

And God, the spiker. 

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"Cast all your anxiety of Him" (1 Peter 5:7)

"Cast your cares on the Lord" (Psalm 55:22)

The word cast in Greek - ἐπιρίπτω - literally means to throw upon.

God commands us to cast, to set, to pass, to throw all of our cares, anxiety and anger on Him.

And He promises to spike them, get them over the net, score and eventually WIN for us.

At times, it’s quite tempting to take matter into our owns hands and attempt to spike.

But we forget that we’re neither tall enough … nor do we have the ‘ups’ we need to spike properly.

And even if we got up there somehow - the opposing side somehow blocks every one of our attempts and we fall flat on our backs in pain.

Remember, therefore, to set and behold God is action - as He rises with perfect timing, speed and angle - and spikes that worry, anxiety, anger and resentment - - - out of this world.

Praying for you this morning!

Lesson from the Samaritan woman at the well

From the story we see that because she had 5 husbands & was currently cohabitating - she focused more on debatable & argumentative topics like place of worship instead of the Messiah who was standing before her offering Living Water.

Could it be possible that the church has had 5 different ‘husbands’ and is now cohabitating w/ another while she is called to be the Bride of Christ?

Could this be the reason why the church has been more zealously focused on debatable & argumentative topics like church music & women’s ordination?

Notice how Jesus doesn’t argue. Nor does He condemn. He simply cuts to the heart and offers Himself.

He simply stays true to who He is. The Way, Truth and Life.

This awakens her soul and she comes to her senses.

She drops her guard, throws away all debates & arguments - and invites others to drink the Living Water.

I hope this is the happy ending for all of our churches.