In a Korean proverb, there is a saying, “A big pot cannot fit into a small pot.” Surprisingly, this simple Korean proverb has given me a lot of comfort. It has provided me with wisdom to overcome the pain, sorrow, and turmoil that I, as a minority, experienced in the majority society. Furthermore, this experience... Continue Reading →
Faith Beyond Failure
For humans, failure is unavoidable. Failure can come from human limits, mistakes, or even sin. It is the same for Christians. However, there is a big difference regarding failure between those with faith and those without. What makes the difference? It is not that failure happens because it happens to all people. The story of... Continue Reading →
An Aspect of Righteousness
No one can go into heaven without proper righteousness, as the Lord clearly says in Matthew 5:20, "For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." So then, it is essential to know what proper righteousness is. There is an aspect we... Continue Reading →
Can Love Be Mutual?
In 2013 when I was in school, I had a debate with a professor about the mutuality of Christian love. Then, I argued that Christian love is not mutual. I said that the Bible never taught that Christian love should be mutual. I argued that we Christians must love others unconditionally. I believed so firmly... Continue Reading →
What If …
A lady called me and told me a sad thing that had happened to her recently. She suffered a lot from physical, verbal, and mental domestic violence. By the last violence of her husband, she got two broken ribs and a thick bruise on half of her face. She said she decided to divorce her... Continue Reading →
True Faith In Jesus
Twenty years ago, when I began seeking faith, I wrote the church's Senior Pastor a letter asking: "What is faith?" Unfortunately, he didn't respond to the letter. But he might have answered my question in his sermons and teachings. I still ask the question to myself sometimes. Some people quote Hebrews 1:1 as if it... Continue Reading →
In John 7:37-40, Jesus invites the thirsty to come and drink. Thirst represents a deep desire for something, which for those who do not yet know the truth, is a thirst for understanding. They are seekers. Even those claiming faith and knowledge of the gospel still experience the thirst because their faith is incomplete, and... Continue Reading →
Faith Jesus Taught
Why did Jesus say He is the bread of life (John 6:35)? I always wondered. Furthermore, why did He say one of the most controversial words: "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you" (v. 53)? That was a "hard saying" (v. 60).... Continue Reading →
Don’t Put Them On
Would that I had indeed heard the word of God. Would that I had genuinely believed the word God had told me. Would that I had not feared anything believing in Him and trusting His words. I would not have spent so many days and hours doing nothing but worrying and fearing. I would not... Continue Reading →
We must note that all the great biblical characters have a commonality, including Jesus. What do you think it is? Some may think of it as the power to accomplish the great works they accomplished. That may be true for some, but not for all. For instance, Moses had lost all of the power he... Continue Reading →
We have two conceptual verses about faith in Hebrews, chapter 11. One is verse one, and the other is verse six. They are tremendously important scripture for us to understand faith in God. We can understand that verse one is a definition of faith, and verse six is the contents of the faith. I recently... Continue Reading →
Wicked With Many Talents?
The parable of the talents concludes by saying, "For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away" (Matthew 25:29). What is it that the servants had or didn't have? What is it that determines... Continue Reading →
Live Above The Sun
People say nothing in life ends up as they wished. It doesn’t sound very optimistic. But, unfortunately, it is valid for worldly life. One of the themes of the book of Ecclesiastes tells the truth. People plan their ways, but the outcomes are unpredictable under the sun. So wishing, hoping, and planning too seriously under... Continue Reading →
What Jesus Rebuked
Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things" (John 3:11). One thing Nicodemus didn't understand was that one has to be born again of the Spirit (vs. 3, 5). So then, did Jesus rebuke him because he didn't know these things? It is not likely.... Continue Reading →
A preacher said, “insecurity leads one to idolatry.” Here he means by idolatry to serve the wrong god (the first one of the 10 commandments) or to serve God in the wrong way (the second one of the 10 commandments). It is a great point. We must always be aware of that as we live... Continue Reading →
How Do I Believe?
God is not constrained by our thoughts. Even the best thought of the best Christian can’t fathom the wisdom of God and the plan of God. Man tends to think of God according to what he knows, feels, believes, and wants about God. Nevertheless, God is always bigger than he thinks, knows, and even believes.... Continue Reading →
Wake up Jesus with Prayer in Fath
Jesus Calms a StormMatthew 8:23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”... Continue Reading →
Are You Serious?
When something is going on in our lives, we tend to lose the intensity we had at the beginning. Sometimes we are satisfied with the fact that we had intensity in the past even if we don't have enough of it now. We may regret, however, when we do not get the result that we... Continue Reading →
Is Love Impractical?
Love is an essential character of a Christian, and unconditional love is evidence of a mature Christian. However, unconditional love is not easy, and, therefore, it is rare. It is especially rare in societies where reciprocity (i.e. getting even) is accepted as the norm. As a result, some people question whether or not Jesus’ commandment... Continue Reading →
As we focus on the tasks that we have to do, more often than not, we prioritize the WHAT and forget the HOW. It is natural for human minds to emphasize WHAT we do and the results that it will produce. However, the Spirit encourages us not to lose sight of HOW we carry out... Continue Reading →