Pastor Blog

205. Power of “Voluntary-No”

“10 Days Early Morning Prayer” finished well last week. Fifteen people gathered on Zoom every morning at 6 am and prayed with other partners in 5 different groups. Many have shared that they didn’t expect starting their day with prayer would make that much difference in their productivity and spirituality. Some shared that it was a “game-changer.” Some may wonder, “What is so special about waking up early? Doesn’t God answer our prayer regardless of when?” Yes and No. Yes,…

204. Delayed Hope Makes The Heart Sick

The COVID number does not seem to go down. To make matters worse, the COVID variant is now being reported to have emerged. The Pandemic probably won’t end sooner than anticipated. The question is: What do we do now? Dr. Victor Frankle, who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, wrote in “Man’s search for meaning” that those who hoped to be freed by a specific date (like Christmas) had a burst of energy to survive, but when they weren’t,…

203. How To Not Become Impatient

Our first “10 Days Early Morning Prayer” is going well. A total of 15 people have signed up, five groups of 3 people are praying for each other and learning how to pray in a balanced way. I half-jokingly shared to pastors that I initially feared having “a group” prayer with two other people. God exceeded my expectation again. I thought about the real benefit of starting the day with prayer, as I was praying for the participants. Because waking…

202. Start One, Stop One

One pastor once said that he plans “one habit to stop, and one habit to start every year. So I started doing the same, starting a few years ago. I’ve always wanted to drink more water, but it still felt like a cumbersome routine. But last year, I decided to drink 2L of water a day, and the thing I did differently was to get a 2L bottle and fill it up every morning. I knew from experience that getting…

201. Negative Event, Positive Interpretation

2020 is almost coming to an end. The Pandemic we experienced this year will be remembered in the future, along with 9/11, iPhone, and social media, as the event significantly changed the way people think and behave. As we reflect on 2020, I believe there are two main groups of people: Those who interpret the Pandemic as positive and those who see it as negative. A pandemic is undoubtedly a negative event. However, negative event doesn’t require negative interpretation. In…

200. 10 Days Early Morning Prayer for 2021

We are starting our very first prayer meeting at The Seed. It is from 1/4-18 (except weekends), and it starts at 6 am on Zoom. Many people want to get in the habit of Prayer. But it is difficult to do alone. So, members will form a group of three and, after the sermon, pray together for 10 minutes for each other’s urgent prayer request for 2021, then are free to leave or continue to pray on their own. Having…

199. Hiring Youth Pastor

Our church has decided to hire current youth director Anthony as youth pastor. It will be a part-time position, but we plan to increase his role moving forward. Given how faithful he has been with his part, it wasn’t a difficult decision. Both congregation leadership have gladly agreed and expressed it as a great sign of growth for ESC (English Speaking Congregation). As I shared last week, ESC will cover 50% of its lead pastor’s salary starting next year. That…

198. Financial Autonomy Update

As ESC (English Speaking Congregation), we started managing our finance this year, apart from KSC (Korean Speaking Congregation). We initiated this financial autonomy project for two primary reasons. First, we wanted to make ministry decision wisely and quickly in light of our unique English speaking and multi-cultural context, which is very different from KSC. We thought it was necessary to have financial autonomy to make decisions that will help us reach the unchurched people effectively without unnecessary administrative limitations from…

197. How To Respond To Civil Authorities

With the government having to put many restrictions on business and even personal activities (especially upcoming Christmas celebrations) due to the rise of COVID19, it is understandable that many people are not happy with the government. And it can be worse if you have a political stance differing from the ruling party. However, regardless of political stance or sentiment, there is an easy solution for all Christians: Submit to governing authorities and pray for them. Apostle Paul commands all believers…

196. Timing Belt

I recently had to change the timing belt in our car. It passed the 140000 km mark, and it is highly recommended to be changed around this time. Small maintenances I usually do myself, but it was a major one, so I let the dealer replace it. A timing belt is a cheap rubber belt that makes sure that the engine works in correct timing with other vital components. But the reason why timing belt change is so critical is…

195. Changing Your Past

As many says, the best predictor of our future is our past. Because we are creatures of habit, and we tend to continue what we have been doing. Also, every decision has a consequence we cannot undo. So it is easy to believe that our past determines our future, not just predict. However, we can change our past. I’m not saying we can alter “what” happened in the past. But we can alter “how” we view it today. Though the…

194. Think For Yourself

Dr. Jordan Peterson announced his comeback from his medical absence. He is a Psychology professor at U of T who received significant media attention through his free speech stance. He is also the author of “12 Rules for Life“, which became the #1 international Bestseller in a year. It is the book I highly recommend to all, especially young people. I am one of the people who are glad to have him back. Many people respect him for many different…