Pastor Blog (Page 3)

249. Preaching Rotation

Pastor Anthony will preach more often starting from next year. He has shown significant improvement through the TFE (Seminary practicum), especially in preaching. He preached a few times this year as he was getting used to his role as a youth pastor, and the feedback has been very positive. He is also the main speaker for our youth retreat this year. He will preach between 10-12 times on Sundays. He will do a short series here and there to have…

248. Why Nagging Doesn’t Work

One of the tremendous pain in a relationship comes from the illusion of having the power we don’t have. It is the belief that “I can change others.” We may never say this out loud, but it is not difficult to see this belief manifesting in how we respond to people. Nagging, lecturing, being forceful and yelling are all byproducts of this belief. But it would save us so much trouble and frustration if we could just face the truth…

247. Who, not How

I like to do things on my own. I didn’t even know how to hammer a nail on a wall before I got married. But thanks to Jennifer, I think I became a lot handier than before. When something goes wrong, I think about “how” to fix it. Doing things yourself gives some level of satisfaction. And because it is yours, you tend to make sure it is done well. And if it is a repetitive maintenance job, the more…

246. Chance of Happiness

We are living in a culture where our daily preferences and wants are treated as human rights. I think it comes from a belief that anything that negatively affects our happiness is a violation of our rights. When happiness is expected, we believe it needs to happen. However, happiness is not a human right. An opportunity to pursue and choose it is. In many countries, there isn’t even an opportunity to pursue it, so that would violate human rights. But…

245. Power to Choose

For some reason, my home internet was very spotty this week, and it was pretty much unavailable most of the time. I called my internet provider, but they could not provide much help other than promising to send a technician later. (As of this writing, the wifi issue persists.) Even though it was a few days, having no wifi was certainly inconvenient and annoying. I did manage to get things done using a cellular connection, but most things took twice…

244. Consistent Prayer

People invest in many things. But it seems that not many view prayer as an investment. It is a spiritual investment that brings tangible gains in our present lives, and that is to come. (1 Timothy 4:8) I think many Christians care too much about the “quality” of their prayer. I used to think the same way. But the more I understand prayer as an investment, “quantity” is as important, if not more. Think about it. God already knows our…

243. God Is On the Move

I think it is engrained in human nature to want to “tame” God to their understanding. Men have tried to put divine beings into a visible image, touchable statue, and recognizable place throughout history. But if God looks exactly as we expected him to be, he wouldn’t be God anymore, by definition. This temptation to tame God to our understanding is not limited to non-Christians. But if we look at the scripture, God has always been on the move. Abraham…

242. New Attendance: Engagement

Many church consultants say that we will see a decrease in physical church attendance after the pandemic. It is what had been already happening but has accelerated during the pandemic. It is not just the fear of the virus. We see a significant change in modern people’s way of thinking and behaviours, affecting how they relate to their faith and faith-related activities. At first, as a pastor, it worried me, but soon I realized this was a blessing in disguise.…

241. Prayer and Anticipation

When I order something from Amazon, I begin to expect its delivery. Then, when I hear a car noise, I immediately think it is a delivery truck. But, when I didn’t order anything (but my wife did), even when the delivery truck is here, I don’t pay attention because I wasn’t expecting it. The answer to our prayer is like the delivery truck. We recognize what we anticipate. I think that is why God wants us to pray. When we…

240. Ministry Month

Ministry month is starting this week. It is a three-week yearly event at The Seed to allow our members to find their team ministry. Instead of asking people to serve, we help people to volunteer. People enjoy what they do when they sign up for it, not forced on them. We ask our members to commit at least one year. Last year, we had to cancel the ministry month due to the pandemic, and our serving members willingly extended their…

239. Importance of Container

While doing home office re-organization during the pandemic, I realized an important principle: Without a container, there is no organization. As simple as it may sound, for anything to get organized, it needs a container. I used to categorize things in the same drawer, only to realize they get messy again. My organization was swapping locations, which was bound to change again next time. It was because I never invested in purchasing containers for them. Once I did some research…

238. Starting Regular Early Morning Prayer

We will be starting a “regular” Early Morning Prayer beginning from the first week of October. (10/5) It will happen every Tuesday to Thursday, on Zoom for 2 hours (6-8 am). (Monday is my off-day, and Saturday, I preach at KSC’s early morning prayer once in a while) You don’t have to stay for the entire 2 hours. Think of it as me opening up the church for 2 hours of prayer for anyone who wants to come and pray…