I view the Sabbath as a command to take a step outside of ourselves and re-align with our Lord. Part of our intended design was to observe and enjoy God's creations (along with our own) as an ultimate act of worship to Him. To be in awe and wonder through the joy and rest we experience by taking it all in. Only through this practice, can we muster up the energy and inspiration to powerfully impact our own work.
Unfortunately for me, when I searched “Eden” on Google Images, I was greatly dissatisfied with the images that other artists had created. I guess it is hard to depict Eden, when none of us have been there before. I know that in Genesis 2, when Scripture describes Eden, it says “The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground”, but I expected more than just green leaved trees. So, instead of copying other artists, I thought deeper about what Eden was.
As Dekae posted, he believes God's primary mode of communication is through words, and typography is another vehicle for expressing and emphasizing those words to make them stick. No way am I suggesting we are more "perfect" now over God due to the addition of type faces, but it truly is amazing to know that God has entrusted us with language. God has gifted us with language, and to be stewards of it, so that we may be able to communicate and emphasize greater aspects of God's truth in this world.
We would like to thank you all for joining us on this journey during the Lenten season. As we conclude this thematic channel and Lenten season, we hope that you were blessed by all those who have contributed and shared their lives. We would especially like to thank you all who shared their stories, raw at times, for always pushing the envelope further in understanding God’s great grace. We would like to offer a few words as we wrap up this channel.
When I first moved into the Youth Group, I really didn't like having to move out of my comfort zone and to change my normal Sunday routine. To me Sundays in Youth Group consisted of having to wake up early in the morning, listening to a message that had no meaning to my heart, and then eating lunch.
Many Sundays would end up being what I considered a waste of time; and to add to that, Easter was dull to me. I always thought of myself to be insignificant, so naturally when someone would say something like, "God died for you,” it had no meaning. But that all changed when I heard the many messages from my bible study teacher, Hyun-Suk, who really helped to give meaning to the word "Savior"; and soon thereafter Sundays weren't as dim.
It's the single day that defines what it is to be a Christian. His death was for our sins, but His resurrection was for His glory. However, even during this season of joy and excitement, there are people who suffer from solitude and loneliness. But how can we feel lonely and joyless during a time of intimacy and thankfulness with God you ask?
This just in: we have extended the Thailand missions deadline to April 11th in order to encourage our brothers to join us this summer!
About seven years ago,
Easter didn’t mean anything to me.
I remember clearly that one Easter Sunday—playing basketball with my friends and trying to decide on where to go eat afterwards. We were just driving around in Astoria, Queens and everything was closed. So in frustration I asked, “why is everything closed?” to which my non-Christian friends answered, “because it’s Easter.” And in unbelief and anger I retorted, “So what?”
I’ve always loved Easter. As a child, it represented a general time of joy through community, celebration inundated with pastel colors and pleasant reminders that Spring had finally arrived. Over the years and into adulthood, as I reflected more upon Lent and what the cross meant to me personally, it was a time where my faith was renewed and strengthened. But with the exception of Emma and Olive’s infant baptisms on Easter Sunday in 2009 and 2012, this time of year remained just that - general times of blessing, where nothing significant really stood out. Where no permanent mark was made in my life. Nothing I’d expect to remember for years or decades to come.
That changed last year.
Three months ago, I moved across the world to Korea. Coming here was daunting to say the least – resigning from a job I loved, leaving a supportive work community and a loving church family, saying goodbye to my brother, relatives, my friends, and our pets were not easy. There were many tears shed. But strangely, through the entire process and transition, I knew and felt God walking beside me. Whether it was through conversations with friends and family or the myriad of details in the complex moving process falling right into place, God continually reminded me that He was taking care of me.
I’m very familiar with chaos of the emotional variety. Something small can set you off, and without realizing it, your emotions start careening at breakneck speed in unpredictable directions. When you finally come out of the episode, you sometimes don’t even realize how you ended up at the thought or feeling from where you started.
New Mercy’s “Healing and Encounter” prayer nights are filled with powerful praise and worship sessions led by Angelena Shim and Hyerim Park. A few weeks ago during the prayer night service, the duo led praise with a powerful version of Hillsong's "Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)". It was so captivating that the Media Ministry wanted to share a small glimpse of that worship service in hopes that it may encourage and bless you all.
Looking at this piece of art that Dizzy designed made me audibly go "wow". I even asked Dizzy to sell me this artwork. I seriously couldn't stop looking at it; I even examined the picture over and over throughout the entire day. From the multifaceted and multi-layered interpretation of the earth to the harmonious, glorious representation of the Trinity, everything looked just right. This my friend, is a perfect example of how I see the Trinity.