Archive for January 2007

Death, So Dear A Longing Of Mine   Leave a comment

Death, so dear a longing of mine.
To sin no more, no longer repine.
Not doing what I want, but doing what I hate.
Come now, Lord Jesus, and do not delay.
For in the presence of God my faith will be sight.
My sorrow turned joy, and the darkness made light.
My lust is destroyed, my pride is cast down.
For I come into the presence of the heavenly Crown.
My King, my Lord, my Savior, my God.
Before such holiness I gingerly trod,
For I am dirty and dark because of my sin.
“I paid for it all,” He beckons me in.
Just brimming with joy, I cling to Him tight.
I finished the race and fought the good fight.
Never again to leave my great Love.
Forever with Him, the God from above.
Beholding His radiance, in awe of His glory.
This is the climax of my life’s long story.
And death, so dear a longing of mine.
Worshipping forever on the heavenly shrine.

Posted January 25, 2007 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

Busyness   Leave a comment

This is going to be some of the busiest 11 weeks of my life. I am currently taking five classes (all upper division courses) which will require me to write 16 papers. I am working at an intensive and taxing internship with The Ad Group. I am heading up Follow-Up Team. I am leading a small group Bible study. I am busy… and my mom just called me and asked me to spend some time in helping her find another apartment to live in. And my reaction sucks! All I could think about was how this was going to take up my time, rather than realizing that this is my mom who needs help. Rather than considering it joy to serve my mom, I consider it a burden to waste my time on her.

Only by the grace of God will I make it past this quarter.

Posted January 24, 2007 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

Introduction   Leave a comment

The Christmas holidays are a joyous season. First and foremost for Christians, it commemorates the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Adding to the joy are the lights, the colors, and the cheerful faces buying and receiving gifts from and for loved ones. But beyond all the festivities, this Christmas season brought another reason for many of the brothers in my life to celebrate: girls. Well, girl, in particular. Several of my closest brothers found that special girl and started dating. Some others were engaged while one even took the his special girl to be his special bride.

As you might have guessed, this got me to think about girls.

And talking to some of my brothers made me think about girls even more.

What about these girls attracted these guys? And the answers are two-fold and are generally the same for all Christian men. She is lovely and she loves the Lord.

The first one I can understand. Lovely, attractive, cute, hot, stunning, etc. All men can understand that because God has wired men to be attracted to a woman who is attractive. (Let me clarify that attractiveness and loveliness speak not only of physical beauty, but a compatibility of personalities.)

The second reason, however, is a bit harder to understand. She loves the Lord. But what does that look like? What are the tangible evidences that I can grasp? Loveliness is easy: She has a nice smile, a great sense of humor, and a kind disposition. But how can you know about a woman’s love for God? Or many might even question whether it’s important that she loves God at all?

The rest of my writing is dedicated to delving into the Scriptures and sit under the teachings of God on this subject. Is it important that a woman loves God? How can I discern a woman’s love for God?

The Bible is clear on this subject and is replete with answers about the kind of girl that should attract a God-centered man. And it centers on this verse in Proverbs 31:30: “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Men, we must realize the importance of a God-fearing woman and stretch to find such a one. Only then will we find a woman who is worthy of praise. And she shall be praised.

Posted January 23, 2007 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

On the Nature of Saving Works   Leave a comment

What role do works play in the general picture of salvation? Salvation is of grace, for sure, but there are works involved that cannot be ignored. Belief is a work! Trust is a work! Repentance is a work! How is that not salvation by works? The mind-blowing truth about works in salvation is this: works that flow from a saved heart is not the initiative of a person to earn favor with God but the response of a person who has been overwhelmed by salvific grace. Christian works springs forth from the overflow of a heart as it is met with grace. What an amazing truth! There is a work that condemns, but there is also a work that can save. This saving work occurs at the cross, when one is compelled by the glory of God to good. This is not because someone saw the greatness of God and wanted to earn that prize. Rather, the works come forth because one saw the greatness of God and the delight of his life was to remain with that great God. Every pure desire of a Christian and every subsequent pure action glorifies God because it’s His desire and His example; one’s acting in such a way is only a reaction to meeting Him at the cross.

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Posted January 10, 2007 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

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Posted January 7, 2007 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

I Resolve…   Leave a comment

Last night, on December 31, 2006, I hung out with Peter, Jon Chang, and Corny. It was nothing big–just a few guys hanging out, eating food, and relaxing at the Santa Monica Pier. (This I was thankful for because my body was pummeled on the slopes during my first snowboarding excursion and my stomach was struggling to keep in the ten fried Oreos that I just ate.) I’m thankful that all of the boys were a bit tired, thereby leaving plenty of quiet moments to reflect on the past year and contemplate the upcoming year.

Of course, New Years Day is nothing special. It’s just another day; Sunday passed by and Monday came along. But something about the year changing numbers causes people to reflect on their past and resolve for their future. I don’t believe in making New Years resolutions, mostly because I know that I can’t keep them.

But as I was sitting on the beach, I did have a resolution. And I trust that this resolution will come into fruition because it is something that the Lord will have to work in me.

I resolve… to trust in the Lord.

This is something that has convicted me because this is something I see lived out in the life of Soumeng Lee. I consider him to be one of my spiritual heroes, although I would never tell him that since we are friends.

I resolve to trust in the Lord. In this lies the root of all my sins. Sin stems from pride, but the root of pride is unbelief. Pride tells me that I know better than God and that my way is better than His. Pride makes me desire the lusts of my sinful human nature rather than cherishing Christ’s righteous God-nature.

I resolve to trust in the Lord and I have a passage that I want to make my theme passage for the year: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Posted January 2, 2007 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized