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Bible Reading Plan 2017

 
I am the son of a pastor, the grandson of a pastor, and I am a pastor. But when I think of a pastor, I think of my grandfather. I know he’s done two things every day since he was called into the ministry, he’s prayed and read his Bible every day.
 
For years, every time I’d see him or talk to him, it would always go a little like this:
 
“David, are you reading your Bible?"
“I’m trying. It’s hard. Maybe… not every day."
"I know. It’s hard. But you eat every day, right?"
"Yes. I eat every day." 
"Well, it’s like that. You eat every day to feed your body and you read your Bible so you can feed your soul. You eat every day, right? So David, make sure to read your Bible."
"Yes, grandfather, I’ll read my Bible."
 

When it comes to my grandfather, one thing was clear, he loved God more than anything else. There was nothing more important to him than this, and he showed it and he lived it – every day of his life. That’s one of the lessons I will take away from my relationship with my grandfather. If you say it’s important, if you say you love, then you have to show it. If you say you love your family, you have to show it. It’s not enough to just say it or believe it. If you love your children or if you love your parents, it’s not enough to just say it, you have to show it. You have to do it. And if you say God is important and that God is important, you have to show it. You have to live it, every day.

I’m so grateful. My heart is full for having had my grandfather in my life. My life is fuller, better, and blessed for having had his influence on my life. Not just because he was my grandfather, but because he pointed me to the most important thing and showed me every day of his life how to do it, how to live it.

Returning home, I have been convicted to pick up where he left off. I want to carry on the mantle of reading my Bible everyday just as my grandfather did. And I want to encourage you this new year to join me in keeping the most important thing as the most important thing in our lives.

Love in Christ!
David

 

My Story

I put God first: A testament to my parents’ faith and practice over the course of my life…especially when I was old enough to be aware of all the details. We were a family of four. We barely saw $2000 a month. And my mom who held the checkbook would make the tithe the first check she’d write. The tithe would be around $200, and they would give an offering on top of that each week. Then the Rent was about $550. Which meant a little over a $1000 for everything else for a family of 4.

But I never thought I was poor. I never lacked for anything. Not for a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs or food on the table. Not birthdays, Christmases, not family vacations. Not the fishing pole and tackle box for that church outing. Not the trumpet for me and the saxophone for my brother when it came to the band, and the private lessons that went along with it. Not the equipment for sports –baseball, basketball, football, and tennis. And when I turned 16 and got my license, they were able to buy me a used car. I never thought I was poor. I never lacked for anything I truly needed. I don’t know how they did it.

And so when it came time for me to take care of my own finances, I simply followed suit. Basically, I write 3 checks. The week I get paid, that week I write the check for my tithe for my Heavenly Father. And the other weeks, I give an offering. I write another check for my earthly parents to help them out (whether they need it or not). And I write the third check to pay off my school loans. Once the loans are paid off, I’ll put it towards my savings. The result is the same. I never think I’m poor. I never lack for anything I truly need. Not for a roof over my head, clothes on my back or food on the table.

That’s one of the greatest blessings in my life… that I never worry about money.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

[Matt. 6:25-27]

I never worry about money because I depend on God for all that I need, that God will take care of me. In the end, I have seen and witnessed his faithfulness in my family’s life and in my own life, and because I do, I can be generous. It’s not mine anyway –isn’t that what we believe? So, I might as well give it away and put it towards some good use and bless others in the process.

It is true: “The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want…” – I have not lacked for any good thing in my life, and I will not lack for anything I truly need.

God has been so faithful to me.

Financially. Relationally. Spiritually. Physically. EVERY area of my life.

The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want

... I have not lacked for any good thing in my life. When we give, we honor God, we bless others, and we are blessed.
To God Be the Glory! Pastor David
 

An Introduction

Grace to you and Peace from our Lord Jesus Christ!

David in Israel - 10

Thank you all for the warm welcome and heartfelt reception. I'm happy to report that all the boxes have been moved in, but settling in will take a little more time. Meanwhile, I'm trying my best to keep track of all the new names and faces, and keep pace with all that goes on during the days between Sundays.  But where are my manners?  In all this rush, we have not been properly introduced.  So let me take this time to tell you the abbreviated story of my life:

It's a Boy!  On Jan. 29, 1975, I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and given the name Lee (last name) Jong-Hyun (first).  I am the son of a Methodist pastor and a grandson of a Presbyterian Pastor (on my mother's side).

Coming to America!  I arrive at Philadelphia, PA, in Sept. of 1982.  The little trip, half way around the world at age seven, will mark the beginning of a life in transition.  My address will change at least a dozen times before I arrive in Summerfield.  List of previous addresses: Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Hubbard (OH), E. Lansing, Boston, Durham, Washington D.C., Polkville, Charlotte, etc…

Yee-Haw, I'm saved!  At a high school in Dallas, Texas, I accept Christ as my Lord and Savior through a Christian organization called Student Venture (a high school branch of Campus Crusade for Christ).  My faith is nurtured and challenged by a close-knit community.  However, my family moves in my last year of high school to Hubbard, Ohio, and I struggle to maintain my faith in a new setting with new people.

Prodigal Son Leaves for College:  Seeking to find my identity, I head for a far off land called Boston.  A big city and bright lights draw me further away from the church.  With graduation looming, panic strikes.  What is a Philosophy and English Lit. major to do?  Envisioning a bleak life in a cubicle, blankly staring at a computer screen, from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, I unveil to my parents my plans to go back-packing through Europe? They say “no way” to Europe, but “yes” to Peace Corps.

The Hardest Job You'll Ever Love:  Stationed in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, I teach English at a local university in Jalal-Abad.  Unlike most people in the country (foreign or native), I am given a fully furnished two bedroom apartment, TV, VCR, hot water, indoor plumbing, toilet with seat (very important!), and a phone line that connects me directly to anywhere in the world.  For the sake of my duty to country and my solemn oath to Peace Corps, I try and make do with what I have been given.

Partying Like Its 1999:  On the eve of the year 2000, half way around the world in the city of Osh, I stand with my comrades-in-mischief (Peace Corps volunteers) on Mt. Suleimon, drinking champagne and toasting the dawn of a new millennium.  As the countdown begins, the entire country lights up and comes alive with fireworks and shouts of celebration.  “As good as it gets…” so I thought.

*The name of the mountain is rooted in the legend that King Solomon had visited and stood on the mountain.

Coming to America, Part II:  A bomb threat to my apartment during my time with Peace Corps sends me home and keeps me grounded in the USA.  FYI: As far as I know, I am the only Peace Corps volunteer ever to receive a bomb threat.  Leaving and losing my new life and friends, I enter into a state of despair.

On the Road to Damascus:  Back in the USA, I grasp at anything and everything to make sense of it all.  What is happening?  Why me?  I look and plead for a sign from God.  Slowly, God begins to heal and teach me things that I would not have learned otherwise.  From the ashes of my former life, God begins to resurrect a new life, created by and for Him to carry out His will through my life.  All the plans and choices I had for my life fall away one at a time, until only God remains.  To some God whispers, to others who may be hard of hearing, God uses more drastic measures to get our attention.

Thy Kingdom Come and Thy Will Be Done:

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,

and do not return there until they have watered the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,

giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and succeed in the things for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11

In Christ,
Pastor David