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Becoming Real

This new year, I pray we more readily drink in the living water that Jesus gives. May the living water well up and flow from within us (John 4:14, 7:38), reviving the land by the love of Jesus. In the end, this is how we are called to embody holiness of heart and life, through [...]

2021-01-15T01:37:15-05:00January 10th, 2021|

Raised in God’s Power

This new year, FUMC in Flushing’s new slogan is “Church Raised in God’s Power.” While our core value continues to be ‘Christ-centered, worship-centered church,’ the new slogan reflects our need to rebuild in 2021 – not by human zeal and efforts, but by the power of God. I was inspired from the book of 1 [...]

2021-01-09T23:16:42-05:00January 3rd, 2021|

The Things that Remain

“On a rainy day…about things long lost in my empty heart; At the harbor late at night…about places that won’t return to my empty heart,” thus cries Choi Baek-ho, in his song “About Romance.” Choi is Korea’s legendary artist who is quite popular among middle-aged men, and it’s not hard to understand why. His voice [...]

2020-12-29T20:43:57-05:00December 27th, 2020|

The Self-Emptying Love of God

Baby Jesus comes to us to save us from our sins. The light of God’s love shines into our darkness and strife, as living hope guiding through despair. The light of God’s grace encircles us, so that we no longer stand condemned but reconciled and at peace. Yet how helpless, how vulnerable is this babe, [...]

2020-12-23T03:23:42-05:00December 20th, 2020|

The Gift of Liberation and Deliverance Hidden in a Little Child

The liberation of Hebrew slaves begins with a mother’s sorrow of sending her child away in a basket, and the deliverance of humanity begins with a mother’s pain of welcoming her child in a manger. The liberator in Exodus is named Moses, meaning “to draw from the water”; while the promised deliverer is given the [...]

2020-12-16T00:18:00-05:00December 13th, 2020|

Empty, Yet Overflowing

While reading Rev. Kwak Roh-soon’s “When the New Dawn Breaks,” one cannot help but wonder if the extra empty spaces have any intentionality behind them. A waste of paper, one might think. Only after looking closer, it becomes apparent that these seemingly empty spaces are not so blank after all. Some have little lines inserted, [...]

2020-12-09T23:30:54-05:00December 6th, 2020|

To the Shoulders We Stand Upon

J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” has been released as a drama film recently. J.D., who went from a humble upbringing in southwest Ohio to become a Yale Law student, recounts the lived experience and reflections on three generations of his Appalachian family history. Mired in trauma, poverty, and substance abuse, the Vances echo the [...]

2020-12-02T00:35:13-05:00November 29th, 2020|

Meeting God on the Ground

People are commenting something particular about 2020: “This is not the year to get everything you want. This is the year to appreciate everything you have.” And in such a year we’ve come to count our blessings on Thanksgiving Sunday. A bag of winter radishes was delivered to our kitchen on Friday. It was a [...]

2020-11-25T13:34:37-05:00November 22nd, 2020|

Church That Shines Light in the Darkness

Much change has happened in the way we live and worship since March of this year, and it was around this time that our congregation began transcribing the Bible. Some took up chapters, while others volunteered to write entire books of the Bible by hand. Our handwritten Bible has finally arrived from Korea, beautifully bound [...]

2020-11-18T22:02:15-05:00November 15th, 2020|

We Need More Mysticism in Ministry and Politics

Joe Biden became the president-elect, set to become the oldest American president from being one of the youngest senators in U.S. history. Kamala Harris - a daughter to an Indian immigrant mother and Jamaica-born father - became the first female, first Black, and first South-Asian vice president-elect. Listening to Biden’s first address to the country, [...]

2020-11-12T00:00:26-05:00November 8th, 2020|
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