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Midterms, Stomach Virus, Proverbs 3:5-6

This past week was midterm week at Yonsei.

It was also the week my body contracted a mysterious stomach virus that left me bedridden and sent me to the hospital, unable to study with the effort required to achieve the Christ-glorifying results I endeavor toward. Not exactly the best timing, right?

Midterms shouldn't mean IVs. but they did this time around!
Midterms shouldn’t mean IVs. but they did this time around!

I faced a thick temptation to complain, pity, say that it’s “not fair.”

So I waged war against all negative, pessimistic thoughts by memorizing this verse in my native tongue. And it proved to be a great  weapon in the fight against doubt, anger, and frustration. Hmm, that sounds familiar. Sword, spirit.

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10 Thoughts from Korea

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Culture and Gospel intersect at the school I am studying abroad at, that’s for sure. Yonsei was founded by American Christian missionaries in 1885.

1. Culture and the Gospel: Where do they intersect? More importantly, where do they both manifest without compromising one another? It’s a question that believers have tried to answer for generations. And it’s a question that hits me smack dab as I immerse myself in my native culture after a 15 year hiatus.

2. Living in a city is my preference. I’ve always enjoyed the hustle and bustle that the constant stimulation 10 million other neighbors provide. But after spending three months crevassed between the Rocky Mountains, I will admit I took the clean air for granted.

3. The Gospel is marvelously consistent. These truths penetrate regardless of native tribe or tongue. Creation beckons of its Creator (Romans 8:19-23). Man is fallen (Romans 3:9-18). Jesus’ blood provides the only remedy (Romans 6:23). Don’t take my word for it. Witness it for yourself, wherever in the world you are.

4. There is a close correlation between how much you care for a brother and how fervently you pray for him.

5. Korean food is so good. I know that’s a subjective claim, but it is hard to find food that is tasty and much as it is healthy.

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Four Years, Two Roads Book Trailer

This past summer you could have found Victor and I at your nearest coffee shops in Colorado Springs discussing theology, international development, or a little of both. I sure do miss this brother!
This past summer you could have found Victor and I at your nearest coffee shops in Colorado Springs discussing theology, international development, or a little of both. I sure do miss this brother!
A huge “Thank you!” to Victor Miller, one of my fellow Compassion International interns this past summer on helping me with this book trailer for Four Years, Two Roads. If you’re looking for a photographer for any occasion, you need to check out this brother’s work. He’s talented, humble, and loves Scripture. What more could you ask for?

I wanted to find a way to communicate the heart behind the words. Check out this trailer below. Be sure to share it with friends, family, your church’s senior high pastor. I would really appreciate it. Also, check out another one of Victor’s videos summarizing our intern experience.

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Featured Blog: Focus on the Family Boundless “Your Turn: Do You Want to “Change the World”?

I was honored to be asked by Focus on the Family’s Boundless ministry to write about this idea of “changing the world” and how it specifically relates to the younger generation. I gained tremendous insight from my summer w/ Compassion International, one aspect being that we cannot afford to forget that suffering is first and foremost a spiritual issue. What our world ultimately needs is not necessarily greater humanitarianism, but the Gospel. The Gospel.

“Acts of service cannot replace the admonition to proclaim and exalt the Gospel, because goodwill isn’t necessarily the Gospel.”

Check it out here.

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Compassion International: Poverty’s Unglamorous Juggernaut

Poverty is never glamorous. Yet we often expect its remedy to be.

Isn’t this the root of the socialistic mindset that has failed secular humanitarian work through the ages? Demanding immediate foreseeable results while neglecting the patience necessary to holistic development. Holistic is the key premise there. Man is in essence a spiritual being. It’s more than feeding mouths or quenching thirsts; the heart issue must be addressed. The impoverished need hope in their help. To neglect that reality is to render development and aid ultimately feeble.

Poverty is first and foremost a spiritual issue. Without this acknowledgement, humanitarian aid will simply be another coat of paint over a decaying infrastructure. Relieving children from poverty is not the same as releasing children from poverty; the Gospel is the only thing that can break this awful cycle.

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4 Lessons From Four Years, Two Roads

Four Years, Two Roads is officially on the market.

Andrew and I signing books at the Athletes in Action banquet. His foreword is phenomenal. And is worth $13 in-and-of itself.
Andrew and I signing books at the AIA banquet. His foreword is phenomenal. And is worth $13 in-and-of itself.

It’s available on Amazon as a paperback, ebook, and at bookstores on an order basis. I’ve had the opportunity to share this message across Michigan and even around the country.

This is incredibly humbling. What started off as a vision has now been cemented in time. I’m praying the Lord continues to open doors for this message to go forth to reach a generation who so desperately needs Him.

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I want to take a second to share some of lessons God taught me during the publishing journey. I’m forced to choose just a handful of minnow from an entire ocean.

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The greatest thing I did in college

I’ve been reflecting on what have been the most influential endeavors during my time at Michigan State, particularly in my relationship with Jesus.

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Fellowship on Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings play a vital role in Christian growth. Conferences and retreats have been a wellspring of lifelong friendships. What I am about to say is not in contrast to these beautiful things. If anything, it’s in complement with these things.

Memorizing the Word of God is without a doubt the most important endeavor I undertook in college.

I really can’t say enough about this. And if I’m not intentional, I could go in circles for the next few paragraphs. But I’m willing to do that if it will help you get a glimpse of its benefits.

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I will share one way this practice has helped me as a college student and as a young man: Memorizing Scripture has been monumental in my endeavor to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness on a campus that is submersed in its antithesis.

I’ve experienced firsthand the sufficiency of the Bible in living a life of eternal significance (2 Peter 1:3). Reading the Bible is important, but memorizing these Words takes your spirituality to a whole new level. Your thinking slowly and surely becomes aligned with God’s.

When I’m tempted to lust or lie or spew out frustration, it’s infinitely more powerful for me to declare Matthew 5:8 or 1 Corinthians 6:18 over my situation than utter any scrap of human insight. Like  1 Corinthians 2:4-5 says, our faith does not rest in human wisdom but in the power of God.

It’s not legalistic; it’s taking God’s Word at face value. Eternal, majestic, soul-saving, life-giving, unchanging, sovereign.

Do you want to be more Christ-like? Memorize Romans 8. Do you need ammunition to fight your addiction to pornography? Memorize Psalm 119:1-9-11. Do you want to love people sacrificially? Memorize 1 Corinthians 13. If you want to see the world through the Creator’s eyes, then memorize Scripture. I really can’t overemphasize it. I literally want to jump through the screen and beg you to do this.

Your knowledge of God’s Word and your capacity to fight sin has a direct correlation.

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my hear that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11)

Jesus did it, too. He fought Satan’s temptation by declaring God’s Word over the present circumstance (Matthew 4:1-11). If the Son of God responds to the king of Hell by proclaiming God’s Word, who are we to think we can fight this fight in any other way?

If Colossians 1:16-17 is true, which it is, then we will never reach our full Christ-exalting potential unless God’s truth is central in all we do.

When you store God’s Word in your mind, you are tattooing the most pure source of truth into the epicenter of your existence. My dear brothers and sisters, memorize the Bible, please. It will revolutionize the way you think, love, and interact with others. Don’t leave your devotionals in the morning without memorizing at least one verse. It’s the most pure source of truth you will encounter on this side of eternity.

Your Friend, D.Kim
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