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.


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.


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.


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
Acts 20:24

Encouragement for Finals Week Spring 2K14

‘Tis the most stressful time of the year.

Are you feeling it yet? The buzz of countless cups of coffee with no end in sight to those flashcards.

My Zambian friend, Nixon, inspired me through his zeal for knowledge and discipline. Learn more about his story in the "Academics" chapter of "Four Years, Two Roads."
My Zambian friend, Nixon, inspired me through his zeal for knowledge and discipline. Learn more about his story in the “Academics” chapter of “Four Years, Two Roads.”

I’ve been there. This week can be rough. So let me offer some encouragement amidst this hectic time.

My cosmopolitan upbringing, in collaboration with my college experience, has opened my eyes to just how valuable education is. And this isn’t a guilty trip; it’s reality. Education, the advancement of our minds, is an utmost privilege that is not to hindered by grumbling or disputing.

Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. (Luke 12:48)

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:14-15)

Even more importantly, God’s Word says the sharpening of our minds has eternal potential–eternal!

Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. (Proverbs 8:10-11)

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge (Proverbs 18:15)

Perhaps exam week becomes more of a nuisance than it has to be because we fail to focus on it with a Biblical perspective.

Here is my exhortation to my brothers toiling for that 4.0, 3.0, 2.0 this week: Let gratitude for your education foster a humble heart. Let the future potential of educational benefits spur a motivation to dominate this week in Christ-honoring fashion.

Hard work is a Biblical concept, let us not forget.

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23)

Every exam we take, presentation we give, or paper we write has a God-ordained purpose: to allow God to shape our minds and sharpen our gifts to become history makers and eventual world changers for His glory.

Your Friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24

Why I won’t be watching “Heaven is For Real”

On my flight back from Baltimore! It's kind of like Heaven, maybe?
On my flight back from Baltimore!

Today marks an infinitely important day in history. Jesus was raised from the dead. My faith is not futile. Jesus is the Christ and is able to pay the price for my sins.

Sunday also marks the release of “Heaven is For Real” the fictitious account of a four year old boy who went to Heaven and back.

To my brothers and sisters, be careful. It’s an awfully cute story. A toddler growing up in a dinky little rural town recovers from a burst appendix to testify he went to Heaven and back. But let’s recuperate through the clouds of emotionalism and ask the all-important question: Is Burpo’s account consistent with God’s Word?


There is simply no Biblical basis for someone–today–to return to Heaven and back.

Scripture is sufficient. If you want to know that Heaven is for real, then look no further than the historical, logical, archaeological, and prophetically credible words of the Old and New Testament. Just FYI, the cult that is the “church” of Latter-Day-Saints was inaugurated on the testimony of a 12-year-old boy named Joseph Smith.

Scripture testifies of four people who got a glimpse of Heaven: Ezekiel, Isaiah, Paul, and John. Glimpses! Not all-inclusive trips like the one the Burpo’s testify of. These were prophetic visions–not near death experiences. And these prophets didn’t speak of cute features like sitting on Jesus’ lap; they were utterly awestruck by the Glory of God, which is the supreme reality of Heaven.

Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4)

No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. (John 3:13)

Because here is the issue: If what Todd Burpo says is true, then he is claiming divine authority that has been granted to him. Since it is a new revelation of God! This is much more than a heart-warming story, friends! This involves the credibility of the Bible! Putting words into God’s mouth that he didn’t say.

Heaven is For Real is representative of a dangerous sway in the American church toward subjective, esoteric, mystical experience. Emotions are important–essential to human expression, but any narrative that stimulates emotionalism-based decision-making rather than standing upon the objective truth of God’s Word, should be avoided.

Personally, I find the book of Revelation much more fascinating. It’s so much better than having wings and seeing old relatives. No more death. No more darkness. No more ferry disasters in my home country. Satan defeated. Martyrs redeemed. And best of all: I will see Jesus face-to-face.

Have discernment, my friends. There is a terrible amount of false teaching out there.

Your friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24

A Dangerous Attitude Toward Evangelism

There’s a cliché floating around that greatly concerns me.

Now let me be clear. I wouldn’t call it a heresy. I think it’s simply a misunderstanding. But misunderstandings can become plagues if not snipped in the bud.

What I’m talking about is this idea that, as Christians, we are supposed to let our actions be the utmost testimony to the world. I recently read a couple articles about two NFL quarterbacks whom adhered to this dangerous attitude toward evangelism.

“I committed my life to Christ, and that faith has been most important to me ever since. Some players get more vocal about it … some point to Heaven after scoring a touchdown and praise God after games. I have no problem with that. But I don’t do it, and don’t think it makes me any less a Christian. I just want my actions to speak louder, and I don’t want to be more of a target for criticism than I already am.

“——- will not stand on the bleachers and shout; but he will privately live that life consistently with Jesus. I love that about him.”

While such statements bear some truth, the attitude they exhibit is not completely Biblical. Here is why.

There is a constant theme throughout the Old and New Testaments that when believers are filled with God’s Spirit, they spoke His truth. Here are just a couple examples.

“Then the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said,” 1 Chronicles 12:18

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me … to proclaim liberty to the captives.” Isaiah 61:1-2 (later repeated by Jesus in Luke 4)

“But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Sprit, looked intently at him and said,” Acts 13:9

And Jesus, our Lord, is the paramount example.

“And Jesus, fill of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by the devil … And Jesus answered,” Luke 4:1-2,4

The Bible is packed with countless other examples.

People loved Jesus when He would heal the sick; the crowds flocked to His presence when He fed them. But it was His words that separated the sheep from the goats. His verbal testimony is what provoked people to pick up stones to kill Him.

Paul wasn’t beheaded because he lived a private Christian life. The Apostle James wasn’t slaughtered by Herod’s sword because he attended church. Christians in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and India are not electrocuted, burned at the stake, and forced to watch the murder of their families simply because their behavior emits religion. Christ followers are martyred for their fearless proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is then echoed by their lifestyle as a cornerstone.


If our actions fail to support our words, we are hypocrites. If our words don’t overflow as a result of our salvation, then we need to evaluate if we are finding our satisfaction in God alone. We will naturally talk about what–or whom–we find joy in.

This timidity may very well be rooted in a buried, bashful fear of man. Such has been an enduring struggle in my life. I need to constantly ask myself if I’m seeking the approval of man over the approval of Yahweh.

Proverbs 29:25 says the fear of man is a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. I don’t like to share my faith. In fact, if I were to be blunt, I hate it. Naturally, I love the approval of man. I hate rejection. I hate the weird stigma that comes with not knowing how to start a “spiritual conversation. I am terrified of talking to people about the Gospel. I would much rather preach a message or hide behind my computer screen in a blog post. But Jesus’ Church is built on the blood of martyrs who unashamedly embraced persecution for proclaiming the Gospel. And for the rest of my life, I am going to have to make war against the flesh that desires the world’s recognition rather than hearing those words “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23).


The Bible is crystal clear. We must be bold in sharing the Gospel holistically. Souls hang in the balance.

Oh, trust me, I’m 110% for living a life that is “worthy of the calling we have received” (Ephesians 4:1). But our mission will never be complete until we speak for what we stand for.

Don’t allow crazy “preachers” at  your college campus deceive you. There is a way to share your faith with others that doesn’t make you seem like a madman.

Let’s not succumb to this ineffectual attitude of American Christianity. It will prevent us from accomplishing what the Holy Spirit yearns to do in us.

“The world can do nothing to a Christian who has no fear of man. -Brother Yun”

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? Any how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! … so faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:14-15, 17

Your Friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24

Three Lessons I Learned Fall Semester 2013

My fall 2013 semester has come to a close. Fifteen weeks later, I have began this blog in my parents’ house with a cup of coffee in one hand and my prayer journal in the other. If you don’t have a journal, you’re missing out. Ink and paper are excellent means through which you can marvel at God’s goodness.

I pray you are encouraged.

1. Education is wonderful, and, its worth, so motivating

(Insert stereotypical Asian joke here).

I don’t know if I’m just now starting to conform to the American-Asian stereotype, but the value of education drove me to press on in my studies. A significant contribution was the nourishment I got in the morning with Proverbs and Breakfast. You can hardly glance at the Book of Wisdom without encountering the author’s gratitude for knowledge. Scholarship is the medium through which God shapes us to change the world for His glory. Perhaps research papers, studying for our psychology midterm, and chemistry labs become such a burden because we fail to see it all from a Biblical lense.

How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? -Proverbs 1:22

Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and that you may desire cannot compare with her. -Proverbs 8:10-11

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. -Proverbs 16:16

Heck, I even wrote a column about it. Check it out.

2. The battle against our sin is an all-out declaration of war 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over th present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die. But if my the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13

Romans commands us to siege all-out war against our evil desires. Sin is sticky and tenacious. Our time on earth limited. We cannot afford to let our guards down.


Too often, we play patty-cake with our flesh instead of endeavoring with the Holy Spirit to destroy it. And then we wonder why we still struggle with jealously, pornography, worry, or greed five years later. This world is hostile. We’re either drifting with society or anchored to the truth.

Scripture COMMANDS us to make war against our flesh; anything less is a trojan horse to our sanctification.

Thank you, John Piper.

3. God is, oh, so faithful

My inaugural book “Four Years, Two Roads: Finding Eternal Significance in High School” is set to be released in early 2014. It was a surreal moment singing along that dotted line.


Writing my book was the hardest task The Lord has yet led me to. I felt like giving up – often. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at my desk, staying up til’ 4 a.m., both take a toil on the willpower. But God displayed his faithfulness in the midst of my fragility, from the cover design to the publisher search.

The Lord shows up big when He is your all-surpassing satisfaction (Psalm 37:4). Our job is to push while we pray (James 2:14-26).

One of the most uplifting things  you could do this holiday season is reflect on how God has been faithful in your life. Perhaps, like Becky Stiles, it’s a new friend whom encourages you in a hostile environment. Or maybe, like Andrew Maxwell, it’s seeing God use your humility influence your teammates.

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 straight you paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Cheers, from Gainesville, Florida. 

Your Friend,
Acts 20:24

Echoes of Eternity

I stumbled across a wonderful surprise while downloading iOS7 to my iPhone.

Buried within the bog of my Camera Roll, were videos from Passion 2013 that I had failed to upload to YouTube!

So here they are. Be encouraged by the echoes of 60,000 worshiping the one true God!

The Georgia Dome at full capacity is but an iota compared to the forthcoming praises of the elect in Heaven. Indeed, as C.S Lewis said, for the believer, there are far greater things ahead than any we leave behind.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession  that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9

Your Friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24

The lifeline of my quest to become an author

The desire to change the world is not evil; the desire to be known for it is.

For where jealously and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. – James 3:16

This has been a struggle for me.

As many of you know, I have been writing a book since I graduated from high school – an encouragement to high school saints to “take the narrow road” and be uncommon for Christ (Matthew 7:13-14). My project is almost finished. I am in the editing process, and the manuscript will soon be sent to publishers and literary agents (tentatively, the end of September). The journey has been grueling, mainly because a novel’s process is obscure amidst the legion of edits and late nights. You put so much time, so much effort, and sacrifice into something, yet the finish line is unseen. Thus, my flesh has been tempted to latch onto other masquerades of motivation: the prospect of fame, money, a new identity. Hence, delighting in Jesus as the cornerstone of my endeavor has sustained me. He’s so stable, so firm, so unshakeable, and so reliable while the cancers of the world give way.

I have asked myself, “Would I be content if I didn’t sell a single novel?” “Would I still have joy if my name wasn’t on the cover?” Is Jesus truly the sole fuel behind the engine of my thoughts?

I must accredit John Piper’s works, which have been so uplifting in this journey. Piper teaches that God is the only being in the universe whose self-exaltation is loving. God is the gospel. For us to exalt ourselves is hateful. If the odor from our actions reeks, “Look at me! Look at me! Me! Me!” we are being evil. However, for God to exalt Himself is love, because God is love. He is our joy! Not his love, kindness, grace, or mercy! HIM! Scripture is dominated by the idea that the greatest gift God could give us is Himself.

Jesus is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

Jesus is truth. (John 14:6)

Jesus is love. (1 John 4:8)

Jesus is glory. (Colossians 3:4)

Jesus is Lord. (Romans 10:9, Philippians 3:20)

So with every word, every paragraph, every click of the keyboard, my aim is to see Jesus a bit more clearly through my Christian hedonism.

And fortunately, delighting – being happy – in Jesus is not a suggestion, but a command.

Your friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24

Beware of Freedom

Freedom is a curse to those who do not know how to rightfully handle it. It’s the reason why criminals are confined in prisons with electric fences, steel bars, and concrete barriers. A campfire that is not attended to in a dry forest will quickly spread into a blazing inferno. Unchecked freedom will create chaos both in nature as well as the lives of human beings.


No where is this more evident than in the average life of us, who live in America. We have rights that many foreign nations do not. I have witnessed this single hand as I have traveled around the world and seen how abominable a government can treat it’s people. Despite our freedoms, we use freedom’s luxury to live selfishly or to pass the blame onto someone else. We slip into patterns of self-indulgent living in a affluent society.
This 4th of July, as we enjoy the family barbecues and the fireworks, let’s sit down and be thankful for the liberties we have. I hope that as the year progresses, we would learn to use freedom not for personal benefit, but as a gift to help those who are not as fortunate. Liberty should be a blessing rather than a curse, it’s our decision if we will fall into the pattern or start a new path for others to follow.


“Like a raging fire, freedom without limits is dangerous. But when controlled, it is a blessing to all.” -Dennis De Haan