Ttoppoki to the rescue!

This week has been extremely busy. So busy in fact that I’ve managed to lose 2kg over the past week. Today I finally found some time to stuff my face, so I settled for something that is convenient, cheap, and still amazing. Korean Toppoki!

This little fast food stop makes toppoki just the way it is in Korea and I can tell you that this author couldn’t have been happier! Yum!!   
 

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Ezekiel 7:14-27

14 “‘They have blown the trumpet, they have made all things ready, but no one will go into battle, for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
15 Outside is the sword; inside are plague and famine. Those in the country will die by the sword; those in the city will be devoured by famine and plague.
16 The fugitives who escape will flee to the mountains. Like doves of the valleys, they will all moan, each for their own sins.
17 Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine.
18 They will put on sackcloth and be clothed with terror. Every face will be covered with shame, and every head will be shaved.
19 “‘They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean. Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath. It will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs, for it has caused them to stumble into sin.
20 They took pride in their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols. They made it into vile images; therefore I will make it a thing unclean for them.
21 I will give their wealth as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, who will defile it.
22 I will turn my face away from the people, and robbers will desecrate the place I treasure. They will enter it and will defile it.
23 “‘Prepare chains! For the land is full of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence.
24 I will bring the most wicked of nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated.
25 When terror comes, they will seek peace in vain.
26 Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will go searching for a vision from the prophet, priestly instruction in the law will cease, the counsel of the elders will come to an end.
27 The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standers I will judge them. “‘Then they will know that I am the LORD.'”

The Lord continues to tell of the consequences of the sins of the people. However, focus on the last verse as it summarizes all of the above verses.

“I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them.”

As we read these verses it is possible for us to think that God is being much too harsh, possibly almost evil. It makes us wonder if he actually even loves us. But this verse assures us that he is only allowing us to receive what we deserve. God, because he loves us, is always merciful; however, if we actively choose to sin and go against him, he will remove his mercy and allow us to receive the consequences that we deserve. Sin results in terrible things. Sin results in all the of above verses. Sin results in death.

We must remember what sin is then. Yes, sin is our day to day faults and actions that we do that aren’t “right” according to the Bible. But the sin that truly needs to be taken care of first is our original sin. It is the sin that the Lord hates because it is the root of all other sins. Original sin can be defined as, “The desire to do as one pleases whilst completely ignoring God.”

We tend to want to do as we want. We don’t like being controlled by outside forces. In essence, we want to be our own ‘gods’. That is the root of our sin, that is our original sin. The Israelites began to do as they please. Many years they worshiped idols and defiled every part of their life. God warned them to turn away from their sins, but they disregarded his warnings and continued to do as they please. In the end God allowed their sins to catch up to them so that they repent and recognize yet again that God is the Lord of all things.

Refusing God the respect that he deserves is a dangerous thing. Belittling his power is a dangerous thing. Interpreting, understanding, and doing things however WE want to do them is sure to get us in trouble. Punishment is the most natural, obvious, next step to a wrong-doing. Admit that God is Lord of all. Listen for his words. Follow his instructions. Do as he commands. And he will pour blessings upon blessings on your life.

Where are you sun?

  Believe it or not, this picture was taken early in the afternoon. Pollution plus cloudy weather made for a cold day here in Beijing. 

What’s interesting is that the weather was absolutely perfect just a day prior. What’s also interesting is that it is possible that tomorrow’s weather could be absolutely perfect.

The weather swings from amazing to terrible and back without much warning. Quite the interesting place if you ask me!

Ezekiel 7:1-13

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to the land of Israel: “‘The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land!
3 The end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices.
4 I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will surely repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. “‘Then you will know that I am the LORD.’
5 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘Disaster! Unheard-of disaster! See, it comes!
6 The end has come! The end has come! It has roused itself against you. See, it comes!
7 Doom has come upon you, upon you who dwell in the land. The time has come! The day is near! There is panic, not you, on the mountains.
8 I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices.
9 I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. “‘Then you will know that it is I the Lord who strikes you.
10 “‘See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed!
11 Violence has arisen, a rod to punish the wicked. None of the people will be left, none of that crowd–none of their wealth, nothing of value.
12 The time has come! The day has arrived! Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
13 The seller will not recover the property that was sold–as long as both buyer and seller live. For the vision concerning the whole crowd will not be reversed. Because of their sins, not one of them will preserve their life.

The fear of the Lord has been lost. We no longer fear the righteousness of our God. We expect him to endlessly look past our sins and care for us anyway. However, because he loves us, he will not allow us to continue to sin. Because he loves us, he will discipline us so that we walk down the proper path.

God forgives and God is willing to forget, however, God is just. Sins have consequences. The consequences should be feared. If there is a sin that we struggle with in our life or if there is a sin that we repeatedly commit we need to turn away from that sin and repent sooner rather than later. Our sins are a very serious matter. Especially for those of us who say we are Christian it is all the more so. We must continue to confess our sins to the Lord and turn away from them and seek his righteousness. We must strive to be holy and do all that we can do be more like Christ.

We cannot accomplish this on our own accord. We are sinful and we are human. We trip over our own feet and stumble even in the light of day. However, our loving God promised to help us. If we reside in him, there is nothing that we cannot do. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” [Phil 4:13] If we desire to get rid of our sins and if we solely rely upon Jesus Christ to help us, he promises that he will help us and he promises that we can overcome sin.

“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” [1 John 1:7]

Turn away from your sins. Confess to God. Ask for forgiveness. Desire his healing touch. Walk in the light. Be strong. And in all these things, remember that God loves you.

Ezekiel 6:1-14

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, set your face against the mountains of Israel; prophesy against them
3 and say: ‘You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places.
4 Your altars will be demolished and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will slay your people in front of your idols.
5 I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars.
6 Wherever you live, the towns will be laid waste and the high places demolished, so that your altars will be laid waste and devastated, your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out.
7 Your peoples will fall slain among you, and you will know that I am the LORD.
8 “But I will spare some, for some of you will escape the sword when you are scattered amoung the lands and nations.
9 Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me–how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts. which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices.
10 And they will know that I am the LORD; I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them.
11 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Strike your hands together and stamp your feet and cry out “Alas!” because of all the wicked and detestable practices of the people of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine and plague.
12 One who is far away will die of the plague, and one who is near will fall by the sword, and anyone who survives and is spared will die of famine. So will I pour out my wrath on them.
13 And they will know that I am the LORD, when their people lie slain among their idols around their altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every spreading tree and every leafy oak–places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols.
14 And I will stretch out my hand against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to Diblah–wherever they live. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'”

The Lord hates idols. When someone who is to represent the Lord (i.e. Christians) has idols it provokes the Lord to anger. It can lead to the Lord destroying the idol and the person who worships the idol.

In today’s world we rarely, if ever, portray the Lord as a being with anger or fury. We only describe him in a positive light, focusing on his love, mercy, care, guidance, and forgiveness. We try to make it seem as though God is incapable of anger. Some of us are at the point where we believe that God should not have anger at all. Why is this the case? It is because we want to serve a God who serves our purpose. We want God to be full of love and mercy so that our sins are covered and forgiven but we don’t want to face the consequences of our sin. However, this is not how it works. Every sin must be accounted for and every sin will be judged accordingly.

Have we been forgiven? Yes. However, that does not relieve us from the receipt of consequences. Consequences are the result of any action that we take, whether good or bad. Just because our sins were forgiven does not mean that we don’t have to face the result of our actions. If we overeat and live like a glutton then we will have to deal will obesity and its health problems. If we drink excessively we will have to deal with the resulting health problems. If we smoke, we will have to deal with the resulting health problems. On the positive side of things, if we exercise, we will enjoy the benefits of a healthy, good-looking body. If we work hard, we will reap the fruit of our labor. If we study hard, we will gain more knowledge that may benefit our futures. Whether good or bad, each action will have a result.

This is what the Israelites faced. They sinned. They committed a very severe sin against God. Not just once, but for hundreds of years they repeated the same sin over and over. God finally decided to give them their judgement. Imagine that you have a young child, whom you’ve taught to clean their room. They know it is their responsibility to clean their room, and in the beginning their room is always clean. As time goes by, however it begins to get dirty. You patiently wait to see if they clean it. More time has passed so you decide to give them a warning. They say, “Okay” and go along with their day. You come the next day and their room is still not cleaned. This pattern continues and you get more and more frustrated. Why are you frustrated? Because you asked them to clean their room, not only once but many times. Because they disobeyed your command for them to clean their room. They disobeyed your instruction, disregarded your warnings, and purposefully chose not to do as you asked. On top of that, the only reason you asked them to keep their room clean is so that they become adults who know how to take care of their responsibilities. The only reason you asked them to do this is to benefit them in the future. If it continues you cannot help but to discipline your child. This is what the sins of Israel has resulted in. It has reached a point in which God has no choice but to discipline them so that they return to “cleaning their room”.

God surely does love you. He loves you enough to send his son to this earth to die for your sins. He loves you enough to raise his son from the dead and show you that you no longer have to be chained down by sin. However, if you disobey his commands repeatedly and purposefully you will have to face the consequences of your actions. Your actions determine the outcome. Do good, love God, obey his commands, and live a fruitful life. If you have had warnings, heed them, turn back, repent, and follow God once again. He punishes because he loves you and wants the best for you. He knows you best.

남녀관계는 얼마나 중요할까?

요즘 젊은 사람들은 남녀관계를 너무나도 쉽게 생각합니다. 물론 예전에도 그런 사람이 있었겠지만 지금은 더더욱 많아진것 같습니다. 결혼이 얼마나 어마어마한 결정인지, 사귐이 얼마나 귀하고 소중한지, 만남의 영향력이 얼마나 큰지를 모르고 무턱대고 만나고, 사귀고, 결혼을합니다. 그 결과는 많은 상처와 아픔, 그리고 이혼과 가족파멸입니다.

젊은 세대에게 올바른 관계쉽에 대한 교육을 하지 못한 어른들의 탓도 있지만 올바르게 살려는 노력을 하지 않는 젊은이들도 탓입니다. 물론 이 부분에 있어서요. 공부 열심히 하고 일 열심히 하고 착하게 살려고 노력하는 사람은 많죠, 그러나 남녀 관계에 있어서는 많은 부분 사람들은 배우려하지 않고 경험부터 하려합니다.

인간의 욕망, 정욕, 욕심 때문에 그렇게 되죠. 우리는 모두가 외로움을 느끼고 그 외로움을 어떻게든 채우려합니다. 육체적인 유혹도 많습니다. 세상이 만들어 놓은 절제에 대한 안 좋은 시선도 있고요. 그 모든 것을 참고 절재를 하는 사람이 바보인 세상이 되어버린거죠. “그냥 사귀면 되지.” “그냥 자면 되지.” “뭐하러 결혼까지 기다려.” “해볼꺼 다 해봐야 좋은 사람 골라서 결혼 할 수 있지.” 이러한 얘기들로 이젠 세상이 가득 채워졌습니다.

이제는 남녀끼리 여행도 다녀올수 있는거고 남녀친구들끼리 자주 만나 놀고 남녀가 항상 같이 지내도 아무런 꺼리낌이 없는 사회가 되어버린거죠. 그런데 이 생각이 미치는 사회에 영향은 무엇일까요? 과연 더 자유로운 서회를 만들고 있을까요? 더 좋은 관계들이 형성이 되도록 도움을 주고 있는걸까요?

아니라고 생각합니다. 물론 숫자적으로도 이혼률이 너무나도 높고 여러 방면에서 깨진 관계 때문에 허물어지는 인생들이 너무 많습니다. 그 영향이 너무나도 큽니다. 남녀사이를 너무 가볍게 여겨 그렇게 된거라고 생각합니다. 더 자세한 이유와 내용은 길기에 생략하겠습니다만, 관계가 가볍게 여겨지는만큼 쉽게 시작하는 만큼 버리기도 쉽습니다. 그러나 쉽게 생각한다고 그 일의 영향력도 가벼워지진 않습니다. 그 누군가에겐 어마어마한 상처를, 그 누군가에겐 인생의 포기를, 그 누군가에겐 세상을 행한 삐뚤어진 생각을, 나타나게 합니다.

제발 관계는 쉽게 가볍게 여기지 맙시다. 우리 모두는 소중한 존재이기에 서로 존중하며 진중한 생각 끝에 행동합시다. 불필요한 상처도 아픔도 사고도 일어날 필요가 없습니다. 다시 생각해보시고 좋은 결정을 내리시길 바라겠습니다.

Ezekiel 3:16-27

16 At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me:
17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.
18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”
22 The hand of the LORD was on me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.”
23 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown.
24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.
25 And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people.
26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people.
27 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Soverign LORD says.’ Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.

God gave Ezekiel a mission–to deliver the message of God to the rebellious people of Israel. To accomplish that mission, God gave Ezekiel the words to speak, the courage to go, and the strength to stand. The only thing left is for Ezekiel to actually go out and do as God asked.

Today’s Christianity has become increasingly selfish. We become Christians to become saved and not to save. We seek God’s help but do not seek to help others. Many of us would answer the question “Why do you believe?” with “To be saved from my sins” or “To go to heaven”. Both of these answers, as you can tell, are focused only on myself. But God’s love and his purpose for us doesn’t just stop there. He wants not only our salvation but the salvation of others and the salvation of others should be our desire as well.

In these verses, God tells Ezekiel that if he does not warn the wicked person or the righteous person that the blame will be on Ezekiel. The consequences of the sin will be on the person who is committing the sin; however, the blame will be on Ezekiel.

God puts people in our lives who don’t believe and need to be saved or believe and have strayed away. As Christians, we are to do our part in attempting to save them from the destruction that sin brings. That does not mean we constantly nag and annoy the person, but it means we pray and deliver the word of God at the time that he gives us the opportunity. Remember, God will provide all the necessary tools, we only need to be obedient.

Christians should be the people that go out and save people. Christians should not be people who tout their salvation and sit on the sidelines doing nothing but watching. Listen for God’s words and then go out and follow his instruction.

왜 나를 만드셨을까?

“하나님은 왜 당신을 만드셨습니까?”

그 누군가가 나에게 그런 질문을 한다면 어떻게 대답하시겠습니까? 어떻게 생각하시겠습니까?

누구나 하나님을 믿난다고 할 수 있다. 그리고 누구나 좋은 그리스도인이 되려고 노력할 수 있다. 그러나 위 질문에 답을 제시할수 없다면 그 모든것이 헛 수고가 되지 않을까요?

삶의 목적에 관한 질문입니다. 매일 눈 뜨는 이유입니다. 결정 내릴 때에 판단 기준이 됩니다. 노력해서 달성할 목표가 됩니다. 꿈을 품고 향해갈 목적이 됩니다. 위 질문에 대한 확실한 답이 없다면, 삶도 역시 확실하지 않은 삶이 되어버립니다.

확신을 가지고 사는 사람이 얼마나 멋집니까. 무엇을 하기를 원하는지, 무엇을 이루고자하는지, 언제 어디서 무엇을 해야만 그것을 이룰수 있는지. 다 알고 확신을 가지고 사는 사람이 얼마나 멋집니까.

하나님은 분명 뜻을 가지고 우리를 만드셨습니다. 개인마다 특별한 미션을 주셨습니다. 그 미션을 먼저 발견해야만 우리는 진정 “성공”한 크리스찬이 되어나가는 과정을 밟을 수가 있습니다. 같이 기도하고 말씀묵상 하기를 원합니다. 하나님은 당신을 왜 만드셨습니까?

Ezekiel 3:1-15

1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.”
2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it taste as sweet as honey in my mouth.
4 He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them.
5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel–
6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you.
7 But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate.
8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are.
9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.”
10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you.
11 Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says, ‘whether they listen or fail to listen.”
12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound as the glory of the LORD rose from the place where it was standing.
13 It was the sound of the sings of the living creatures brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a loud rumbling sound.
14 The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD on me.
15 I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Aviv near the Kebar River. And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days–deeply distressed.

God gave each of us a task. That task is different for everyone. Ezekiel’s task was to tell the rebellious people of Israel what God had said. The people were stubborn and it was not going to be an easy task. For Ezekiel alone, it was daunting and likely dangerous, however, God gave him the means and the strength to do this task.

God first instructed Ezekiel to eat the scroll (remember this is a vision). The scroll was full of words front and back. He commanded to eat the scroll and fill your stomach with it. We must be filled with the word, we must study our Bibles before we can go out and teach others. God’s word must permeate our lives before we go out to do his work. When we seek to fill ourselves with his Word, his words will be “as sweet as honey” to us and will give us the ‘nutrition’ required to do his task.

He then commands Ezekiel to go and deliver is word. Notice in verse 12, “Then the Spirit lifted me up..” God gives us a task, feeds us strength, gives us the words, and he even picks us up and takes us to where we need to be. The only thing we actually need to do is maintain an obedient attitude. God does the rest.

God doesn’t just tell us to do something and sit and watch us to see if we fail or not. He gives us the necessary resources, he encourages us, he strengthens us; he gives us every tool that we need to do the job. The only thing he looks for is an obedient attitude. A heart that desires to do his work is all that he looks for. Do you desire to do God’s work? or are you caught up in your own self and have only selfish desires?

24시간 예수 바라보기..

24시간 예수 바라보기… 참 어렵습니다. 매순간순간 마다 우리는 죄에게 유혹을 당하고 항상 깨어 있어 싸워야합니다. 24시간 예수 바라보는것은 어느 순간 부턴가 되는것도 아닙니다. 아무리 성숙해져도 우리는 매일 예수님을 하나님을 선택해야합니다. 잘 살려고 노력하는것 과는 다릅니다. 이것은 하나님이냐 아니냐의 선택입니다. 중간은 없지요.

여기서 우리에게 힘든것은 우리가 우리의 노력으로 할 수 없다는게 문제입니다. 아무리 우리가 “도”를 닦아도 이룰 수 없는 일입니다. 착하게 살려고해도 예수님 따라 잘 살려고 발버둥을 쳐도 우리는 할 수가 없습니다. 그것이 인간인 우리의 현실이죠. 그렇다면 우리는 어떻게 해야 24시간 예수님을 바라볼 수 있을까요? 우리가 할수 없는 일이라면…

바로 하나님이 하시는겁니다. “너희는 먼저 하나님의 나라와 그의 의를 구하라” 라고 하십니다. 우리가 해야할것은 매순간의 선택입니다. 하나님을 선택하는 일이 우리의 일입니다. 그 나머지 모든것은 하나님이 하시겠다고 하십니다. “그리하면 이 모든것을 너희에게 더하시리라”.

예수님을 24시간 우리의 힘으로 바라볼수 없습니다. 우리에게는 죄가 너무나도 더 잘 보이기 때문이죠. 그러나 우리는 눈 뜨는 순간부터 감는 순간까지 하나님을 택하면 그가 우리가 볼 수 있도록 나타나십니다. 빛이 나타나 어두움이 사라지듯 우리는 하나님을 택하면 하나님이 우리의 삶에 나타나 죄를 물리치십니다. 우리가 이 세상에 빛과 소금이 되는것은 온전히 하나님이 하시는 일임을 그리고 그것이 그의 은혜임을 깨닫습니다. We can’t but He can.