Subject: West Side Update - January 4, 2016
January 4, 2016
Yoonki has always loved the final chapters of the book of Job, where God addresses (and humbles) Job. "It's a bit scary, but also very reassuring to know that our God is sovereign and is for us,” he says.
Yoonki Lee is in his last year of his MBA at New York University and has been attending Redeemer for the past couple of years and lives in the UWS. He split his time growing up in Seoul and up and down both costs of the U.S. and finds the UWS to be "the most homey.”
Yoonki serves as a volunteer teacher in the Children’s Ministry at the 5 p.m. service.
"As much as I serve in the Children's Ministry to support the church and the spiritual growth of the children, the time we spend is a lot of fun and really flies by,” he says.
"The kids are so funny and so bright… perhaps something in the city water."
Yoonki is an avid golfer and can be found at Caffe Storico.
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Another year is upon us, one in which we will undoubtedly experience both good and hard times—seasons of joy and seasons of sorrow. So on this first Monday of January it seems fitting to ask the question: “What is the best way to prepare for those difficult times ahead?” The Bible instructs us to trust God’s goodness (Psalm 111:3) and to submit to his majesty (Psalm 111:10). Of course knowing and doing are two very different things. So as the year begins, absorb the wisdom of John Newton, who in a letter to a woman whose sister was dying wrote:
When your spirit is overwhelmed within you, (God) knows your path; He will not leave you to sink. He has appointed seasons of refreshment, and you shall find He does not forget you. Above all, keep close to the throne of grace. If we seem to get no good by attempting to draw near Him we may be sure we shall get none by keeping away from Him.
Do you see what he’s saying? First, he’s affirming what she knows about God (he will not leave or forget you). He then urges her to “above all” be diligent in worship and prayer. In other words, the worst thing we can do when facing doubt, fear, bitterness and despair is to flee from God’s presence. So often when people face difficult seasons, they stop coming to church or Community Group; or they shut down their prayer life. Newton reminds us that our response should be the opposite. Seasons of doubt are the time we must pursue and cling to God. So as we start another year, resolve to stay engaged with God and his community, knowing that Jesus died so that you might approach and trust God as your loving Father.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. —Psalm 40:1
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