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QTin December 2020: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word
QTin December 2020: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word
QTin December 2020: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word
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QTin December 2020: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word

Автор Yangjae Kim

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QTin is monthly devotional (so-called QT, which stands for Quiet Time) magazine for adults and young adults.

It is a QT magazine for adults and young adults wanting to read the Bible from the context of redemption history and to change to a biblical value system. It was originally published only in Korean, 30 writers and editorial staff ar

ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательRH Korea
Дата выпуска10 нояб. 2020 г.
ISBN9791189927554
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    QTin December 2020 - Yangjae Kim

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    How to Find

    Your Spiritual Heir

    The Book of Chronicles was written for the Israelites, who have returned to Judah after the Babylonian captivity. The author is known to be Ezra. Faith and hope were fading among the Israelites at the time because they could not understand why God would allow 70 years of exile. In the Book of Kings, which we covered in summer, the author wrote the history of God’s people in the form of judgment to lead Israel towards repentance. The Book of Chronicles is also a book on the history of Israel but speaks more of recovery than judgment to comfort the people of Israel and recover their identity as chosen people of God. While the Book of Ezekiel, which we meditated on in our last edition, was about building a temple in Heaven, Chronicles is about building the temple of Jerusalem on this earth.

    Adam, Seth, Enosh, (1 Chronicles 1:1)

    The history of mankind has a fundamental direction and purpose. Our history is centered on Jesus and flows in the direction of the genealogy of the Messiah. The genealogy in the Book of Chronicles starts with Adam. It indicates that we must always begin by admitting that we are complete sinners before God. It also shows that history evolves around God’s people, meaning believers of Jesus are at the center of history. All the stories and people in the Bible existed for me. In particular, the Book of Chronicles was written for me. The genealogy in the first chapter shows that Abraham was born ten generations from Noah and twenty generations from Adam. The genealogy of Jesus continues through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and then through Judah. The Book of Chronicles primarily focuses on King David, a descendant of Judah.

    The sons of Judah: Er, Onan and Shelah. These three were born to him by a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua. Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death. Tamar, Judah’s daughter-in-law, bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all. (1 Chronicles 2:3-4)

    The above verse starts with The sons of Judah because Jacob chose Judah as his spiritual firstborn among his twelve sons. Our greatest blessing is to recognize who our spiritual heirs are. We often do not see who our spiritual descendent is because we tend to favor the better-looking, nice, and smart child.

    What does it mean to recognize our spiritual descendent? It means recognizing which of our children truly believe in Jesus. After having a harsh life, Jacob recognized his spiritual heir only before his death. His spiritual descendent was not Reuben, his first son, not Joseph, the prime minister of Egypt and the family’s greatest caregiver, but Judah. Our journey towards holiness is the process of letting go of our greed and worldly values and replacing them with Godly values. Through this process, we build the Lord’s temple in our lives.

    Why was it so difficult for Jacob to see that Judah was his spiritual heir? As Jacob’s fourth son, Judah sold Joseph as a slave and married a Canaanite. God warned Judah through the death of his sons Er and Onan, but Judah did not turn back from his sins. According to the rules of levirate marriage, Judah should have made Er’s widow Tamar the wife of his third son Selah to keep the family line as well as to continue to produce spiritual heirs. Judah, however, did not take his spiritual responsibility seriously and continued to enjoy his life. As a result, he slept with a prostitute who turned out to be Tamar in disguise, his daughter-in-law. Tamar decided to take the risk of sleeping with her father-in-law to continue the family line. When everything was revealed, Judah admitted his wrongdoing by confessing that Tamar was more righteous than he (Genesis 38:26). Ever since this moment of repentance, Judah lived humbly, playing the role of mediator among his brothers.

    Although Jacob’s family seems to be a mess, God continued the spiritual family line through Perez, the son of Judah and Tamar. From this bloodline came David and Jesus. What could be more honoring to a family than the birth of our creator Jesus Christ? Although Judah’s life seems like an embarrassment, the Bible is not afraid to reveal this part of the spiritual bloodline of Jesus.

    Does someone in your family embarrass you? Our purpose in life should be to give birth to spiritual heirs. If you are praying in tears for the salvation and recovery of your loved ones, you are producing spiritual descendants. I hope we build our temples by seeing the spiritual sons and daughters God has sent to our families through the eyes of faith.

    Thanking the Lord for His protecting hand throughout this year,

    Chief Director, QTM

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    I Love QTin

    "There is hope in a next generation

    rooted in Biblical values."

    - Dohyun Kim, Minae Kim, and Seulki Lee, faculty of Uri School

    We are living in a time of serious social divide and mixed values. How can we prepare our next generation for the future when it is becoming more difficult to raise our children as God’s people? We must prepare them by teaching them Biblical values. We have met three teachers in Uri School who have dedicated their careers to teaching their students Christian values based on daily meditation of the Bible through QTin.

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    Uri School is an alternative school founded in March 2014 by the Wa-Uri Presbyterian Church (Pastor Mankyu Park is the senior pastor of Wa-Uri Presbyterian Church and chairman of the board of directors of Uri School). The school currently teaches kindergarten, elementary, and secondary courses. Uri School hopes and prays that their students develop the spirituality, character, and intelligence to live as disciples of Jesus.

    Q. Could you introduce yourselves to our readers?

    Minae Kim I started to teach in Uri School since its foundation, going into my seventh year. I was born as an only child and received a lot of love from my parents. I followed a friend to church and got baptized in 2005, but I was just a churchgoer back then. I personally met Christ after entering the college of music while volunteering to play in a church orchestra. I later taught at a public school, but always felt like something was missing. I prayed to God, and He opened an opportunity for me to teach music at this school. I am helping our students discover their talents and use them to worship God.

    Dohyun Kim I have also been at this school since it started. I teach elementary school. I was born into a Christian family, so I thought I was a good Christian. When I was a freshman in a university of education, I struggled through a difficult family situation. I prayed to God, I’m going to drop out of school if You don’t send me to a Christian school where I can worship and pray with my students. As an answer to that prayer, God sent me to this school ten years ago. (laughter)

    Seulki Lee I have taught in Uri School for two years. I am a homeroom teacher for middle school 8th graders, and I teach social studies for elementary school students and career and calling courses for 8th graders. Middle school students at our school go to Europe in the summer of their second year to visit religious reformation sites. Career and calling is a course to prepare students to find the calling through their visit to these sites. I was born a third-generation Christian and received a lot of love and support from my grandmother and parents. I want to give back the example of God’s love that my family showed me to my students.

    Q. Tell us how proud you are of Uri School.

    Minae Kim Our greatest asset is our faculty. I was shocked when I first came here because the relationship between the teachers was different from that of ordinary schools. I was especially surprised by the servant leadership of the principal and pastor. Our teachers’ QT meeting was the spiritual community I always hoped for.

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    Seulki Lee Out of many things I’m proud of, one of them is our students. When I look at them, I can see that God is answering all of our prayers for them to become disciples of Jesus. I hope our children grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor of God and men.

    Q. When did you start doing QT?

    Dohyun Kim I did QT since I was in kindergarten, but I drifted away from the faith when I went to college. After I failed in my teacher certification exam, I prepared for a re-exam at Noryangjin. I decided to go to church again and went to a nearby church. Tears came out of my eyes when worship started. I realized this was where I was supposed to be. After service, I registered as a member and received discipleship training at the young adult ministry. That was when I seriously started to do QT.

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    Minae Kim After personally beginning a relationship with God, I wondered, How could I learn the Scriptures more closely? When the church orchestra I played in was preparing to go on a mission trip to China, we did QT together. At first, it was difficult to connect the Word with my life, and I would sometimes skip QT. But the people in the team encouraged me to continue, and now I am experiencing God’s grace every day.

    Seulki Lee I was introduced to QT when I was attending a Christian high school. I was a leader of the school’s mission club for two years, so I had to teach the Word to my classmates during morning service. I felt I needed to know the Scriptures more deeply to teach the Word. That’s when I started QT.

    Q. What has changed ever since you started to do QT with your colleagues with QTin?

    Minae Kim We started a Teachers’ QT Meeting using QTin as our guidebook since 2017. The meeting is held at one o’clock in the afternoon every Friday and led by Pastor Daewoong Choi, the school’s chaplain. Because we are reading the same Bible verses, it is easier for us to share our thoughts and struggles, experiencing true repentance. We are enjoying the comfort and peace of God.

    Dohyun Kim Our meeting started as a teachers’ service, but after we began to use QTin, it has become a teachers’ QT meeting, which helped us understand each other more and pray for one another. We talk not only of our students and classes but also about the struggles in our personal lives. Through this sharing, we realize that we are all heading towards the same direction: Jesus.

    Seulki Lee We have a QT time with our students before the first class starts in the morning. It was me who changed the most by sharing the Word with my students with QTin. At first, I did QT to teach my students, but QT soon became a part of my daily life.

    Q. Did QTin help you see your sins and repent?

    Dohyun Kim Last summer, I visited Europe to see the sites of religious reformation with our middle school students. At first, I felt a lot of pressure because I was in charge of the students’ safety and worried that things would not go as planned. I easily got mad and emotional when the students would not do as I say because of that pressure. Through QT, I realized that I had caused grief to the students (2 Corinthians 2:5-7). I cried and repented during QT sharing and apologized to the students. After that moment, I decided to leave the rest of the schedule up to God, and whenever things didn’t go as expected, I prayed, God, there’s nothing I can do. Please help me. Thankfully, God helped us return from the trip safely.

    Seulki Lee As I was reading 2 Kings this summer, I realized that I was repeating the same sin like the kings of Israel who did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam (2 Kings 15:24). My weakness is that I tend to focus more on what other people think or how I feel than what God says. I praise God for calling me as His child and giving me hope for new heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17) despite my weaknesses.

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    Q. What are your struggles and sins? How are you using them for the salvation of others?

    Minae Kim After entering the college of music, I completed my undergraduate and graduate courses at an early age. My heart became arrogant, thinking this was my doing. After joining the church orchestra, I met my husband, who was a member of the church choir. We had no financial struggles in the early years of our marriage. I started to find a way to live more abundantly. I invested our savings into the business of a friend that I thought had potential. That business, however, went bankrupt, and I lost all the money I invested. At first, I blamed my friend and fought with