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QTin January 2022: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word
QTin January 2022: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word
QTin January 2022: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word
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QTin January 2022: 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 выпуска15 дек. 2021 г.
ISBN9791192205014
QTin January 2022: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word
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    How to Live Well in God’s Eyes

    The Book of Genesis is divided into two parts: Chapters 1-11 (creation) and Chapters 12-50 (tribal era). The entire Bible can be divided into Genesis 1-11 (primeval history) and Genesis 12 to Revelation (redemption history). Chapters 1-11 are short in length, but they cover a period far longer than the rest of the Bible. It is mentioned briefly in the Bible because the Bible’s focus is on the redemption history of Jesus Christ.

    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). God separated the light from the darkness on the first day, divided the waters on the second day, and created plants and trees on the third day. On the fourth day, He made two great lights for day and night, and on the fifth day, He made creatures of the sea and birds in the sky, and He created animals and man on the sixth day. He finished creation and rested on the seventh day.

    The description of the creation of man is longer than the other creations. While God created others by His word and order, the creation of man was elaborately discussed by the Holy Trinity. We are the crown of creation and good in God’s eyes because the Holy Trinity decided, Let us make man in our image, (1:26). We are different from other animals. However, since the fall of man, we have been waiting for God to restore us. We have lost our blessings and power. The only thing that differentiates us from animals now is our rationality. This rationality, however, cannot save us. Salvation only comes through God’s grace.

    Whether they are Christian or not, every person is created in God’s image. The people who come to faith first recover their true image, and those who do not believe in God yet need more time. Therefore, we do not have the right to brag about our faith. We can recover our image of God when the Holy Spirit helps us.

    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them … God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:27, 31a)

    Women are creations, not dependents. Other living things have been created in pairs, but only men and women were created separately. The original text uses inseparable conjunctions for man and woman. As the Holy Trinity is one and three simultaneously, man and woman are one and separate. They are fundamentally the same. They need to treat each other equally and love and serve one another with their life because they are all created in God’s image.

    God has created man and woman. However, in our arrogance, we started to think a man can choose to become a woman, and a woman can become a man. This is saying, I am better than God. Paul said this is not just a sin; it is an exchange of natural relations for unnatural ones (Romans 1:26). Society goes the other way when we worship God’s creations more than we worship God. A notable example of an unnatural relation is homosexuality, a real and imminent crisis happening around us.

    Christ-followers are not the only ones made in God’s image. All people are created in God’s image regardless of how sexually immoral they are. God waits for all people because he loves them. He achieved redemption history by descending to this world as the Son and dying on the cross. A new Heaven and earth will come when Christ returns. It will be even greater than the world He created. Yet, God still wants to wait for more people to repent before that day comes. He waits for us to gather to Him like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings (Matthew 23:37).

    As we wait for our children who don’t do as we say, God waits for us in a state of deep lamenting. Whenever our children go astray, we must remember that the Holy Spirit laments for us whenever we disobey. We are angry when our children rebel against us after all the love and dedication we have given to them. We get so mad that we want to end the relationship. But a life that is good in God’s eyes is a life waiting for that person out of love. It is a love that dies, does not complain, and gives to the very end.

    Are you angry and tired of giving love to a spouse, child, partner, or friend who shows no sign of turning back? When you love that person for God, He will do your work for you. I pray that we all love the person next to us without complaining and live a life that is good in the eyes of the Lord.

    Starting the New Year with praise and thanksgiving,

    Chief Director, QTM

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    I Love QTin

    "We could continue QT

    with the help of our QT meeting."

    French International Students Association Online QT Meeting

    - Pastor Hojin Choi, Haesun Byun, Haesoo Kim and Yeun Cha

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    We heard the good news that international students in France were having an online QT meeting using QTin during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to introduce those meditating on the Scriptures in a foreign land and the joy they are experiencing through QT, which even the pandemic could not stop.

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    French International Students Association Online QT Meeting

    This QT meeting is led by Hojin Choi, the pastor of Good Church in Nantes. The online meeting is held every Wednesday at nine o’clock in the evening. The members of the meeting live in different regions.

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    Q. Could you introduce yourselves to our readers?

    Hojin Choi I am Pastor Hojin Choi. I came to France in 2018. I served at a church in Lille for Korean international students in 2019 and have been serving as the senior pastor of Good Church in Nantes since early last year.

    I grew up as a good boy in a non-Christian family. When I was in middle school, my mother started to suffer from a mental illness. I was shocked to see her talk to herself and not recognize her family. Seeing my mother suddenly fall into an illness, I started to think of the meaning of life and longed for love. A friend invited me to church when I was in ninth grade. At first, I wasn’t sure there was a God, so I just prayed, God, if you exist, please heal my mother. Surprisingly, when I was in high school, my mother got well, and I have believed in God since then. When I was studying French in college, God called me to become a minister.

    Haesun Byon I am the wife of Pastor Choi. I grew up in a non-Christian family, and one of my neighbors invited me to church. During chapel service in a missionary school, I started to wonder if God really existed. A short time later, God gave me the grace of faith during a service I attended. I met my husband at the young adult group in the church and have lived as a preacher’s wife. However, I still struggled against the worldly values that were ingrained deep inside me because of my non-Christian background. I didn’t know how to apply the Word to my life. I tried to live for God but was betrayed by a friend and experienced many difficulties at work. Through these trials, I realized that I need to follow only God and not people and money. I am living day by day applying the Word to my life doing QT with QTin.

    Haesoo Kim I major in art. I came to France in 2017. Angers, where I live, does not have a church for Koreans, so I take a train every Sunday to attend church in Nantes. I was diagnosed with cancer when I was two years old. I went through a big surgery and many chemotherapies. Afterward, however, I lived a healthy life. I was healthy enough to forget about the illness I suffered, but cancer came back when I was 19 years old. With the prayers of my parents and many others, I received good treatment and pursued my dream of studying art. Even though God blessed me by curing my illness, I remained a church-goer. After I came to France, I didn’t go to church for two years because no one was around to tell me to go. But after I moved to another neighborhood, I met people who were going to a Korean church. The first day they invited me to church, I sang along with a hymn titled Turn Back to the Lord. I realized that God was waiting for me. I was so thankful and sorry to God that I cried. I realized that God had sent me many people to help me turn back to Him throughout my life. This was also how I joined this QT meeting.

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    Yeun Cha I am in business school for my master’s degree. I inherited faith from my mother, but my faith faded when I was in high school and was pressured by my studies. When I went to a church retreat in my junior year in high school, I lifted my hands to God and asked for His help. It felt as if God was holding my hand; I met God personally. I majored in French in college so that I could go to France through student exchange programs and internships. It wasn’t easy to adapt to life in France, so I didn’t know if I should stay here to study further. But when I returned to Korea, I realized I couldn’t stop thinking about France. God opened doors for me to study in Cergy since last August.

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    Q. Since when did you do QT with QTin? What has been your biggest change since you did QT?

    Hojin Choi I read QTin for the first time when I was an associate pastor at Yehneung Church in Korea. Our senior pastor at the time, Pastor Gunhee Cho, introduced QTin to our church after attending the QT Ministry Seminar. Later I also signed up for the seminar. I have done QT since I was in high school. I was deeply touched by the grace God gave me through the Scriptures, so I attended the seminar and through the training program that followed. When I was dispatched to Lille, France, in 2018, thankfully, QTM offered to send us copies of QTin.

    I ministered mainly to Korean international students in Lille. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these students returned to Korea, so our church gatherings got smaller. I was called to be a pastor at Good Church in Nantes. Many international students left this church, too. So now, my ministry is mostly with Korean and Korean-French families. It’s hard to meet each other in person, so my work these days is to visit the homes of our church members and encourage them to do QT by giving them a copy of QTin when the book arrives every two months (laugh). The people in Nantes doing QT with the QTin series have been experiencing the joy of doing QT together with their families based on the same daily passages. We have an online or offline QT sharing once every week. Our sharing is profound because the testimonies written in QTin urge us to see ourselves and our sins.

    I also started to look at my sins rather than the sins of others after I began to do QT with QTin. For the last 20 years, I blamed pastors in Korea for tarnishing the reputation of Korean churches. But through QT, I realized that I am the one who needs to change. Hoping to be transformed, I am desperately meditating on the Word every day.

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    Haesoo Kim I was familiar with QT since I was young, but I didn’t do it regularly. Each attempt would last only for a few days. Last summer, I heard of the online QT meeting with young adults and decided to join. Listening to the honest sharing of the members, I have been able to do QT regularly through this meeting. I feel God telling me what I need to hear through QT, which is why I cherish these meetings greatly.

    Yeun Cha After studying as an exchange student for a year at Lille, I came to France again for an internship in 2019. That was when I was invited to an offline QT meeting with Pastor Choi. I am now attending the online meeting from Cergy. Doing QT in the morning changes my day, giving me more to be thankful for.

    Q. What are your trials and sins? Is there a Bible verse that has helped you through your struggles of living in a foreign country? Are there any sins you repented about through daily meditation on the Word?

    Hojin Choi My younger daughter, who turns fourteen this year, started to have bruises in her ankle two years ago. She cried out in pain day and night. The doctors here could not find the reason for the pain, so my wife took her to Korea last summer. The doctors said she had a lymphatic malformation, but there was nothing we could do about it right then, so they came back to France. The only thing my wife and I could do was to pray to God. The QT verse I read during the time, I myself will tend my sheep … I will search for the lost and bring back the stray (Ezekiel 34:15-16), gave me strength. God was telling me to look only towards the Lord, who is our true shepherd. I repented before God of my weak faith.

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    Haesun Byun When living in a foreign country, it is easy to ge