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QTin June 2022: Trusting, Dwelling, Rejoicing in the Word of God

QTin June 2022: Trusting, Dwelling, Rejoicing in the Word of God

Автор Yangjae Kim

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QTin June 2022: Trusting, Dwelling, Rejoicing in the Word of God

Автор Yangjae Kim

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236 страниц
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Издано:
13 мая 2022 г.
ISBN:
9791192205144
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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

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13 мая 2022 г.
ISBN:
9791192205144
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She is more righteous

than I

This year’s January and March editions covered Genesis 1-28. We learned about the hopes God had for humanity when He created this world in Chapters 1-11. From Chapter 12, we read about Abraham and his family chosen by God, Isaac becoming the promised heir and marrying among his people, and Jacob stealing his brother’s birthright and running away.

The editions of May and June cover 29-50, which is the story of Jacob and his twelve sons. The story of Joseph, who was favored by his father and sold to Egypt, starts in Chapter 37. In this context, readers would expect the next chapter to be about Joseph’s story in Egypt, but suddenly the story of Jacob’s fourth son Judah appears in chapter 38. How come?

The Bible centers on the history of Jesus Christ and His family line. Judah lived an evil life compared to Joseph, whose character represents Jesus. But the family line of Jesus flows through Judah. Despite the sins he committed, Judah repented and said, She is more righteous than I (Genesis 38:26). Chapter 38 tells Judah’s story to show us that God continues His lineage through those who genuinely repent of their sins, even if their lives do not seem to be as significant as the Egyptian Prime Minister Joseph.

In Chapter 38, Judah leaves his spiritual community out of guilt of selling his brother and resentment towards his father and brothers. He befriends Hirah, which leads Judah to a spiritual downfall. When we are blind to our sins, we tend to blame everything on our spouse or community and want to leave. But this is the time you need to stick to your spiritual community more than ever. If we stay and listen to God’s word, we can see the discrimination and pride within us.

Judah marries a Canaanite and has three sons and a daughter-in-law Tamar. Even after two of his sons die, he blames everything on Tamar and refuses to admit he did evil before God. The opposite of repentance is blaming others. The death of his sons was actually a product of his leaving his community out of guilt and marrying a nonbeliever.

However, Tamar knew the importance of carrying on the covenant. So she disguised herself as a prostitute and approached her father-in-law. Judah did not recognize her and gave her his staff, seal, and cord as a pledge, and slept with her. Tamar got pregnant and gained the key to the covenant. Later recognizing what he had done, Judah tried to cover his shame with the help of Hirah, but things only got worse. Even though he was the one who sinned, he ordered Tamar to be burnt to death when he found out she was pregnant three months later. Like Judah, people who blame others and their circumstances can never be freed from sin.

Judah recognized them and said, ‘She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.’ And he did not sleep with her again. (Genesis 38:26)

After Tamar showed him the staff, seal, and cord he gave to her as a pledge, Judah realized God’s plan to continue the family line through Tamar and repented. He confessed before the community that Tamar was more righteous than him. As Jesus died on the cross to save us, Tamar was sacrificed so that Judah could realize his sin. We cannot repent on our own. The people next to us, like Tamar, help us see our sins and make us repent, She is more righteous than I. We can confess You are more righteous than I. only when we acknowledge our sins.

Tamar’s bold actions saved her father-in-law. God gave her twin sons Perez and Zerah, restoring Judah’s two lost sons. When Boaz married Ruth, the townspeople and elders blessed them, saying, May your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah (Ruth 4:12). A story like this is shameful and may seem like a curse in the world’s view, but Judah became an ancestor of Jesus Christ. The one person in the family that stands firm in the faith, like Tamar, saves the entire family.

Are you in denial about your sins and falling into evil like the spiritual decline Judah went through? I hope all our readers finally confess, You are more righteous than I, and save the people around us so that we can experience heaven on earth together.

On a sunny day,

Chief Director, QTM

Kim, Yangjae

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I Love QTin

"We took each step through daily QT,

and God showed us the way."

Duksoo Jin, Dayun Noh

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At the age of 32, a young mother of two was suddenly diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer and thyroid cancer. In a situation where anyone could say God, don’t you think you’re being too harsh on me?

this couple confesses, God’s plan was different from ours.

We met Duksoo Jin, Dayun Noh, and their family, who are taking each step in their tunnel of suffering through daily QT.

Q. Please introduce yourselves to our readers.

Duksoo Jin I am the first child of a Christian family. My father had an accident with an eight-ton truck when I was two. He survived after several surgeries but could only pay one-tenth of the hospital bill because we were struggling financially. My mother was pregnant with my brother at the time and thought of abortion but decided to give birth. Afterward, my mother provided for my brother and me by doing many jobs like sewing or caregiving. She always felt like we were in debt because we hadn’t fully paid my father’s hospital fees, so she called the hospital after 34 years and paid the rest of the bill. This story was on the news.

I looked younger than my peers because of my small height and boyish face. So, I tried to work hard and act mature so that my friends wouldn’t look down on me. After I passed the national tax accountant exam, I forgot my promise to God that I would live for Him if He let me pass, and went to bars and illegal massage parlors with other friends that had passed the exam. I thought I was entitled to a little fun because I studied so hard. But after listening to the word in my church community, I repented after realizing that all I had done with my extra money and time was a sin. I met my wife in the young adult group and have two children. Since my wife was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, I have experienced God leading me step by step through the word.

Dayun Noh I was born in a Christian family. I knew I was a sinner, but still, thought I was better than others. I fell on my knees before God after two cancer diagnoses. My parents were always fighting because of my father’s drinking problem. When I was in high school, I told my father I wanted to go to college, but he told me to work at a factory and earn money. I was so hurt that I felt a deep resentment towards him. But at the youth service at church, I heard a friend confess that her father was having an affair, and his mistress was giving her a hard time. Until then, I thought I was the most miserable person in the world. I was so shocked when I heard this testimony that I started to look into the word seriously. However, I think even back then, I was a faithful person only on the outside.

I met my husband at our church young adult group and married at an early age partly because I wanted to leave home, but my father kept giving me a hard time by frequently asking for money. My husband and I didn’t have much in the early years of our marriage because our families couldn’t support us. So, after my kids got a little older, I aimed to earn money and buy a house. I started working again as a nurse after maternity leave, but I found I had lung cancer during a medical checkup. After being diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer and going through chemotherapy, I had to go through another surgery for thyroid cancer. Two cancer diagnoses made me finally sing, Watching and waiting, looking above, filled with His goodness, lost in His love. I feel much better now, and I am working as a nurse again.

Soohyun Jin (Age 8) I am in first grade at Whangnam Elementary School. I like watermelons and strawberries. I like playing quiz games and making new games to play with my friends.

Ihyun Jin (Age 6) I go to Sunsa Prekindergarten. I like apples and bananas. I like playing with my older brother. I want to copy him. It’s a lot of fun when we spin tops together.

Q. What is it like for the whole family to read the word with the QTin series?

Dayun Noh I tend to be emotional, and my husband is rational, so we often quarreled since the early days of our marriage. We had a disagreement when we were requested to do this interview. But we decided to do it because listening to the word made us realize that God was calling us to use our experience with cancer to do His work. At first, I didn’t know how to explain my illness to my kids, but doing QT together with the QTin series helped us open our hearts and communicate better.

Soohyun Jin When my mom was sick at the hospital, dad and grandma did QT with me. When mom came home, I prayed, Thank You God for taking care of her.

Q. Could you tell us about your hardships and sins? What sins have you repented of, and what applications have you made after meditating on the word?

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Duksoo Jin I couldn’t let go of money because I grew up with so little. I tried to earn more after I started a family. When my wife was pregnant with our first child, she was in bed for three months because the doctor said she might have an early delivery. Our second child had issues with hearing so he had ear surgery when he was two. After my wife went back to work, one of her coworkers told her to get a medical checkup. That’s when we found a tumor in her lung. When she got her first surgery, I just thought it was a warning from God not to follow this world. But when I found out it was cancer, I was so sad I couldn’t think of any Bible verses, and I didn’t know what to do. One of the associate pastors at our church called me. He had three kids and a wife who was battling cancer. He told me his story and comforted me. As our church small group members sent me words of comfort and prayed for us, I calmed down and started to meditate on the word with my wife. At first, I thought, How could God do this to us? but when I saw my wife leading people to faith through her illness, I realized God’s plan was much different from mine.

Our parents helped us while my wife was battling cancer, but it was still hard to work and take care of my children. I got angry whenever someone irritated me, thinking I have enough problems already. I think the anger came from my pride that I was doing the best I could. My wife still gets regular checkups every four months. When I see myself meditating on the word harder whenever it is time for her checkups, I realize how hard it is to change even after all I have been through.

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Dayun Noh Since I was a little girl, I judged my father for drinking every day and my mother for not caring for him. After I got married, I complained that my husband was too soft. But when I was diagnosed with cancer twice, I realized there was still unbroken pride within me. In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, kicking about in your blood (Ezekiel 16:22). This verse made me repent for living as a believer since I was born, but forgetting God’s grace and living by the detestable practices and prostitution of this world. I realized that God hit my health but saved my soul through chemotherapy to make me realize that, although I admit that I’m a sinner, I still think I’m better than others.

I judged my mother for not serving my father well, but I, too, find myself being disobedient to my husband and expect him to give me the love I didn’t receive from my parents. Also, even though I tell God I will preach about Him through my job, I secretly think of my job as a means of financial security. Seeing this side of me, I repented of the time, money, and worship I threw away. I couldn’t eat because my body got weak after chemotherapy, and I couldn’t sing songs of worship after getting surgery for thyroid cancer. This made me fall to my knees before God and repent for sinning with my lips.

When I first got diagnosed with cancer, I blamed my parents and husband. But after reading the Book of Ezekiel, I realized I

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