163 results for author: Pastor Sookwan Lee


CERTAIN ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ME

Some of you may have seen it, but there is someone who posts calumny against me in the church website or website of House Church Ministries International (HCMI).  The writer writes his name as ‘Truth’ and claims that I deliberately broke the church audio system and as the new system was installed, I received a huge rebate (last year, it said that the contractor received the rebate but then recently the recipient was changed to me.), that I received a kickback from the purchase of the land in Katy, that I stole a church contribution from the 3rd service before I became a senior pastor, and now it claims that I took money from donations for flood ...

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REAPPOINTMENT SYSTEM FOR PASTOR

As of August of this year, it has been 5 years since I started serving as a Senior Pastor and now it is the 6th year.  According to SBC constitution, there is a vote for reappointment for Sr. Pastor at the end of his 6th year.  If 2/3 of voting executed by registered church members is for the reappointment, Sr. Pastor will have a Sabbatical year and serve for another 6 years. This reappointment voting will recur every 7 years like this.  The sabbatical year can be for one year or a part of a year depends on the preference of the pastor.  Please refer to the church constitution which is on the church website. The other day, I mentioned this ...

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CONCEPT OF STEWARDSHIP

One of the important concepts Christianity follows is stewardship.  All we have is not ours but they belong to God who entrusted them to us for a time being (1 Peter 4:10).  Therefore, my talents, materials I own, or my time are God’s and it is the best to be used according to His purpose. This important concept of stewardship applies to children that my children are not mine but God’s.  God called us and entrusted them to us, ‘Would you keep my children for a while and raise them?’ Therefore, we should do our best in raising them, but we should not force our wishes on them. The most important responsibility as a parent is to find ...

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GOD OF TRINITY

When I first encountered Christianity, I could not quite understand the concept of trinity.  One God in three persons sounded to me at that time like an elaborate theory rather than something plausible.  In addition, it hindered me from having faith by making me think that other theories in Christianity could follow the same suite.  However, after I became a believer, the trinity is the element that made my faith stronger as time goes by. Of course, I am still not sure of the proposition of ‘One God in three persons’ or how it is possible.  I only know that it belongs to the person in the realm of different dimension and its full understa...

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THE ORDER OF HOUSE CHURCH MEETING

Layman’s seminar is just around the corner.  This time more participants are coming from different continents like Korea, China and Australia than the US.  Considering the great sacrifice of these participants who are coming from such distant location, I sincerely hope that they will gain what they come for.  Since this week’s house church is with a guest, it would be important that the house church will be presented without omitting any important elements.  Because of that, I want to stress few areas which can be neglected easily. The two most important parts of house church are to help people to experience love and answered prayer.  Even ...

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HAVING ATTENDED PASTORS’ CONFERENCE

Last week, from Monday to Thursday, I attended the house church conference.  This conference is to aid pastors who attended the seminar to successfully implement the house church system.  During the daytime, Life series of bible study was presented in an intensive format.  In the evening, we had case study, question and answer session and small group meetings to discuss various relevant issues.  On Wednesday afternoon, we had time to tour the city and for fellowship.  When the official schedule was over, regional leaders met for further discussions and dispersed late Thursday night. Except for the few who could not make it because of hurricane ...

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WHY WE CAN SMILE AT ADVERSITY

Hurricane Harvey caused the biggest rain damage in Houston’s history. Starting from the middle of last week, I visited several flood-ravaged areas and It was truly brutal.  The rotten smell filled the air, and household items and pieces torn out from houses were irregularly piled high on the front yard.  A garage door which could not bear the water pressure was dented and people were there with blank eyes.  In such a situation, our congregation kept bright faces.  Pictures taken from recovery site shows such bright smiles, it is difficult to distinguish who is the one who suffered flood damage.  I suppose the reason is we have much encouragem...

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