Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Goodie Goodie Gum Drops

My sister started a new company that makes hair "candy" for little girls. It's well made and very cute. Check it out and spread the word:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Heart of God's Leader (1 Samuel 13:1-14:52)

OEM News

A couple of news clips concerning OEM. The first video discusses our partnership with CGNTV which will set up a new headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand in order to reach South East Asia. The second clip discusses our move from our Yangjae campus to a new location in Dogok. Exciting times :)

Finishing Strong (1 Samuel 12:1-25)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Thailand Mission Trip 2009

Video of our Thailand mission trip with OEM and our youth ministry 937. We visited the Khaodee orphanage in Chiang Rai. Video made by Stella. Great job :) And excellent choice of music too I might add - U2's "Yahweh".

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Trace Bundy and Sungha Jung Concert - June 24

Trace Bundy and Sungha Jung will be in concert June 24, 2009 at the Urban in Itaewon (South Korea). Trace Bundy will also be doing a special performance at Onnuri English Ministry on Sunday June 28th at both our 11:30am service at Yangjae and for our 4pm service at Seobinggo.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Meeting Yonggi Cho

Andres Bisonni and Yonggi Cho

Andres receiving some serious blessings from Yonggi Cho

Andres Bisonni and me waiting for Yonggi Cho

Yonggi Cho praying blessings over me :) Wow, what an honor.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Love Sonata 2009 - Kobe, Japan

Kobe, Japan. The people's hearts were so tender towards the Gospel. It was awesome to see. Each time I go to Japan, my heart grows for it more and more.

Makito and his father. His father became a Christian as a student and then his family kicked him out. He hasn't seen his family for quite some time. Now he's a pastor and Makito is a seminary student and missionary in Nepal. A wonderful family of faith :)

One of our lunches. I love Japanese food.

The end of our service where over 2,500 Japanese came to hear the Gospel. Please lift up a prayer for Japan even now. May salvation continue to spread throughout that land.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Cherry Blossoms in Korea

I love the spring time in Korea. On Monday morning, I was able to walk around our church neighborhood and take some photos of the many flowers that were starting to bloom. Here are some of the photos. I put a quick video together of some of the pictures I took today; the music in the video above is by Sungha Jung, a young kid with some huge guitar talent.

Prayer Requests and Verse of the Week

Living Life Memory Verse of the Week: Isaiah 57:1

"The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil." (NIV)

"The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity" (ESV)

Praise Reports:

  • Several people gave their lives to Christ for the first time in both of our services yesterday. God is saving! Another sister gave her life to Christ while doing her devotionals with Living Life :)
  • One sister was set free from a spiritual stronghold that held her captive for 10 years last week. God is awesome!
  • Another sister was also set free and delivered from anger through the prayer time during our Sunday service.
  • Another member was set free from the spirit of fear that griped her during her whole time in Korea. God is doing a great work and we praise Him for it!

Prayer Requests for This Week:
  • Please pray for OEM to finish our Lent fast well this week - for strength and faithfulness.
  • Please pray blessings over our AIM Good Friday joint worship service.
  • Pray for salvation to come upon all those who have yet to know Christ for our Resurrection Sunday Service.
  • Pray for that the students in my preaching course on Friday would be well equipped to study passages faithfully in sermon preparation.
  • Pray for anointing and power for me, our praise team, the drama team and the choir for our Resurrection Sunday services.
Thanks so much. Your prayer support is my life support.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Your Prayer Support My Life Support

God has renewed my conviction once again of the need to raise up intercessors for spiritual leaders and pastors. Either through ignorance or false humility, the enemy has done a good job in causing so many Christians to neglect the crucial role prayers have in the effectiveness of their churches and the blessings upon their own lives. I'm hoping to change that within the culture of our church, and this sermon was the first step in making daily intercession a norm for church life. You can watch the full service here through the CGNTV website or just watch the sermon in the YouTube link above.

A couple of books I found extremely helpful on this topic of praying for pastors and spiritual leaders is "Prayer Shield" by Peter Wagner and "Partners in Prayer" by John Maxwell. These are one of the few books dedicated solely to the topic of praying for pastors.

I've been giving away copies of Prayer Shield since my seminary days because I believe so much in what this book has to say. Plus, if it'll get more people to pray for me, then it's totally worth it. So listen, read, and keep praying daily for your pastors. One truth I've realized is that for the pastor, "the congregation's prayer support is the pastor's life support." Thank you for your prayers.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Freshest Juice in Korea

For those who know me, know that I basically only drink water and juices. Maybe a Coke here and there with pizza, but in general, I don't like carbonated drinks nor do I drink anything hot (so yes, I also avoid coffee and tea). No, I'm not Mormon and no, it's not because of health reasons. It's just personal preference. Growing up in the US, it was no big deal because every store would have tons of juices and non-carbonated drinks to choose from. Anyways ... living in Australia and Korea was tough because the drink selection for my 'categories' of drinks was so limited.

But one company I have discovered and been thankful for is Fruitist. They not only have 100% pure fruit juices to choose from, they have the freshest process of making the drinks straight from the fruit to the bottle. Not like the typical "from concentrate stuff". Good taste, good quality and good for you too. Pretty cool.

They're going to be selling these at 7-11's in Korea from this weekend and I hope it'll take off because we need more good, healthy juices to choose from over here! So if you're in Korea, stop by a 7-11 this weekend and pick one up. Here's to your health ...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Forgiveness in Action

This is a touching interview by Mrs. Winters, the wife of Fred Winters who was the pastor that was shot to death at First Baptist Church of Maryville earlier this month. She shares about her longing to see her husband's killer find peace with God and also her desire to one day meet with the killer's parents. A great testimony of the power of forgiveness that only Jesus can bring.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Anniversary CGNTV

Congrats to CGNTV (Christian Global Network Television) on celebrating their 4th Anniversary. This is the media arm of Onnuri Community Church which reaches over 120 countries around the world. CGNTV has been used by God to bring the Gospel literally to the ends of the earth and it's been an honor to serve and partner with this ministry.

Also, there have been many testimonies from Christians and missionaries from around the world who have found strength and encouragement to keep pressing on in the midst of lonely situations because of the programs and worship services that are broadcast from CGN. For those who understand Korean, you can watch several testimonies of how CGNTV has impacted lives and the mission field here (if you have difficulty viewing the site with Firefox, try it with IE as most Korean websites are built for Internet Explorer).

It has done so much in such a short period of time and I hope and pray God will continue to anoint and use this ministry to bring the Gospel to every single people group of the world. Even for this short moment, please lift up a prayer for CGNTV to strengthen the Church around the world.

Global Warming Doomsday Called Off

This video link was sent to me by my friend Sam in Sydney. It's an interesting look at some scientific reasons why we need not worry nor buy into the doomsday messages about global warming being given to us from our governments today. Either way, for believers, we never need to worry about the future anyways because our God is in control and is working all things to achieve His ultimate purposes. But it was nice to see a much bigger perspective on how global climate change was always a part of earth's history and where today's weather fits into that larger picture.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Debate on the Devil

ABC held an interesting debate on the existence of Satan/demons last week in the US. It was hosted at Mars Hill Church and I'm glad Mark Driscoll represented our side. I feel he did a great job of staying true to Scripture in a friendly, firm and intelligent way. I think our side looked good because of the reasoning, presentation, and articulation of Mark, but I also think in part due to the people they chose to represent the opposing side. I can't help but wonder if they picked "white, middle-class American"-type people for that side, if the feel might have been different. Anyways, it's worth a look. You can watch this debate and previous ones here.

Sidenote: For Firefox users, to get rid of pop up adds and even the commercials, install the add-on application "adblock pro" and you'll have ad-free, commercial free viewing of all the sessions.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

An Amazing Message Needed for Today

Friendship and Freedom

Wow, we had a great time in our school of prayer tonight seeing people set free and delivered from years of strongholds of the enemy. God is doing a great and mighty work in our midst and I praise Him for that. I also pray that God would protect them tonight and keep them in His Truth ... that sets people free.

Also, last Sunday's service is now online here. And the YouTube sermon (Loving Them Through Friendship) is also available in the upload above. Continual thanks to Dan for the conversions and uploads :) I really appreciate all your service for OEM.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The ESV Study Bible

I've been using the ESV Study Bible for the past several months and I must say I've been impressed. The notes and articles contained in this study Bible is second to none - high quality and solid scholarship presented in concise readable sections. I've been eating it up.

And I've also been getting very hooked on the ESV translation for personal reading and study. I love the close connection it keeps with the original text. The ESV Study Bible recently won the top award for the Christian Book Awards. The Dallas Morning News also covered this achievement. Check out the video above for a brief intro and you can also access the Bible and its notes online here. A great investment to help aid your studies and grow in the Word.

Mark 9:14-29 Loving Them By Trusting in God

Friday, March 13, 2009

Teaching Again

I just started teaching my preaching course at Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology and it feels good to be back in the classroom. I love the idea of helping people grow and develop as preachers who will love the Word and be faithful in the delivery and proclamation of God's truth to the nations. And I really mean to the nations. One of the things I love about Torch is the international diversity that's represented in that place - literally people from all over the world who are training there to go back and be a blessings to their homeland that is need of Christ. What an honor and privilege it is to serve God's people in this way.

Please pray that God would give me wisdom to teach these students well and that these students would be used by God to bless all the nations of the world with His Gospel. And please also pray that our class would be a place of worship, so that all that we learn would trigger a heart

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A New Season

It's been simply amazing what God has been doing in our ministry these days. His Spirit is being poured out in power every time we gather. People are getting healed from cancer and diseases, people are being freed from spiritual strongholds and there is a HUGE hunger for more of God through prayer. God's been showing up in powerful ways and He's definitely doing a new thing with this pouring out of new wine for OEM. Our prayer school on Wednesdays has also been soaked in the presence of God. I cannot wait until the fullness of what God is hoping to do is released in our ministry.