May 18 2023
Numerous scholars and pastors have written extensively about the nature and purpose of the church. While opinions may vary, one consistent belief is that the church should never neglect or cease its evangelism and missions. This responsibility was bestowed upon Jesus' disciples and the church as a whole when He ascended into heaven. Currently, this mission is under the umbrella of "mission work." However, the specific
methods of evangelism and mission work may differ slightly from one
church or organization to another.
For instance, churches often provide support to missionaries and their
respective organizations in the field while missionaries actively
engage in their own evangelistic and mission endeavors with the backing of these churches. As part of this collaboration, churches may invite sponsored missionaries annually to hear reports on their missions, offering support through prayer and financial contributions. Likewise, missionaries themselves may visit their sponsoring churches annually to encourage direct or indirect involvement in missionary work.
Our church is also planning various mission activities this summer.
The reality is that many individuals in our community are in need of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and numerous missionaries require support for their missions. It would be contradictory for the church to turn away from these needs and then attempt to share the gospel.
My prayer is that this summer we will be a church that actively supports missions through prayer, financial contributions, and our time. God has a purpose for us, one that extends beyond our personal salvation and encompasses the souls He has created and shaped, as well as the entire world. Let us strive to be a church that attentively listens and prays for missions, enabling us to zealously fulfill the responsibility of spreading the gospel that He has entrusted to us.
"But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of God’s grace." (Acts 20:24, NASB)
In Christ, Frankie Kim
Mother's Day Reflection
May 12 2023
The definition of love varies from person to person because it’s more emotional than logical and based on experience rather than knowledge.
For example, if someone has experienced the positive aspects of love, they’ll define it as something beautiful that makes people happy. On the other hand, if someone has experienced the negative aspects of love, they’ll define it as something hard and difficult. Our experiences shape our definitions of love for our mothers. My mother is a strong person who’s always assertive and doesn’t listen to others very well, but she always wants to help others and tries to meet their practical needs.
However, her way of loving is always dependent on how she wants to love. Sometimes that was a struggle for me when I was growing up. My mom loved me so much that she tried to give me the best things she thought I deserved, but most of them weren’t what I wanted. No matter how expensive or nice they were, they weren’t what I wanted, and I struggled with that a lot. If love were defined solely by our experiences, I would only remember negative things about my mother, but love is more than our experiences. My mother loved me in her own way, but that doesn’t change the fact that she loved me. She stayed with my father because of me and supported me, trying to help me stay on the right path. Even though she divorced my father when I was an adult, it was because she loved me that she decided to follow the God I worship and worship Him diligently.
It is clear that love is determined by full knowledge and right experience. The situation of the prophet Jeremiah was one of despair; he had lost his country, and he had suffered from other nations. But he did not lose sight of God’s attributes and love, and God’s mercy toward him. He separated his experiences and circumstances from his knowledge of God, and he understood his situation through God’s love.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3:22-24 (NKJV)
This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day. What are our memories of a mother’s love? Are they positive or negative? A mother’s love most closely resembles God’s love. Just as God’s love is devoted and always the same, a mother’s love is directed toward us and is devoted, even if it seems negative in our eyes. A mother’s love is the kind of love that can give of herself for her children. May this be a week, a Sunday, in which we remember that kind of love and remember the love that God has shown us. Plan to stay after the service for a piece of cake to honour the mothers in our congregation.
In Christ, Frankie Kim
April 13 2023
Why do we have hope?
I'm a big fan of hero movies, especially the Marvel series. As I watch these movies, I often see similarities between the characters in them and those from the Bible. For instance, when I watch a Hulk movie, I'm reminded of Samson. Although I believe the Hulk is more intelligent than Samson, they share similar traits in terms of their eccentricities and strengths. Recently, I've been reading the Message Bible and most recently the book of Samuel. As I read, I immediately thought of Dr. Strange. I saw similarities between the two characters in their ability to mentally see through a problem and come up with a solution. It's fascinating to see how different stories and characters can intersect and share similar qualities. Movies can also help us think about biblical characters, as well we can look to the Bible to think about movie characters. When you think of the Holy Spirit, what comes to mind? When I was growing up, I pictured the Holy Spirit as Superman. Just as Superman comes from another planet with unique powers and helps people on Earth, the Holy Spirit comes from God with supernatural abilities to help us. While this image captures some of the Holy Spirit's qualities, it doesn't fully encompass who He is. The Holy Spirit reveals supernatural works and mysterious things to us, but He is God, who holds us in His arms and gives us strength. Superman works alone, but the Holy Spirit helps us to do God's work. The church has traditionally dedicated the 50 days following Easter to commemorating the Holy Spirit and contemplating His role in our lives. During this time, we're encouraged to reflect on the fact that the Holy Spirit is always with us, guiding and assisting us in confessing Jesus as our Saviour. It's a valuable opportunity to meditate on the Holy Spirit's presence and influence in our lives, and to deepen our understanding of His role in our faith. May we all take the time to recognize and appreciate the Holy Spirit's continuous help and guidance as we navigate our spiritual journey.
“And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the LORD has said, Among the remnant whom the LORD calls." (Joel 2:28-32, NKJV)
In Christ Frankie Kim
April 6. 2023
Jesus is Risen!
From a human perspective, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is hard to understand. For our salvation, God sent His Son to earth to die on the cross. He then raised Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to sit at His right hand. Through Jesus' resurrection, God completed His saving work. As 1 Corinthians 2:14 states, "The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness." The resurrection can only be understood through faith in God, which is a gift from Him. By placing our trust in God and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, we can fully celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and its profound significance for our lives. Through our Easter services, we have the opportunity to honor and worship Jesus for His ultimate sacrifice and love for us. However, it's important to remember that the significance of Easter goes beyond a single day of celebration. May we continue to reflect on the transformational power of Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection in our lives, and let it inspire us to live more fully for Him. Truly, only Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. Praise the Risen Lord!
In Christ, Pastor Frankie Kim
Mar. 16. 2023
Review of our Salvation
When I was a child, my parents used to fight constantly. After each argument, my mother would grab me and tell me that if it weren't for me, she wouldn't be living with my dad. This caused me a great deal of stress and anxiety, which persisted until my parents divorced when I was 23 years old. During my younger years, I even thought that my mother would be better off without me. However, after I met Jesus and he transformed my life, my mother's words took on a different meaning for me. Even though she said those words in a negative way, to her, I was her reason for living. I learned that Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross because of me, and that he chose to sacrifice himself to save me from my sins. After I realized this, Jesus became my reason for living. Because of Jesus, I wanted to know him more, and because of his love, I decided to become a pastor, and I started studying. In the same way that God was the reason for the prophets' ministry and their lives, God is also the reason for our lives. The power of God's Word drives us forward and motivates us. Without God's Word, just as the prophets couldn't do their work, we can't carry out our own work and live our lives to the fullest. God loved the world and the people he created, and we are the reason for this love.
That's why he sent his Son to die for us, so that we wouldn't have to suffer the consequences of our sins and be separated from God forever. Jesus' sacrifice and love made it possible for us to be reconciled with God and have eternal life through him. Thanks to Jesus Christ, we can be with God forever. "Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you." (1 Peter 1:10, NKJV) The salvation that the prophets studied and meditated on, which Peter talks about, is all about Jesus Christ, the Messiah that God has prepared for us. Through his Word, God made Jesus the reason for our salvation, and he has saved the world so that we can be with God forever through his love.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again." (John 3:16-17, The Message Bible)
In Christ, Frankie Kim, Lead pastor
Mar. 09. 2023
I recently moved into a new home and I noticed that the water wasn't very good. I started investigating and realized that the water heater wasn't working properly. While replacing it, I also realized that I needed a water softener because the water in my new home had a really bad smell that just wouldn't go away, even after I took a shower. I ended up replacing the water heater and I am installing a new water softener today, but then I noticed that the drain water pipe wasn't working properly. So I decided to call a plumber to take care of it. Hopefully everything will be completed soon and I'll finally be able to enjoy good, clean water in my new home!
While I was replacing some water-related parts, I started to think about what it really means for us as Christians and where our water comes from. The Bible talks about the significance of water and even mentions odour.
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13, NIV)
"For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing." (2 Cor 2:15, NKJV)
So, have you ever thought about the smell of the water we have, or the water we come across? The Bible actually talks about this. It says that if we dig a well without relying on God, it's considered a sin, and the water we get from it has a rotten smell. But the good news is that we can make it smell good, and that's through Jesus Christ. When we abide in Jesus Christ, and live our lives around Him, we will smell good - the aroma of Jesus Christ. This fragrance will waft to those who don't yet believe, and it can lead them to remember and follow Jesus.
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38, NKJV)
In Christ, Frankie Kim, Lead pastor
Mar. 02. 2023
As I reflect on my childhood memories of church I remember it as a sacred and holy place where I believed God resided. I thought it was not a place for sinners, only the righteous. However, an incident occurred when I was playing in the church chapel with a friend, and we were scolded harshly by a church elder for desecrating God's temple. This incident had a profound impact on my friend, who never returned to church again.
As I pursued my calling to become a pastor, I studied ecclesiology and learned that if the church were only for the righteous, it would disappear. Even those who follow Jesus Christ are not without sin, and it is because of our sinfulness that we come to church. Jesus came to earth to be with sinners, and he did not come to call the righteous but the sinners.
Unfortunately, the perception of the church as a religious organization focused on increasing numbers has led to declining attendance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the church is not about numbers; it is a place where we gather to worship and exalt Jesus because of who he is and what he has done for us. We come to church because we love Jesus, and we need him.
The church is the body of Jesus, and we must live our lives according to his name. Let us not forget Jesus and let us live our lives in a way that reflects his love and grace. When we do this, the name of Jesus will spread throughout the earth, and the church will continue to be a place where sinners can find hope and salvation.
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:32, NKJV)
Yours in Christ, Frankie Kim
Feb. 23. 2023
Questions are important because they are a source of life. Another word for this is curiosity. When someone is curious, it means that he or she has a question about a thing or the world, and it becomes a resource to find a solution or an answer. A question can also become a motivation because people can be passionate when they want to find an answer to something. When I think of Christianity, it can begin with a question about God.
When I first met my wife, I couldn't stop asking questions because I wanted to know everything about her. We met every day after work for three months and eventually got married. Similarly, if we are interested in God, we can have questions and begin to study the Word of God. In the Bible, God says to Israel, "Come now, and let us reason together," says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18, NKJV).
When God says "let us reason together," it means we should have questions and answers. God has many questions for us. If we are interested in knowing God, we can eagerly find an answer. However, if we are indifferent to God, we don't want to find an answer. Repentance means that once we were indifferent to God, but now we are interested in knowing Him. Once we were focused on our work, life, and desires, but now our focus is on God's work, a God-given life, and a God-created plan and desire.
Where are our minds and hearts? Let's put our hope in God. Let's change our desires to God's desires. Let's answer what God is doing with God-given questions. It is the faith we should have before God. With faith, we can have the right questions, and we can give the right answers to God.
God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. (Rom 3:27, The Message)
Pastor Frankie Kim
Feb. 16. 2023
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Psalm 34:8)
Do you like to eat food? I love food, especially hamburgers and sausages. When I decided to move to Canada, one of my dreams was to visit local restaurants in Canada for a nice hamburger and sausage. Of course, I moved to Canada to study theology and become a pastor :). Anyway, the reason I love hamburgers and sausages is because I tried the best hamburgers when I was a high school student in South Korea. Because I couldn't forget its taste, I wanted to visit local hamburger bars in Canada. Likewise, when I decided to study theology, it was because I had tasted the love of God from the Bible. The Bible completely changed my life. I didn't know Jesus until I was 22 years old. I didn't know how to live my life. However, when I met the Lord through the prayer meeting, I became interested in reading the Bible and I knew who Jesus was. Then I wanted to know more about Jesus. It led me to a Bible school to study the Bible. And now I'm a pastor in our church. The writer of Psalm 34 says taste and see that the Lord is good. It's important because we can't change our lives if we don't taste God's goodness. Without the love of God, we cannot find God. I believe God has begun his new chapter at Yorkton Alliance Church. And God has invited us into His place so that we may taste and see His goodness. Let us join in worship to taste His goodness and mercy. Let's praise his glorious name to see his great work. God is always good, and we are in Him. Let us trust him and follow his righteous path. We will see and taste His love and goodness! Hallelujah!
Pastor Frankie Kim
What makes us live What is our identity in God?
These questions have been my motivation since I decided to follow Jesus. I believe in Jesus and he in me. And when I accepted Him as my Savior, Jesus led me on His way with the Holy Spirit. However, I have faced many trials and temptations every day. Also, I have a lot of guilt in my life, even though I'm His child because of Jesus. Looking at my life through my eyes it seemed like a failure, but God tells me I'm not a failure. Instead, he said that he lives in me since he saved me through his son Jesus Christ. It gave me the answer to the first question I have: What makes us live? It is Jesus Christ, our Lord. Besides, it's the grace of God. I won't be able to live without God's love and grace, but God's grace covers me, I could overcome my struggles and I could stand before God. It conveys my identity. I am Korean and immigrant in Canada. Being Korean, I enjoy Korean culture and food in my daily life. That's because Korean is my identity. Now I have a new identity in Jesus. It's a Kingdom citizenship. If I get citizenship of the kingdom of God, I should enjoy its culture and food. Because my identity is in the kingdom of God, I enjoy the body of Jesus, which we call the church. Because I am a citizen of the kingdom of God, I enjoy the food of the kingdom, which is the word of God. We are God's family. We are Kingdom citizens. So we can enjoy its culture, its style and its food. Let's remember we belong to God. Let's live our lives with Kingdom culture. Let's enjoy the spiritual food that is the Word of God. We are the Church!
Pastor Frankie Kim