148 results for author: Pastor Soo Kwan Lee


One Church, Two Congregations

Today is the day of speaker exchange for our church between SBC and NLF.  Therefore, I want to provide some explanations of our church system of two congregations of two languages. One of the important principles of our church is two congregations in one church.  In other words, Houston Baptist Church of Houston is made of two congregations; one is English speaking and the other is Korean speaking.  The division is by language regardless of race. Most Korean churches in the US call an English speaking congregation as an English ministry.  This word implies that English congregation is an appendage of Korean congregation.  Also, it reflects ...

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For Prayer to be a Blessing

I wrote about prayer two weeks ago and I want to add some more thoughts.  The preparation of the person who will deliver public prayer is important.  However, there is another facet which is equally important.  It is the attitude of the congregation who is listening the prayer.  This attitude is so crucial that it can govern the level of blessings from the prayer. In an American group, during prayer, it is common to hear responses of congregation to the public prayer with exclamations like ‘Um ~’, ‘Oh, yes.’ Or ‘Amen’.  The group is responding to each word of the praying person.  It shows the level of involvement of the congrega...

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When God Comes To Us

God seeks us.  Whenever men encounter God, it is always because God seeks him and not the other way around.  That is why bible says God held out his hands to people all day long.  (Isaiah 65:2) The first reason that God seeks us is because of His love for us.  People often think that salvation is something that we need to earn.   Therefore, manmade religion claims that to receive salvation, we need to have an enlightening experience, accumulate enough suffering to achieve good or do something to win it.  That is not true.  God’s desire to save us is much greater than our desire to be saved. The second reason that God seeks us is ...

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A Few Words of Advice for Public Prayer

Some of congregation think that it is better for deacons who say the prayer during Sunday worship to speak without written notes. Maybe because of this, I also noticed some offered prayers without notes. I believe this is because of the congregation’s expectation that deacons of our church should be able to say a 3-minute prayer without notes and that is why they made such a request. However, my thought is different. Since the basis of prayer is a conversation with God, anything can be said. Therefore, remembering our Father is with us, using our daily language without any pretense to report all the details of our lives tends to help deepen our ...

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How to Build a Healthy Self-consciousness

How I perceive myself unknowingly is called self-consciousness.  This self-consciousness has a strong influence in our lives.  For example, if someone considers himself a lovable person, it is easy for him to relate to others, to have self-confidence and to be positive toward others or their words.  However, anyone who does not have a positive self-view, tends to hear other’s words in a distorted way and could think it is about him when it is about something else. One well known theory about self-consciousness is called ‘Johari Window’.   This theory claims that there are four areas in everybody’s self.   One is an open area which is ...

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Anonymous Letter in My Church Mailbox

Last week, someone left a letter in my church mail box.  Often, anonymous letter causes some heartache, so I opened it reluctantly.  Inside, there was a handwritten letter.  It went as follows. Dear Pastor, I am a member of xxxx church in Houston.  I was compelled to let you know of someone who is very dear to me.  She attends Houston Seoul Church and I work in her store 4 days a week. According to her, she does not read the Bible and she seldom prays, but she fears God and she knows what it is to have reverence of God.  She is also filled with the joy of God. She has a tight cash flow and she works from 5 in the morning, but she ...

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Koreans are Not Polite?

Recently, I visited a repair shop to receive service on certain item. I knew the owner well and the product was serviced not too long ago, so I knew that it was a simple procedure. When the job was done, the owner said, “I spent lots of time and energy to work on yours especially because you are a pastor.” On his exaggeration, I replied that he became quite voluble since he had become a business owner. He answered, “This is unavoidable in dealing with Koreans.” Then, he told me the followings with all seriousness. According to him, it is more difficult to deal with one Korean than dealing with 10 Americans. Koreans tend to argue about petty ...

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