Monthly Archives: September 2011

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VOM Regional Conference

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North Korea Resources – Sept. 28, 2011

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Prayer Point for North Korea – September 26, 2011

As autumn approaches the Korean peninsula, favorable wind direction for launching Gospel fliers and Bibles into North Korea via balloon decreases significantly.  While the team is “on call” for balloon launches – day or night, rain or shine – without favorable wind conditions, little else can be done.

Pray that God, in his mercy, grants favorable wind conditions to enable the Gospel to reach North Korea.

Want to learn more about Seoul USA’s balloon launching ministry?Click here to read the most recent newsletter, dedicated to answering questions related to ballon launching.

Seoul USA Field Ops Update

How well do you know your stuff?

Whenever we have information – names, phone numbers, addresses, project data – that we either need to remember or want to remember, how well do we really know it? It is fairly easy to put things into short-term memory. On average, people can pull things out of their noggin when they have a few minutes to think and they don’t have much stress.

Stress, though, is a memory killer. Under stress, people will have difficulty recalling things they’ve learned as well as be unable to remember specific items that have happened during their stressful time.

Knowing this then, let’s look at how we learn things that we want to remember. Can we memorize data well enough that we can recall it under extreme stress? I think so. Here are three specific ways to learn and practice recalling information that will help you when under stress. These days, I work on doing this with scripture memorization. It’s one thing to memorize a passage for a low stress, silent recall “in your head” and another to recall it when you are facing well-armed marines that want you to stop the balloon launch of Gospel flyers. Here they are:

  • Practice repeating your information (or scripture) out loud.Reviewing it in your head can be helpful, but it doesn’t cement the information into your memory the same way as saying it out loud does.
  • Practice repeating your information with audible distractions. If you can repeat John 3:16-21 from memory, out loud, with your TV cranked up with Monday Night Football, then maybe you really have that passage memorized for recall when you really need it.
  • Test yourself. Frequent testing improves longer term memory retention. We implement this at Seoul USA by always combining testing with our training. According to a Washington University study, “testing enhances long-term retention through some mechanism that is both different and more effective than restudy alone.”

So for the important stuff that you don’t have or can’t have readily available in writing or online, test yourself, out loud with distractions before you get too confident that you know it.

Why are Christians Called to Forgive Those Who Sin Against Them More than Seven Times?

That’s what Peter asked, in Matthew 18:21.  Jesus responded with the following:

“…the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

The servant fell on his knees before him. “Be patient with me,” he begged, “and I will pay back everything.” The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. “Pay back what you owe me!” he demanded.

His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.”

But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

What Jesus is showing Peter (and us) is that how we forgives reveals-accurately or inaccurately-the work and character of our God. If we forgive seven times, our God is one who forgives like a human being. And like a human being, that God quickly runs out of patience and wants sinners to pay for their sins themselves.

But if Peter forgives seventy-seven times in the name of the God of Peter, then the God of Peter is revealed to be a generous God indeed-one who does not forgive like human beings do. One whose forgiveness is judgment plus mercy-a force so powerful that it will eventually set right the damage that sin and death and evil have caused.

So God’s mission of righteousness-setting the world right through his judgment and mercy (which is what he means by forgiveness)-is advanced or hindered precisely to the degree that we realize that our own forgiveness of others is nothing more or less or other than part of that mission.

Debts to the servant, in other words, have become debts to the master; as the servant forgives those debts, so forgives the master.

If the servant fails to forgive those debts, the generous character of the master is shrouded or, worse, denied. And sin and unforgiveness continues to burn like acid through our human race, sinners and sinned against alike.

For more guidance in Forgiving and Reconciling, make sure to check out our free podcasts, video clips, and blog posts this month at

Where We’re Speaking

VOM Regional Conference

VOM Regional Conference

North Korea Resources – September 14, 2011

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