New Hope’s New Beginnings

September 17, 2013

On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, NHF installed her new senior pastor, Ryan Miller, and 2 additional elders, Tim Kang and Alex Lee.  The special worship service was marked by vows of faith, dedication and service by Ryan and the elders, as well as a special time of prayer and blessings for Ryan’s wife Tonya, and the elders’ wives, Christine An (Chae’s wife), Jihye Kim (Tim’s wife) and Sharon Lee (Alex’s wife).  NHF is excited to receive and participate in all that God has for our community under the guidance and shepherding of these new leaders.

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The week of Sept. 8, 2013 also saw the kick-off of the Women’s Ministry’s Bible study in the BOOK OF JAMES.  For 10 weeks this autumn, NHF’s women will be delving into the book of James, using Tim Keller’s sermons and study guide as primary resources.  Groups meet on Sunday evenings, Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings, and have been kept small so that conversation, sharing, soul-care and prayer can be maximized.

Please be praying that NHF’s women would experience great strides in spiritual formation as they study James together, and that ultimately, they would know the Father’s love, and be empowered to thrive in it.

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Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 is the kick-off event to launch the new Men’s Ministry Discipleship Study.  For the next 6 months, NHF’s brothers will be reading The Trellis and the Vine together, spending time discussing, vision-casting, and praying.  The men will have a kick-off barbecue on the evening of Sept. 21st, before starting their meetings on the morning of Sept. 28th (gathering every other Saturday morning).

Please be praying that NHF’s men would be blessed not only by studying and engaging with their minds, but also by loving Jesus with all their hearts, receiving the Father’s love with open hands, and sharing that love with each other in the depths of brotherhood and friendship.

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Finally, September also marks the month when we send out one of our own – Rebecca McAteer – to a 2-year commitment at Tansen Mission Hospital, in the central Himalayas of Nepal.  While World Medical Mission is Becca’s sending organization, we are her sending church, and we do so with great excitement and great faith that God will move powerfully in Becca’s heart and in her life over the next 2 years, and move powerfully through Becca to touch the bodies and souls of many Nepali and Indian patients.

Please keep up to date with Becca at her blog, Where God Calls.  To support Becca’s commitment to Nepal, you may donate through Samaritan’s Purse World Medical Mission page.

Hi,  as a part of sharing ideas on what we are studying in our care groups at NHF, our group (STUDIO) studied Psalm 1 (Chapter 1 of the study guide) last week.

Jenny and Jimmy Ahn led the study and one of the things that they did with the group was to memorize Psalm 1 during the group meeting. We memorized and recited to each other the first 3 verses of Psalm 1. It was good to have these memorized as it caused us to meditate on them during the week as well.

Also, if anyone is interested, there was a very good sermon by Tim Keller on Psalm 1, titled “Bridge to Prayer”, which is a good companion to the study. If you like to hear the sermon, here is the link:

http://sermons.redeemer.com/store/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=18791&ParentCat=6

Thanks and we would love to hear from other groups what they are doing in the Psalm study.

-chae –

on behalf of the STUDIO group.

Question(s) of the bi-week: in Scripture, God clearly inclines Himself toward orphans, widows, aliens and the poor.  But these are not just ‘the other folks’; God is also talking about us.  Where do you see proof of this in His Word?  How does this change how you view ‘the other folks’?  How does this change how you view yourself?

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What a great evening spent with Kim (Dr. Ferguson, if you’re nasty!), brainstorming & talking into formation the New Hope 4 Justice reading group!   Through our readings, discussions and prayer times, we hope to:

  • (1) gain a deeper understanding of “justice” as God sees it,
  • (2) align our hearts more closely with His so that we may mirror His image more accurately in our individual & corporate lives, and
  • (3) provide a stronger foundation of support & prayer for NHF’s individual & corporate activities.

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Themelios is a journal published by the Gospel Coalition. Volume 34 Issue 1 is now available for your reading pleasure.

Here’s a little something interesting, called “A Faith and Culture Devotional,” containing readings in Bible & Theology, History, Philosophy, Science, Literature, Art, and Contemporary Culture.  Contributors to the book include Randy Alcorn, Kerby Anderson, Ray Bohlin, Walter Bradley, James Scott Bell, Francis Collins, William Lane Craig, John Eldredge, Keith Getty, Chris Gilbert, Sandra Glahn, Guillermo Gonzalez, Fred Harburg, Frederica Matthewes Green, Gary Habermas, Arch Hart, Bruce Herman, Walter Kaiser, Greg Koukl, Joy Jordan Lake, Catherine Larson, Rick Larson, JP Moreland, John Mark Reynolds, Hans Rookmaaker, Hugh Ross, Jody Hassett, Sanchez, R.C. Sproul, Sam Storms, Michael Strauss, Charles Thaxton, Drew Trotter, Catherine Hart Weber, James Emory White, Dallas Willard, Philip Yancey, Kelly Monroe Kullberg, and Lael Arrington.

More details from the Zondervan website after the jump …

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A recent study published in the April issue of Psychological Science features experiments on moral self-regulation. The results are interesting. Here’s a summary of one of the experiments:

In the first experiment, participants were asked to write a self-relevant story using words that referred to either their positive or negative traits.  After finishing, they were told that the research lab was interested in supporting social awareness and usually asks participants if they would like to make a small donation to the charity of their choice. Participants were told they could write down the charity and the amount they wanted to donate (note, they were not aware of any link between the story they wrote and the charity donation).  The result: participants who used positive words about themselves in their stories donated one fifth as much money as those who used negative words.  A follow-up experiment verified these results.

How does the Gospel inform your reading of these results? Does it help explain these results or should it, in theory, place Christians in a different category?

“Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” has started at New Hope with all the Greek catering platters, clip-art and computer sound effects one could ever hope for!  The next two classes (January 25 and February 1) are still free for anyone and everyone to come and try out.  After that, we encourage you to register as at least an Audit student, and join us on this wonderful semester-long adventure.  

This course is not about how WE are to be missionaries.  Rather, it’s about how and why GOD is a missionary God.  And if we choose to love and follow Him, and if we profess Him as our God as well, we’ve got to get on-board His Gospel train!  If you’d like more information about the course and how to become a regular “Perspectives” student, please feel free to get in touch with Jen C. and/or Grace C.  If you’d like to sit in on some of the lectures, we invite you to do so — ANY glimpse you get into God’s true heart will bless you and draw you closer to Him.  Lecture topics and guest lecturers are listed after the jump (and will continue to be updated, so check back often!).  We look forward to pursuing God with you, dear brothers and sisters!

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