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I haven’t watched award shows in probably 30 years, but when it was announced that BTS would perform on the Grammy’s I watched.

And I realized why I don’t watch mainstream award shows.

I turned the TV off during certain performances because I couldn’t stomach them. The only reason I stuck it out was because BTS was next. They kept us waiting.

Sadly, BTS didn’t win in their one category. They should have been nominated in multiple categories.

Recently an award show popped up on my YouTube feed. This is one award show I’m not ashamed to say I watched all the way through.

Some great performances.

None that made me want to shield my eyes.

I’m praying one day BTS will be a part of this award show. Many people are praying for BTS.

Matthew 19:23-26 Christian Standard Bible

Possessions and the Kingdom

23 Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, “Then who can be saved?”

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

마태복음 19:23-26 Korean Living Bible

23 그때 예수님이 제자들에게 이렇게 말씀하셨다. “내가 분명히 너희에게 말한다. 부자는 하늘 나라에 들어가기가 매우 어렵다.

24 내가 다시 말하지만 부자가 하나님의 나라에 들어가는 것보다 낙타가 바늘귀로 통과하는 것이 더 쉽다.”

25 제자들이 이 말씀을 듣고 몹시 놀라 “그렇다면 누가 구원받을 수 있겠습니까?” 하고 물었다.

26 예수님은 제자들을 바라보시며 “사람의 힘으로는 할 수 없지만 하나님께서는 다 하실 수 있다” 하고 대답하셨다.

The BTS Grammy performance:

They were fully clothed and gave a classy performance compared to the others that night.

In BTS’s new Music Video, J-Hope eats a pat of butter.

I cringe a little to think about eating butter all by itself.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a buttered butter-milk biscuit(my Mother-In-Law makes the best) with a slice of tomato. Yum Yum.

I have mentioned that my son was born on Halloween, so we had costume birthday parties. When he was four he dressed as a lego block.

I’m not creative enough to come up with the concept of the costume on my own, but I don’t recall who deserves the credit.

It takes six tubs of butter to make a lego block, so being the doting parents that we are, we purchased 6 tubs and scooped out all the butter and put it into another bowl and stored it in the refrigerator for later consumption. We don’t eat a whole lot of butter, so eventually, we had to throw all of it out. Yes, I know, a waste of perfectly good butter when there are starving kids in the world. I never said we were perfect parents.

My sweet lego block

But butter-milk biscuits baked with butter beats butterless biscuits any day.

Moral of my story–don’t waste butter. There is someone in the world who’ll eat it. More Butter to you, J-Hope.

Disclaimer: I enjoyed the new video. Some Christians feel the use of the phrase OMG is breaking one of the ten commandments. I am one of them, so as I sing along, I’ll just sing something different, like Oh My Goodness cause that’s what my Grandmother said. If Grandma said it, then it’s okay with me. (It’s okay to take my own goodness in vain, because I know that my own goodness is nothing when compared to the perfection of Jesus). Hey, I’m not judging the boys, I’m just saying what makes me comfortable.

Another Breakfast referenced song oldie-but-goodie just recently posted to Youtube by the Newsboys. Fun Fun Fun.

When the toast has burned . . .

And since I’m CRAZY, here’s another song by the Newsboys:

I’m a people watcher. I love to sit back and watch people do things. Anything.

I love to read, but can’t do it when I’m in an airport, because there are too many people to watch.

BTS has been a great group of guys to watch. They may get offended if I said they remind me of a church youth group. But my church youth group loves to play games with each other, laugh, sing, act goofy, so yeah, church youth group(I guess without the faith message).

Coldplay’s 2005 song Fix You has gained recent popularity. It was written as a source of comfort, so I can see why BTS chose to sing it. It was reported to be on BTS members Jimin’s and Jin’s playlists. I’m sure they had a lot of influence in getting to cover this song.

As a people watcher, Jimin is fascinating. (One day I’ll write a post about his love language). He seems to be a kind, caring person, the type of person who would want to fix people. I remember an instance in a V-live where he takes the time to look up a remedy for a particular ailment that one of the viewers was experiencing. He seemed so sincere and sweet in his search.

I wasn’t listening to pop music when Fix You originally came out (truthfully, I’m still not listening to pop music, but BTS is different).

The boys do a splendid job with amazing vocals.

While the song is beautiful, and I don’t doubt it does make people feel better, sometimes we think we can fix people. We try to tell them what is right and wrong, what to eat or drink, what to say or do, and yet, fixing people is the hardest job, because we’re dealing with someone else’s free will. A person has to want to be fixed.

We see how certain things are causing harm and we can preach until we’re “blue in the face”, but nothing seems to get through. All our attempts at fixing are coming up void.

That’s when we take it out of our hands, ’cause we don’t have that power. We put it into the hands of someone with the power. Someone who loves more than anyone here on earth can love. Someone who can heal. Someone who knows the pain. Someone who can fix it.

Maybe there is someone you want to fix. Give it over. Help is on the way.

There is no pain like the pain of losing a child. TobyMac understands that pain.

James 5:13 Christian Standard Bible

Effective Prayer

13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises.

야고보서 5:13 Korean Living Bible

믿음의 기도

13 여러분 가운데 고난당하는 사람이 있습니까? 기도하십시오. 기뻐하는 사람이 있습니까? 찬송하십시오.

Philippians 4:5-7 Christian Standard Bible

Let your graciousness[a] be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

빌립보서 4:5-7 Korean Living Bible

모든 사람을 너그럽게 대하십시오. 주님께서 오실 날이 가까웠습니다.

아무것도 염려하지 말고 모든 일에 기도와 간구로 여러분이 필요로 하는 것을 감사하는 마음으로 하나님께 말씀드리십시오.

그러면 도저히 상상도 할 수 없는 하나님의 놀라운 평안이 그리스도 예수님 안에서 여러분의 마음과 생각을 지켜 줄 것입니다.

Sounds like a good sentiment.

Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself.

And we love ourselves, don’t we?

We feed ourselves. Clothe ourselves. We meet our needs, because we are selfish.

But something beautiful happens when we transcend the selfish love and move on to love others as much as we love ourselves.

We make sure that the hurting (physically and emotionally) are comforted.

We make sure that children are protected from harm.

We make sure that the hungry are fed.

But unfortunately, there are those who love themselves more than others.

The pedophile who puts his wants above the tender heart of a child.

The woman who shouts her abortion.

The person who steals from the vulnerable.

The pimp who uses women with mental illnesses or emotional pains for his/her own financial gain.

The drug pusher who doesn’t care about the individuals whose lives will be forever ruined by an addictive substance.

I could go on and on.

Maybe instead of loving ourselves so much, we should strive to live like the greatest example of love. The sacrificial kind.

Philippians 2:3-11Christian Standard Bible

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.

Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus,

who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be exploited.[a]
Instead he emptied himself
by assuming the form of a servant,
taking on the likeness of humanity.
And when he had come as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.
For this reason God highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—
in heaven and on earth
and under the earth—
11 and every tongue will confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

빌립보서 2:3-11 Korean Living Bible

무슨 일이든지 다툼이나 허영으로 하지 말고 겸손한 마음으로 자기보다 남을 낫게 여기며

자기 이익만 생각하지 말고 남의 이익도 생각하십시오.

여러분은 그리스도 예수님과 같은 마음을 가지십시오.

그분은 원래 [a]하나님의 모습을 지니고 계셨지만 하나님과 동등하게 되려고 생각하지 않으시고

오히려 [b]자기의 모든 특권을 버리시고 종의 모습으로 사람들과 같이 되어

사람의 모양으로 나타나셨으며 자기를 낮추시고 십자가에 달려 죽기까지 순종하셨습니다.

그러므로 하나님은 그분을 최고로 높여 모든 이름 위에 뛰어난 이름을 주셔서

10 하늘과 땅과 땅 아래 있는 자들이 모두 예수님의 이름에 무릎을 꿇게 하시고

11 모든 사람이 예수 그리스도를 주님이라고 고백하여 하나님 아버지께 영광을 돌리게 하셨습니다.

Matthew 22:36-40 Christian Standard Version

36 “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”

37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.[a] 38 This is the greatest and most important[b] command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.[c] 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend[d] on these two commands.”

마태복음 22:36-40 Korean Living Bible

36 “선생님, 모세의 법 중에 가장 큰 계명은 어느 계명입니까?” 하고 물었다.

37 그래서 예수님은 이렇게 대답하셨다. “[a]‘네 마음을 다하고 정성을 다하고 뜻을 다하여 주 너의 하나님을 사랑하라.’

38 “이것이 제일 중요한 계명이다.

39 그 다음은 [b]‘네 이웃을 네 몸과 같이 사랑하라’ 는 계명이다.

40 모든 율법과 예언자들의 가르침은 이 두 계명에서 나온 것이다.”

1 John 4:7-21 Christian Standard Bible

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us[a] in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice[b] for our sins. 11 Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in[c] us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as the world’s Savior. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. 16 And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment.[d] So the one who fears is not complete in love. 19 We love[e] because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.[f] 21 And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.

요한일서 4:7-21 Korean Living Bible

사랑하는 여러분, 서로 사랑합시다. 사랑은 하나님에게서 왔습니다. 사랑하는 사람은 모두 하나님에게서 나서 하나님을 알지만

사랑하지 않는 사람은 하나님을 모릅니다. 이것은 하나님이 사랑이시기 때문입니다.

하나님은 외아들을 세상에 보내셔서 우리가 그를 통해 살 수 있게 하심으로 우리에게 자기의 사랑을 나타내셨습니다.

10 그러므로 우리가 하나님을 사랑한 것이 아니라 하나님께서 우리를 사랑하셔서 자기 아들을 보내 우리를 죄에서 구원하는 제물로 삼아 주셨습니다.

11 사랑하는 여러분, 하나님께서 이토록 우리를 사랑해 주셨으니 우리도 서로 사랑해야 합니다.

12 지금까지 하나님을 본 사람은 없습니다. 그러나 우리가 서로 사랑하면 하나님이 우리 안에 계시고 그분의 사랑이 우리 안에서 완성될 것입니다.

13 하나님이 우리에게 성령을 주셨으므로 우리가 하나님 안에서 살고 하나님이 우리 안에 계신다는 것을 우리는 압니다.

14 하나님 아버지께서 자기 아들을 세상의 구주로 보내신 것을 우리가 보았고 또 증거하였습니다.

15 누구든지 예수님을 하나님의 아들이라고 인정하면 하나님이 그 사람 안에 계시고 그도 하나님 안에서 살게 됩니다.

16 우리는 하나님이 우리를 사랑하시는 그 사랑을 알고 믿고 있습니다. 참으로 하나님은 사랑이십니다. 그 사랑 안에 사는 사람은 하나님 안에서 살고 하나님도 그 사람 안에 계십니다.

17 이것으로 사랑이 우리 가운데서 완성되어 우리가 떳떳하게 심판 날을 맞이할 수 있게 될 것입니다. 이것은 우리도 이 세상에서 예수님과 같아지기 때문입니다.

18 사랑에는 두려움이 없습니다. 완전한 사랑은 오히려 두려움을 내쫓습니다. 두려움은 벌받을 일을 생각할 때 생기는 것입니다. 그러므로 두려워하는 것은 아직 사랑을 완성하지 못한 증거입니다.

19 우리가 사랑하는 것은 하나님께서 먼저 우리를 사랑해 주셨기 때문입니다.

20 하나님을 사랑한다고 하면서 형제를 미워하는 사람은 거짓말쟁이입니다. 눈에 보이는 형제를 사랑하지 못하는 사람이 보이지 않는 하나님을 사랑할 수는 없습니다.

21 하나님을 사랑하는 사람은 형제도 사랑해야 합니다. 우리는 이 계명을 예수님에게서 받았습니다.

At Home with my youngest niece and Lizzie(both are quite a bit older now)

Home is my happy place.

I told one of my bosses that he needed to make sure there were tissues on my desk when I return to the physical office, ’cause I’m gonna cry.

I love being at home.

I’m never bored there.

It’s nothing fancy. Yet I’m comfortable.

Years ago I started praying, not to get wealthy, but to have enough.

Enough to pay the bills. To eat. To go on a nice beach vacation once a year. .

But other than that, I don’t need a lot.

Having a family that I love and that loves me back makes me rich.

And God has always provided. Even when my husband’s company moved to a different part of the country, and he had to look for another job.

The Bible reminds me that . . .

19 And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4: 19)

빌립보서 4:19 Korean Living Bible

19 나의 하나님이 그리스도 예수님을 통해 영광 가운데서 그의 풍성함으로 여러분에게 필요한 모든 것을 넘치게 채워 주실 것입니다.

BTS has a cute song called Home.

Make sure you turn on closed caption for the English Subtitles


My Favorite song called HOME is sung by another South Korean band, Levistance. (I’m sorry ARMY, but it’s true)

I’m so thankful I have the Father’s loving arms to run home to. (Read the Prodigal Son Story here or here for the Korean Version)

1 Timothy 6:6-12 Christian Standard Bible

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and[a] we can take nothing out. If we have food and clothing,[b] we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root[c] of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Fight the Good Fight

11 But you, man of God, flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you have made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

디모데전서 6:6-12Korean Living Bible

그러나 만족하는 마음으로 경건하게 사는 사람에게 신앙은 큰 유익이 됩니다.

우리가 세상에 아무것도 가지고 오지 않았으므로 아무것도 가지고 가지 못합니다.

우리는 먹을 것과 입을 것이 있으면 그것으로 만족해야 합니다.

부자가 되려고 애쓰는 사람은 시험과 함정에 빠지고 사람을 파멸시키는 여러 가지 어리석고 해로운 욕망에 떨어집니다.

10 돈을 사랑하는 것이 온갖 악의 뿌리가 됩니다. 이것을 가지려고 열망하는 사람들이 믿음에서 떠나 방황하다가 많은 고통을 당하고 마음의 상처를 입습니다.

11 그러나 하나님의 사람인 그대는 이런 것들을 피하고 의와 경건과 믿음과 사랑과 인내와 온유함을 추구하시오.

12 믿음의 선한 싸움을 싸우고 영원한 생명을 굳게 잡으시오. 이것을 위해 그대가 부르심을 받았고 많은 증인 앞에서 그대의 신앙을 고백하였습니다.

Matthew 19:23-26 Christian Standard Bible

Possessions and the Kingdom

23 Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, “Then who can be saved?”

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

There is hope for the rich man. Jesus said so.

마태복음 19:23-26 Korean Living Bible

23 그때 예수님이 제자들에게 이렇게 말씀하셨다. “내가 분명히 너희에게 말한다. 부자는 하늘 나라에 들어가기가 매우 어렵다.

24 내가 다시 말하지만 부자가 하나님의 나라에 들어가는 것보다 낙타가 바늘귀로 통과하는 것이 더 쉽다.”

25 제자들이 이 말씀을 듣고 몹시 놀라 “그렇다면 누가 구원받을 수 있겠습니까?” 하고 물었다.

26 예수님은 제자들을 바라보시며 “사람의 힘으로는 할 수 없지만 하나님께서는 다 하실 수 있다” 하고 대답하셨다.

The pandemic brought music back into my life.

Years ago I used to attend Winter Jam concerts hosted by New Song.

One particular year, Leeland performed.

I wondered what he was doing and found him singing the cover to a beautiful song called Way Maker by the Nigerian Gospel singer, Sinach. The song is a global success having reached well over 100M views.

Leeland says at the end of his performance,

His name is above Depression

His name is above lonliness

His name is above disease

His name is above Cancer

His name is above everything.

The Newsboys song “He Reigns” points out the beauty of Christians from around the world singing to the One True God.

They sing,

The song of Asian Believers filled with God’s Holy fire.

It’s every tribe

Every tongue

Every nation

A love song born of a grateful choir.

In Africa

In America

In South Korea

Romans 14:11 Christian Standard Bible

11 For it is written,

As I live, says the Lord,
every knee will bow to me,
and every tongue will give praise to God.[a]

로마서 14:11Korean Living Bible

11 성경에도 [a]“주께서 말씀하신다. ‘내가 살아 있으니 모든 사람이 내 앞에 무릎을 꿇을 것이며 모든 사람이 나에게 자백할 것이다’ ” 라는 말씀이 있습니다.

BTS’s new album and single came out November 20th.

I told my niece that BTS put out the new song just for her birthday.

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The Korean Boy Band has been known to sing songs that bring solace to the hurting, like their song, Spring Day, and this song is no different.

We could all use a little comfort in this Pandemic and in other situations life brings at us.

At 6AM the day the song was released a friend texted saying she needed prayers, because the fire department had scheduled to burn down the remaining structure after a devastating fire had destroyed her home of many years.

She watched as her home turn to ashes.

Her children spent their whole lives there.

They lost cherished and sentimental items.

All that remained were her memories.

But as the song says, LIFE GOES ON. Please turn on Closed Captions for the English Subtitles.

My friend sent the following video of the scheduled burn.

BUT it is not about the burning house, but about the conversation between her oldest and youngest sons.

Before the the video begins, her oldest son had said how blessed they were that the fire started at the shed and not inside the house where they were. Listen carefully.

I love her youngest son’s responses.

The BTS song asks, Is there way out?

Yes, The Man who was the fourth in the fire.

Daniel 3:24-26New Century Version

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was so surprised that he jumped to his feet. He asked the men who advised him, “Didn’t we tie up only three men and throw them into the fire?”

They answered, “Yes, O king.”

25 The king said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire. They are not tied up, and they are not burned. The fourth man looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went to the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, come out! Servants of the Most High God, come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire.

다니엘 3:24-26Korean Living Bible

24 그런데 바로 그때 느부갓네살왕은 깜짝 놀라 일어서면서 자기 보좌관들에게 물었다. “우리가 묶어서 불에 던진 자는 세 명이 아니었느냐?” “그렇습니다, 폐하.”

25 “그런데 어째서 네 사람이 불 가운데 걸어다니고 있느냐? 저 사람들은 묶여 있지도 않고 상한 흔적도 없으며 더구나 네 번째 사람은 그 모습이 신들의 아들과 같구나.”

26 그러고서 느부갓네살왕은 무섭게 타오르는 용광로 앞으로 다가가서 “가장 높으신 하나님의 종, 사드락과 메삭과 아벳느고야! 이리로 나오너라” 하고 외쳤다. 그러자 그들이 불 가운데서 걸어나왔다.

Isaiah 48:17Christian Standard Bible

17 This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says:

I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you for your benefit,
who leads you in the way you should go.

이사야 48:17 Korean Living Bible

17 너희 구원자가 되시는 이스라엘의 거룩하신 하나님 여호와께서 말씀하신다. “나는 너희 유익을 위해서 너희를 가르치고 또 너희를 바른 길로 인도하는 너희 하나님 여호와이다.

John 14:5-7Christian Standard Bible

“Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know[a] my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

요한복음 14:5-7 Korean Living Bible

그때 도마가 예수님께 “주님, 저희는 주님이 어디로 가시는지도 모르고 있는데 어떻게 그 길을 알겠습니까?” 하였다.

그래서 예수님이 그에게 말씀하셨다. “나는 길이요 진리요 생명이다. 나를 통하지 않고는 아무도 아버지께로 가지 못한다.

너희가 나를 알았더라면 내 아버지도 알았을 것이다. 이제는 너희가 내 아버지를 알고 또 보았다.”

Isaiah 41:13 Christian Standard Bible

13 For I am the Lord your God,
who holds your right hand,
who says to you, “Do not fear,
I will help you.

이사야 41:13 Korean Living Bible

13 나는 너희 하나님 여호와이다. 내가 너희 오른손을 붙들고 ‘두려워하지 말아라. 내가 너희를 도우리라’ 하지 않느냐?

Psalm 30:10-12New International Version

10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
    Lord, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

시편 30:10-12Korean Living Bible

10 여호와여, 들으시고
나를 불쌍히 여기소서.
여호와여, 나를 도와주소서.”
11 그때 주께서는
나의 슬픔이 변하여
[a]기쁨이 되게 하셨으며
내게서 슬픔의 옷을 벗겨 주시고
기쁨의 띠를 띠워 주셨습니다.
12 그래서 내가 침묵을 지키지 않고
주께 찬양합니다.
여호와 나의 하나님이시여,
내가 주께 영원히 감사하겠습니다.

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