Eugene Cho

imperfectly living out our faith

It’s convenient to bash the church. I think many of us do it – intentionally or unintentionally.

Yes, it’s true that some of it is warranted but hasn’t it become chic and fresh to take cheap shots at the church?

And what befuddles me – at times – is how it appears that many of these rocks that are thrown at the church are from Christians.

As members of the family, you’re certainly entitled to speak  to family (or church) matters but

there’s a fine line between constructive and destructive critique.

Rather than empty bashing, I’m personally inspired to ask myself,

How can I create something more beautiful, hopeful, and gracious – so that others are inspired to join?

Quest Church is far from a perfect church. That’s pretty easy because it’s members are not perfect. Its leaders are not perfect. I am not perfect. We are dysfunctional and yet in the midst of all this, God’s grace is evident and through this grace, we seek to do ministry in such a way that reflects our vision to Love God and Love People.

This week, I’m especially encouraged by the numerous ways we are imperfectly living out our faith as a church community. And I’m especially encouraged because we’re not a large church with tons of resources but we are, nevertheless, committed to having an impact and influence to one another, our city, and the larger world.

Whoever or wherever you are, may you continue to be spurred on to love one another, your city, and the larger world.  And one great way we demonstrate our love for others is to pray, listen, and serve.

Here are some things this week that deeply encourage me:

  • Our children’s ministry is hosting their summer kids’ camp. 84 kids have joined us along with 24 volunteers. Great to see visitors and kids from the neighborhood.  Crazy to think that we only had 2 kids when Quest was planted 9 years ago. Those two kids were my kids.
  • Our small youth group are spending time on the streets of Seattle this weekend learning about the plight of the homeless community of Seattle. Personally, it feels strange not to have my daughter with us at home but rather, out and about in Seattle but it’s good.
  • Our church and Q Cafe is partnering with other sponsors  including the city of Seattle for this Saturday’s “Clean & Green” event as we beautify the larger neighborhood. This is part of a larger “Quest Day of Service” as we have numerous things going on including the To the Streets Ministry.
  • Q Cafe hosts OPEN MIC on Tuesday nights and are also have live music shows this Friday and Saturday. This is in addition to be a community cafe Monday-Friday.
  • And sometime on Friday PST (and Saturday in Tanzania, Africa), one of our church pastors and another elder will be helping to celebrate and dedicate a building & ministry we’ve had the privilege of supporting in Tanzania. Supposedly, the entire village and beyond will be gathering in Chamwino, Tanzania to celebrate.

And oh, this Sunday, I’m personally excited to get back on the pulpit to preach Week 3 on our summer series on the Book of Leviticus.🙂

If you’re from the Seattle area or know of someone looking for a church, we’d love to welcome you/them to our church.

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  1. your friend says:

    I wish I could hop over to Seattle just on Sunday! I always was deeply blessed by your sermons, but more blessed by watching you put it into practice what you preached!

  2. Drew says:

    Can’t wait to visit Quest next month!

  3. jchenwa says:

    Quest is a very special church community. We were blessed to visit while we were in Seattle. Thanks~

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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer.

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