A rollercoaster journey revisiting the Sunday Message titles preached by Pastor Jung Myung Seok in 2017, Christian Gospel Mission (Providence). Happy Reflecting!
Shaun McMillan, a professional animator and game designer from the United States of America, shares a testimony of Pastor Jung Myung Seok, whom he calls teacher or “son saeng nim” in Korean.
Despite tribulations, why did Shaun believe in Pastor Jung’s teachings about the Trinity and why does Shaun continue to preach the word of Providence in his daily life?
Hear his heartfelt story.
In the Old Testament, it is recorded that the wise King Solomon wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs. (1 King 4:32). These proverbs contained the wisdom of the heavens and conveys it to all who take heed.
Today, Pastor Jung Myung Seok also writes thousands of proverbs to tell the world about the deep heart of God, and how we should live our lives in the way that God has purposed. These proverbs have been published in a series called “Heaven’s Words, My Words” that consists of 9 books, and it has since grown into a new series called “Heaven’s Words, My Words: Proverbs with Pictures.”
Truly, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4) These words fill us up in ways that bread cannot.
Colonel (Retired) Choi Hee Nam, Pastor Jung Myung Seok’s commander during the Vietnam War, published a book titled “My Blue Days – In the Vietnam Battlefield” on 23rd February 2010 with the Dabit Publishers. It contains a moving personal testimony of his experience in the Vietnam War, and how Pastor Jung Myung Seok’s immense love for God even in the battlefields of the Vietnam War transformed the author. Pastor Jung Myung Seok’s story captured within this book shows that it is possible to live believing and loving God even in the midst of the most terrible ordeal known to man – war.
“There is no coincidence in this world. If there are unbelievable things that we do not know, and that we cannot believe or see with our own eyes, there is a tendency to treat it all as a coincidence. However, these are all things that happened based on cause and effect within God’s will. Therefore, we have to realize how much we do not know or do not know.” Said Corporal Jung Myung Seok.
“Is God so good?” Among the stories I have heard or people I have met since attending services at a cathedral until today, I have not seen anyone who sincerely believed in God like Corporal Jung Myung Seok. Of course, I heard a lot about great holy people who were martyred to keep the word of God among the past believers, but it is a miracle that I met such a man among the battlefields who fought alongside me.
“God is involved from beginning to end. Therefore, we must always be on God’s side.” Corporal Jung Myung Seok said in a clear and definite manner.
Original Korean Excerpt on Backcover
“이 세상에 우연은 없습니다. 다만 우리가 모르 있는, 우리 눈으로 모고도 얼른 믿을 수 없는 일들이 일어나면 그 것을 전부 우연으로 돌려버리는 경향이 있는데 그것도 다 하나님 뜻 안에서 일어나는 원인과 결과의 일들입니다. 그러니 사람이 얼마나 모르고 할아가도 있는지 깨달아야 합니다.”
정명석 상병이 말했다.
“하나님이 그렇게도 좋아?”
나는 성당에 다니면서도 지금까지 만났거나 들은 얘기들 중에 내 앞에 있는 정명석 상병처럼 진심으로 하나님을 믿는 사람을 보지 못했다. 물론 옛 성직자들 중에 하나님 말씀을 지키려다 순교한 위대한 성인들 얘기는 많이 들었지만, 나와함께 전투현장을 누비는 전우들 중에서 그러한 사람을 만났다는 것은 기적이라 아니할 수 없다.
“하나님은 처음부터 끝까지 관여하십니다. 그렇기 때문에 우리는 언제나 하나님 편에 서야 옳습니다.”
정명석 상병이 분명한 어조로 말했다.
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The poet Jung Myung-seok meets “The Woman of Poetry” with “Speaking through Poetry.”
|Poems that overflow from poetic inspirations throughout one’s life journey… They move and lead your soul, and allows your soul to cry out|
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Recently, Poet Jung Myung Seok’s poetry collections “The Woman of Poetry” and “Speaking through Poetry” became a hot topic by being Kyobo Bookstore’s best sellers. In July when these poetry books were released, the hearts of readers were captured as the books battled for the first and second place among poetry books. These poem collections are part of the author’s series of “Poems of Inspiration,” and were published 17 years after the second edition of the “Poem of Inspiration” in 1996.
Through an extreme heart-wrenching life journey, he meets God and poetry
The third book of the poetry collection, “The Woman of Poetry,” contains the life story of a person who regards the creator God and the savior Holy Son as his Lord and lives serving them. It expresses that the core of human beings is the “heart and soul,” and the core of life is “love.” By communicating deeply with the core and root of all creation – God’s world, deep inspirations produce content which then becomes written in the form of poems. A human being living on this earth who climbed up steep and treacherous cliffs to reach the heavens will experience all kinds of training and pains that lead to the loneliness of life. However, to a poet who has the absolute belief that the invisible God truly exists and is present, these become a longing, a waiting, a meeting, happiness and hope, and overflows from his earnest and brimming love. That was how he could confess saying, “I met ‘The Woman of Poetry’ and wrote down these poems in the midst of the ‘desolate and lonely valley of life.’”
The poet’s prologue writes “Contents from heaven’s secrets are unraveled by poets, who use “Poems of Parables” to hide and write down these contents, in order for people to realize God’s time period.” As the poet writes, if one finishes reading the poems but is unable to unravel or realize the things hidden within, then there is no sense of achievement of reading the poems, and it will make the poet feel frustrated. It is hoped that there will be people who can realize through wisdom and understand the poet’s deep heart, thus discern the time period, redress grievances and ride on the times. The poet longs for such people of wisdom to appear.
Poetry is like a fruit that conceals a person’s life, a life of painstakingly loving God and making his soul complete. After the life has ripened, poetry reveals the poet’s completed soul, and presents his life unwaveringly. This poem collection comprises four major works: “The path of the cross,” “Poetry is flowing,” “Please go and love,” “God’s hands are pierced.” These let people realize the noble laws of life, including happiness in the midst of rainstorms, a masterpiece after struggles, sweetness after bitterness, and resurrection after sacrifice etc., and leads many souls who resonate with these laws to achieve a beautiful, mysterious and majestic history of recreation.
Another book that was released is the fourth book in the “Poems of Inspiration” series titled “Speaking through Poetry.” It intensely reveals the religious life and the life perspectives of the poet who has studied and preached the Bible for over 50 years. In particular, it recognizes the time of God’s providence and historical time. The works written in 2012 are categorized in four major chapters “Love one other,” “In progress,” “My beloved, please spread this word,” and “Eternal road,” and were made into a poem collection.
Through this collection, the poet poetically depicts the world of pain and joy that he dramatically experienced in life, and the scenes of hell and heaven that his soul witnessed through traversing the spiritual world. Thus, he conveys “if one lives centered on the ever-changing physical body, it will end in meaninglessness and death; if one lives centered on the eternal love that exists in the Almighty, then heaven can be achieved.”
Complemented by uplifting and appealing designs and eye-catching illustrations… the poems becomes more inspiring
Particularly in “Speaking through Poetry”, illustrations were drawn personally by the author who is both a poet and an artist. Just as one can recognize the species of the tree through the fruit it bears, the uplifting and appealing designs are works of art that let people recognize the poet’s sophistication at a glance. A drawing becomes a poem, and makes the poem more inspiring, leading people to the world of even higher realizations.
Just as a poem expresses a secret that cannot be comprehended by simple words, the picture is expressed in simple strokes, but contains the deep things hidden in the poem which form the core. The poet shares, “When you affix an appropriate drawing to the poem, it is like putting condiments onto the food, spreading a similar fragrance; it is also like a pine tree that stands erect on a rock, achieving harmony.” As you can see two works of art with different genres at the same time in one book, it creates more synergy and gives the readers added satisfaction and inspirations.
Jung Myung Seok was born in 1945 in Geumsan County, Jinsan-Myun. After appearing in the monthly “Literary Movement and Trends” in 1995, he published four volumes of “Spiritual Poem.” Ten of his poems were listed in The Encyclopedia of Korean Poetry (2011), which encompasses 100 years of Korean poetry history. In addition to his poetry work, he has been studying the Bible for more than 50 years, has been a regular speaker of the Christian Gospel Mission, and has been consistently written religious books such as “The Word of Salvation,” “The Word of Life,” and the proverbs collection “Heavens Words, My Words” etc. In addition, he exhibited many paintings and calligraphy works both in Korea and other nations (England, France, Germany, Argentina, etc.).
Translated by Providence Hub.
Connecting Heaven and Earth As One
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It has been a week after America celebrated the big Thanksgiving Day. Many families feasted: turkey, ham, stuffings. You name it.
But what is the true meaning of Thanksgiving Day?
Puritans who settled in America gave thanks to God for their newfound nationhood. They survived crossing the Atlantic ocean and the onslaught of their colonial masters. America’s founding fathers built churches before their own homes. To give thanks to God, the Washington Memorial in America’s capital was built, and still stands, as the highest structure. The eastern face on top of the Washington Memorial is inscribed “Laus Deos,” which is Latin for “Give Praise to God.” These words were deliberately inscribed on the eastern face and at the highest point of the capital of America so that the first rays of the rising sun everyday would light up the words “Laus Deos.” On behalf of all of America, giving glory to God.
Have we inscribed thanksgiving to God into our everyday lives? Do we truly give thanks in all circumstances? (1 Thes 5:18)
In order to truly live a daily life of thanksgiving, just like how America’s forefathers inscribed “Laus Deos” on the Washington Memorial, we must inscribe God’s eternal words into our hearts. Jesus the Messiah said that, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my Words will never pass away.” (Matt 24:35)
May we stand tall as an eternal pillar in the kingdom of heaven – inscribed with God’s eternal truth, shining as a lamp upon all nations.
That is the true meaning of Thanksgiving, which Pastor Joshua Jung Myung Seok succinctly captures in this spectacular sermon excerpt below:
A person who has raised his level knows because he has gone through that level. But a person who has not raised his level knows nothing about the higher level.
If you consume all your strength of time in worthless matters, and therefore, due to a lack of time and strength cannot work on what’s eternal, how regrettable that would be! You will regret forever.