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  • John Kim

Yesterday, Elaine and I went out for a date night that ends a month of celebrations for her 40th birthday. I really enjoyed the quiet, romantic time together, but some of the other parties were much more of a production. One of my friends noted that this wasn’t exactly my natural mode of operation and that I was being really “intentional” in planning all the arrangements.

It’s true. It’s not necessarily my favorite thing to be messaging hundreds of people and sorting logistical details, but I had some amazing help along the way (thanks to the amazing Trehaus team!) Also, I’ve noticed through the years that when I’m doing something I hate, for someone I love, I really start to enjoy the activity. As an example, I’m more of a big picture sort of person, and I pretty much avoid accounting like the plague. But when I took on finance at our church, somehow the numbers just came alive and I really started to enjoy balancing the books, like it was a big, beautiful puzzle.

Pastor Sam Song from Solomon’s Porch Hong Kong likes to say “it’s not that you have to serve, it’s that you get to serve. It’s not that you have to give. It’s that you get to give.”

Elaine and I have been through a lot these past 12 years, but increasingly I’m finding myself in the middle of that reality in our marriage.

I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Elaine in the next 40 years to come! Have no idea what that's gonna be, but I know it's gonna be good... because we have a Father in heaven who is oh so good.

  • John Kim

Last year I read a book about Wim Hof, the crazy dutch extreme athlete who jumps into freezing lakes and climbs Mt Everest in his underwear. He has set multiple Guinness World Records and inspired millions around the world to take control of their lives and their bodies. At the core of his method is breathwork, which involves hyperventilating and then holding his breath for extended periods. I honestly have a hard time understanding him when Wim Hof speaks, but Scott Carney’s book about the Wim Hof Method clearly explained the science of how it benefits the body.


I’ve been experimenting with cold showers and ice baths, and we’re installing a cold plunge in our new home in LA. It took a bit longer for the breathing exercises to stick for me, but I had a eureka moment when in one of my breath holds I heard that Bethel Song…


More than the air I breathe

More than the song I sing

More than anything

I need you more


For a split second as I was gasping for my next breath, I meditated on the fact that I need God more than air, and then his presence just melted all over me in that moment. At our church, we fast for the first 21 days of the year to create space for God to come and hang out. Most of us fast from food. Some of us fast from social media. The hardest thing for me to give up is work, so sometimes I fast from work. We all fast from slightly different things, but we pretty much all have the same experience of God’s presence, his power and his peace.


But if we can fast from food, why can’t we fast from air? A meditation routine can get stale, but an intimate love relationship with a living God never will because his mercies are new every morning. His love is infinite, and so are the ways in which we can experience that love.


If you haven’t tried fasting from air, I’d highly recommend it. Just make sure you don’t do it while driving or swimming!

  • John Kim

So this Easter Sunday I checked out my first church service in the metaverse. I honestly had no idea what to expect, but I was intrigued by what I saw on Life Church’s website.


“At Life.Church, we will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ. To reach people no one is reaching, we’ll do things no one is doing.” (life.church/metaverse)


I have a lot of respect for this church because they’ve always blazed the trail in using technology to spread God’s love. Many of you have probably used The Bible App, which is published by YouVersion, also known as Life.Church. They launched just as the Appstore went live, and last year hit half a billion downloads.


HALF A BILLION DOWNLOADS!


The service I attended on Sunday had maybe half a dozen attendants, clearly a humble beginning for a church with such a broad footprint. But I feel that’s exactly why God has used them, because they’re willing to take risks and go places that other churches aren’t, before it’s obvious.


The worship and sermon experience wasn’t too different from a live Youtube stream, but after service I felt the real benefit of this format. A pastor walked up to me and said hi, in audio, just like a real live service. I told him I was blessed by the service and all the great work his church was doing. He told me about ways that I could get plugged into the church and after a really pleasant few minutes I told him I’d be back. Then as I went to check out the board with all the life groups, another pastor came up and we had an even more interesting conversation. We exchanged contact and he suggested we jump on a Zoom call. I did him one better and told him I’d visit him in Oklahoma, maybe even next week.


The internet is filled with articles written by believers knocking the Metaverse. “It distracts people from God. It pulls people away from fellowship with real people. It will lead to the mark of the beast.” Every new technology has drawn this kind of criticism from believers throughout history, until every believer realizes they have to get with the program. I look forward to seeing all the amazing spaces that the church creates in the metaverse to bring a greater revelation of God’s love.


Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command.”