Blog Posts by Michael Oh
Come Be a Nobody for Christ
Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ. — Francis Xavier
Many people leave college with the goal to “be somebody.” And this usually means getting a good job, making good money, buying a nice house, driving a nice car, attaining some important position, and helping your kids to do the same.
For the Christian, “being somebody” usually…Continue Reading
The Danger of “Fruitfulness” Without Purity
As I sift through a mountain of emails, I’ve learned to quickly dismiss forwarded “junk mail,” even if it’s from people I consider friends. At the same time I learn to recognize which email “clicks” might actually reap spiritual blessing. When I get an email from a particular dear friend who works with the Navigators, I pay attention. A few years ago he forwarded an email of a quote passed…Continue Reading
An Everyday Burden for Japan's Everyday Tragedy
The Everyday Tragedy in Japan
Thank you for your prayers and concern for Japan in the aftermath of what has been described as the greatest challenge that Japan has faced since World War II.
We mourn those who have lost their lives, especially those who died without the Savior.
Staggering loss of life of those in Japan who die without Christ is an everyday reality. The number of deaths from…Continue Reading
Despite Us, God Works
Spring Break 1990 in Daytona Beach, Florida
I was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania.
If it had been one year earlier I would have been at Daytona Beach to join in the partying. As it was, God had intervened mercifully in my life before going to college, and I was there for a beach evangelism project. Christians sure know how to almost have fun.
A bunch of us…Continue Reading
The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 3): Like Living Through a Korean Drama
Our final payment is due on February 28th. We hope to have repairs and renovations completed by next summer. (We do ask for your prayers for God to provide the necessary finances for repairs and renovations. Since May the US dollar has lost about 15% of…Continue Reading
The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 2): God Prepares and Provides
This post continues where Michael left off in Part 1.
First of all, God provided advocates. In addition to our faithful core of supporting churches and individuals who have stood by our side for the past seven years, the Lord mobilized ministries to graciously spread the word about our project including blog posts from Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition. I received an email, out of nowhere,…Continue Reading
The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 1): Seeking a Safe Place in Japan
In August I was enjoying a visit with John Piper (@johnpiper) at the Desiring God offices in Minnesota. It was a chance to get counsel from him about some things that the Lord had been teaching me and to update him on the drama of our then 9-month-long journey to purchase a new ministry campus for CBI Japan.
Before we prayed together he said to me something…Continue Reading
The Grace of God in Our Circumstances
Why You Weren't Born As an Impoverished Child in an Unreached Nation
Have you ever thought about why you were born into your particular circumstances? If you are reading this blog entry you are most likely a Christian whose life has been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. You are also likely relatively wealthy, at least compared to most people living in the world. If you have the…Continue Reading
Weeping for North Korea
Tonight for the first time in my life I wept for North Korea.
On the second night of the Third Lausanne Congress taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, an 18 year-old girl from North Korea shared her story.
She was born into a wealthy family, her father an assistant to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong II. Eventually her father’s political fortunes shifted, and after being politically persecuted by…Continue Reading