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Portraits of Grace: Andrew (2 of 2)

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

I didn’t realize it then, but moving here really pushed me to rely on God. At the time, I didn’t have a saving faith. I read the Bible but didn’t know who Jesus was and didn’t have anyone to explain it to me—and only having a Korean Bible didn’t help either. My life consisted of either going to school or working with my dad, and there were no college prospects for me. I...

Pray the Scriptures by Scotty Smith

I really enjoyed this reflection by Scotty Smith about prayer. I hope that it is a source of encouragement to you and your journey of faith this week. 

I am a recovering self-centered pragmatic pray-er — a believer who spent many of my first years in Christ thinking of God more as a sugar daddy than the sovereign Father. Prayer, for me, had more in common with programming a heavenly computer than surrendering to a loving Master. I worked harder at claiming God’s promises for my ease than being claimed by God’s purposes for His kingdom. Instead of being still and knowing that God is God, my...

Portraits of Grace: Andrew (1 of 2)

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Moving to New York with my family was probably one of the worst experiences I’d ever gone through. I really didn’t want to go—it was the middle of my junior year of high school and I had to leave everything behind. I was so anxious and scared. I remember sitting in LAX waiting for my plane, feeling anxiety building up in my throat, and all I could do to calm myself was...

Pray Where You Are: Praylessness as a Sign of Grace

Do you really long for the courage to believe that deliverance from a prayerless life is possible for you, and may become a reality? Then you must learn the great lesson that such a deliverance is included in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, that it is one of the blessings of the New Covenant which God himself will impart to you through Christ Jesus.

— Dr. Andrew Murray

One of the first things we need to get our hearts right in prayer is to pray our praylessness. This seems odd to pray about our prayerlessness, but I think that it is a sign of grace to us when we lack prayer because it...

Portraits of Grace: Brandon & Christina

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Brandon and my relationship can be really challenging because he and I are so different. We’re kind of like opposites in a lot of ways. He’s so goofy and I’m easily annoyed. But his personality is what attracted me. He’s very happy and the way that he cares for others is really attractive… I guess.

– Christina

Christina would probably describe me as “Dopey, lighthearted,...

Repentance is Just Humility

As a staff, we have been going through “The Heart of a Servant Leader” by John C. Miller (aka Jack Miller). This came at such an opportune time as I am recovering from a cold and last year with the diagnosis of diabetes. It made me reconsider so much about the notion of self care but also of “holy self-forgetting.” So for this week, I wanted to share a letter he wrote to a missionary who was recovering from a serious illness. Jack had also almost died a year before as he undergone four months of chemotherapy. I hope that you as you read this, it touches your heart in a manner that considers...

Portraits of Grace: Christina

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

My parents aren’t Christian, so I started going to church in junior high school with some of my school friends. After a while I decided I didn’t want to go anymore. I always felt like God was calling me but I didn’t want to listen. I wanted to do my own thing for a while. I decided that having a relationship with a guy was more important than God. That was a really hard...

Pray Where You Are: Gasping Surrendered Rest

Dear King’s Cross Family,

This week has been one of those unexpected detours that start off with the feeling of dread. My youngest son was sick and as I started having a scratchy throat. I thought to myself, “here it comes…another cycle of the cold will come to the Ong family household.” It wasn’t that bad, Noah recovered pretty quickly and I thought it would pass pretty quickly. Then it was confirmed, I felt chills then my throat started to hurt; progressively it got worse and worse and each day, the pain got worse. Jamie, my wife started getting all the remedies, lemon/honey/ginger tea,...

Portraits of Grace: Brandon

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

I enjoy serving in the Children’s Education Ministry because I feel that I’m able to relate to children. I’m very light hearted and like a kid myself. Even the silliest things I do can make them laugh and bring them happiness. Kids bring me joy because they don’t have to worry about what we as adults have to worry about, and that gives me a chance to focus on being present...

Pray Where You Are: Divine Light

Dear King’s Cross Family,

I want to extend my warmest and sincere regards to this New Year and I pray that it has been a means for you to reflect back on 2015 and also approach 2016 with great expectations. This past Sunday, I shared part one of a three part sermon on what are to be the some guiding principles as we move as a church. I shared Paul’s prayer for the spiritual strength of the church from Ephesians 3:14-21.

I would like to share an excerpt from Jonathan Edward’s sermon called Divine and Supernatural Light:

“…a real sense of the excellency of God and Jesus Christ, and of the work...