Heaven or a Cure

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Mark 9:14-24 Ruth, my wife, noticed her right away. Mrs. Kim, a young Korean mother sitting near her at Namgwang Church, had a very large tumor on her neck. It was obviously a goiter, but Mrs. Kim was sure she was going to die. She had come to church either to get cured or go to heaven. Her understanding of medicine and of Christian truths may have been a little lacking, but God saved her anyway. Ruth arranged …

Hide or Tell?

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Psalm 139:7-18 When our son Paul was little, he gave our babysitters fits with all his shenanigans. One night as we were leaving him with a sitter we told him, “Now Paul, we may be gone, but God can see everything you do.” His response? “Yeah, but he won’t tell you!” Several old hymns speak about this same subject, which is one side of the message of Psalm 139. One hymn warns, “You cannot hide from God, His …

Tearing Down Walls That Divide

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Ephesians 2:14-22 During the Korean war many families became separated. As people fled south, not all of their family members were able to join them. Dr. Kang, my first dental resident, fled with his mother and sister. For 50 years he had not received a single letter or phone call from his father, brother or elder sister. Then last year a friend in Canada sent news that Dr. Kang’s sister in North Korea was well. How excited he …

Where is God?

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Ephesians 2:12-14 North Korea: huge billboards praising Communism and the “Dear Leader,” faceless masses walking to work and school, gaudy government buildings, drab gray concrete apartments. . . . It brought a chill to see the stark contrast with South Korea and the rest of the world. But we were there to help. We had to check on the supplies and equipment in the dental bus we had sent. We wanted to visit TB hospitals and rest homes. …

Forgive Our Enemies! – Are You Kidding?

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Matthew 6:9-15 Jenny was one of thousands of Cambodians who were persecuted by the Khmer Rouge Communists in the 1970s. They killed her father and sister. Her mother led the rest of the family as they escaped through forests and mountains to a refugee camp in Thailand. There they attended church for the first time and they all became Christians. Jenny had harbored a relentless fear and unending hatred against those who killed her father and sister. But …