Presentations Regarding the Growth Stage Level of Cheon Bok Goong (Unification World Temple)

April 28, 2009

April 18, 2009, HQ Church, Seoul Korea

And this age of liberation is really our time. It’s our golden age, like we talked about last year. It’s our time to come forth; it’s our time to be proud of who we are and whose we are. It’s time for us to shake off those old feelings that say, “We’re not going to be able to do it…it’s not possible.” Well, with men it may not be possible, but, as you know, the old Scripture says, “But with God all things are possible.” We have to know that this year 2009 is the beginning stage of the Age of Liberation in this perfection stage. We’re now moving forward to actualizing that vision that True Parents have given us for 2013. That’s the reason why today we want to share with you the progress that has happened.

Welcome Remarks:

Hyung Jin Nim: Brothers and sisters, good to see you!

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters,

It is a beautiful spring day. Don’t you think so? (Yeah!!) This afternoon I saw a beautiful white butterfly flying around. (HJN: Let’s give it up for the butterfly!) Today we are blessed with beautiful weather and wonderful company around us. I hope this week will be filled with God’s blessing and love! We are always honored to have you here in this sanctuary and for those joining us, wherever you are, we are welcoming you as well.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Welcome, brothers and sisters! We are so happy to see the white butterfly today. Of course we’re much happier to see all of YOU guys here today, because when we take time to honor God, He always honors us back. And you know, whenever we take time on Saturday (we could be doing other things instead) to give Him praise, give Him honor, then that gives Him strength, that makes God excited. So in the coming week God is going to be helping us. We’re going to get more things done, in a less period of time. We’re going to be more successful, we’re going to get more creative ideas. If you believe it let’s give it up for God and True Parents!

Brothers and sisters, I’d like to start with Cheon Seong Gyeong, Page 703. Father says here in the “Fruit of Life and Divine Spirit” Section: “This lifetime is but a moment. This lifetime will determine whether we are connected to eternity or to the moment. You are all the historically resurrected bodies of your ancestors. How long is this history? The purpose of this long course of history was eventually to create one person, you.”

I love that, I love that! Whenever we feel discouraged, whenever we feel weak and beaten down with our troubles and our challenges and our work, we’ve got to remember the purpose of our long history. Wow! God is there (in history) to create me, to eventually create me, so that I can bring joy to True Parents and God. “This lifetime is but a moment,” Father said. When we take that into heart, we realize that it is such a precious moment. It is so precious. You know, we have here with us today Sun Jin nuna, her nickname is Santa Komo. That means Aunt Santa. Our kids call her Santa Aunt. That’s because she’s always so giving, and wherever she goes she’s showering blessings.

Yesterday they made brownies and ice cream with my daughter. She was in heaven! And I realized how amazing God is. Because Sun Jin nuna actually bought all those ingredients for another thing, not for making brownies. But yesterday my daughter was in the cooking mode and she was making egg sandwiches and everything, so she inspired Santa Komo. And Santa Komo said, “You know what? We’ve got chocolate chips and brownie mix, and we’re going to make some brownies,” and she was just on cloud nine! She was so happy! And I said, “God is good. He organized all that, so that we can see and experience this incredible moment.”

That’s how God is! Let’s remember that when we take time to give God goodness, to give Him thanks, He always repays that. That always comes back two times, three times, four times. Multiplied it comes back to us. Brothers and sisters, today I want you to be encouraged, I want you to shake off those chains of the news reports that say that this is going to be the worst year yet. We’re going to have our best year yet. How about this? We’re going to have our greatest year yet! And in this year we’re going to rise to higher levels of victory. We’re going to have deeper connections this year.
This year we’re going to get more intimate with our children. We’ll build stronger bonds of love and relations; we’re going to have miracles this year. In 2009, this year, we’re going to see more fruition in many different aspects of our lives in which we had not seen any growth in.

If you believe it, let’s give it up for God and True Parents! I’m ready. I’m ready for 2009. I am totally ready, because we’re halfway through it. I’m ready for it. Brothers and sisters, it’s good to see you all today. Welcome once again.

Opening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for allowing us to come here together. Father, we come here to give You joy. We want to come here to give You praise and thanks for all You’ve done in our life, Father. We know we could be sitting at home and worrying about what’s going to happen in our future. We could be worrying about all of the things we should do.

But, Father, we choose to be strong. We choose to have faith; we choose to believe that our future’s going to become better. Father, we choose to believe that You are planning things, that You are planning people for us to meet, people who will bring us to new levels of victory and blessing. Father, we choose to believe that those chains of the past are broken, and that we can move forward in 2009, not as the victim, but as the victor.

And, Father, we pray and we choose to believe that we will be stronger this year, that we will have deeper connections this year, that You will prepare more wonderful relationships for us. Father, we pray and believe that we can become all that You have designed us to be, destined us to become. And, Father, we want to get that into our hearts. We do not want to leave here today the same way we came in. We want to leave here with more victory, more hope, more strength, more encouragement, more blessings, so that we can become greater blessings to this world.

We thank You so much, Father, for bringing us here today, for allowing us to participate with You. We thank You so much for giving us strength today, giving us love today, giving us hope and inspiration today, giving us what we need today. We thank You so much. We want to thank You in advance, and we honestly want to offer all glory to You. We want to do that every day. We’re going to start each day with that victorious mind, offer every day up to You. We thank You so much. We do the same this day as we do every week, we offer all the glory to You with an everlasting love and tremendous gratitude. We pray this in our own names, as central blessed families, aju.

Hyung Jin Nim:

You know, brother and sisters, when we sing those songs of praise and victory, think of what you’re doing. You’re speaking power over your life; you’re declaring words of strength and words of hope and words of power over your life. You’re saying, “I’m not going to live in guilt and condemnation in 2009; I’m going to rise above.” You’re saying, “I’m not going to let the enemy, who tells me that I’m inadequate, weak and abandoned, steal my joy anymore. In 2009 I’m going to rise higher, I’m going to become stronger, and
I’m going to become a true child of God.”

See brothers and sisters, I want you to know what you’re doing when we’re singing those songs. We are declaring something powerful over our life; we’re changing the direction that our life can go. And that’s what we really want to do. That’s what we want to do when we pray. When we pray sometimes we have to do it by faith. Sometimes we’re praying for something like, “God, I know You’re going to help that friend.” “God, I am praying for that child to come into his own, to accept You and move forth into victory and strength.” “God I’m praying that You’re going to get us through these tough times, and not only get us through, but that You’re going to get us through even stronger, even more successful. “

That’s what we’re doing when we’re praying. We’re declaring words of strength, words of faith over our life. We’re shedding the old shackles of despair and the chains of guilt and remember that we are forgiven, and we move on into our futures, to the new horizons that God is opening for us.

This is the thing that is happening when we pray. Brothers and sisters, we’re going to take time out to pray. If you need to pray, if you’ve been lied about, if you’ve been cheated in your life, if someone has talked behind your back sometimes, then you need prayer today. If you need to pray, we want you to come on up, receive prayer, to come pray with us, and share your heart. Let God KNOW your troubles, for He will redeem you from them.

Let us let Him know. Don’t just keep it all inside, but express it. Let it out. But we’re not going to just let it out. We’re going to move on. We’re going to move on with strength in our prayers, strength in our lives. We’re going to move on so we’re not the victims moping around in 2009. We’re going to be the victors, that are strong and victorious. If you believe it, let’s give it up for God and TP this day!

So I want you to come for prayer. Maybe you feel, “Hey, I never prayed before, but I want to do it today,” maybe something inside of you is tickling you to say, “I want to pray today.” If you feel that, I want you to come up. Not with a heavy heart. If you have things that you are going through, you need to pray about it. You need to pray WITH US about it.

And when we pray we don’t want you to go back to your seat and say, “Did something happen? I don’t know if something happened. I prayed about it but I don’t know if something happened.” That’s not what we want you to do. We want you to go back and say, “You know what? God started something today.
From today, I’m not going to be weak anymore. From today, I’m not defeated. From today I’m born again! From today I’m strong; from today I go forth with hope.” That’s the way we want you to go back to your seat when we pray.

Brothers and sisters, if you feel that you need prayer today, please come up to the front. We’re going to pray with you. Let’s take this time for prayer. For those who are in their seats, let’s continue to sing the song, continue to offer our prayer, and if you really feel that you want to give the person next to you a prayer, please do so as well. Let’s take this time for prayer……

(Prayer time)

We pray all these things, Father, we pray and we are grateful in 2009. Thank You so much. We pray these things in our own names, Aju.

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for extending your heart. I hope you declared some powerful things over your life. I hope you declared, that all those negative things people were saying about you in 2008, all those things that came up in your mind and said, “I’m not going to make it this year, next year,” I hope those things are disintegrating (disappearing) today. I hope that in 2009 we’re going to become stronger, we’re going to become more victorious, and we’re going to be able to share God’s true love even more.

Let’s start with that right now. Let’s all stand up! It’s time to share God’s true love. Let’s encourage each other, encourage the person next to you. If you came with your spouse, it’s time to say “Thank you” and “I love you,” at least 3 times! Start the week off right, brothers and sisters. When you do that, God is going to bless you this week!

Main Sermon by Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and sisters, we have a very special group of presentations today about the growth stage level of Cheon Bok Goong (CBG) that we will be moving into in December. So we have the professional teams from the different companies that will be helping us with the interior and the exterior. We have today with us the representatives from the company Isaac; let’s give them a round of applause! They’re going to be helping us. They’re one of the top companies in Korea. They have a tremendous reputation and have come up with such creative designs for the CBG growth stage. Yeah,
komapsumnida (thanks).

So we’re going to share that with you all today. Are you a little bit excited about that? (Yeah!) Okay, it’s only our World Temple, well, the growth stage. I’m going to speak very briefly and we’re going to have a couple of other speakers here today.

In the Age of Liberation it’s so important for us to realize that True Parents have opened this age. Actually they opened this Age of Liberation, because they were able to inherit God’s true love. And they were able to become His true object partner. So the thousands and thousands of years of loneliness that God had to endure, True Parents were able to liberate God from that. They were able to console Him, to be with Him, to allow him to participate in that kind of reciprocal relationship. That’s why the liberation age has come.

You know, one of the things that we also feel that we have to do in the liberation age, as our 5%, is to now liberate True Parents. That really means that we must be able to give them more joy, it means we should be able to be proud of who we are, proud of our faith and share it.
Did you know, by the way, that True Parents’ autobiography book is now a national best-seller? Let’s give it up! Oh my God! I think our little birdie may have told you that before. A blue jay may have told you that the other day. But I tell you, it’s an amazing age. And it’s an amazing age for us here in Korea. Because there’s no other situation like this in the world. We’ve been to the American church, we’ve been to the Japanese church, to many, many churches around the world, but there is no situation like this that we have here in Korea. We have a turnaround with the media. We have a really increased relationship with wonderful people in the Korean society, professionals, politicians, etc. They are really getting much closer to understanding (True Parents). And we are able to discuss and share our faith. We’re now at a stage where True Parents’ book is a national bestseller – what an incredible age. It’s the age of liberation, brothers and sisters!

And this age of liberation is really our time. It’s our golden age, like we talked about last year. It’s our time to come forth; it’s our time to be proud of who we are and whose we are. It’s time for us to shake off those old feelings that say, “We’re not going to be able to do it…it’s not possible.” Well, with men it may not be possible, but, as you know, the old Scripture says, “But with God all things are possible.”

We have to know that this year 2009 is the beginning stage of the Age of Liberation in this perfection stage. We’re now moving forward to actualizing that vision that True Parents have given us for 2013. That’s the reason why today we want to share with you the progress that has happened.

We have brothers and sisters from all over the world, from all over the world — incredible! Just amazing! You know, we have so many victories coming in from Europe and America, South America, of course Korea and Japan. All these families really coming together! Let’s build our temple, let’s build the new temple for the entire world to see. Let’s not stay at this level anymore. We’re not going to just stagnate at this anymore. I’m tired, I’m done with that. We’re going to move into our new age of blessing, our new age of confidence, our new age of liberation, our new age of success and victory. That’s what we want to move into. Brothers and sisters, that’s exactly where we’re going today.

Today we have some incredible presentations, but let’s always remember that this is now the liberation age. When we enter into this Temple, it’s only the growth stage, but it’s a totally different level. This was the former city hall of Yongsan, which is one of the most incredible areas in Seoul, right in the middle of the city; there is nobody who is not going to see this Temple. And when you look at the design, you’ll say, “Oh, I can notice that (Temple) on the screen. I can notice that and I can see, wow, Tongil-kyo (UC) IS developing, it’s improving.” Let’s give it up for UC!

So brothers and sisters, we want you to be encouraged today, we want you to be strong and encouraged. We know all the team of Isaac. They’re basically like preachers, so they’ll come and they’re going to inspire you. I hope so, I’m praying for that. I’m praying! They’re really professional people, wonderful brothers and sisters, who came up with such creative designs.

We had a whole group of companies that were bidding. We had three exterior and engineering companies, that made up different designs, concepts for the growth stage CBG Temple, and we also had four top Korean interior design companies that came and reported and gave their presentations.

Basically our top leadership was there, and we elected. And these were not only the old leadership; it’s also the new leadership that’s in place. So we have a lot more young people, young professionals, that are in the leadership, and so there was a great balance. We did an election. We did a democratic election to see which one was the most popular. And Isaac won the day and another interior company, Kukbo, won the day, and they came up with the most creative concepts. They were right on in understanding that now the Unificationism is moving to the next stage. We’re not going to stay in the past anymore, we’re moving into the future. Let’s give it up for UC once more!

We’re not staying in here (in this building). So they understood that, they were right on with that, and they came up with the concepts that represent and express that. So we are going to be proud to move into that Temple on Opening Day and really to be proud to worship together, to be able to witness together, to share our faith together, and be proud Unificationists, the way we should be!

I want to give it up now for the next brother, who’s going to come up and give you a brief report about all our blessed central families. Remember, this is not a Temple that one leader can claim to have made. It is not like in the past where we have the building of something, and then the picture- no, no, no. WE built this, the brothers and sisters of the world built this for True Parents. Let’s give it up for brothers and sisters! This is OUR Temple. This is OUR Temple! You see, you have to understand that. This is different. And this is a temple that we’re going to be able to minister in, share our faith in, commune in, do activities in, etc.

So we’re now going to invite Jeong kukjang (department leader) from the Chedan (Tongil Foundation) team, to give a brief report about that kind of a bid. Let’s give him a warm welcome as he comes up.

1st PPT Presentation:

Annyeong haseyo. I’m the Special CBG Project Group leader of the Tongil Foundation, Jeong. This is the initiation of the CBG Project. The present stage is the formation level, and we are moving into the growth level toward the end of the year. Hyung Jin Nim has developed this Church into having services with over 2000 people a week, and over $100,000 in donations per month. Hyung Jin Nim became the International President [FFWPU] and we’re now ready to move into the growth stage. As a foundation of faith we are planning to raise (find) 210,000 members (for the temple) as an offering to God.

Until today at HQ Church you have donated close to 7 million dollars, out of a total of 20 million dollars in Korea. Thank you so much! We have just recently purchased this civic center (city hall) for 85 million dollars. It had been appraised (estimated) for over 100 million dollars. We’ll be investing an additional 15 million dollars for renovation. We are beginning the remodeling renovation process on June 15th, at a cost of about 10 million dollars. We actually need an additional 10 million dollars. So Kook Jin Nim is spearheading the efforts to raise money for the renovation.

Situated next to the civic center there is a park. It is currently a US military base, but it will be developed as a park. That takes place 2015. The park area is huge, like the area of the Central Park. So naturally, when people stroll around the park, they are going to stop at our church; therefore the 210,000 new members!

We are now trying to raise 500 million for the completion stage CBG, and we’ll be accepting donations from members as well as from people in the society. So far from July 2008 to March 2009 we have raised money for the growth level CBG, and for the completion stage CBG we’ll be raising money until 2010, January 2.

Actually the HQ Church has donated the most. The other regions donated from $ 1.4 millions all the way down to $300,000. Members have generously given over $20 million, and actually HQ Church has given over one third of it. God bless you!

2nd PPT Presentation:

Good afternoon, everyone! My name is KS Kim, interior designer from Kukbo Design Company. It’s a very fine day, nice wind, and it is very pleasant for me to have time to share with nice people like you. Let me explain about the design of the new HQ Building (Growth Stage CBG).

There are 3 concepts for us to build the growth stage UC HQ Building: The first is about harmony of time. We wanted to make harmony between ancient and modern concepts. Second is unification culture: We wanted to make the CBG in harmony between oriental and western culture. The third point is the balance of space.

We wanted to make a space that shows harmony between something opulent and moderate, between something
social and contemplative, between something open and closed. As you can see from the circles, we wanted to make harmony among all of the three points, not just focused on one point. At the center of this circle, there is always the UC HQ.

As you can see (here), this is the bird’s eye view of the growth-stage CBG. It has 5 stories, one basement floor and four above ground. This is the 1st floor; the composition plan shows the main movement and the side movement of the visitors. In the middle of the first floor there is a café and a meditation room. At the upper part there is the office area. The top of the first floor is planned as a VIP area. On the right there is a nursery, and children can enter the building through another main entrance. In the very middle of the floor there is a circular hall that people can approach from any direction; its form looks like it’s floating on water. The large area of the first floor is designed as an open area where people can communicate freely.

We can see the 3 movements of visitors. These are some images of the first floor and the left side view of the first floor when they (visitors) enter the building. It’s designed to give an impression that people are warmly welcomed. Here is the right view of the first floor; on the left you can see the circular hall and on the right an open café to communicate freely.

In the circular hall we tried to express holiness, through the water image. This is the inside of the hall which looks like it’s
floating on water, where people can pray.

This is the 2nd floor; an area for VIPs and space for workshops and training. On the right there is a lecture hall and a video center. This is the plan for the 2nd floor; you can see the movement of visitors. The greatest characteristic here is a space for meditation. This (here) is the main lecture hall on the 2nd floor.

Let me explain about the 3rd and 4th floors. There is an auditorium, some public space and roof. This is the plan of the auditorium and the movement of visitors. The auditorium will have a vertical element to express holiness. There is the hallway to approach the auditorium, on the 3rd floor. We tried to use natural materials. We really hope that you can gather your hope and faith to build the completion stage CBG. Thank you!

The left-side view. Upper view of the auditorium. This is the medium-size lecture hall. In the basement there is space for community and a restaurant.

Next the VIP room; we tried to use eco-friendly materials to give a feeling of nature. (Here the) nursery for children, our future leaders. This is the image of the nursery. I hope your children can play here and plan your bright future.

These are finishing materials – we try to use natural materials.
Thank you for your warm heart and donations and we will try our best to build a good building.

Hyung Jin Nim: Brothers and Sisters, let’s give it up again for Kukbo Company – they’re helping us with the interior designing. The next company will be Isaac, with the exterior and engineering part. Remember, these are preliminary designs which will be modified as we go along. Let’s welcome Isaac.

3rd PPT presentation:

Let me explain about the construction area. There is a saying, “Things that are most Korean are most international.” The building will be located in Yongsan; that is at the center of Seoul. We participate in this project thinking we will build a building at the center of Korea, embracing east and west. The previous Yongsan-gu Community Center is a typical office building. Since this building will be located in the center of the city, we tried to consider the religious aspect and the city aspect, too. This building should be able to show its own quality regardless of changing trends. We tried to express people’s life course as a religious way through its front view.

Let me explain the surroundings. There is a green zone to the north, an open space to the south, Yongsan City Park to the southeast, Yongsan Park Tower to the northwest area. This building will be located in the center of a high-ranking housing area which is currently attracting a lot of social attention. Our main design concepts are Faith and Unity. First, we expressed faith by praying hands, and unity is shown by open arms, embracing the world regardless of east or west.

The basic form of the building expresses the message of hope. We can have hope when east and west make harmony. There are three main colors, white, yellow and blue.

(Here is) the landscape architecture plan; there is a deck, narrow path, water fountain and entrance. Here people can enjoy nature in the middle city. In the backyard there is an open place where people can meet their inner self through meditation and prayer.

This is the roof floor; the ceiling design expresses future and vision for the world. There is a cloud garden, outdoor concert hall and meditation path. On the roof there is an open space that can be home to people who seek tranquility and peace.

People can see the character of this unique building from everywhere. We’ve separated the movement of visitors and movement of cars. Now you can see the landscape architecture plan. The elevation plan of the building expresses peace, which is the unification movement’s ultimate goal. It’s made of yellow marble. Glass and granite express clearness and purity of religion, symbolizing holiness and spiritual authority. There is a dome in the upper part, symbolizing hope in the form of praying hands.

Thank you very much!

Hyung Jin Nim: Let’s give Isaac Company a big hand. Brothers and sisters, at the top of the building there is going to be the unification mark. So all the brothers and sisters who live in those apartments (overthere), when they look down and see our Temple, they’re going to see that beautiful thing illuminating the night sky. Let’s give it up for
UC! It is now our time!

Transcribed by: Naoko Isa Brazil

Edited by: Rev. Bruno Klotz


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Final Prayer

April 23, 2009

Heavenly Father, thank You for this day that You have blessed upon us. Father we know You are here with us as we speak. Father, You are not here in the past or just in the future, Father, but You are here in the present moment as we breathe, as we breathe in new life, as we exhale old life, Father.

Father, You give us new chances every single breathe that we take. You give us new opportunities, new possibilities that You opened for us as we walk towards our futures and our destinies.

Heavenly Father, we pray that You may fill us, pour into us Your spirit of courage, perseverance, Father, overcoming power, so that we may overcome any obstacles the Archangel may send and, Father, ultimately become more wise through them.

Father, we are now in a stage of complete liberation and release. Let us in this age learn to not only be receivers, those who take or receive but, Father, let us learn Your practice of sharing. Let us share our time, our resources, our skills, our dreams with those around us and help others in our community. May we help other people who need support.

Father, let us exhibit Your heart, Your heart as the ultimate sharer from the very beginning throughout the many thousands of years of Your providential course.

Heavenly Father, thank you so much for instilling with us the strength to share and we pray that as we do so, we will find our community, ourselves and our families with more victory, more illumination and more peace living that true blessed life that You have blessed us to live.

Thank you so much. Father, we offer all thanks and glory to You this day and I pray these things together as Central Blessed Families in True Parents name, in the True Families name and also in our world wide Unification Family Blessed Central Families’ name….AJU!

Sermon: Having the Strength to Share / September 20, 2008

Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

April 23, 2009

Last time we met the atheist who was swimming in the ocean. Now I heard another story about that same guy; he had a close call last time. This time he decided “I’m not going to go to the ocean, instead I am going to go hiking in the mountains, that’ll be safer. There won’t be any sharks, and probably no bears because this is Korea. So I’ll go hiking in the mountains.”

So he went out, he climbed up the mountain; he was enjoying the beautiful scenery and the beautiful views, and suddenly he slipped on a rock, and began to fall, tumbling down the mountain. In fact, he tumbled off a cliff. And while he was spinning down, he luckily grabbed hold of a vine (branch) that was hanging from the cliff. He was holding onto that vine and he yelled up, “Is there anybody up there who can help me? God please save me! Is there anybody who can help me?”

From the top of the cliff came a booming voice that said, “Yes, there’s somebody up here.” And the atheist said, “Well, can you help me? Could you lower a rope down and save me, please?” And the person up there said, “Yes, but you’re going to have to do something for me before I do that.”

The atheist said, “Well, who are you? What do I have to do in order for you to help me?” and He said, “Well I am Almighty God, and I need you to let go of the vine, and have faith in me and I will save you.” And at that moment the atheist pondered; he reflected on those words, and he looked up and said. “Is there another God up there?”

Sermon: The Power of Forgiveness / December 15, 2007

TwoRivers Choir New Song – "Your Love Is Amazing"

April 23, 2009

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Your love makes me sing
Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging
Your love is a mountain, firm beneath my feet
Your love is a mystery, how You gently lift me
When I am surrounded, Your love carries me
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing

Your love is suprising, I can feel it rising
All the joy that’s growing, deep inside of me
Every time I see You,
All Your goodness shines through
I can feel this God-song rising up in me
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing

Making Victorious Teams

April 16, 2009

April 11 2009 , HQ’s Church, Seoul, Korea

Great teams have a purpose. They have a strong sense of direction and each member has a strong sense of responsibility to pull his or her own weight for the team. Poor teams have weak purpose, weak sense of direction, and each member wants personal glory over team glory. To know that one does not know everything and to be willing to work with others who have expertise in the portions that I don’t have is one of the real keys to making great teams. To have the humility to recognize that life is full of things to learn and full of people to learn from, is one of the most essential keys to the blessed life.

Yeon Ahn Nim’s Welcoming Remarks:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters! (Good afternoon!)

It is really great to see you all. Today is the 50th wedding anniversary of True Parents. So this morning we went to Cheong Pyeong to greet True Parents. They did a small ceremony at Hoon Dok Hae with some of the True Family members and some members.

Looking at them cutting their 50th wedding anniversary cake, I felt really great to attend not just one man but two, one man and one woman, our dear True Parents. They show us what true husband and true wife is with Heavenly Father.

Brothers and sisters we are always honored to have you here, and for those who are joining with us via internet, wherever you are, we are welcoming you as well. Welcome brothers and welcome sisters.

Hyung Jin Nim’s Welcoming Remarks:

Welcome brothers and sisters! Today I would like to read from Cheon Seong Gyeong Page 1041 “You should not feel lonely or sad just because someone does not pay much attention to your words, even after you poured your whole heart into that person. The principle of heavenly law is that you will never lose your investment. Those who understand this will be blessed”.

See brothers and sisters, when we do good, when we invest in other people, we may feel at times that’s wasting our energy or it’s not going to pay back, but God keeps track of all the things that we do. And particularly when we invest in others, when we plants good seeds of hope in other people, when we give them strength, when we mentor that child, when we encourage that friend, when we support that loved one, then God is being excited by that, He’s being inspired by that. And that causes Him to want to give back. That causes Him to want to inspire us in our lives.

Father says that according to this heavenly principle, this law, is we’ll never lose our investment. When we do goodness, that investment is never lost, it’s never wasted. At the time we may not see its full reward but in the process of time we will see that its fruits are more and more abundant. That is one of the secrets that Father is giving us today.

Brothers and sisters, every time before service, let’s always remember that we have to be strong in the way we look at ourselves. In the world, we work hard, we study hard, we have to compete with other smart kids at school or at the work place, whatever, and we may feel at times very down. We may feel very inadequate at times.

Particularly in those times we need to even more strongly give God the glory, because it’s in those times (of giving glory) when we don’t lose energy by looking at our inadequacies but focus on the fullness and the goodness and the liberation of God. It’s then when we get filled up with that strength, it’s then we start reeping the benefits of those incredible facets of God.

So it’s so very important that we see ourselves in that light, that we see ourselves as strong in 2009, getting more victorious in 2009. Even though the situation may look tough, even though we may not see a way, we see ourselves growing, growing every year. Every day we see ourselves stronger. In one year from now, in April 2010, you’re going to be stronger, you’re going to be more victorious, you’re going to be more mature, you’re going to be more able to handle anything that’s in your path. If you believe it, let’s give it up for God and True Parents. (Applause)

We always have to hold that in our hearts. We always have to keep that in our hearts. That’s the age of liberation. That’s when we can truly can bring glory and joy and inspiration to God.

Once again brothers and sisters, welcome, and let’s return that glory and happiness to God this day during the service. Thanks once more. Welcome!

End of First Meditation Practice:

Let us always remember that God and True Parents are with us. The changes of the seasons are now at hand. It is time now for a new season even in our own lives. Let’s remember that True Parents have given us the blessed life to truly inherit the true love of God and to become greater blessings to our family, community, nation and to our world.

Hyung Jin Nim’s Prayer:

Heavenly Father thank You so much for bringing us together today. Father we are here from all over the world. We are joined here by brothers and sisters in Africa, and the Philippines and South America and the States. Father we are here together as one global Unification community centered on True Parents, and, Father, we are here to truly be able to bring glory and happiness to You.

We know that when we do that as our life purpose, then we are fulfilled in our deepest heart. Then the great potentials and the dreams and ambitions that You have bestowed and given to us become fulfilled one by one. Father we know however that that does not mean there won’t be difficulties, that does not mean there won’t be obstacles, that does not mean there won’t be challenges. Father, there will be challenges, we know that.

But Father we know that You always gives us more talent than those challenges can handle. We know that You have always given us exactly what we need to overcome those obstacles. Father it is important for us to believe in ourselves, that we can overcome the hardships, the difficulties and become stronger, brighter, and more victorious every day for You.

We thank You so much, Lord, because we are here together as brothers and sisters, and we hope that today You may smile upon us, and You may be glad, and You may look upon us and truly be proud that we are Your children and that we call You our Parents. Thank You so much. We thank You once more from the deepest part of our hearts. With an everlasting love and a profound gratitude we pray in our own names as central blessed families. Aju!

Hyung Jin Nim’s Interesting story:

You know we always start with something just a little, a little interesting. I heard this wonderful little story. There was a story about a mom and she was reflecting on her two little boys. She said that, “Years ago when my two little boys were very small, they were taught how to say their blessings before eating their meal. One night I was very busy scurrying around the kitchen, so I told them, ‘Hey! Boys, say your prayers before the meal without me’.” And then she took a moment to watch them as they both squeezed their eyes tightly, and folded their hands and began to pray.

The elder one, the 4 year old, finished very quickly, but the 3 year old kept on praying and praying. After about another minute or two passed, the 3 year old lifted his head, looked at his plate and was very angry. He said, “Hey! God did not take away my broccoli!” (Laughter) Now you know what he prayed for, right?

Hyung Jin Nim’s Sermon:

Brothers and sisters, today I want to talk to you about making victorious teams.

You know in order to live the blessed life, we have to learn how to make our lives victorious for God. In order to do that, we have to realize that life is not a solo activity, it is a team effort. There is no one, no company, no sports team, no religion that succeeds just because of ONE person. It is a team effort!

Great teams have a purpose. They have a strong sense of direction and each member has a strong sense of responsibility to pull his or her own weight for the team. Poor teams have weak purpose, weak sense of direction, and each member wants personal glory over team glory.

To know that one does not know everything and to be willing to work with others who have expertise in the portions that I don’t have is one of the real keys to making great teams. To have the humility to recognize that life is full of things to learn and full of people to learn from, is one of the most essential keys to the blessed life.

Let’s take a look at some of these world scriptures today:

Let’s take a look at Christianity. This is Matthew 25-28. Let’s read it together. That’s Jesus speaking, “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the son of man came not to be served but to serve.”

He‘s talking about when we work together, when we build the kingdom, it’s not only about my glory. It is about serving, helping the greater (unit) have glory.

Let’s take a look at Taoism today from the Daodejing 81. Let’s read that together. “The sage does not accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he has himself. The more he gives to others, the more he possesses of his own. The way of heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.”

Once again, although we may think that accumulating for ourselves is beneficial, in the end, what he’s saying is that we lose our friendships, we lose all the things that are really precious. And when we use for others, when we help others succeed, then we are getting the benefits of benevolence and (walk) the way of heaven.

Let’s take a look at Islam from the Hadith of Bukhari. Let’s read this together, “The best men are those who are useful to others” says this hadith. Once again, those who can participate in helping others, be useful to others, can themselves be the best in God’s eyes.

Let’s take a look at Confucianism today. This is from the Analects 6.28.2. Let’s read it together, “The man of perfect virtue, wishing to be established himself, seeks also to establish others. Wishing to be enlarged himself, he seeks also to enlarge others.” Once again, connecting the success of others with the goal and purpose of oneself.

Let’s tie that together on True Parents’ words (10.20.73). Let’s read it together, “God’s definition of goodness is total giving, total service and absolute unselfishness. We are to live for others. You live for others and others live for you. God lives for man and man lives for God. The husband lives for his wife and the wife lives for her husband. This is goodnes. And here, unity, harmony and prosperity abound.”

Notice, this is a symbiotic relationship, this is a give and receive relationship, you live for others and others live for you. In that synergy, then there is prosperity. In that synergy there is unity and harmony.

You know, award-winning journalist, columnist and author of three Pulitzer prizes, Thomas Freedman, wrote a book that was entitled, “The world is flat!” I’m going to repeat that title to you, “The world is flat”. This was a book about globalization and there were many many many insights in this work.

But one of his main points is that we usually think that the world is round. All of you at least learned that the world was round, right? And we may learn that there are hierarchies in the world, the first world countries, second world countries, third world countries, etc… But his point was that in this new market, in this new global economy, this view is actually wrong. The world is now flat because everybody is now able to play on an equal plain field. Everybody now can compete with each other on an equal plain field.

He gave one example: people in first world countries not only have to compete with other people in first world countries, they now have to compete with people in third world countries as well, for jobs etc… He gave the example of phone companies in America that hire thousands of Indians as phone assistants over Americans because they speak English, they’re polite and take less wages, etc… And he warns the first world countries that this is the case whether they like it or not, whether they think it’s unfair or not, this is the case of the present world situation.

And he challenges- he actually challenges Americans- to train their citizens to work harder, to train their children to study more, to become more creative, to make them more competitive for the global age where the world is flat, where it’s an equal plain field.

He goes on to say that in this kind of global world only the ones who are able to think, prepare and develop themselves for synergy and teamwork are those who will win. Essentially, leaders that are trying to do everything alone or by themselves or in their own countries will not be able to have the competitive advantage that other countries, who make synergies, will. This expect believes that in this new global market leaders are looking to create the best teams and team mates that play to win for the team and create success regardless of the new and modern challenges that they face.

“But in these rough times things are tough. I’ve got to look out for myself, I’ve got to look out for my family!” But we’ve got to remember, brothers and sisters, these times are also rough for leaders. They are looking for people who are skilled and also willing to sacrifice for the team’s success. They want to keep this kind of people, and they want to reward this kind of people.

“But I can’t help my team succeed. I have to succeed first, myself! I’ve got to get my thing done first!” Sure, it’s always great to be your best. It’s always great to actualize all the potential you have. But don’t forget that no matter how great you become, you must always work with people. You’re always going to have to work with people. And that involves creating teams, partnerships, synergies, win-win relations, etc… That is one of the keys and one of the realities in actualizing all our God-given potential.

In the midst 5th century a man named Heroditus travelled all over the Mediterranean from Scythia to Egypt, creating what are known as the histories of the Greco-Persian wars. Here, in this age, the Persian empire was humongous (huge). It dominated nearly half of the world. In 490 and 480 the Persians, as one of the most powerful empires, invaded the Greek territories. At this time the Greek territories were all split up. They were all different city states. But they realized that they had to bind together, they had to work to repel the invasions off.

In the battle of Marathon – for any of you who like to run the marathon, this is where the name came from, from the battle of Marathon- the Persians attacked, sending a fleet to sack Athens, to destroy Athens, and they landed on the bay of Marathon.

The Greeks had to defeat them quickly and they had to protect Athens at the same time but this was impossible. The Persians outnumbered them by enormous amounts and they were more skilled, etc…

Miltiades, who was the general on the Greek team, sent 2 teams to block the Persians and they used the double encirclement. They totally surrounded the Persians at the bay of Marathon. And they attacked them as a united front. Because of this unity, the Persians at that bay were defeated and they were forced to flee.

Miltiades then sent the troups to run to Athens- they had to RUN to Athens, from Marathon to Athens – and then they had to block off the Persian fleet that was coming in. The battle showed here that, when united, the Greeks could defeat a larger and more powerful empire and preserve their culture and their nation.

By 445, just a couple of decades later, the Greeks quickly moved into what is known as the Greek golden age, a time of great prosperity, great security and great development. But they would have never ever reached that age if they were not able to work together, to unite, strengthen their purpose and to repel the invasions.

At the time, Persia was so powerful. And because of that unity the Greeks were able to enter into their golden age and have a tremendous, tremendous history.

You know, in the Biblical tradition we also see this at work. Rev. Walter Fauntroy was speaking about it last week, that this is now the Joshua generation. When entering the promised land, the 10 spies said,”We cannot go in, we cannot defeat them, they are like giants and we are like grasshopers.” They saw themselves as weak, defeated. They saw themselves as incapable of taking on (winning over) the kings in the promised land.

But Joshua and Kaleb, they disagreed. They had what Rev. Fauntroy called “the minority report”. They knew that even though they were a minority they were a majority, because they had God on their side,. And so they convinced the Israelites; they had to convince them, they had to argue with them. They said, “No, we can do it! We can get into the promise land. We can get into that land of milk and honey that God has promised our people for generation after generation.” And they created a condition of unity to lead the people into victory and they did (got the victory).

Even though the other 10 spies continued to say, “We can’t do it, you are crazy, you are going to lead us all into suicide, this is insane. We’re not going to make it. This is definitely going to be our worst year…… 2009 we’re not going to be able to make it through this. It’s going to be terrible!” They were saying that. But what did Joshua and Caleb have to do? They had to block that out, and say, “You know what? I believe that I will make it into this promised land. I believe that I will lead this people into that land. “

I remember in 2005, when Father announced I had to take responsibility for the religious side of the church, and Kook Jin Hyung for the economic side of the church, and I remember Kook Jin Hyung coming up to me one day. It was in America. He came up to me, and tried to talk to me, trying to sense whether or not I was open to the view and to saying, “Yes we can! Yes we can liberate the members from irresponsible leadership! Yes we can liberate True Parents from false reporting! Yes we can liberate many from the idea that the True Children can’t work together! Yes we can liberate and grow the church, we can liberate True Parents, show success, show that our movement can become successful while they (True Parents) are here. Yes, we can do that!“ And he wanted to sense me out, whether or not our hearts were united.

And there were so many who said it was impossible,”There’s no way we can move the outside world. It’s impossible! They are like giants in our view, they are huge out there. We are like grasshopers. There’s no way we’re going to be able to inspire them and move them, no way we’ll move them and make them understand the role of True Parents.”

But we continued to work together, and just like Joshua and Caleb, we continue to believe that we will get into the promised land. We believe that we will be able to move the outside world, we believe that Unificationism will be victorious while True Parents are here. If you believe it, let’s give it up for God and True Parents. (Loud applause)

See, God is preparing us for our golden age, the age of liberation and complete release. That’s the age that True Parents opened for us, and that is our golden age. It’s an age that True Parents started by liberating the heart of God because they revealed that He was a lonely God. He was high and mightly but He was totally alone. By revealing His divinity which is true love, a love that is selfless and can bring even Satan to voluntary surrender, they’ve afforded us that chance to inherit that true love and become equals to God, become his partners in love, that can reciprocate love with Him.

And now as True Parents’ children we have a responsibility in the age of liberation,to do for them what they did for God, and that is, to liberate True Parents. How do we do that? We do that by making our movement truly, truly successful. We do that by having their tradition recognized, we do that by all the efforts and all the blood, sweat and tears that our first generation shed up til now. We allow that to be acknowlegded by truly showing success in our movement, truly showing growth in our movement, showing that we can make a difference, we can make a tremendous impact in society in positive ways.

And it’s not just about giving birth to new children, we have to also raise them to be filial children, and also raise those children so that those children can make new filial chilren who can become true owners of this kind of cycle of liberation.

And now we are going to enter the growth stage of Cheon Bok Gung (Unification Temple). I’m sure all of you heard about it. By the end of this year we’re going to be moving into the growth stage Cheon Bok Gung. It’s going to be a whole new level in terms of how we’re going to be able to communicate with the nation.

And at that temple, we’re going to have to share our tradition, we’re going to have to truly become proud and confident in who we are, in what tradition we represent, and we have to be able to share that with confidence with a smile on our face and with a 2-step and a 3-step. We have to be able to really show who we are and to have commitment (confidence) in our own selves as team members.

You know in the Buddhist tradition, there’s this beautiful iconography, this beautiful picture of the Buddhisattva of compassion. In Chinese Buddhism, the “he” is a “she” and the manifestation of this Asian Buddhist iconography has 1,000 arms- has 1,000arms, very scary for many people when they see that!

How come she has 1,000 arms? I’ll tell you why she has 1,000 arms. She has 1,000 arms because the 1,000 arms reach out in 1,000 directions and they save 1,000 beings who are drowing and suffering, so the hands represent a savior’s hand that is reaching out and helping those people who are suffering.

In this video that you’re going to see next, I want you to keep in mind that this performance was done by Chinese performers, and the wonderful and amazing thing about these performers is that all these people, that you will see, are handicappped. Some of them are deaf, some of them have other types of handicaps. They are disabled individuals, but watch what happens when they come together. Watch what happens when you see the unity of power, when you see this team effort come together, watch how they shine. Let’s take a look at this video now.

Let’s give it up for those disabled individuals (Applause)

When we look at these performers, of course it would be amazing on its own, without them being disabled. Even people like us trying to coordinate something like that, is so difficult, but take into consideration that all these performers were disabled, many of them could not even hear. The lady in the front she’s completely deaf, she cannot hear, and that’s why you saw the coordinators at the side, signing them on and showing them the beats of the music, etc…

By coming together and bringing together this work of art, shining this iconography, making this figure come to life, they not only challenge or inspire other people to live and become like this – to be able to, even despite challenges, come together, work together and continue to reach out hands in help – they inspire tremendously many many people who watch this performance to live up to that potential that everybody has within them.

Brothers and sisters, that is really one of the keys in working together in a team, to really be able to see the team glory as greater than personal glory.

Brothers and sisters, what can we learn today? Learning how to work together as a great team will be the key to living the blessed life. In order to create the teams we need to recognize that we can’t do everything alone. We have a mission as well. Rev. Fauntroy was doing so much peace activity for the last 40 years, being involved in human rights and civil rights, working in the peace process and knowing the inadequacies of the current types of processes. And he was so excited to hear about the World Peace and Unity Temple.

And there it’s not only a building. It is also our responsibility there to be able to share our tradition, to be proud of our tradition, because that’s going to be the world stage, that’s going to be the stage where people are going to see and recognize Unification tradition in a greater and greater way.

Now as we are moving to the growth stage of Cheon Bok Gung by the end of this year, it’s time for us to bring the lonely children of the world to meet True Parents, to be able to understand our tradition, not only as people who participate and go through education program, but really become part of our community and really be able to allow us to work together to substantialize the world towards peace and unity.

You know, it’s now the time for Unification golden age. It’s time for our time, it’s time for UC’s time. Right now in Korea, True Parents’ book has already reached the best-sellers’ list. Last week it was number 4 on the best-sellers’ list. It continues to rise. (Applause)

So we have to know that now is the time. Now is the time to be proud of who you are. Now is the time to know that people are interested in us as a tradition. They want to know what we’re about. And now the True Parents have liberated God and now it’s our turn, in this age of liberation and complete release, to be able to liberate them, that is, to really be able to raise filial children who can raise other filial children, and become those kind of children of God and True Parents.

By inheriting the true love of God, witnessing and building the Cheon Bok Gung together, we will be able to move forward towards that world of peace, move past the war-stricken world into a world of unity, filial-piety towards heaven, and a true pride for our Unification family.

Brothers and sisters, I do believe that if we do move forward with this kind of victorious team effort, we will bring to our world more victory, more illumination and more peace and we will live that blessed life that True Parents have blessed us to live. If you receive it let’s give it up for God and True Parents. (Applause)

Ending Words of the Final Meditation Practice:

True Parents have blessed us with the blessed life to inherit the true love of God and to become greater blessings to our families, community, to our nations and to our world.

Hyung Jin Nim’s Final Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this day that You have given to us Father. Father, we thank You for being able to be together here as brethren in communion with You, feeling Your spirit, feeling You being inspired by our song, by our joy, by our inspiration.

Father we know that You are a God that seeks to be in a give and receive relationship with Your children, not a God that sits high and mighty above us all, lonely and distant. But Father, You truly wish to be able to share Your selfless love with us.

Father, let us be able to inherit that true love, a love that is so powerful that it can overcome any enemy, any obstacle, any challenge, by natural surrender.

Father, when we inherit that, we know that we will become greater blessings. We’ll become greater blessings to our families, we’ll become greater blessings to our communities, we’ll become greater blessings to this world, we’ll become greater blessings to You. We are so grateful for that opportunity.

Father, thank You so much for this time. We are praying for 2009. Even if we were down last week, Father, we know that we are still standing today, and we are facing this new week with a new hope, and, Father, a new spirit and a new strength, knowing that in this year where everybody tells us we’re going to fail, and everybody tells us we’re going to go and decrease, Father, You promised us we’re going to increase, Father, You promised us we will have more victory, Father, you promised us that we will have more peace in our hearts and be able to share that to this world.

Father we pray that we may be able to keep our eyes open and find those victories, find that peace that You are giving to us every single day. Father, we pray and offer all our gratitude to You for we know that we are here together as a team, and not only a team that is here for its own purpose, but truly to bring victory and glory to You.

We thank You so much. We thank You to be alive at this time, and we offer up all the glory with an everlasting love, and a tremendous gratitude. From the depth of our hearts, we pray in our names as central blessed families, Aju!

Transcribed by: Rev. Beatrice Clyburn

Edited by: Rev. Bruno Klotz

Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

April 16, 2009

I always like to start with something kind of fun. I don’t know if this is fun, but I’ll try it. I heard of a story of a young man named John. And John wasn’t the best student. He eventually got his job working in a company. And he came to his boss one day and said, “Sir, I’m really sorry. My grandmother just passed and we have the funeral tomorrow, so I need to attend that. So if I could have a leave of absence on Tuesday that would be great.” And the president said, “Oh! Of course, John. Please, take time. Take a day off. Take a couple days off. No problem at all.”

So John was not at the office on Tuesday. And then of course on Wednesday he returned. The boss saw him and said, “John, can I have a tiny word with you?” And said, “John, are you a spiritual man?” and John said, “Not really. I don’t attend church so much.” And the boss said, “Well, do you believe in spirit world?” And John said, “I guess I do”. “Well it’s very interesting, because on Tuesday, when you were at your grandmother’s funeral, she came and dropped these cookies off for you. And by the way, you’re fired.”

Sermon: Having God’s Strength and Letting Go / November 3, 2007

Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Opening Prayer

April 16, 2009

Father, we thank You for this day that You have prepared for us. We are truly grateful to be alive at this time. We know that our lives are so precious. Father, we know that we only have a limited time here but Father, we pray that during that time we may be the greatest blessings to those around us, Father, to those near and to those far. Father, that we may continue to actualize the principles, the teachings that we are learning.

Let us each day grow in our strength, in our maturity, in our devotion, in our sense of self . Let us become stronger and wiser in Your wisdom. Let us become more full and filled with Your joy, Your abundance, Father, with benevolence.

We thank you once more that You have gathered us in this place and each one of us we tie our hearts spiritually together. We offer this time to You and we pray that we may bring joy to You during this next few hours. We pray that we may truly bring blessings to those around us and we may leave this place a greater blessing to this world.

Father, thank you for once more guiding us each step of the way leading us here as You will lead us forward, we have faith that You will continue to allow us to shine brighter and brighter as our lives continue.

Thank you once more for this day and we truly are grateful for all our brothers and sisters who are joining us here in the internet. All our brothers and sisters that are with us, physically, spiritually. We pray for them, their health, their well being, their safety, their happiness and their peace.

Father, thank you so much once more that You are dwelling within us that You are dwelling here in this sanctuary and guide us today, lead us, Father, pull us into Your realm of heart.

We thank you once more. We pray these things in the name of Hyung Jin Kajong (family), a member of a Central Blessed Family, Aju!

Sermon: Leaving a Legacy in Our Lives / March 29, 2008