Miracles of Faith

August 30, 2009

August 15th 2009, Headquarters Church

Opening Prayer by Reverend Michael Brazil:

Our Heavenly Father and our Heavenly Mother, we want to thank you so much for your love, your guidance, your love that not only makes us sing but also dance with joy, dance with gratitude for all that you have showered upon us. We really want to welcome you here today. We want to invite you to be here with us. We want to feel your spirit and we want you, Heavenly Father, to feel our spirit. We want to lift up our hearts so that we can lift you up, we can inspire you. Heavenly Father, we really welcome you here, we really invite you. We ask that you help us to open our hearts to receive your message today. Please speak through our speakers today that they may truly inspire us, that we can be fired up for the week ahead, and that we can give even more joy and more fulfillment to you and to our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We offer all of this humbly as your precious sons and daughters, as blessed brothers and sisters from around the world. Aju

Opening Remarks by Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters. It’s really great to see you all, especially I guess, Hyung Jin Nim is really happy to see you all. It feels like a month since we saw you all last time. That is why we are especially happy to see you all and we are especially grateful to our Heavenly Father and our True Parents for letting us have such a blessed day. Brothers and sisters, we earnestly hope and desire that you have a blessed day and a blessed week and here in this sanctuary, today. Let us pray and worship our Heavenly Father and our True Parents. AJU

Opening Remarks by Hyung Jin Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters! Good afternoon. Oh, oh! Whenever I see the joy on Pastor Kyle’s face, something inside of me just gets on and up! Thank you so much!

Brothers and sisters let us manifest the Principle, Give and Receive Action, Four Position Foundation. May I inherit the true love of God! AJU! Thank you so much!

Let’s start with Cheon Seong Gyeong, page 331 today. It is beautiful!

“How shall we describe God’s love?” Father says. I want you to close your eyes, close your eyes! Father says, “Imagine a warm spring day with white clouds floating gently in the sky, the air shimmers above the ground, insects and ants scurry about, exploring the world. Beside a flowing stream, catkins blossom and frogs sing new songs of spring welcoming swarms of bees and butterflies, and there you are, enraptured in that atmosphere, in that twilight state that we experience when drifting peacefully off to sleep, and yet we are awake in a happy mood , rejoicing forever. God’s love has such a flavor.”

Brothers and sisters let’s give it up for almighty God and his incredible love! I hope at this service we can return that kind of amazing grace, that kind of amazing love we receive. I hope that during this service we can return that beautiful spring breeze back to heaven. I know that the summer breeze is kind of sweltering outside but inside we have people filled with the joy of God. Tell your neighbor, “I am filled with the joy of God!” Oh I feel it, I feel it today! Oh, you are doing quite well today!

Meditation Practice:

Let us visualize not this place but let us visualize a beautiful forest path. We are walking on this cool day in spring, very cool, refreshing. We can feel the beautiful soft grass under our feet, the beautiful bird moss that grows along the roots of the trees. We can feel the warmth of the sun on our skin, we can feel the touch of the sun and we can see up into the heavens. We will notice a beautiful canopy of leaves, we will notice beautiful flowers that bloom around and let us walk forward rejoicing in that incredible creation. In our hearts let us feel the pulse of nature, of creation, the creative spirit that is imbued in all of creation. As we look forward we are going to see a beautiful stream. Let’s walk up to that beautiful stream. Let’s hear the glorious sound, the singing of the stream. Let’s see the translucent waters as light sparks shimmer. Let’s feel the coolness of the water and as we stand before that beautiful scene, as we imbibe on all the glorious surroundings, let us gently close our eyes. In that image, let us close our eyes and let us lift our hands up towards the heavens. In that image we are stretching towards the heavens in that beautiful place and as we breathe in, in our hearts let us rejoice saying, “I am alive” and as we breathe out let us rejoice and say, “Thank you.” I invite you to feel this incredible warmth of the sun upon us, the incredible love and compassion that covers us and as we breathe in again, in our hearts, “I am alive,” as we breathe out again, “Thank you.” One more time, with great rejoicing in our hearts, “I am alive” and as we breathe out in our hearts let us say, “Thank you.”

Let us all gather our hands together. Let’s manifest the Principle, Give and Receive Action, Four Position Foundation. Lift it up! May I inherit that amazing love of God, that true love! AJU!

Thank you, brothers and sisters. Let’s take this time to pray. I want to ask you to pray particularly for those who are in the spiritual world, anybody you know in your family that is close to you in the spiritual world. Let’s take some time for them, for somebody in your (close to your) heart who needs prayer, for somebody, may be a loved one, who is sick, for somebody who needs a little blessing or who is studying for a test. Let’s pray for these people.

Hyung Jin Nim’s prayer

….. Father, we know that you can move mountains. Father, we know that you can touch our lives. Just one touch from You, and our lives will change. Father we pray for these incredible Abel spirits who are protecting us. We want to give thanks to them. We pray that our Unification movement can come together, Father that we can show unity, that we can show that we are one, that we can come together with one heart, that we can return immense and magnificent joy to you. We thank You very much for this day. We want You to bless every single one of our brothers and sisters here and those who are joining us through internet as well. Father, please be with their families. Father, begin to create that miracle in their lives so that we can see a new re-birth, a new resurrection power that’s coming up and welling up on the inside of us, Father. We want to be able to live in your light. We thank You so much and we offer all these things in our own names, as blessed central families we pray, Father, as one family we pray. AJU

Brothers and sisters it is so important to recharge in prayer, and now it is time to stand up and reach out to the person next to you and give them some encouragement. If you came with your daughter, your spouse, give them a big hug. Tell them you love them at least 3 times.

Interesting Story:

We always start in a something a little interesting. One day St. Peter saw a street gang, a group of gangsters coming towards the Pearly Gates. And St Peter said, “Oh my God. I have to go and report to God.” He ran and said, “God, we have a big problem! There’s a whole bunch of gangsters coming towards the Pearly Gates. What should I do?” And God replied, “Just do what you normally do with that type. Just re-direct them to the other world.” And St. Peter went back to carry out the problem, so he want back to the Pearly Gates.

But he suddenly came back running and yelling, “God they’re gone! They’re gone! And God said, “And so that’s good news. So they’re gone, so that’s good!”

St Peter said, “No, no. The Pearly Gates are gone!”

Main Sermon:

Brothers and Sisters, after the Seven Deaths and Resurrections Revelation, a lot of things really changed in my life. I need to ask all of you to help me today. You have to help me. Can you help me? (Smiles ? the congregation says yes!). OK, this is what I want to ask you: I have a problem looking at my notes up here while I am speaking and I have been given the feed back: “Hey, will you move away from the podium sometimes?” So today I would like to try something new. It is a very big step for me. I do not want to use the podium a lot today. I want to carry these notes and walk around like a crazy man, ok? (Laughter) But I want you all to help me; you have to help me, because if I come back to the podium you have to say, “Get away from the podium!” You have to tell me to get away from this podium. This is the devil today. (Laughter)

Let us start with the world scripture, Christianity today. Let us read this together from Isaiah 7:9 “Unless you have believed, you will not understand.” Here we understand the value of faith.

Let us take a look at Buddhism today. This is the Sutta Nipata. Let us read together verse number 1146. “By faith you shall be free and go beyond the world of death.” That is the world of suffering. You will be set free by faith.”

Let us take a look at Islam today. This is the Qur’an 8th Sura, 8th chapter, second verse, let us read it together: “The true believers are those whose hearts are filled with awe at the mention of God.”

Oh, I love that. Tell your neighbor, “I am filled with awe!” Tell the person next to you – tell them! (I am filled with awe!) Yes, there you go. You are filled with awe that I am not at the podium today! Thank you, thank you, so much.

Let us take a look at Unificationism together. “Where there is hope, there is development. Where there is no hope, at least there is retreat, if not utter cessation. Therefore, whether there is happiness or unhappiness is determined by hope. If there is no hope in a man of faith who should march toward tomorrow’s hope, he is an extremely unhappy man, his faith is only superficial.” This is talking about the incredible power of hope in our life.

Brothers and Sisters, before I received the revelation of the Seven Deaths and Resurrections, there was something I was really struggling about. I have been studying world religions, living with those traditions. I have seen the incredible love for Jesus in the Christian communities, the awesome power of the Agape love – the sacrificial love of Jesus. Of course in the Buddhist communities you find the incredible compassion of the Buddha, they call that Mahakaruna. It is one of the saintly virtues. It is compassion for all beings. When we pray in the Mosques with our Islamic Brothers and Sisters, we feel their incredible faithfulness towards God. You feel the tremendous powerful love that is portrayed in their prayer life.

So this struggle was a major thing for me. This was really a big thing for me. What is it that we as members of the Unification Movement have that is really incredible in terms of our teaching? Is it true that our teaching is the highest, or do we just say this? Can we really articulate it? This was a real big challenge for me to answer. Why is it that we are Unificationists? Why did we choose this path? There are so many great teachings of love and compassion in the other religions. Are they all the same? If we are the same as them, then there is no point in you all coming to church, no point in praising our identity and our tradition. This struggle was with me even while I was doing ministry. I had a big sense of frustration even in my own heart.

We know that Jesus’ teaching of love has really elevated humankind for the last 2000 years. Jesus taught that God is not a God of judgment, that he is not a God that will condemn. He is a God of love and forgiveness. Jesus taught this to the world. He taught this to his disciples.

Jesus said in John 15:13, “No greater love is there than this – that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He said in essence, that there is no greater love than this incredible sacrificial love that is embodied in the life of Christ. This is the amazing love that Jesus taught. It is incredible, an amazing type of love. If you can feel that type of love, it really has an impact on you. Christians really have a lot of impact through the powerful love of Christ, living and walking in his footsteps. That love is powerful.

We know that Jesus came as the second Adam to fulfill the ideal of creation. He came to inherit God’s true love. He came to be the parent of all humankind and inherit that parental heart. But when you look at that statement – Jesus says there is no greater love than this, that one lay down his life for his friends – you realize that he was still operating in relation to friends and had inherited “friend’s love”, this incredible agape love, this sacrificial love that you would lay down your life for your friends is much like a comrade in a war that would lay down their life for their brother. It is an incredible type of love.

What I realized that day is that Jesus needed to establish his family and only then would he be able to inherit the true love. We know this through the Principle; we have heard it a million times. But on that day it really came to me.

We as Unificationists have all the explanations of what is True Love. True Love is an unending love. True Love is living for the sake of others. True Love is a selfless love. True Love can subjugate Satan. We had all these explanations, but I could not FEEL what this love was. I could not imagine it. I heard that it is selfless, that it lives for the sake of others, but I could not imagine what that kind of love would be. Is it just doing charity like doing clean up on the streets? Am I actualizing that type of love when I bring someone a glass of water? Is that the level of love we are talking about? Or is there something greater in what the Unification Movement considers when we talk about True Love? Is there something more powerful than the love that Christianity has taught and that has moved the world the last 2000 years?

I realized this (found the answer) after two years of doing ministry, while I was in prayer and received this kind of dream in a vision, so to speak. We talk about the suffering of True Parents. We talk about how they were imprisoned. We talk about their torture. We know that it is a fact in the physical (dimension). We know they endured physical torment and suffering.
Look at the Apostles’ Creed. Christ was crucified and descended into hell to save those in the bottom of hell so that they may see light in heaven. Unless we open up our spiritual eyes, just like the Christians did, the way Christians see Jesus, then we will not understand. Unless Christians open their spiritual eyes, they will not understand what Agape love is. Unless WE open our spiritual eyes, we will not understand what True Love is.

That day, I saw this in the vision. There True Father was: he was being beaten and tortured physically, but in the spiritual (dimension), he was descending into hell. He was down there seeing his children being tortured and tormented. He was seeing his children being torn apart. Father proclaimed, “These are my children, I take responsibility for them. Take my body, take my soul instead.” He offered (his spiritual) body and flung it to that creature and it began to make him suffer.

When I saw that, I realized: My God, we need to open up our spiritual eyes to understand what our True Parents have endured through those Seven Tortures, we need to see what kind of love is manifested, what kind of love it takes to go into the bowels of hell and say, “These are my children. Do not torture them anymore. I am their parent and will stand in their place. You take my body.”

Then I realized that he (True Father) did this not just once, but seven times. They did this seven times for me. They did it seven times so that one day I could see a land of glory, a land of peace, so that one day, even though I have sinned, I could be free and be forgiven of that sin, so that I and my family and my tribe and my spiritual world could enter into a greater land – a land that maybe I do not deserve to be in – but a land that is given to me nonetheless.

Then I realized: that is what a parental heart is. That is what we are talking about when we talk about True Parents’ heart and True Love: a love that will die for the sake of the children. True Parents will sacrifice for us with an amazing love that says, “I will die again and again for you.” Not once, like Jesus, but again and again and again so my family and their children and their spiritual world can be free. And what I realized is, My God, this is what True Parents actualized in their life. This is what we were talking about when we were talking about the parental heart.

I realized that what the Unification movement is teaching about True Love, what we understand True Love to be is even greater than the love that Jesus Christ spoke about. The love that we are talking about says that the True Parents will die and die again for their children, for their families, their tribes, their society, nation, world, and cosmos, for their spiritual world, so we can see that better day. They will take on that burden of death over and over again for their children. Then I realized that there is no greater love than this.

Even in the Buddhist tradition there is compassion for all sentient beings. They train hard to become a Buddha and then to save all beings by giving enlightenment. True Parents not only trained themselves to become great persons, but sacrificed their life for their children, even for the Creation which they see, from a parental heart, as their own child. Then I realized there is no greater love and that I did not know that there was this type of love.

In Matt 9:20-22 there is a story about Jesus. He is returning to his hometown. When he crosses the river, there is an official, a nobleman. The nobleman comes to Jesus and says, “Jesus, my daughter is sick. I know if you pray for her, she is going to be made whole. So please come to my house and pray for her. You are the only one who can save her life. So please, I beg you to come pray.”

So Jesus followed but someone else enters the scene. We do not know her name. All we know is that she was sick and had a disease that she had been bleeding for the last 12 years. Her body was weak and feeble and she couldn’t move so well. The woman made an incredible commitment that day because she heard of a promise that a person by the name of Jesus was coming into her land. She determined to see this man, “I know if I just I just touch the hem of his cloak, I will be healed.” You can imagine this woman, bleeding everyday, having to change her clothes and bandages everyday – change and wash them in that feeble state. But she has something that gets her out of the bed. She has a faith that if she meets the Lord, she will be healed. So on that day she gets up, she is limping, shaking as she walks, trying to go at her fastest speed because she knows that he will not be there for long.

She gets there and there is a huge crowd. Jesus is there but he is totally unreachable. There are hundreds of people standing between her and the Lord or the promise. This woman, who for 12 years was losing her blood, her life, her dream, losing her purpose, her family, everything, was crumbling. She is just totally collapsing. But she makes the commitment out of faith, out of a belief that says, “If I meet Jesus, then I can be healed.”

What we have to understand about faith is that faith is a power. Faith is not an accessory, it is a power. Faith attracts things. Faith attracts blessings. It attracts gifts to the believer, the person with faith. It attracts hope into the heart. It gives one a sense of purpose and the sense of prophesy. Looking into the future is to prophesy. It gives one the sense of destination and direction. Faith is power. Faith is attractive.

What is happening here? This woman is hobbling, she is terribly sick. There are hundreds of people around Jesus. In the “natural” there is no way she is going to be able to move through them. But she is not operating in the natural. You see, when we have faith, we are operating in the Supernatural: a land where there is blessing and abundance, where there is provision and fruitfulness. We do not operate with only what we see, and this is the difference.

So what happened is that Jesus started walking towards her! What did we say about faith? Faith is attractive. Faith attracts the promise. It attracts the Holy Land. It attracts the temple, the High Priest. Faith attracts the Blessing. So there she is thinking, “My God, there is no way I could have done this on my own. I tried to push these people – no way – I am bleeding. But now Jesus is walking right towards me.” He passes her; he does not even see her. She just reached out and touched the edge of his cloak.

She tried to shake his hand. I am sure she tried to do a pound. You know how we do a pound, right? (fists together) She tried to pound him! In a good way! That is a happy, blessing pound (laughter). So she wanted to do that, but reached out and could only reach the edge of his garment, the tip of his cloak. Not even his fingernail, just the tip of his cloak. Then Jesus turned to her. He did not feel that (physically) but he turned to her and said (in Matt 9:22), “Your faith, my daughter, has healed you.” And from that moment, she is made whole. She receives new life. The person from whom life was draining is now restored. The person from whom hope was draining, purpose was draining, is now restored. Now she has a new promise in her heart – that God’s blessing and abundance will be in her life in a real way, in a manifested and prophetic way. So she is never the same.

When I heard this story, I could not help but thinking about the Unification Movement. We have been like the sick woman. We have not grown so much in the last 30 years. Our life has been draining from us. We have been losing a sense of purpose. We lost thinking, “Yes, we are important, we are meaningful, we are relevant, we are excellent for this world.” We have been losing this sense of urgency and expectancy that we will actualize our dreams and the promises and desires that God has placed in us. All of that has been draining away, unstoppable, continually losing life. But one day, just like that woman, there was news that a promise was in town. One day the Unification Movement felt, “Hey, wait a minute…I am not going to go down like this!” One day the Unification Movement said “We were meant for more than this ? more than to be made fun of, mocked and chastised continuously for generations. That is not our destiny. We were made for more than this. And I want to touch this.” We started getting faith in our hearts.

You know what? God has made us to be extraordinary. He has given us something not in the “natural.” He has given us something in the supernatural. And we have that incredible something. We started believing again. We got up out the sick bed and said, “I am not going to stay in this sick bed anymore. I am sick of lying here. Lying down like a sick man is making me sicker! I am getting up today!” And we got up. With faith we got up, and I believe we are moving towards our promise. I believe we are moving towards our destiny that is before us.

We cannot see it just like that woman could not see Christ. She just knew he was in the vicinity. There are so many people, so many obstacles, so many things to get the way between me and that destiny. But she had something that all those others did not have. She had something called faith, faith in her promise that she would be healed and be made whole and find new life and be a new creation – to find something great inside herself and to be able to manifest it and actualize it in this world. That came to life. And what did that do? That faith attracted the promise. Jesus came by her way. And I believe this is what is happening to us.

When we start believing in our potential as the Unification Movement, when we start renewing our faith and saying, “You know what, we are more than this. We have truth about True Love, about Parental Heart that the world has never known of – a type of love that is so great that it goes beyond the grave, victorious over death and evil. We have this.” When we start having that kind of confidence and start moving forward, then we feel the anointing, we feel that we have eternal life. No longer am I bound by the chains of fear of the future, fear of death, fear of failure, fear of myself. I can move in freedom. I can move in the joy of knowing that I am in the kingdom, knowing that I have eternity inside of me, knowing that I have power beyond the imagination of others. This is the resurrection power that happens when we understand what True Love is, when we understand what a Parental Heart is, when we receive True Parents in our life, accept that love in our heart and try to inherit that. And then we get a resurrection power inside us that no obstacle can confront. Even death cannot make us lose that resurrection power. That is something incredibly amazing and powerful.

It is said that when we believe, when we have faith, one of the natu
ral products is another element that comes with faith. I really felt this during the 21,000 bows. It took ten days. It was really good training. I think I lost a little weight. I think I lost 5 pounds! (Laughter) No, I did not. I am just joking. But I lost a lot of hair. I am trying to grow it back.

During the 21,000 bows, the first day was absolutely torture. I was so faithful and energetic. I said, “I am going to do 7000 bows in this day, 7000.” I had done a couple thousand bows before and I was going to do 7000 today, in one day. So I said, “No problem! I am going to do 4,000 in the morning and 3,000 in the evening. No problem, I had done 2,000 before. No problem, I can do it!” So I start going, I am moving, I am excited – got the Holy Spirit in me. I’ve got Holy Fire coming from Heaven. I am moving, going fast, fast, fast. I finished 1,000 in one hour and ten minutes. You can imagine how fast we were going. The next 1,000 I did in an hour and 55 minutes, a little slower. So in about three hours, I did 2,000 – no rest. Just keep going…no problem…I can do it.

But when I got around 2,000 with no water or rest, something happened, very wonderfully (smile) in my left leg. All the muscles began to cramp up, began to knot and tie and twist and began to come alive (laughter), so much so that I had to fall down. So I am on the floor holding my leg. It hurts and I am not straightening out. I am telling it to straighten out and it is not listening! So I am laying there and people are watching, so I am trying to keep cool and calm and trying to look somewhat honorable while I am lying on the floor grabbing my leg (laughter). And there I am. The doctor came and gave me a little acupuncture and tried to knead it out. So that day it was a miracle…I was able to do 4,000! Usually, even for Buddhist monks, 3,000 is the number. But for Unificationists – we did 4,000 (laughter and clapping). I LOVE my monk friends, but I did 4,000 in a day! (laughter).

The next day I was so tired. After you do even (just) 3,000, your legs are totally dead the next day. After you do such a huge workout, you have the feeling that you cannot use (the legs) again. But we had to keep going because there was a time limit. Everyone was giving devotions for about a week. We can’t let everybody down. So we have to keep going. So my legs were completely dead but I did 2,000. Keep going…

The next day was the problem. Everything began to cramp. Everything! That day we were doing one bow per minute. Really slowly…we broke it down into many stages. We would go down on the knees first, then one hand down, then another hand down. Then slowly, slowly descend. And it went on like this.

But I realized something incredible during that time. While I was doing those bows, the Hoon Sa Nims, the Unificationist monastic practitioners – you sometimes see them in the white and blue robes – were there with me singing this song: the song of the Seven Deaths and Resurrections and the Eight Stage Completion. You are going to hear it today during the final meditation. We are going to play that piece. We are going to have a very special altar call prayer today where we are going to try to pray like that. So they were singing this wonderful song about the Seven Deaths and Resurrections, Eight Stage Completion Victory of True Parents, and Victory of True Love. They kept on singing this and the next verse.

They kept on singing this, and the next verse says, “I am alive, thank you.” I love that; it gives me so much strength. I felt so tired, I felt so beaten. I am moving so slowly and everything is hurting. But I remembered, “My God, I am alive. Yes, let me sing that song, I am alive. I am alive. I am alive. Thank you. Thank you.” And I got power. But then they put a new part in that song, another line. And that line said, “Be Victorious! Be Victorious!” As soon as they sang that, all my strength just went away. I suddenly became so weak! I said, “Can you please stop singing that part, you are giving me pressure! (laughter) I have 17,000 more to do, so can you please stop singing that part!” (more laughter)

I realized something that day. I realized that I believed I can do it. But something was incredible. We were singing “I am alive…thank you.” While you are bowing, you are tired and beaten up. But once I started saying, “I am alive! At least I am alive!” And “Thank you, I am alive! My leg is cramping, but thank you, I am alive!” then I kept moving and I felt strength. I realized why that was happening. When they were singing “Be Victorious, Be Victorious” all I had in my mind was, “Yeah, I have to be victorious. I have to show everybody I can do it. I got to show my monk friends I can do it.” Do you know? It was all about ME. Be victorious! That is why I felt all this pressure. When I released that, when I let the ego go, “It is not about me, God.” When I was bowing I realized I was dying going down. “It is not about me, it is about You. It is not about MY victory, it is about YOUR victory. It is not about ME wanting to be glorified, it is about YOUR glory.” When I realized that I realized that that was the power that was lifting me up even though my body was breaking down. That was the power that was helping me back up. That was the resurrection power, when I let myself go, when I let go of all being about me and when I started saying, “No, it is about You.”

I realized on that day that when we have faith, something happens when we can sustain it. If we have faith, we need to have praise and thanksgiving IN THAT FAITH; we need to offer songs of praise. We (during the bowing condition) used to frequently turn on the Two Rivers music and all sang together, “We will overcome, we will overcome.” “I am victorious in God,” all that kind of beautiful thing, just like the songs we were singing today, that overcoming song, “We are the winning side.” We were there doing kyungbaes (bows) singing, “We are the winning side!” And then we really felt the incredible praise power, taking our minds off from how painful this is for my body, and starting to focus on the goodness of God, “Thank you God for allowing me to live!” Then, all of a sudden, I received this resurrection power in me through faith and through the gratitude that sustained that faith.

When we have faith but we do not have thanksgiving in our hearts, then that faith becomes like a duty: Work that we have to do, not joy. Then that faith becomes not wings but weights in our life. Then faith is something to DO, as opposed to something to live and rejoice in. When we have faith and we have praise and thanksgiving, it is different. When we are vacuuming and we do not want to vacuum, then put on that Two Rivers CD and put that praise music on the inside of you. Glorify God in His goodness and His kingdom! Then you will see that this little room is not going to defeat me today. At least not today! You get that resurrection power inside of you. And that is what happens with faith.

When faith is alive and it is filled with thanksgiving, it is not weight, but wings. It allows one to fly, says Isaiah – allows one to soar like the eagles, says Isaiah. It allows one to run and not tire. It allows one to walk and not faint. Faith has a power and it is attractive. It attracts the promise. It attracts purpose. It attracts power. It attracts potency. This is what faith is all about. Once we believe in the power of this kind of incredible faith and love that the Unification Movement has and that we are teaching, then the world will come to know that most incredible love.

I declare that just as the world for the last 2000 years was changed through Christianity and through Jesus and the amazing love that he taught to the world, (I declare that just like that) the Unification Movement and our teaching of True Love will bring the world to the next level- to the completion stage! If you believe it, let’s give it up for the UC! (cheers and clapping)

When we believe in this miraculous power, when we have faith, then we get that power. (Then) we receive that kind of love that True Parents have manifested in the Seven Deaths and Resurrections. We not only receive that love, we bring that resurrection power into our life. Then those obstacles in our way, the children that will not listen, those problems that are in our path, those mighty mountains in our path that look huge…. none compare to the mightiness of the love that we are teaching, the love that we are inheriting. This, I realized,was really the key.

One may say, “How do we know that happened? We don’t know that happened. How do you know that that kind of love exists? How do you know that it is possible?” And we can ask that same question to Christians. “How do you know that Jesus died for you and he atoned for your sins? How do you know that?” How do you scientifically prove that the Buddha, after enlightenment, the davas from heaven came down and begged him, “Buddha, please teach your enlightenment, the Buddha dharma to the world.” How do you scientifically prove that a big black cobra came over him when it was raining and shrouded him like an umbrella? How can you prove that Mohammed received the word of God in the text of the Qur’an? How can you prove that at the dome of the rock, Mohammed ascended with the angel Gabriel up to heaven? How can you prove that?

That is what faith is all about. When you look into the eyes of those believers who have felt the love of Christ and who have felt change (in their life) through the power of the resurrection spirit, when you see the transformation and rebirth in their lives ? for us it may seem impossible. But (it is different) for somebody who received that kind of love, somebody who received that incredibly valuable gift, that is like a treasure buried in the ground that only one person saw and everybody thinks he is crazy because he wants to buy that land now. Faith believes in something greater than ourselves. Faith believes in a power, a purpose and a hope that is larger than our human potential. Faith believes in something that not only is natural but is supernatural, that is divine and has divine connection and purpose and connects us to an incredible cosmic plan. That is why faith has power. That is why faith gives us attraction.

You see brothers and sisters, that day I realized that when we do actualize this in our own hearts, when we do receive the incredible power of the Seven Deaths and Resurrections, when we know that they did not only happen in the natural but in the spiritual and that they give us the receiving power, that they give us the prophetic power to bring the power of God into our lives, then we as Unificationists do not look at ourselves the same way but we see ourselves in the resurrected light. We see ourselves in a prophetic fashion. We see ourselves playing a providential role with a purpose. We see ourselves as valuable.

This is the real power of faith because when there is faith with gratitude and thanksgiving, when it fills our hearts, then there is nothing in the world to stop you. You know the scripture: “Greater is he who is within me than he who is in the world.” Nothing can stop you! That is the power of that incredible faith. Brothers and sisters, I believe now is the time for us as Unificationists.

You know I had a huge transformation in my life because this is something I had really been struggling about. And I see that my life is turning around. I feel myself more confident as a Unificationist because I know the Parental Heart that is manifested in the Seven Deaths and Resurrections. I finally know what True Love is all about. I am not perfect at it but at least I know what it is about, what kind of texture it has. When I study other religions I am inspired but I am also confident because I know that the Unification movement has an extraordinary teaching, a teaching that will bring the world to the next level and will bring that amazing, oh so amazing, wonderful land of Cheon Il Guk, that land of peace and harmony where we can dwell as brothers and sisters. Not because we deserve to be there, but because out of that amazing parental grace we and our families and our spirit worlds and our nations have been given the opportunity to be there.

Brothers and Sisters let us all bow our heads and enter into our final meditation practice…

Call to the Altar by Hyung Jin Nim:

We usually pray and we end up our service but many brothers and sisters came up to me and said, “We want to pray together.” Today we have some guests from Hong Kong. Let us welcome our brothers and sisters. Let us stand up! Anybody who needs some kind of prayer, anybody who needs the power of resurrection, I am going to come down. Our brothers and sisters from Hong Kong, from New York, please come to the front. Anybody else who wants to come, come down to receive prayer. We are going to pray together. Come on, yes, come on. Let’s give a big round of applause for these courageous brothers and sisters. We want to pray for the glory, to receive the power of resurrection that comes into our lives. It is an offering. We want to offer it as a gift. I am going to ask you to close your eyes. I am going to ask you to raise your hands up, to touch the face of God. Let’s lift our hands up and touch God!

Hyung Jin Nim’s prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you so much for these brothers and sisters. This is our family. Today we have brothers and sisters from Hong Kong. I pray that they may live with your anointment, that they can live with your spirit. Father we have brothers and sisters from New York, from Africa, from Taiwan, from Singapore, from the Philippines. Father, this is our amazing Unification Family. Your true love has brought together this diverse group so that we may come together in your amazing love.

Father, we know that You have portrayed and given us the most amazing kind of love that we could have known, Father, a love that can transcend death, go over the grave, a love that can be victorious over sorrow, over tears, Father, that can change our tears into tears of joy. Father, You gave us a new life, a new birth, resurrection. Father You have shown us that the power of Your true love is greater than any other force in the world. No torture, no prison, no hell can stop the power of Your love, of Your amazing grace, of Your unending true love.

Father we want to touch the center of the universe, the center of the cosmos which we know is Your heart, pulsing with true love. We know that True Parents have come before us. They have been physically tortured. They have gone to the prisons, to the death camp for us and Father they have gone in the spirit to take our place so that we would not have to suffer in the lower realm, so that we would be freed, so we would come directly come to the eighth stage, Father, that we may walk hand in hand with them into these incredible gates Father, the gates that You open for your children.

Father, we pray that You can be with our brothers and sisters today, Father we pray that you may come down and descend upon them, that we may have a rebirth experience that we may resurrect in this sanctuary, Father. We pray that we can have new life in this sanctuary today, Father. All the hope and the life that we have been dreaming away (lost) in our lives, we pray that they may be resurrected, Father, in Your incredible glory. Father, we pray that we may understand that it is not about US, let us understand that it is about YOUR glory, Your victory Father. Let us offer ourselves so that You move us in an almighty way, an almighty way Father that You will bring us into the next level in our lives, the next level in our family. Father, we pray that we may see that because of a certain problem in our lives that is always stealing our hopes, we are getting stronger, we are getting more victorious and be healed inside and made whole in the bosom of the Lord. Thank you so much!

We want to pray to You today as an offering. We want to sacrifice our hearts just like True Parents did in the Seven Deaths and Resurrections. We want to offer this as an altar call offering to you, Father, as your children coming together in love and in unity, in devotion, in gratitude and in hope Father. We want to leave this up to you and we want to give you strength, we want to give you more joy today.

Thank you so much for blessing the Unification Church, Father. Thank you so much for anointing the Unification movement, anointing the footsteps of all the members in the world. We pray that wherever they may be, their feet and their footsteps can be anointed, that their lives may shine, that they may show the light of God into this land of darkness. Please Father, we pray that we may be able to offer this today, we pray that you may receive this heart today, Father. We thank You so much, we feel your presence today as we lift our hands and close our eyes. As we touch your face, we know You are reaching down to our hearts and resurrecting the dreams that have been stolen by the enemy. We know that You are reaching to our hearts and resurrecting the potential that we gave up, the projects that we gave up. We pray that we may now resurrect those dreams and those desires and that they may be used for your glory Father. Thank you so much.

We pray that our brothers and sisters may return to Hong Kong, to Singapore, to Malaysia, to the U.S., all over the world and that your light, the new dawning of true love, can touch this world in a magnificent and mighty way. We pray that we may be able to move and shake this world with the power of the Principle and the power of the true love that is behind the Seven Deaths and Resurrections, Father! Thank you so much. Please, Father be with these brothers and sisters today and we want to offer all these things because united we stand and divided we fall. We thank you so much and offer all this to you in your glory and for your victory. In the name of True Parents we pray and in the name of central blessed families we pray. AJU

Offering Prayer by Mrs. Tokiko Richardson:

Dearest Heavenly Father! Abonim, Omonim, Thank you so much for Your love. Through our 6000 years of history that was full of struggle, war, hatred and misuse of love, True Parents came to this earth, finally. They are guiding us to a true way of life. Now True Parents are showing us what a true family is through our beloved Hyung Jin Nim and Yeon Ah Nim. Father, we have no words to say other than Thank you.

Heavenly Father, we will go forward, carrying these beautiful words of Hyung Jin Nim with us today. We want to have a strong determination to support, participate and unite with Hyung Jin Nim’s heart and love. Please guide us and connect with Hyung Jin Nim and Yeon Ah Nim.

Heavenly Father, we offer this and please give us Your blessing. Thank you! We pray all these things in the name of the central blessed families from all over the world. Aju!

Transcriber: Dr. Colette Takigawa, Mr. John Theriot, Mrs. Regina Shin

Proofread: Karen Katayama


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

August 30, 2009

First I’d like to start with something a little interesting. I heard an interesting story about a little son whose dad was a minister.

And the dad was really flustered one day. He was trying to come up with a sermon topic, just pulling out his hair and just couldn’t get it. He was crossing things out, writing and scribbling things on his paper.

And so the son was watching the scene and all of a sudden he asked his dad: “Hey daddy, how do you come up with your sermon topics?” The dad was very flustered at the moment, he said: “Son, you know, God gives me them. God tells me what to say.”

And then the son looked at daddy and said: “Then daddy, why are you crossing out God’s ideas?” (Laughter)

Sermon: Returning to your safe Haven / September 13, 2008

Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Prayer

August 30, 2009

Heavenly Father, our beloved True Parents, thank You so much for this day that You have blessed upon us. Father, today we feel restored and rejuvenated by Your presence here in this sanctuary, Father, in the presence of all our precious central blessed families, Father, the fruits of history which You have waited for, for 6,000 years of biblical history.

Father, we are standing in that kind of auspicious time and position. Let us truly be able to surround ourselves with, Father, the right relationships, those who fill us with faith, fill us with strength, fill us with confidence, fill us with hope in our lives.

Father, let us surround ourselves with people who become examples to us, who let us rise higher in our blessed family life, in our blessed marriage life, in our blessed relationship life, in our blessed work life. In all the things that we do, let us try to surround ourselves with the victorious children that you have created.

Father, we thank You so much for this day that You are guarding us and protecting us, that You are covering us with Your love like a shield, and Father, we pray that each one of these families here today in this sanctuary and also joining us in spirit here, Father, we pray that You may be with them, that You may protect them, that You may give them strength, and Father, that You may surround them and lead the right people to them so that they truly may live that blessed life that You have blessed them to live.

Father, we thank You. We pray that we may truly be blessings to this world, that we may truly be inspirations and examples for this world. Please, be with these families today. Please be with us here today and give us the strength as we leave and face our lives, face the new week with hope, Father, with optimism, with strength, and with perseverance.

Let us always be around the right type of people centering ourselves with faithful friends and a faith-filled community. Thank You so much. We thank You once again with an everlasting love, and a total gratitude.
In our own names as blessed central families, we pray. Aju! (Aju!)

Sermon: Having Victory in our Relationships / September 6, 2008

Special Service – Victory of 21,000 Bows by Rev. Hyung Jin Nim

August 18, 2009

August 8, 2009 Headquarters Church, Seoul, Korea

Hyung Jin Nim felt extreme urgency in his mind and so he wanted to complete the condition in 3 days so he increased the speed of his bowing. He started bowing without rest for 4,000 bows. After completing these, he collapsed.

Opening Prayer: by Rev. Kyle Toffey:

Heavenly Father, joyful, joyful we do adore you and we are so grateful to be gathered together here as brothers and sisters from around the world. Not just those who are here today in this one chapel, but there are brothers and sisters who are listening and participating from around the world. We join our hearts as one. And we are so thankful that we stand here at the dawn of a new day, a new age. We are especially grateful to come before you upon the victory of Hyung Jin Nim’s 21,000 bow condition. Such a sincere devotion that Hyung Jin Nim has made, and brothers and sisters around the world have participated in making this special offering. It reminds us of the sincere offering that our True Parents have made, the saints and sages have made in the past before us, and that we are standing on such a wonderful foundation.

We pray, Heavenly Father, that as we come before you today, we can come before you with a sincere heart, that when we pray today we can pray making it a sincere devotion, that when we sing and when we listen to the service today, we can participate with a sincere heart because, Heavenly Father, we know that you want to be here. Heavenly Father, thank you so much that we can gather together here, and we pray, Father, that we can inspire you and inspire our leaders and inspire people around the world to really come to know you the way we have come to know you. Thank you so much that we can be here today. And we pray these things together with one heart in our names as blessed brothers and sisters from around the world. Aju.

Welcoming Remarks by Rev. Michael Brazil:

So, welcome everyone to our service for August 8th, 2009. We have a great service plan for you today. So, if you are a little disappointed by not seeing the man here you want to see, don’t worry, you will see him a little later. So let’s begin by manifesting the Unification Principle symbol. Please join with me: Give-and-receive-action, the four-position-foundation, coming together: May I inherit the true love of God. As Hyung Jin Nim likes to emphasize, that symbol encompasses the Divine Principle.

Today I’d like to share with you two readings from the Cheon Seong Gyeong, Page 994:

What does it mean for you to serve with all your heart, with your entire mind, and with all your devotion? It means to offer your life. Is there anything greater than that? To devote yourself with all your heart means giving up your life. To serve with all your mind and devotion means giving up your life. Isn’t there a saying, “Sincerity moves heaven?” Is there a limit to sincerity, an end to one’s devotion? Put your life on the line and offer devotion. God will recognize the person who is ready to sacrifice his life and offer a life of devotion.

That was spoken by Father Moon back in 1971.

And let’s read one more. Cheon Seong Gyeong, Page 994:

I am not saying that you should force yourself to lay down your life if you do not want to. I am saying that you should joyfully be willing to do that. Would God want you to lay down your life if you are totally miserable doing so, or would He prefer it if, intoxicated with love, not knowing if you are to live or to die, you danced with joy while laying down your life? Which would He prefer?

This was spoken by Father Moon back in 1971.

Today is August 8th, and in Unificationism “eight” represents a new beginning and what is so amazing and so great with God is that you can have a new beginning at any time. You don’t have to wait until January 1st for a new beginning or to make new determinations or new resolutions. You don’t have to wait to the first of the month to make new determinations. If you want, you can start at 2:15 on August 8th, 2009 and make a new determination, a new beginning, a new whatever.

With God you can start anew at any time, so if you in the past week were somehow unhappy with what happened or perhaps you were unhappy with yourself – you got angry when you shouldn’t have gotten angry – you have a chance to make a new start, a new beginning. “Next time, God, I’ll do better.” That’s what is really amazing. If you come before God with real sincerity God will always accept your new beginning.

Yesterday, on August 7th, we celebrated the completion of our Senior Pastor Hyung Jin Moon’s 21,000 bow condition. Interesting, that ended on August 7th. Today is August 8th, a new beginning. And if you think about the amount of sincerity and devotion required to do that condition, where physically he suffered a lot – and I am sure he suffered spiritually as well – someone did not want him to fulfill that condition, did not make it easy for him. Last night, at our wonderful ceremony you could see his heart, his devotion, and later you will see it.
We also, and our church have the opportunity to make a new start, a new beginning on August 8th, at the completion of the condition Hyung Jin Nim offered. So today I’d like you to think about it during our service, and to think about it in the week ahead, about an opportunity for us to start new – to accomplish the goals that our Senior Pastor has laid out for us, so that together, as we make a new beginning, a new start, we can accomplish incredible plans. Aju! Aju!

Meditation Practice:

All right! I’d like to start by uniting our mind, body and breath. So, if you need a little space maybe move out a little bit into the aisle (its ok), and let’s begin by taking our hands and reaching to the earth. And close your eyes and think about the support that the creation, the earth gives to us. Feel the energy and the power that comes from it. And let us breathe in and as we pass our beating heart breathe out and reach your arms to heaven. Really stretch and look upward and see God giving you His blessings, pouring out His love and His truth and beauty upon you. In breathing in we pass our beating heart and breathe out. Once again stretch your hands towards the earth. Feel the energy, the Universal Prime Energy flowing from God through the creation into each and every one of us. And as we breath in we pass our living hearts, breathe out, once again stretch, stretch upward and look upward and see God sharing His grace, showering His grace upon you, showering His hope and His believe in you. And breathing in, pass your living hearts, breathe out.

I’d like to ask you to sit down and sit at the front of your chair and let us begin the mind aspect of our exercise. We are going to begin with the visualization. So please sit straight, with your back straight and please close your eyes. I’d like for you to visualize a huge oak tree, huge roots even above the ground and growing down and this oak tree is located near a cliff. And as you look out over the cliff you see a beautiful valley, beautiful dark green trees, and beautiful light green bushes creating a tremendous harmony of the color green. And you can feel the tranquility and the peace of the environment.

You can feel a wonderful breeze blowing and you sense an incredible harmony in this environment. And as you look over to the right you see a huge hot air balloon, and this hot air balloon is coming closer and closer to you. And actually it comes right up to the cliff where you are standing. And the door opens, and it’s actually God who is piloting this hot air balloon and He welcomes you into the hot air balloon. At first you may be hesitant, but you feel the warmth, the love, the peace, and you gladly step onto and into the balloon. The door closes and you rise higher and higher. And as you look out over the valley you see again an incredible vision.

God puts the hot air balloon on auto-pilot and turns to you and takes you in His arms and tells you how much He loves you. He tells you how precious you are to Him. That you are more precious than anything else, and that He thinks of you all the time. And He asks that you let Him into your life, include Him into your daily activities. And you feel His love pouring over you, His grace showering upon you. And you, too, cannot help to share so many tears and you feel even Heavenly Father’s tears dropping on your head, tears of joy that you are there with Him, you are there to share the beauty of His creation, you are there to share the beauty of His heart.

And as you open your eyes you find yourself back on that cliff, and you see that hot air balloon flying away in the distance and God waving to you, but you feel so peaceful in your heart, so filled with love. And as you close your eyes and breathe deeply, and as you breathe in you say to yourself: “I am alive,” and as you breathe out you say: “Thank you.” As you breathe in again this time you say, “I am loved, truly, truly loved.” As you breathe out, “Thank you.” The final inhalation: As you breathe in, in your heart you say, “I am loved, truly loved,” and as you breathe out, “Thank you.”

God and our True Parents have truly blessed each person here to live a wonderful blessed life, a life by which we can inherit the true love of God and our True Parents, to become great ambassadors of love for our Heavenly Parents, to become great blessings to our husbands, wives, our children, brothers and sisters, friends, our communities, cities, nations and to the entire world. This is what God hopes for you and for me. And brothers and sisters let us once again join our hands together and manifest the unification principle once more: give- and receive-action, four-position-foundation, hands coming together. Now inherit the true love of God. Aju!

Interesting Story:

Brothers and sisters, we want to follow in the pattern of our head pastor, and he always likes to start with something interesting, as he says, a little interesting, a little funny. So last week we did not have a joke. So I thought, this week we have to have one. So to help you to understand I want to just show you quickly a slide. This is a nun’s habit. That’s what she wears on the top of her head, it’s called a habit. Now listen carefully.
Six nuns were in their third floor sleeping quarters in the convent when a fire broke out one night. The nuns quickly took off their habits, tied them together to make a rope and climbed out of the window. After they were safely on the ground and standing outside of the building, a news reporter came over to one of the nuns and asked her: “Weren’t you afraid that the habits might have ripped or might have broken since they are so old?” The nuns smiled and replied: “Oh, no dear, we weren’t worried at all. Don’t you know? Old habits are hard to break!”

Special Video Presentation:

Please be seated. And we have a wonderful video to show you, but before we start the video, I would like for us to check your earphones. So everyone, please get out your earphones and let’s check to make sure they are working. Everyone ready? So let’s begin the video:

Hyung Jin Nim (in the video):

What is true love? We think of it as a great thing, but it is actually more than that, more than we think. Well, how about in comparison to Christianity? Is the true love that we think about bigger than true love that Christians profess? Is it greater? Or is it the same thing or similar? What is true love? I had a realization about this. I really understood what true love is.

(Then the Holy Bowing Ceremony begins in the video… )

Hyung Jin Nim’s Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we offer to you the Sincerity Condition of 21,000 bows. We offer to witness to 21,000 people and for the victory of the growth stage of the Unification Peace Temple. Please accept our small offering. I understood that the True Parents went to the bottom of hell for our sake. Even though we deserve punishment, they went instead of us, they gave up their holy bodies for our sake. Once, twice … seven times, they died for us seven times.

Rev Brazil:

This is how give-and-receiving-action, and four-position-foundation, let’s inherit the true love of God sounds in Korean. The song was composed by Hyung Jin Nim for his children during his 10 days offering condition.

Victory of True Parents, victory of True Love. I am alive – thank you.

Brothers and sisters, if you can realize the value of true love, the value of giving your life for the sake of your children, the heart that wants to die again and again for the sake of children, if you realize that we are people who received this kind of love, once we realize this, we understand that our life is not ours. Hyung Jin Nim is offering his last 21 bows together with his members. 21,000 bows – Mansei!

Hyung Jin Nim (in the video):

Victorious True Parents of Heaven and Earth, we are sorry. You have died seven times for our sake; You have died instead of us. Instead of us You went to the scary spiritual world, so that the flower of unification can bloom someday. So that we can go to the kingdom of heaven. So that we can receive salvation by the heart and true love of True Parents. But we did not realize the true value of this true love. Father, we want to inherit this true love from you and we want to return it to you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please receive our small offering, receive it completely. True Parents, please receive our small offering. Thank you. Thank you, True Parents.

Rev. Brazil:

Hyung Jin Nim is making the commemorative calligraphy that is probably going to be displayed at the growth stage Temple. This is a special seal called Naguam, for artists to mark their artwork. Thank you.

Hyung Jin Nim praying (in video):

We have received your precious true love and we received the experience of seven deaths and resurrections for the sake of the country, for the sake of the world. Allow us to become people who have inherited the victory of true love. You gave us true love through True Parents and we are grateful to you for this. Today, our Unification Church members have opened their spiritual eyes and understood the value of true love and we are going to bring this message to the world. And we are going to witness about this to the people of the world. And we are going to inherit this amazing true love. And allow us to become people who will establish the Kingdom of God, the Geon Il Guk.

Introduction of Guest Speaker by Rev. Brazil:

Brothers and sisters, we are very blessed today to have someone who shared that condition with our Senior Pastor Hyung Jin Moon come and share with us today about her experience. I would just like to briefly introduce her. Her name is Hoonsa Cho Choung In. She and her husband are part of the 777 couple blessing. They have two boys and two girls. Many of you have seen one of their daughters here many times. She is actually the lead female singer here in this choir. She is not here today.

Hoonsa Cho Choung In and her husband have been in the ministry field since 1972. And August of last year their couple was assigned here at the HQ church, and in May of this year they were appointed by Hyung Jin Nim. That is a very special classification and a very rigorous training to reach that kind of level. Since that time she and her husband have attended the 3:00 a.m. Jeong Seong with Hyung Jin Nim Moon every morning. So let’s give her a very warm welcome applause and please join me in welcoming her to the stage.

Testimony by Mrs. Hoonsa Cho Choung In:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, it is good to see you! You have probably gone through a lot emotionally when you watched the video. First I would like to express my gratitude to God, True Parents, and our world President, Hyung Jin Nim, who asked me to testify on the stage today. I was asked to testify about the 21,000 bow condition that took place over ten days. Although I feel limitations to express all my emotions of everything that happened during this time, I will do my best.

The decision to offer this sincerity did not come out of the blue. Hyung Jin Nim had a plan to offer 21,000 bows before entering the growth stage of the Unification Peace Temple. We thought, “Well, when is he going to start the condition?” HJN apparently made the decision to offer the sincerity after realization about the seven conditions of True Parent’s deaths.
Originally he was planning to do the condition in 2 to 3 days beginning on July 29th. He came to church on the 28th and invited us, the Hoonsa families, to come to the church and stay overnight. I received the message unexpectedly and came to church. In the morning, he looked at us and asked if we were willing to accept volunteer imprisonment at the Headquarters Church until the end of the condition. This is how our condition started – at 3 a.m. in the morning.

Hyung Jin Nim felt extreme urgency in his mind and so he wanted to complete the condition in 3 days so he increased the speed of his bowing. He started bowing without rest for 4,000 bows. After completing these, he collapsed.
He just couldn’t continue that day. It was decided that he should rest after completing separation from Satan based on the 4,000 bows. On the second day, we were very concerned that he would be able to continue.

He could hardly get up but started bowing. All of his body’s muscles were sore and he had cramps in his legs. He seemed really distressed. He would do 500 bows and take a rest, then another 500 and take a rest. Yeon Ah Nim put band aids on his legs and arms and massaged his body, but the pain would not go away easily. On that day he could complete only 2000 bows.

Those Hoonsas who observed this felt that we did not establish enough indemnity conditions and didn’t support Hyung Jin Nim completely. We felt really distressed because of this, just looking at what was happening to Hyung Jin Nim. We tried to help uplifting his spirit by reading from True Father’s autobiography and singing Holy Songs. We tried to give him strength through this day by day. We really wanted to take the suffering instead of Hyung Jin Nim.

Hyung Jin Nim suggested that each of the Hoonsas do 1,000 bows for their experience. We did 1,000, 2,000, even 3,000 bows to support Hyung Jin Nim. Since he was full of determination to be victorious in following the path of True Parents of seven deaths and resurrections, he took the suffering of each bow with a grateful heart. It was an excruciating experience for him. Since this was a condition to establish the victorious foundation for the 21,000 members for the Unification Peace Temple, we felt that doing each bow was more difficult than doing a regular bow.

On the third day Hyung Jin Nim felt unwell. He felt he was getting sick. He asked to not turn on the air conditioning, to close all windows and to not even use the fans, so when he was doing the bows, sweat was pouring and he lost his appetite. I could hardly hold my tears but I thought that True Parents see the suffering of their son from the spirit world. One can only imagine the degree of suffering that Yeon Ah Nim went through looking at what Hyung Jin Nim was going through. The first three days were the most difficult. Each bow was like death and resurrection. I really cannot express this experience with words. He finished the third day by doing 1,000 bows.

On the other hand, there was a lot of support from the spirit world. First, True Father came in a vision from the Cheon Bok Goong. Father’s face was beaming with a smile. The second spiritual visitation was from Young Jin Nim. He invited Hyung Jin Nim out for a pizza. So we ordered pizza and had a pizza party. Young Jin Nim apparently felt very sorry for his brother and he advised that he get some nutrients for physical support.

The third guest from the spiritual world was Heung Jin Nim. Hyung Jin Nim saw his older brother outside of the building and on that day Hoon Suk Nim, the wife of Heung Jin Nim, came to visit the World President. She bowed together with Hyung Jin Nim. Looking at his suffering and the pain in his legs he was going through, she said: “Ballerinas use a special tape when their muscles are strained to relieve the pain.” She suggested that Hyung Jin Nim use this tape. We thought: “What a great idea. Why couldn’t WE have come up with this idea ourselves?” So we quickly got the tape and gave it to Hyung Jin Nim. In the afternoon his legs were plastered with this tape all over and he seemed very happy. Looking at this, we felt that Heung Jin Nim sent Hoon Sook Nim to help his brother in the physical world and that he sent the idea of using this tape. From that moment the pain began to disappear and Hyung Jin Nim began to feel relief of the physical pain. He felt a lot of support from the spiritual world.

On the second floor of the chapel a lot of members did sincerity conditions together with Hyung Jin Nim. It was really the first time in the history of the Unification Church that so many members joined in the sincerity conditions, and when Hyung Jin Nim received a report about this he was very inspired and got a lot of support. We reported about the conditions of sincerity made by the members to Hyung Jin Nim everyday and everyday he received a lot of support from that.

Hyung Jin Nim went through extraordinary suffering. Each bow was to save the life of one person. What we have to do is to find those 21,000 people and bring them to the temple. Will you do this? Thank you!

Hyung Jin Nim never left his small room in the Head Quarters Church for the whole period of ten days. A lot of members were concerned about Hyung Jin Nim’s health and brought a lot of different kinds of food to support him. We reported about these offerings from members. He felt grateful but he would always say that we have to witness. I really felt that in that sense he is very similar to True Father. Asleep or awake he always thinks of witnessing. We can only live if we witness. We can only survive if we witness.

Hyung Jin Nim wrote three calligraphies during this ten-day period. The first one was written on August 6, after finishing 17,506 bows. The calligraphy reads: “Seven deaths and resurrection eight stages victory.” The second one was made in the temple together with all the members present after finishing the 21,000 bows. It says: “Seven deaths and resurrection eight stages victory – we will follow.” The third calligraphy was made after completion of all the ceremonies. He did it in his house. It reads: “Seven deaths and resurrection eight stages victory – thank you to True Parents.” He wrote it with his own blood. This is how he completed his offering. He showed his determination by signing with his own blood. And the sign reads: “Thank you to True Parents!” Hyung Jin Nim’s family was together with him and they finished the condition by offering a prayer.

All these things allowed us to become the citizens of Cheon Il Guk and demonstrated the meaning of true love behind the seven deaths and resurrection experience. This in turn will allow us to enter the Unification Peace Temple. Let’s give a big hand to the World President of the Unification Church. He is a living example of true love behind the experience of seven deaths and resurrection.

Closing Prayer by Rev. Brazil:

Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for this incredible service today where we received the video, the sermon and the message. Please help us to inherit it deeply into our hearts, help us to understand how much you want to give to us. You really want us to inherit the same heart that our True Parents have demonstrated, as we heard, so well. Help us to inherit your true heart of love that we might be willing to follow in the footsteps of our True Parents, in the footsteps of our Senior Pastor Hyung Jin Moon. Help us to make that same determination and resolve so that this sacrifice, this offering, done by Hyung Jin Nim, will not be in vain, but will be a springboard that will empower us to move forward, to reach out to your precious sons and daughters who do not yet know you, do not yet know our True Parents, do not yet know your original will and desire, that each child of yours would live well on earth and go to the Kingdom of Heaven.

But we know that that is not the reality today. So many of your sons and daughters do not know you and are not living proper lives. And then when they pass into the spirit world they go, based on their own lives, to a very horrible place which brings great suffering to your heart, which brings great anguish to you, as our True Parents once said to a person when he looked out from the hilltops of Pusan. What did he see? He saw the people who did not yet know you, Heavenly Father, who were living lives that cause you great anguish, lives that were hurting them and bringing them into hell. But they did not yet know it. And when their lives ended they had to go to great suffering themselves. How desperate he was to save them, sleeping on average two hours at night, desperate to save humanity.

We are so grateful that our Senior Pastor here, Hyung Jin Nim, has inherited that same heart, that same passion, and helps us also to inherit it, not out of duty, not out of obligation, not out of guilt but out of a heart of true filial piety. Out of a heart, Heavenly Father, that we want to liberate. We want to liberate your heart, so that you no longer have to suffer, you no longer will shed tears of sadness when you look at your children, hurting each other and killing each other, doing horrible things to each other, not knowing how much you want them to simply love each other, to live lives that will bring joy to each other and to you, which is your original ideal.

Help us, Heavenly Father, to turn your tears of sadness into tears of joy. Again we thank you so deeply. Please empower us to go forward out of this heart of service and out of love and gratitude that you have given so much to us. You have blessed us in so many ways. We are so apologetic and repentful that we have not really seen and understood. Help us to open our spiritual eyes so that we may see, so that we may be empowered to do more out of love, out of gratitude, out of joy. We thank you. We know that you want us to be joyful; you don’t want us to be sad. You want us to only know your heart of joy. And yet, Heavenly Father, we truly must know your heart of sadness, so that we can liberate it. Again we thank you and we very humbly offer and report all this to you with brothers and sisters from around the world. Aju!

Offering Prayer – Anne Inoue:

Heavenly Father…we are so grateful for what our True Parents have done and what Hyung Jin Nim is trying to do, that is to move this world one step closer to you. When Adam and Eve fell away from you, not only the connection between you and the children was lost, but also the relationship among all of your children was broken. And this world is so full of pain and suffering. Now it’s so exciting to see that Hyung Jin Nim is making such a determination and substantial plan to try to reconnect your children to each other and to you. We are so happy that we can be here together in sharing in that.

We want to take with us into our week what we have shared here together and into our days, about the growth stage Temple, and we want to determine and find in our hearts our strength to move ourselves closer to you and to each other and to reach out to the people around us that we see each day, who can all benefit from the true love that our True Parents have taught us. And we want to offer this day to you, the service and the time of the coming week to you. And I report this in my name, Anne Inoue, from a central blessed family. Aju!

Transcriber: Mrs. Thea Lepercq / Mrs. Nadya Hinson / Mrs. Regina Shin

Proofreader: Prof. Robin Debacker

Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

August 18, 2009

Before we start, we like to start with something a little bit interesting.

I heard a very interesting story. There was a whole crew on a ship; and they were out on a stormy sea; and all of a sudden, lightning came crashing into the boat. The boat was split in half, and it started sinking. Then the captain yelled out at the top of his lungs,

“Is there anyone here that knows how to pray?” And one of the seamen raises his hand, and says “I do Captain; I know how to pray.”

And the Captain said, “Start praying, we’re going to put on our life jackets, we are one life jacket short.”

Sermon: Living the dream / August 9th, 2008

Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Prayer

August 18, 2009

Please join me for prayer:

Father we thank You for this day that You have blessed upon us. Heavenly Lord, we know that You are now back on the throne of glory, Father.

For 6,000 You have been waiting, and You have had to walk the path of suffering. You have had to walk the providential path of tears, but Father, with the advent of our True Parents, through their substantiation, Father, of the victory here on earth, Father, we know that now, glory has been returned to Heaven. And Father, we know that now You can stand as King. Father, now the dominion is in Your place. And Father, we now know, in our hearts we will always keep You enthroned in our lives.

Father, as a reminder that You are always with us in our hearts everyday. So thank You, Father, with all our hearts, in all our names, Aju.

Sermon: Keeping God and True Parents Enthroned / May 3th 2008

Special Sermon by Yoo Ahm Seo Hoonsa

August 12, 2009

August 01, 2009, HQ Church, Seoul Korea

So Father is telling us the way for the descendants to receive the blessing and prosper. With a joyful heart, he says, we should offer jeongseong. What is a joyful heart? This is a heart of goodness. In other words, Father says we should always be happy about offering devotion. We should offer jeongseong each day. We have to establish the standard of jeongseong.The reason why I read these words to you is that the Theology of Jeongseong, that Hyung Jin Nim is offering now, is totally in line with what Father says, always to offer this with a happy heart, a gentle and humble heart. Do not have anger, envy, jealousy, arrogance, or complaints. Always have a grateful heart, a heart without fallen nature. Our original, ideal mind. This is what it means, basically: True Love, a heart of true love.

Prayer by Rev. Kyle Toffey:

Loving Parents, Heavenly Father, we are so amazed to be gathered together here at this most historical time. In all of human history there has never been a time more valuable and more precious than this moment we have, right here, right now. We come before You today not only to worship and give our thanks to You; we also come to celebrate. Because of the victories of our True Parents and because of the merit of the age and the saints and sages who have gone before us, we are now standing at a most amazing threshold. Heavenly Father, not only that, we get to participate in Your providence of restoration. So, Heavenly Father, we gather together our hearts to invite You here with us that we can celebrate with You and rejoice because it is a new day and it is a new age. So let us not forget the value of this moment as we invite You into our hearts and our minds and into this service here. Thank You so much for gathering us together from around the world, and we pray these things together as brothers and sisters in our own names, Aju.

Welcoming Remarks by Rev. Michael Brazil:

Good afternoon everyone, and I am very sorry. I know you are expecting the tall, dark and handsome senior pastor to be here, but you get me. But, if God is here, then everything will be fine. So I really want to welcome you here. Thank you so much for coming, and in the tradition of our senior pastor, let’s begin by manifesting the Principle Symbol. Everyone know how? So start here, Give and Receive Action, Four Position Foundation, Inherit the True Love of God, Aju.

Well, Hyung Jin Nim actually is in the building, he is just not here in the chapel. Perhaps you heard that he began last Wednesday a very special, very challenging bow condition, and the purpose of that is a special jeongseong condition for victory to witness to 21,000 members for the growth stage Cheon Bok Goong. And does anyone know why he started this condition on Wednesday? Can anyone guess? Right, it’s the second year anniversary when he started his ministry at Mapo. Two years already. So for those of you who have been here for two years, hasn’t that time gone by so quickly? Hard to believe. And today is already August 1st, so today also is a very special day, Chil Pal Jeol. Many amazing and exciting things are taking place. HJN is doing bows from 3 am to late in the evening ? 3 am to late in the evening. So, I hope that you will be praying for him, supporting him with your own prayers and bows. I’ll talk more about that a little bit later in the announcements.

But I would like to offer a reading from the Cheon Seong Gyeong today, just a very short passage and one that I believe most of you are very familiar with, but it’s always nice to remind ourselves. This is from page 880, and Rev. Moon says, “What is the leading system of thought of the Unification Church? It is to have a parental heart. Wear the clothes of a servant, shed sweat for earth, tears for humankind, and blood for heaven. What is heaven? It is the world of love to which you bring your children. You receive love and say that you will give it to the entire universe. It is to have a parental heart and to wear the clothes of a servant.”

I’d like to share just briefly an experience that I had in relationship to this, I believe. Many, many years ago I was on an IOWC team and there was one sister who was really struggling. So one day I prayed and I asked Heavenly Father, “Heavenly Father, please love this sister, please take care of this sister. She really needs to know that You love her and care for her.” I went on to pray like this for a while and then I got a very clear idea that popped into my mind, and from my experience, when I am thinking this way and the idea comes from over here, I know it’s not me. Any idea what that thought was, can anyone guess? Exactly, the idea was that God said, “Well, YOU take care of her, you love her, you show her that I, God, love her.” And I thought, “Oh, oh, yeah. That’s kind of a no-brainer. Why didn’t I think of that?”

When I thought about that earlier today, I felt in a sense that this is God’s tragic situation. God wants so much to reach out and embrace us and love us. He wants to hug us. He wants to tell us how much He loves us. He wants to give us a word of encouragement, a word of hope, a word of inspiration, and as hard as He tries, too often we don’t hear Him or we don’t feel Him. So God is hoping that we, His children, can be His arms, can be His legs to carry us to people who need His love. He hopes that we’ll be His voice, to give a word of inspiration, a word of encouragement, a word of praise, a word of condolence. And again, he hopes that we be His arms to reach out and hug someone ? amazing what a simple hug can do for someone ? or His hands that we can shake someone’s hand, pat them on the back. God wants us to do that, and isn’t it amazing, if you’ve done that, how does it feel? How does it feel when you reach out to someone and you think, “I am doing this representing God, not for me, I am doing this to show this person that God really loves him or her.” How does that feel? How do you think that makes God feel? I think that helps bring us both so much closer together. And with that, I’d like you to stand with me and let’s say Family Pledge # 5.

Brothers and sisters, let’s take this time now for prayer as a congregation and as Hyung Jin Nim reminds us, when you hear the song, think of the words. Also, today I like to ask you to pray for someone that you feel needs your prayer. Pray for someone in need, and as you pray, feel and see your prayers going out as beams of light to that person, rainbow beams of light giving them energy, giving them strength, helping them to feel the touch of God, to feel God’s heart, God’s love. That even though they are struggling, that they feel something special as you pray for them. So, during the song, please pray for that special person who needs your prayers. Let us pray.

Introduction of Guest Speaker by Rev. Michael Brazil:

Well, again we are sorry that Hyung Jin Nim cannot be here today, but we have a very special speaker. As I mentioned, HJN is working very, very hard these days from 3 am to late in the evening offering bows, but he is also being helped greatly by our Hoonsa-nims. Today we are very blessed to have one of our Hoonsa-nims be our speaker, and I would like to just briefly introduce him. We call him Seo Hoonsa-nim and he joined our church in 1961. Some of you weren’t around at that time. Blessed in 1968, part of the 430 couple blessing, he and his wife have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Seo Hoonsa-nim served as a minister in our movement for approximately 37 years. Actually, he wrote on his biography 36 years 8 months, to be exact. That’s longer than many of us here are of age. He also served as a national messiah for four years and is currently the Boonbongwang of Laos in Asia. Earlier this year, HJN appointed him as a Hoonsa-nim. Do you think it’s easy to become a Hoonsa-nim? I don’t think so. They go through a very challenging, very difficult, demanding course, and both he and his wife, are Hoonsa-nims. So, we are very honored, we are very blessed today to have Seo Hoonsa-nim be our speaker. Please join me in welcoming him to the podium.

Main Sermon by Seo Hoonsa-nim

Let’s Inherit the True Love Theology through Jeongseong (Devotion, Spiritual Conditions)

This is a reading from The Way of God’s Will, p. 216.

“The best way to move God’s heart is to offer jeongseong. If 3 generations offer jeongseong with the same heart, God will be with you, and there is no way the descendants will go to ruin.”

Next, from the Selected Words of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, 13-104:

“At the beginning of the day at 5am, the husband and wife of each family should offer a bow, in the direction of the Headquarters. There should be a joyful atmosphere coming from within. Sunday should be a day of joy that we look forward to. If we can’t set the tradition of offering bows, your descendants will not prosper.” Aju.

I am inadequate, but I wish to speak on the topic, “Let’s Inherit the True Love Theology through Jeongseong.” I’d like to give you some of my impressions on establishing the tradition of the ministry of Sincerity and Love, since becoming ordained as a Hoonsa, attending the International President Hyung Jin Moon.

If we are to inherit the True Love theology through jeongseong, 1) we should understand the stance or attitude towards jeongseong; 2) we should understand the True Love theology; and 3) we should declare that we will witness to (find) 210,000 people. (We should succeed, by practicing the one person-bring-one member witnessing.)

I feel Rev. Hyung Jin Moon was born with an innate ability for the Way of Jeongseong and the Way of True Love. We come to realize that from an early age he was endowed with his Theology of Jeongseong, and the True Love Theology.

Let’s look at a few reasons for this. First of all, he was born into the Moon Family. If you study the tales surrounding the Moon tribe/clan, and learn of the merits of their ancestry, you can understand this. Second, if you look at the personal history of Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, for ten years now he has been carrying out spiritual training, waking up at 2am in the morning. He has built up this accumulation of jeongseong. The third point is, through the key words of Seong-Ae, [taken from the characters that True Father and True Mother love the most, respectively] which mean Sincerity and Love, we can understand that he has been blessed with the essence of the ministry of jeongseong and love. The fourth point is that he has incorporated meditation and bows into his ministry from the start. This started at the Mapo Church, and now he has brought this to HQ Church, the Maebong Mountain (where he offers early morning prayer), to the Hannam-dong Training Center, and to the Growth-Stage Cheon Bok Goong Temple.

Now the International President is offering a historic special condition of 21,000 bows for the victory of finding 21,000 members. He started the first day with 4,000 bows, and wherever he is, his offering of jeongseong and bows are outstanding. However, he is now experiencing difficulty. On July 29, the first day, he offered 4,000 bows in a life-or-death battle with Satan, in order to indemnify the number 40. From the waist down, he had severe cramps and pain, and was almost unable to move. He received acupuncture treatment but due to side-effects, he could not eat, and was unable to do even 20 bows at one point.

We Hoonsas tried to do our best. We got together to beat the drum during jeongseong, and did our utmost with hoon dok hwe. In the end, we realized that due to our lack of jeongseong, the International President had to carry his cross, and we truly repented. So with a repentful heart some of us offered 1,000, and some 2,000 and 3,000 bows.

On the second day of the condition Hyung Jin Nim did 200 bows, and it was very difficult for him. So we ask for your support and prayers. Today, up till the time I came here, he had done 1,000 bows. Now, he has done a total of 8,000 bows, and he is making a new start. Let’s give him a big round of applause! 8,000 bows to make a new start.

However, at the HQ Church, I believe there is something we can repent for and really pray about.

July 29: What kind of day was this? I think that some of you may know, July 29, what day was that? It was exactly two years since he started his ministry. But what did we do to commemorate this day? That day the president of Ilhwa Company gave a speech, and he mentioned this anniversary in his speech. But at the HQ Church, I think we should repent that we did nothing to commemorate this. Don’t you feel that way?

Regarding July 29 there are 3 points that I wish to reflect on. The first is True Father’s resurrection from 7 deaths, the completion of the 8 stages, and the victory of True Parents. True Parents said that it was a day of liberation and release in which their son had come this far, and for Hyung Jin Nim himself it was a time in which he’d gone through the formation stage of his ministry, and the ministry of Seong-Ae, in which he would have started the growth-stage. Furthermore, for all blessed families in this world, this was a day for us to inherit the True Love Theology and the Theology of Jeongseong. Don’t you agree? A big applause if you agree with this!

The theology of Jeongseong, what does it mean? I’d like to quote Father’s words:

“The best way to move God’s heart is to offer Jeongseong. If 3 generations offer jeongseong together with the same heart, God will be with you, and there is no way the descendants will go to ruin.”

This is from the Way of God’s Will, that I quoted earlier. In these words by Father, jeongseong is the best possible way that we can inspire God’s heart. And if 3 generations share the same heart, share the same standard, then your posterity will be blessed, he is saying.

And again, Father says,

“At the beginning of the day at 5am, the husband and wife of each family should offer a bow, in the direction of the Head
quarters. There should be a joyful atmosphere coming from within. Sunday should be a day of joy that we look forward to. If we can’t set the tradition of offering bows, then your descendants will not prosper.”

So Father is telling us the way for the descendants to receive the blessing and prosper. With a joyful heart, he says, we should offer jeongseong. What is a joyful heart? This is a heart of goodness. In other words, Father says we should always be happy about offering devotion. We should offer jeongseong each day. We have to establish the standard of jeongseong.

The reason why I read these words to you is that the Theology of Jeongseong, that Hyung Jin Nim is offering now, is totally in line with what Father says, always to offer this with a happy heart, a gentle and humble heart. Do not have anger, envy, jealousy, arrogance, or complaints. Always have a grateful heart, a heart without fallen nature. Our original, ideal mind. This is what it means, basically: True love, a heart of true love.

As we have little time, I’d like to share with you our International President’s words during training. He says:

“Only Truth leads to success.

Hoonsas need to be truthful. Only Truth leads to victory.

The Way for the UC Family to go can only be through the Truth. Only then can the Korean Church have hope.

Hoonsas should always be careful about becoming arrogant.

Training is always needed. If we train to seek the Truth, this is the final hope.

Danbury Training is the start of all voluntary service in the Church.

In the Age of Indemnity, we did things just adequately / haphazardly, but in the Age of Liberation and Release we have to do things transparently.

The spirit world is transparent. If leaders are not truthful about the World Temple providence, there will be spiritual consequences.

If we are not grateful, we will not receive greater gratitude.

Training is a fearful thing.”

When the International President speaks, he is always respectful. He always adds ‘Nim.’ He doesn’t just say Moksa, but Moksa-nim. To us, he says, Hoonsa-nim. And when he meets members, he says Shikku-nim. “So and so Shikku-nim, welcome!” He uses honorifics, the polite form. This is indeed the heart of gentleness and humility. Also he is now establishing the tradition of jeongseong. While Father is still alive on earth, we must offer our utmost jeongseong. This is what he says. Today, if you are a member of the HQ Church, right now, we have a 120-bow condition going on, a special condition which came before the 210-bows.

As Blessed Families we have been offering 120 bows. I really encourage members to do this, if you feel that you are a member of HQ Church. How about some applause if you understand this! If you haven’t been able to offer these bows until today, I hope that you can start tomorrow. In the history of the Unification Church no one other than Hyung Jin Nim has been able to offer this kind of Theology of Jeongseong. No one before him has ever established something like this. So, shouldn’t we say that there is hope? Hope in the future of the Unification Movement? I think we all recognize that.

Have you heard of the phrase “Unbelief within Belief”? This is, for instance, in the case of Moses. Moses was a wonderful and wise leader. He offered much prayer and jeongseong. However, he could not enter into Canaan at the very end. At the very end, he missed his destination, which makes us sad. He had so much merit, and at the age of 120 the Promised Land was just before him. But from Mt. Nebo, he was not able to enter into Canaan, because of this Unbelief within Belief. We also talk about “Insincerity within Sincerity.” Jeongseong is sincerity; however, if someone is offering a lot of conditions, but has dislike, complaint, and dissatisfaction, you can refer to this as Insincerity within Sincerity.

So during this special condition period, let’s not get upset, let’s not show dislike, complaint, dissatisfaction, anger, jealousy ? fallen nature, in a word. Let’s live with true love. Let’s support Hyung Jin Nim so that he can succeed in his 21,000 bows. Let’s promise this to each other, let’s pray for Hyung Jin Nim, that he can be successful!

This is the conclusion, which is quite simple. If we are to inherit this True Love Theology, or the Theology of Jeongseong, first of all we must understand the attitude or the basic stance of jeongseong. Do you understand this stance? Thank you. Then, all of us, we will be able to successfully inherit the Theology of True Love. Why? Because the most basic root of all jeongseong is True Love. We have to inherit True Love. Next, we should declare that we are going to do the 21,000 witnessing. What is this declaration? This is that one person brings at least one person. So, I have 3 suggestions, finally.

The first is that we can hand in the names of 3 people we will witness to. Start with the person closest to you. For instance if your husband is not coming to church, or your spouse, or your child is not coming to church, then submit his/her name. Start from the people closest to you. So, we write down 3 names of people we are going to witness to. Before Hyung Jin Nim finishes his condition this week, of the 21,000 bows, let’s submit the names of 3 each. Can you agree with this? Thank you for your applause.

The second suggestion that I have is, that if we submit our list, we must witness. And in August, when we see each other, our greetings should not be just the regular “Hello!”, but it should be, “Have you submitted your 3 names to our President?” This should be our greeting. Let’s say our greetings in this way. Let’s give Hyung Jin Nim another round of applause.

The third suggestion that I have, is that from September 10, we will start a 40-day period, and every day we will be offering 120 bows. We will be going out to witness. Can you agree with this? Thank you. If you can accept these words, let’s give True Parents a big round of applause. Let us pray.

Dearest Heavenly Father,

Throughout history, Father’s heart has been in such pain, that humankind has been in the hands of Satan, under the control of evil. All human beings are now in the Age after the Coming of Heaven. True Parents have opened the Era of declaring victory of the Parents of Heaven and Earth, over the realm of the universe, with absolute morality, true love, life, and lineage. Through this history, we want to bring our hearts together and pray for Hyung Jin Nim for the victory of his 21,000 bows, the victory of the growth-stage Temple.

Thank you for calling us to HQ Church at this time, this historic place. Especially this past week, Hyung Jin Nim experienced on July 17, the revelation of True Father’s resurrection from 7 deaths, the completion of the 8 stages, True Parents’ victory, and the True Love Theology. He was so inspired; he marked this with calligraphy. You have blessed him so that he could bring victory of the formation-stage ministry of sincerity and love (seong-ae). You helped us to see the proud victory of the future Unification Church, gave us hope, and we thank You for being able to believe in this hope.

In place of Blessed Families, in place of the Unification Church, in place of everyone…he knows that our jeongseong is not enough, so he himself has set these indemnity conditions. We cannot imagine what he is going through – 21,000 bows. On July 29, in order to go beyond the number 40, he offered 4,000 bows, but he became almost paralyzed. Receiving treatment from the waist down, the side-effects were so severe.

We can only pray, Heavenly Father, please forgive us for our ignorance, please forgive us for not being enough. If we had truly repented, and if we had been able to offer the 21,000 bows instead of our President, he would not have to go through this. We pledge that we will bring 21,000 members! We will give you the names of our 3 guests each, we will offer our bows, and we will go out and witness. Please forgive us.

Until the special jeongseong period ends, we will offer bows together, even if we are to collapse. Some members are daily offering 1,000; 2,000; even 3,000 bows. We will do our best to gather our jeongseong together. Hyo Jin Nim, who opened the door to loyalty and filial piety! And Commander Heung Jin Nim, Young Jin Nim, True Families in the spirit world, Jesus and the four great saints, please help us.

May You mobilize all of the Abel good spirits so that Hyung Jin Nim can succeed. May You bless him so that he can definitely bring victory in good health. I offer this report in the name of blessed central family, Seo Yoo Ahm, Aju!

Offering Prayer by Helen Downey:

Heavenly Father, we sincerely ask that You accept today’s offering.

We are awed at the complete conviction of True Parents and Hyung Jin Nim. We make this offering with the hope and wish to manifest and magnify the true love of God. This must be the focus of all our efforts every day.

We thank You for Your love and encouragement, especially expressed by the True Family, the Hoonsa-nims and others. The ideal of peace, a world of peace, must be achieved. Generations to come must not view peace as a fairytale. We always want to consider our actions and find a path of true peace and true love. We thank You. I offer this, and we thank You.

We pray, Heavenly Father, for the continued activities and the more sincere efforts to achieve the service and heart of our True Parents. We thank You and we pray that You can accept our offerings always. Michael and Helen Downey, a central blessed family, Aju!

Transcribers: Gertraud Mesbah/Naoko Isa Brazil

Proofreader: Jennifer Yashiro