Rev. Kyle Toffey’s Sermon: “Growing Church”

November 29, 2010

November 7, 2010,  Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea

Introduction by Rev. Michael Brazil:

Well unfortunately our senior pastor couple could not be here. But we think we have the next best thing; we have a most precious guest speaker today. I don’t think you’ve seen him in a while. What can we say about this amazing brother? He has been here for a few years and has really practiced what Jesus told us the first (greatest) commandment is. Anyone remember what the first commandment is? To love God with all your heart and all your soul, and all your mind, all your strength. This is what this brother has really striven to do here in Korea. I don’t think he needs much introduction, so I am going to ask you to join with me in welcoming up or most precious brother, our elder brother, Rev. Kyle Toffey.

[Applause]

Main Sermon by Rev. Toffey:

Thank you. Actually I think Rev. Michael Brazil has already said everything that needs to be said, and so we should end the service right now. [No, I don’t think so.] Oh, I’m not off the hook? Anyway, thank you very much. Today my topic is “Growing Church.” This is something that is very important to my wife and myself, and so I’m really grateful, actually, that Hyung-jin nim is not here today. [Laughter] That is because I want to talk to you, and this gives me an opportunity to do that.

When we look at the world, we realize that growth is a very natural thing. No one can stop the flowers from growing. Our bodies grow automatically. However, we see within mankind that we have our own portion of responsibility. In Divine Principle 101, the very core of that teaching is that we have a responsibility to grow ourselves. This is a precious, precious gift that God gives us: that we have to grow ourselves.

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Dr. Joon Ho Seuk’s Sermon and Testimony:”Going the Way of Loyalty and Filial Piety”

November 23, 2010

September 26, 2010,  Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea

Welcoming remarks:

Yeon-ah nim

Good afternoon brothers and sisters! (Good afternoon!) Welcome to the HQ’s of the Unification Church! It is really, really nice to see you here today in this sanctuary! Today let us all go back to our prayer life and let us all return glory and our gratitude to our Heavenly Father and True Parents! Aju!

Hyung-jin nim

Good afternoon brothers and sisters!

We’ll start by manifesting the Principle: give and receive action, four position foundation, may I inherit the true love of God! Aju!

Today we read from Cheong Seong Gyung p.763. Father says,”The spirit world is the homeland of our original mind. The world we are to enter after this one is the world of heart, the spirit world. Hence if we train ourselves for our future entry into the spirit world we will have no problems once we get there.”

Brothers and sisters, it is such a precious time that we have on this earth plane, very short time but precious time! And it is during this time that we have the ability to train and practice so that we are ready for our entrance into the eternal world.

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Staying Strong in Joy

November 18, 2010

October 31, 2010, Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea

Main Sermon:

Brothers and sisters, today I would like to talk to you about staying strong in joy.

Let us begin first with our World Scriptures.

We begin with Mark 13.13, and this is representing Christianity. This is short but very powerful. Let us read together: “He who endures to the end will be saved.” Aju.

This is from Buddhism, from the Uttaradhyayana Sutra 10.34:  “You have crossed the great ocean; why do you halt so near the shore? Make haste to get on the other side.” Aju.

This is Confucianism, from Mencius VII.A.29: “To try to achieve anything is like digging a well. You can dig a hole nine fathoms deep, but if you fail to reach the source of water, it is just an abandoned well.” Aju. Perseverance!

Let us read True Parents’ word. This is from the Second Volume of Collection of Speeches 3.28: “If you stand in a position that is not this, not that, not left, not right, it is not good. Such a position will cause confusion only and can lead to even worse situations. Thus, those who carry the word as someone representing heavenly ethics must take a clear position. If this is wrong, it is wrong. If this is right, it is right. He has the responsibility to set the word as the center and protect it with his life.” Aju.

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Standing on the Side of Truth

November 16, 2010

October 24, 2010, Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea

Main Sermon:

Let’s first start with True Parents’ words. These are True Parents’ words in 1971 and this is from the collection of speeches volume 40, 77th page. Let us read this together and dwell and meditate on the meaning of the reading. So we read in English. Please follow along in English. “After receiving the call to walk the way of God’s will, you should always search with sincerity for the objective you are meant to fulfill. I am moving forward with the entire problem of the providence of restoration; that path is not peaceful. I have to surmount many disturbing and ever-changing situations, beyond anything I could have imagined when I started. As you walk this way, purge your mind of greed and rid your heart of pride. It is impossible to succeed with the mind of ‘I am going to try this; I am going to attempt that’. Even if your plan succeeds, it may contradict the Providence since it was planned from a human perspective.” Aju.

We are one community, one world community, one family that serves True Parents, that seeks to glorify True Parents, has faith in True Parents; we, through our faith transcend national boundaries and backgrounds, etc. You  are from Japan, I am from America, and many brothers and sisters are from Korea. But we transcend those boundaries because of our faith in True Parents. That is what binds us together, the faith, the love that we receive from True Parents and the lineage we have received from True Parents. But there are times we face challenges and we are compelled, we are asked, to rise up and stand on the side of truth, to stand for God and for what is right.

In the modern era we have heard, almost everybody has heard of the famous peace activist, Gandhi, who fought against colonial Britain that was  trying to exploit the Indian people. His movement was founded, the Satyagraha Movement; that is, in Sanskrit “satya” means truth and “agraha” is translated  as force. So the truth-force, the force of the truth is what the Satyagraha movement moved with. And as you know, the movement challenged the colonial rulers extremely strongly. Demonstrators  were beaten, were threatened, and even killed, but until the end, Gandhi emphasized that the fight against evil and oppression must be done forcefully but non-violently. This later influenced people like Nelson Mandela and people like Martin Luther King Jr. who also fought for human rights.

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Starting Point of Heaven

November 1, 2010

October 3, 2010, Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea

Main Sermon:

Today I want to talk to you about the starting point of Heaven.  Usually when we start, we begin by going to the World Scriptures, and also our Biblical Scriptures; but today, because the Blessing is next week, we are going to focus on the central text, or the primary text, True Parents words.  So today we are going to go to True Parents’ collection of words and speeches, Volume 26. Let’s read together.  “Man and woman are God’s masterpieces; when they love each other centered on God, it is supreme transcendental love, not worldly love.” Aju.  The second one comes from the selection of speeches 279, and let’s read together.

“Marriage joins the life of a woman and the life of a man. In time, through children, it joins the lineage of the man, and the lineage of the woman. It thus begins a history, a nation, the world, and the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.” Aju.  And the third one comes to us from Volume 97. Let’s read together.  “We marry for the sake of our partner. Therefore the man should have the attitude that even [if] he finds some aspects of his wife unattractive, he will love her even more than if she were beautiful.”

This is the Principled way. This is not only for men, okay? This is also for both spouses. In society there is a common phrase, or common notion that love really can last three years at the maximum. So there is a particular hormone that is released that gives you the predicted newly wed, honeymoon stage, etc., and you feel infatuated and in love for three years, maybe max.

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