June 17, Saturday

The AMI QT Devotionals from June 12-18 are written by Pastor Andrew Kim at Tapestry Church.  Andrew, a graduate of Eternity Bible College, is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary.  He and Jessie were married in 2014.


Revelation 7:9-12

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every Nation Peoplenation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

In Revelation 7, we see a remarkable picture of heaven and the answer to the question, “Who can stand before God?” John is given an answer when he sees in his vision a “great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb.” What’s important to recognize is that God’s people in heaven are diverse and multicultural. People from all over the world will be numbered among the redeemed.  You see, God’s desire is to reach every tribe and nation–whether poor or rich, first-world or third-world–God is seeking to save the lost.

A few years ago, I was reminded of this truth when I attended a missions conference. During one of the sessions, over a 100 people came out with flags representing each of their own countries. One by one they took turns coming to the center of the stage to read a Bible passage in their own language. This went on for more than 30 minutes! But in that moment, I was truly moved upon being reminded that God is a universal God; that He cares for every nation and tribe, even the ones I never heard of. He sees every person on earth- even those who are in the most remote of places and desires to save them. As I watched each person proclaim God’s word in their native tongue, I was compelled to ask God to give me a heart for the nations, to help me see beyond my own borders.

Today, let us ask God for a heart that longs for the nations to be redeemed, a longing that moves us to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Prayer: Father, You desire to see every person saved and brought into your kingdom. Grant me the same heart, a heart that desires to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. May my life’s goal be to bring the good news of Christ to those who truly need it. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 12-13


June 16, Friday

The AMI QT Devotionals from June 12-18 are written by Pastor Andrew Kim at Tapestry Church.  Andrew, a graduate of Eternity Bible College, is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary.  He and Jessie were married in 2014.


Revelation 7:1-4

“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel”

Throughout the book of Revelation, there are interludes that occur between descriptions of God’s judgment that are meant to console the persecuted Christians. Here in our passage for today, we find ourselves at the first interlude. As the opened seals reveal the wrath of God, chapter 6 ends with a piercing question that chapter 7 answers: “Who can stand before the divine judgment?” We find the answer in verse 3. The only ones who will not be harmed will be those who are sealed by God. In ancient times, seals were used by kings to designate those who belonged to them. Other religions used seals as a marker of devotion to their gods. Similarly, those who are sealed by God are those who belong to Him. Later on we find out that the seal is given to those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb. In other words, those who have believed upon the gospel are the only ones who are able to withstand the judgment of God.

This is good news for all of us. It won’t be our track record, our good works, or how much time we’ve spent at church that will determine whether or not we are able to stand before God. What will allow us to stand confidently in the period of judgment is the assurance we’ve received from the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this reason, we do not have to be afraid of God’s wrath or where our eternal destiny will be. God has sealed us by the blood of the Lamb. We bear the mark that proclaims that we belong to His kingdom- protected by His grace and mercy. Nothing will be able to remove God’s seal over us. Today, let us reflect on this marvelous truth, walking confidently in our relationship with God!

Prayer: Father, thank you for your gospel and the assurance it gives me. Help me to walk securely and confidently in your love!

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 11


Read Ephesians 2:1-10: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Questions to Consider

  1. What was the state of our being before Christ?
  2. On what basis are we saved?
  3. Do you feel secure in God’s love for you?


  1. We were dead in our sins and trespasses. It is important to recognize that we were not simply neutral towards God, but it says that we followed the prince of the power of the air and that we were children of wrath. In other words, we were against God and His ways. Our goal was simply to fulfill the desires of our flesh.
  2. We are saved by grace through faith- not by the works we do. The faith that we received is not something we work towards but a gift from God.
  3. Personal response


Oftentimes we revert back to basing our relationship with God on our performance. We feel secure in God’s love when we are doing well, but not so much when we fall into sin. Take some time before going to sleep to reflect on your relationship with God. Are you living your life in response to God’s grace or are you working to be loved by God?

June 15, Thursday

The AMI QT Devotionals from June 12-18 are written by Pastor Andrew Kim at Tapestry Church.  Andrew, a graduate of Eternity Bible College, is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary.  He and Jessie were married in 2014.


Revelation 6:9-11

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given; 10 they cried out with a loud voice, “Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” 11 They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number would be complete both of their fellow servants and of their brothers and sisters, who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been killed.”

Recently, a bus full of Coptic Christians were killed for their faith as they were on their way to a monastery. At least 28 died and 25 wounded. Among the dead were two small girls who were 2 and 4. This is just one tragic example of the persecution that many Christians face throughout the world. In fact, 900,000 Christians have been martyred for their faith in the last 10 year, making it one of the most violent eras for the church. It is a sobering reminder that following Christ is not for the fainthearted—there is a cost to be paid, sometimes even with our very lives. Many of us in the West are often shielded from this reality, since the worst thing that can happen to us is a moment of embarrassment. Sometimes we think that violent persecutions are a thing of the past, but many of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ are paying tremendous cost for their testimony to God.

The recipients of the letter understood the cost well. When the fifth seal had opened, John saw “those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given.” In other words, he saw Christians who had been martyred for their faith under the altar. What’s interesting is that in verse 11, they are given a white robe, which symbolized purity and victory. Just like John redefined what power looks like (weakness rather than a show of force) in chapter 5, he is also reminding those who are suffering that true victory is in remaining faithful to God, even in the face of death—not in conforming or violently rebelling against their persecutors. God declares that it is He who will avenge them in due time. In other words, all their sacrifice will be worth it, and in the end they will be true victors. Let us take time to remember our persecuted brothers and sisters, and pray that God will strengthen their resolve, fortify their faith, and provide them with an unrelenting hope!

Prayer: Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters who are being persecuted at this moment. We ask that You might alleviate their pain, but if not, provide them with strength to remain steadfast and faithful to the word of God! Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 10


Read Mark 8:31-38: And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul?38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Questions to Consider

  1. Why did Peter take Jesus aside after he heard that Jesus would be killed, and why did Jesus rebuke Peter for his actions?
  2. What is the call to discipleship that Jesus gives in this passage?
  3. What areas of your life do you need to deny?


  1. Many Jews at the time were waiting for a Messiah who would come in power and overthrow the Roman Empire, giving back the people of Israel their Promised Land. A dead messiah did not fit into Peter’s expectations. However, Jesus reminds him that Peter did not have the things of God in mind. God’s way of life is different—it is one of weakness, loving one’s enemies, and dying to oneself.
  2. The call to discipleship is to deny oneself and take up the cross and follow Jesus. It is not an easy way to live but it requires much sacrifice and self-death.
  3. Personal response.


“To take up your cross is to consider it better to die than to live for something other than Jesus.”

-Richard Chin

June 14, Wednesday

The AMI QT Devotionals from June 12-18 are written by Pastor Andrew Kim at Tapestry Church.  Andrew, a graduate of Eternity Bible College, is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary.  He and Jessie were married in 2014.


Revelation 5:11-14

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”

The 60’s were marked by a profound social consciousness. People genuinely cared for the welfare of society and participated in movements of justice. It was the decade of the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s rights, and protests against the Vietnam War. However, there was a dramatic shift in culture in the 70’s. It was no longer focused on culture-wide issues but rather on the self. Historians have dubbed the 70’s the “ME Decade.” It was the era of personal development and self-discovery. As the “individual” began to assert itself, it gave rise to a radical personal autonomy where the “self” became king. Life began to be about self-expression, about being able to choose one’s own destiny. And this trend has continued and we all feel its effects even today. All of us desire to determine the course of our lives—we demand freedom from all authority outside of ourselves. However, this has not turned out well as people are emptier than ever before. Many have discovered that reigning over their own lives has not led to more happiness but rather a deep sense of restlessness and confusion.

In our passage for today, we are given a glimpse of the throne room of heaven. John looks around and sees a myriad of people proclaiming the worthiness of the Lamb. A multitude of creatures are giving due praise and honor “to Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.” The elders fall down and worship. It is truly a remarkable vision. And this vision functions as a reminder to the recipients of the letter about who is the true King of the universe. It is not the emperor of Rome. It is the one who sits in the throne room of heaven who ultimately deserves our worship and surrender. In the same way, it is a reminder to us that the one who truly deserves to reign over our lives is God Himself. Many of us attempt to dethrone God in our hearts, trying to make sense of our lives on our own terms. We want to be king. However, history has proven that this is a dead end. We must relinquish our grip on our hearts and allow God to fully reign over us. As verse 13 proclaims, He is the king who is full of power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory and blessing!  For these reasons, we can trust that He will lead us to places of true happiness and joy. Let us resolve to surrender our rights before the true King of the universe and wholeheartedly follow Him!

Prayer: Father, I often want to take control of my life. Help me to trust in Your ways and in Your leading and to surrender all that I am to You. Be King over my life! Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 9


Read Mark 1:14-15:  Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Questions to Consider

  1. What is the kingdom of God?
  2. How are we to respond to the kingdom of God?
  3. What areas of your life do you need to surrender and allow God to reign?


  1. The phrase “kingdom of God” literally means: the reigning activity of God. It is the eternal and sovereign rule of God in all of the universe. It is not speaking to an actual geographical kingdom but that God’s ruling power has come in a special way through Jesus.
  2. Jesus calls us to repent (to relinquish our own reign over our lives) and to believe in the gospel.
  3. Personal response.


It is indeed difficult to give up control of our lives. It is scary in many ways. One key factor when it comes to surrendering our lives to God is to experience His goodness towards us. As we experience more of His goodness, the more we trust Him with our lives. And we find the ultimate proof of His love and goodness: His death. Tonight, take time to reflect on how Jesus died for you so that you can have life, and that He is trustworthy because He is willing to give up His everything for you!

June 13, Tuesday

The AMI QT Devotionals from June 12-18 are written by Pastor Andrew Kim at Tapestry Church.  Andrew, a graduate of Eternity Bible College, is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary.  He and Jessie were married in 2014.


Revelation 5:9-10

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

During one of the most challenging times of my life, I discovered that singing worship songs could be a powerful exercise of faith.  As I struggled to remain steadfast with my heart full of doubts, it was difficult to sing lyrics that proclaimed the hope of God. Everything around me just seemed like evidence that proved my doubts, making it almost impossible to sing the words on the screen with full conviction. Yet as I worshipped and praised God with words that I did not fully believe, God began to turn my heart towards His hope. I found that in the simple act of bringing my doubts before Him and singing with the small amount of conviction I possessed, He met me where I was, helping me to believe in the words before me. Singing worship songs became a new reservoir of strength and power that I could now draw from. I would not have persevered without it.

Similarly, the recipients of the letter of Revelation were going through trying times.  Under the Roman Empire, being faithful to the ways of God was not an easy task for them. Rome’s manner of life was attractive and the pressure to conform was crushing. The difficulty was experienced on many levels: they were socially marginalized, economically disadvantaged, and culturally isolated. For these reasons, the temptation to succumb was incredibly powerful. However, in Revelation 5:9-10, they were given a new song to sing—a song proclaiming the victory of their King and the hope of a future kingdom where they will reign with God. They would one day experience a new world where there will be no more pain or suffering. Although it might have been difficult to believe in these words, this new song was to function as a source of hope, helping the believers to overcome and remain steadfast until the end.

In the same way, many of us are having difficulty remaining hopeful in God. However, let us not distance ourselves away from His presence but sing songs that proclaim His hope. He will meet us in His grace, giving us what we do not possess and providing all that we need to be victorious!

Prayer: Father, thank You that even in our weakness and lack of faith, You still meet us. I pray that especially in times of difficulty, You would provide me with the strength and perseverance to remain faithful to Your cause. Give me the type of faith that praises You in every circumstance and situation. Amen!

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 8


Read Psalm 103:1-5:  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Questions to Consider

  1. What is the crucial step that the psalmist takes in verse 2, which leads him to bless God?
  2. What are the benefits that the psalmist blesses the Lord for?
  3. How have worship songs played a role in your relationship with God? Take some time to reflect.


  1. The psalmist does “not forget all His benefits.” The first step in blessing and praising God is learning to frequently remember His goodness towards us, especially when it’s difficult to see it.
  2. The psalmist blesses the Lord for God’s forgiveness, healing, redemption, steadfast love, and the satisfying of his soul.
  3. Personal response.


Before going to sleep, take some time to reflect on your life and give thanks for God’s faithfulness, goodness, and grace.

Psalm 77:11-12: I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old. 12 I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds.”

June 12, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals from June 12-18 are written by Pastor Andrew Kim at Tapestry Church.  Andrew, a graduate of Eternity Bible College, is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary.  He and Jessie were married in 2014.


Revelation 5:1-8

“Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” 

Power is a precious commodity, especially in these strange times. We live in a turbulent cultural climate where political extremism, terrorism, and ideological wars run rampant throughout the world. And as tensions rise across political and racial lines, various groups have attempted to push their agendas through a show of power—whether in the form of violence or by slandering the “other.” The more power you have, the more you’re able to undermine your enemies. Power is also used in a similar manner on a micro scale. We often use the power we’ve gained from our education, socioeconomic status, and experience in order to gain a step ahead of our competition—to build up our own resumes and get us one step closer to fulfilling the American Dream. We have images of powerful CEO’s, executives, and political figures who line their own pockets at the expense of those less fortunate. For these reasons, power is often associated with abuse. As a result, the idea of power comes with much baggage, since it often manifests itself in forms that leave at least one party broken and destroyed.

We find a very different picture of power in our passage for today. Here in Revelation 5:1-8, John finds himself in the throne room where he sees a scroll in the right hand of God, but there is no one to open it. However, one of the elders proclaim that there is one who is worthy: The Lion of the tribe of Judah! This is where it gets interesting. In verse 5, John hears that it is the Lion of Judah who is worthy to open it, but he sees in verse 6 “a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain.” In other words, he hears a title that exudes power but sees a slain Lamb who symbolizes death and weakness. It seems that God is redefining power. How do we know this? The slain Lamb is none other than Jesus Himself, who achieved victory over sin and death, not by a show of force but through weakness and death. In the gospel, we find power manifested through Jesus in a manner that brought life rather than destruction—it uplifted the broken and even His enemies.

In similar ways, we all possess a certain degree of power. How do you use your education, your wealth, and your status? Do you use it to only further your own goals at the expense of others, or do you bring life? Let us use the power we have in a manner that reflects the slain Lamb whose power gave us life and joy!

Prayer: Father, I have a propensity to use the resources and the power You’ve given me for my own selfish ambitions. Help me to use all that You have given me for the good of others and especially to bring about Your kingdom on this earth! Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 7


Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, calamities,. For when I am weak, then I am strong”

Questions to Consider

  1. Why does Paul boast all the more gladly in his weaknesses?
  2. How can Paul be content with his weaknesses?
  3. Reflect on a time when God your weaknesses for His kingdom?


  1. He rejoices in his weaknesses because it allows the power of Christ to rest upon him. In some ways, God can use us more in our weaknesses because it causes us to depend on Christ more than our own strength and abilities.
  2. Paul understands that it is especially in his weakness that more of God’s power is manifested. Although difficult, he knows that true strength is experienced in coming face to face with his weakness.
  3. Personal response.


So much of our day is spent on focusing on how to maximize our own welfare with the resources we have. However, God calls us to use all that we possess for the sake of others and especially those who are in need. Let us reflect on how we can use our God-given blessings for the sake of His kingdom.

June 11, Sunday

The AMI QT Blogs from June 5-11 are provided by Tina Hsu. Tina, a graduate of Talbot School of Theology (M.Div.) has just returned from E. Asia, where she served as a missionary for two years.  Currently, she serves at Church of Southland and Kairos International University.


 Awe for God

Revelation 4:1-4, 8-11

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” 9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

A pastor friend once shared with me that his new year’s resolution was to limit himself from using the phrase “That’s awesome!” He realized the essence of something awesome is that it brings incredible awe—and this should be reserved for God. Instead of saying “That’s awesome” at regular news, such as finding parking at Disneyland on the weekend within the first minute of arriving, buying electronics devices at big sales, or just any news that he hears from people throughout the day, he resolved to only use the word “awesome” to when he ponders about and describes God—because only God’s presence and majesty is full of awe. Everything else is just good, cool, or nice, but only God is worthy of being deemed awesome, and nothing and no one is as AWE-some as God.

The apostle John is writing here the revelation he received when he was in the Spirit.

John’s experience of Jesus is extraordinarily special compared to the rest of the 12 disciples. Along with the rest of the disciples He witnessed Jesus preaching with authority, healing the sick, and casting out demons, as Jesus lived a fully human life dependent on the Father. He is the only one among the 12 who stood by Jesus as he witnessed Jesus with the nails and thorns on his body and shedding of blood. Then, John, along with Peter and Jesus’ women disciples, witnessed the empty tomb after Jesus resurrected. Not only did he witness Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, he also received this vision in Revelation 4 of Jesus in His glorified state on the throne, surrounded by worship. As John saw the majesty of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, dwelling in a place of glory, he was full of awe for God. In the same way, the 24 elders in the vision are ascribing honor to Jesus, and all their attention is given towards the awesome presence of God. John’s vision recorded in the Bible gives us great hope of our future eternity. We will join in with the elders and be in awe of Jesus Christ, and our lips will declare that He is worthy. Today, let’s resolve to live our lives in light of our glorious future by declaring to Jesus how awesome He is!

Prayer: Dear Jesus, as the psalmist says, “in your presence is fullness of joy” (Ps. 16:11). You are worthy of my praise and may my praise declare how awesome and great You are. May my worship be solely reserved for You. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 5-6