John-Michael Becker

An Honored Sinner

This is something I’ve been chewing on recently and I thought I would share. David in the Bible is described as “a man after God’s own heart.” God loved David so much that God chose to have Jesus come from David’s line. David is one of the most admired people in the Bible (he is…

Why Marry?

I was asked a few weeks ago by someone, “Why Marry?” “Why should we get married?” My response was one I don’t think she expected. I gave her two reasons. The first reason was this: “You should marry because you have love to give.” When I was a teenager there was a lovely older couple at…

A Changed Mindset Regarding My Calling

I moved into a children’s home in South Korea at the end of 2005 with a vision of entering North Korea within five years to care for the orphans there. I felt like the children’s home in South Korea was meant to be a stepping stone for me. In South Korea I would learn the language,…

Working With a Creative

Lessons I’ve learned being married to a creative… 1. Don’t assume just because a person is creative that they would love to help you with whatever talent they have. And especially don’t assume that they would gladly do your work for free. Since marrying Sky my eyes have been opened to how often people ask things…

Cling to What is Good (a visit from an old friend)

Last Tuesday a boy who graduated from high school and left the children’s home in 2014 returned to the home to try and find me. I had started teaching him English back in 2006 when he was in 5th grade and enjoyed spending time with him until he graduated and left the home. Along with…

Feeling Bitter or Jaded Towards Leaders or Meetings

In my last blog post I wrote about different reasons why we sometimes feel resistance towards God or the church. In this post I want to cover one more reason why we sometimes feel resistance towards God or the church: when we feel bitter or jaded towards our leaders or towards certain church meetings (or…

Feeling Resistance to God and the Church

Ever just not want to go to church on a Sunday? Or feel a strong resistance within yourself to avoid the prayer meeting or small group meeting? Pretty much every Christian has felt this at some point in their life. It’s one thing if the feelings of resistance are rare and only when you’re really tired…

참나무프로젝트 두번째 수련회(KOREAN)

2017년 2월4일 금요일 저녁에 17명의 학생들과 16명의 멘토들이 2번째 연례 수련회를 위해 에어비엔비로 찾은 서울의 한 집에 모였습니다. 이 수련회의 목적은 학생들과 가까워지고 그들이 마음을 열 기회를 주며 그들을 위해 기도하고 함께 좋은 시간을 보내는 것입니다. 이번 수련회는 저희가 생각한 목적을 다 이루고도 더 많은 것을 보았습니다! 밑에 수련회의 사진들을 나누었습니다. 그러나 그전에 이 수련회의…

Releasing peace in the kids…

There is a boy at the children’s home I serve at, KB, who has grown up in the home since he was an infant. He was 1 years old when I arrived at the home in 2005. As he has grown older he has been one of the tougher boys at the home, struggling with anger…

Oak Tree Project 2nd Annual Retreat

On the evening of Friday, February 4th, 17 students and 16 mentors gathered together at a home in Seoul (rented via airbnb) for our 2nd annual retreat. The purposes of this retreat are to grow closer with the students, to give them a chance to open up and share and receive prayer, and to have a…

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