April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update 6

We are already in April and although the number of COVID-19 infections in South Korea seems to have stabilized, our English worship service will be further suspended. If social distancing and suspension of worship services, Bible studies and meetings continues, Daejeon OEM will look into using live online software to allow for studies and meetings. We ask our members to be patient as the leadership looks into the possibility of meeting online.

In the meantime, please continue to worship through livestreaming of OEM church services. The next service will be on April 5 at 11 am and 4 pm which can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

March 21, 2020

March 21, 2020

COVID- 19 Update

Here is the latest update which concerns our church services.

After today's, March 21, 2020, leadership meeting, it was concluded that suspension of all Daejeon Onnuri church services and programs has been extended until April 5. This means there will be no church services on March 22 and 29. Saturday Bible Study, discipleship meetings and training and the others continue to be suspended. In addition, all church outreaches including domestic and international have also been suspended. Livestreaming of OEM church services on March 22 and 29 at 11 am and 4 pm can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Please continue to pray for one another and the church. Although we are being dissuaded from meeting in person, phone calls, video conferences and text messages are good methods to keep in contact and uplift our brothers and sisters in Christ.

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update

On behalf of Pastor Donald, I am passing on the latest information concerning OEM which some of you have probably already heard on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

The suspension of all Onnuri church services and programs has been extended until March 28. This means there is no church service on March 15 and 22. Saturday Bible Study, discipleship meetings and training and the others continue to be suspended. Livestreaming of OEM church services on March 15 and 22 at 11 am and 4 pm can be viewed by clicking on the link below.


God willing, we will have our English worship service on March 29. Please continue to pray for one another and the current situation. Let us remain in God’s love as we learn, discern and act on our concern for others.

March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020

Dear Daejeon OEM members,

I hope everyone is doing well. Another reminder that there is no service at Daejeon Onnuri English Ministry today, March 1st and on March 8th at 2:00 pm. However, there is livestreaming of Sunday’s English worship service, at 11:00am and again at 4:00pm.

I am sure many of you saw the livestream service this morning at 11:00am. If you missed it, please take the time to watch the 4:00 pm service.

February 28, 2020

February 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Update 3

Dear Beloved Ones,

I know this is a difficult and trying moment for our country, our economy, and our entire community’s welfare. It is especially difficult for our church community as well when we consider that the pandemic has loomed closer to us - by one of our larger community (Korean worship) member testing positive.

He is however in good medical condition with mild symptoms.

We are advised to stay away from the church building, as it is currently under quarantine until confirmed safe by the epidemiologist.

Above everything else, I would like us to be encouraged in the Lord, knowing that He is the Lord above the Corona virus, and He has the situation under his control. And for the sake of His elects, whom He loves, He will bring the situation to its normality at the His appointed time.

Let us we keep our prayers with thanksgiving directed to as we speak hope into our lives and into our society.

Please stay safe by observing the safety directive given to us.

May I also remind us to stay at home on March 1 & 8 and access this YouTube site for the livestreaming Sunday worship service, either at 11:00am or 4:00pm.

Much blessings and Christ’s Love to you all.

Pastor Donald.

February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020 - COVID 19 Update 2

Dear OEM members,

In light of the worsening situation of COVID-19 in Korea, the Onnuri Church leadership has decided to suspend/restrict All Onnuri Sunday services for the next 2 Sundays (March 1 and 8). Everyone is encouraged to worship from home through online video streams.

For the Sundays of March 1 & 8, OEM will offer a livestream of both the 11AM and 4PM (KST) services on our YouTube channel. These services will be in English.


Also, please read the letter below from the Senior Pastor, Jaehoon Lee.
Be strong and courageous in this time.
May the Lord keep you and protect you.

February 25, 2020

February 25, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Beloved Ones in Christ,

Following the latest government's efforts to curb the spread of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Onnuri Church has called off all the worship gatherings including the Sunday worship services as from today February 25th, until March 14th, or else following any further communications.  
Kindly note the above information, and continue to pray for the situation.  
For the time being, all Onnuri worship services will be conducted online through the Onnuri CGN and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/Onnuriservice 
-CGNTV : https://www.cgntv.net) 

The OEM congregation can go online on Sunday at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM to take part in the worship services.  
Please take note of this, and in case of any further information, we shall be kept informed. Also, please make sure other members of OEM are aware of the situation and changes in worship services. 
May the gracious Lord keep us all safe under his merciful care.

February 23, 2020

February 9, 2020

The Dual Gift of Our Salvation

John 5: 18-28


In John 5, we read about a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. This man went to a fountain which was supposed to bring healing. The man had waited for the Angel of God to stir up the water, but there was no one to help him into the water for healing. Jesus finds this man and hears the excuses why the man had not been healed. Jesus tells the man to pick up his mat and go home. The man did. 

Some of the Jews said that Jesus had broken the Sabbath and were angry that Jesus had equated himself to God by saying that God was His father. 

Jesus brings us gifts and benefits with salvation. Jesus tells the people who seek to destroy Him that He is doing what the Father has told him to and to give the gift which the Father gave. Jesus did the will of God and continues to work on our lives today. 

Jesus gives the gift of life.

For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
John 5:21 ESV 

The man who was paralyzed for 38 years accepted the gift of life and was healed. Men like the Pharisees who rejected Jesus did not receive the gift of life. 

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 5:24 ESV

Paul explains in Ephesians 2:1-8 that in God's mercies been accepted because of Jesus' sacrifice.

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Colossians 2:13-14 ESV

We are accepted not by anything we have done but because of what Jesus has done. It is Jesus who gives the gift of exemption from judgement.

For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
John 5:22 ESV

The salvation we received is a total package. It covers the historical past and the future. In fact, Paul tells us that we are in heaven now with Jesus.

and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 2:6 ESV

Paul also further assures us in Romans 8:34 - 39 that nothing can separate us from Jesus.  Jesus will not ignore our weaknesses. Jesus does the will of God and had work to do and continues to do.

So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
John 5:19 ESV

 Jesus is in us and continues to be in us. Jesus does not just overlook our sins but also guides us to become holy. Jesus brings light to us so the will of God will be done. 

Finally, let us remember that we have the Spirit of Jesus in our lives and we can walk with the spirit. 

that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.  Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 5:23-24 ESV

February 16, 2020

Faith Grown in the Delayed Love

Mark 6:45-52

The reason Jesus called the disciples to him for service was so that they would have eternal life. Jesus taught them and trained them so that they would be saved and go to heaven. The disciples need to grow in their faith in Jesus so they would have eternal power.

Jesus sends out the disciples who experience great miracles and victory. In Mark 6:7-13, immediately after these victories of experiencing the power of the Lord, there is a change in mood. In Mark 6:14-29, we read about John the Baptist's beheading. The disciples became discouraged. After the shocking execution of John the Baptist, Jesus performs the miracle of feeding the 5000. This pendulum lifestyle is to train the disciples for a transitory life. The disciples need to understand that the material blessings in the world are not permanent just like the painful difficulties.

Soon after the feeding the 5000, Jesus sends his disciples in a boat ahead of Him while He prays in the mountains. The boat hits rough waters and makes little progress in its travels. Jesus knows about their troubles and sees the distress of the disciples, yet He waits until a later time to help.

And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,
Mark 6:48 ESV

Jesus delays manifesting his love to show the disciples who they are and what their true hearts are. Despite the skills of the disciples, some of them were fishermen, they could not help themselves in the storm. The disciples needed help in a situation that they should have been able to do on their own strength. By waiting, Jesus was able to teach a lesson to the disciples to help them grow their faith.

As Christians we need to understand that we are not exempt from hardships. We should remember that when we are going through low moments, that Jesus is still with us. Jesus may delay his love for us because He wants us to grow or to learn something.

When we are threatened by difficult times, we must understand that it is God who is directing it all. God is with us and He is aware of what we are experiencing and feeling. God is allowing these situations to happen so that we will lift our eyes to Him and understand how much we need God.

If Jesus had allowed the disciples to stay on land and be with the people who were feed miraculously, they may have become arrogant or content without growth. Instead the disciples were instructed with a simple task of taking a boat out to meet Jesus on the side. Whatever pride the disciples had was tested when they could not cross over and Jesus had to walk on the water to calm the sea.

And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,
Mark 6:51 ESV
Jesus loves us and wants us to mature spiritually. To mature we need training and struggles to bring us to the level of honesty and growth which Jesus demands of all His disciples.

February 23, 2020

The Call to Wait on the Lord in Difficult Times

Matthew 24:3-14

With the recent Covid 19 outbreak in South Korea there is now much fear among people in Korea. In Christian circles there are many theories why God has allowed the outbreak to happen. Some of these theories do reflect the Bible and others can never really be verified. Regardless, we do we need to ask ourselves as a church what is God speaking to us.
In Matthew 24 the disciples are worried about their future and ask about when the end is coming. The scriptures tell us that things will become much worse before the end. Jesus tells his disciples to take note of difficult times.

When such perilous moments happen we need to awaken to the reality that we are pilgrims on a journey home. If these disasters were only for non-believers, then we would tell people to join the church to receive protection from the disasters. But in these cases when the hard times happen both Christian and non-Christian, we must remember this Earth is not our home. 

Our situation seem to be getting worse, but Jesus tells us not to worry and understand that these hardships are necessary.

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Matthew 24:7 ESV

Jesus is in control and will limit the scope of time. He understands what we are capable of enduring and wants us to be rescued.

And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Matthew 24:22 ESV 

Another important point is to remember we should not be led astray by others. In fact, we are told not to be dissuaded from the truth by anything. 

 And Jesus answered them, "See that no one leads you astray.
Matthew 24:4 ESV 

These days there are many cults and false teachings. We need to take seriously that people are trying to lead us astray from Jesus and the truth. This is a warning that we need to be cautious of the cults and false teachers. If we do not know the truth about the word of God, we can be misled. 

For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.
Matthew 24:5 ESV
Pandemics, wars, recessions, depressions and the other troubles will come, and our role in the church is to pray. We need to pray for strength for ourselves and the church. We need to pray for wisdom so we need to know how to manage the situation. We also need to pray for faith that we can believe that God is in control and there is hope.

Jesus tells us that there is hope and there is an end. There is a salvation for those who endured. God's love for us endures forever.

But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Matthew 24:13 ESV
Jesus does not want us to lose heart or strength. Our Lord encourages us to press on and understand that this is not our world. Something much better is waiting for us.