December 16, 2018

December 16, 2018, The Servant of the Lord, the Covenant of our Salvation

On the topic of joy during this third Sunday of Advent, Pastor Donald revisits Isaiah 42:1-8 to answer the questions, "Are we assured of our salvation?" and, "What is the source of our confidence?" The scriptures show us in Isiah 42 that there is unilateral covenant initiated and created by God. Unlike bilateral contracts, this covenant cannot be broken and is perfect based on God's ultimate sovereignty. We also learn in Isaiah 42:4 that this same covenant given through His servant, Jesus, is sustainable and reliable and will endure forever. Jesus is faithful and is working until justice is in the earth and His law rules everywhere. We also see this sustainability in the Holy Spirit which continues to work in us transforming our lives. Finally,   God's covenant endures with patience and long suffering. Jesus will not break a bruised reed or snuff out a candle wick. Jesus has come to save the sinners and not destroy us.

During this Advent season and Christmas, let us pause and reflect on whether or not we are living a grateful and obedient life after being offered such a merciful covenant from God through His Servant, Jesus.

Please take the time to watch Pastor Donald's sermon, "The Servant of the Lord, the Covenant of our Salvation".

December 9, 2018

December 9, The Sevant of the Lord and Our Lord of Peace

The second Sunday of Advent is about Peace. What is this peace, and how do we achieve it in such a troubled world? The peace between God and man could be only be accomplished from "the Servant of the Lord and Our Lord of Peace". In Isaiah 42:1-9, we read about the main roles of the Servant of the Lord which is to be a covenant to the people, to establish justice on the earth and to be the light of God. Later in Isaiah 42, the prophet shows who is not the Servant of the Lord. However, we do read in Luke 4:16-21 that Jesus is ready to be the Servant of the Lord and ready to start reconciliation between man and God.

Our responses to Jesus' declaration, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing," (Luke 4:21b) requires us first to be willing to receive Jesus,  and then, with grateful hearts, to accept his sacrificial justice. Finally, we also need to be part of His justice by reconciling ourselves with God and to reconciling others with God.

Listen to Pastor Donald as he links passages from Isaiah 42 to the Gospels and shows how the promises of God have been kept.

Today, we had to say goodbye to three members from the OEM family since they are to return to their home country in the Philippines next week. Byran and his family have made a lasting impact with our congregation, and they will be missed. Although they had only been with us for about a year, they helped out in so many ways using the talents which God has given them. Some examples of their willingness to serve are when Raven Elijah played the piano at a time we needed a pianist and Bryan preached a moving sermon on "Facing the Storm". More importantly, they were a family with genuine needs, hopes, failures, triumphs, feelings and all the other things that make us so human. We will miss our brothers and sister, but they will always be a part of our family united in Jesus Christ.

If you have not already seen it, we recorded Byran's sermon on August 26, 2018, and you can watch it on our YouTube channel. 

December 2, 2018

December 2, 2018 Hope in the Lord who Comes

Today is the fist Sunday of Advent and keeping to the theme of hope, pastor Donald preaches about the "Hope in the Lord who Comes". In Isaiah 40:1-31 we read how God is working to bring our struggles to an end. While we labour in a broken world, God draws us to be closer to Him, so that we may be made perfect through God. This is a God who can bring our struggles to an end because he is sovereign. Our everlasting peerless God is all wise, and although His purpose and ways may not make sense to us, they are perfect. We must hold onto God and His promises with confidence and hope. Our God has authority over all rulers, all nations, and all of creation. Our God gives us a double portion. One to remove the guilt of our sins and another portion to remove the root of sin.

Mark 1:1-3 makes reference to the hope the the prophet Isaiah speaks of.

A voice of one calling: In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Jesus is that hope which God promised. Please take some time to watch the sermon, "Hope in the Lord who Comes".

November 18, 2018

November 18, 2018 Listening to His Death

November 18, 2018

Pastor Donald explores why Jesus' disciples could not understand His words as found in Luke 9:43-45. Like Jesus' disciples, we too put our own goals ahead of God's plans and as a result we cannot understand or will not accept Jesus' words. However, by "Listening to His Death" we can answer these three questions.

  1. 1. Why did Jesus repeat to His disciples that He would die ? 
  2. 2. Why did the disciples fail to grasp this quickly? 
  3. 3. Why did Jesus put His disciples into a state confusion? 

There will be times of exaltation as well as times of humiliation, but these moments in time will pass.  Jesus is sovereign and will continue to be sovereign in the good times and the bad times.

November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018 Just Listen to Him

November 11, 2018

An important message for any follower of Christ is to "Just Listen to Him". Today Pastor Donald shows in Jesus' Transfiguration from Luke 9:28-36 that even the disciples needed to listen to Jesus' words with care and with hope. Before going up the mountain to pray with Peter, James and John, Jesus had told them and many others that he was going to be tried, killed, buried and later resurrected. Hard words to understand and even harder to accept. Like Peter, many of us want to stay in safe and glorious moments; however, God has plans which require us to press forward and sometimes move into uncomfortable situations. Jesus knew He had to suffer and he knew He had to do the will of God. Although our situations may be confusing and dismal, we must listen to Jesus' words. We may not get the immediate answers we seek, but Jesus gives us hope and comfort when we listen to him.

After church today, some of the members of OEM went to visit Brian who is currently recovering from surgery on his leg and knee. We thank God for Brian and his family, and we also thank God for the success of the surgery. Please continue to pray that Brian will have a full recovery as well as he will be able to not only attend his graduation, but stand without the use of crutches this December.

November 4, 2018 The Danger of Living a Godless Life

November 4, 2018

Pastor Donald addresses the question of whether we are living a God centered life or a self-centered life. Using the scriptures found in Romans 1:18-32, Pastor Donald shows how God reveals himself to everyone and that there is "The Danger of Living a Godless life. Those who live a life rejecting God will fail to honour God. They eventually become blind to their own hearts, suppress the truth and develop a futile mind. 
Christians need to be aware of when they start to turn away from righteousness and follow their own plans instead of God's plans. We need to guard our hearts and respond to God's word. For us Christians, God must be the centre of our lives.

October 22, 2018

Whom Do You Say that Jesus Is?

October 21, 2018

Jesus always wants to build a perfect relationship with His disciples. It is not enough to know who Jesus is, but we also must live our lives aligned to His life, take up our cross daily, and invest in the Kingdom of God. Pastor Donald shares with us the more profound meaning of the question Jesus asks His disciples in Luke 9:18-26.

October 14, 2018

October 14, 2018


On October 28, Daejeon Onnuri English Ministry will go to GongJoo for a picnic after a short Sunday sermon. We will travel to GongJoo in church vans and spend some time walking around the fortress to see the sights. Later we will have dinner at a traditional Korean restaurant and hopefully get back to Daejeon Onnuri Church by 7.30 pm. Please see the rough schedule below.

Picnic Itinerary 

Leave Daejeon Onnuri                            2.30pm
Arrive at 공산성 (GongJoo Fortress)          3.20 pm
Sightseeing, relaxing and fellowshipping  3.30 to 5.30 pm
Dinner                                                  5.30 to 6.30 pm
Return Daejeon Onnuri                           7.30 pm

October 14, 2018 Sermon
Having Sufficiency with and without Nothing

In today's sermon, Pastor Donald talks about how Christians are to have peace with God and also to have a purpose on Earth for God's kingdom. We need to have true faith in order to fulfil the purposes God has given us. Especially when we don't seem to have the resources or the ability to accomplish the tasks given to us. In Luke 9:1-17, we read that Jesus sends out his disciples with just the clothes on their back to preach the good news to potentially hostile audience. God provides all their needs and the 12 disciples accomplish their mission. A little later we read how Jesus instructs the disciples not to send away a  crowd of 5000 people, but to feed them. With five loaves and two fish, the multitudes are feed and Jesus can carry on his mission. Where God has placed you, He will give you enough to do His work thoroughly.

October 9, 2018

October 7, 2018

In Luke 8:40-56, Jesus sets out to heal a synagogue leader's daughter, but He gets delayed by a crowd and a woman desperate for healing. The unclean woman, who had been suffering for 12 years and who had spent all her resources on a cure, risks her life to seek Jesus in an attempt to be cured. Pastor Donald explains how by "Holding on the Hope Beyond Every Hope" allows God to work in His time for His purposes to be fully realized. And when we start to lose hope, we need to focus on Jesus, to press on , and to try to understand God's plan.

September 30, 2018

A God that Pains at Human Pain

September 30, 2018

A wonderful example of how much Jesus cares for us is demonstrated in Luke 8:26-37. Just before the story of Jesus healing a demon possessed man, Jesus and His disciples cross the sea and face a storm. A demon possessed man who has been rejected by all and lacks the basic necessities to live is healed, restored and loved by Jesus. As Christians we need to pray that Jesus will give us hearts and the strength to love the unlovable, the marginalized, and the least of His kingdom, so that we too would bring about change while living the lives Christ expects us to live.

Please watch the video below on A God that Pains at Human Pain, Luke 6:26-37.