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How the Context of a Scripture Offers a Panoramic View Of God's Character: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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Most of us would agree that to understand a passage of scripture we must understand its context. In fact, this is why many people do not read the Bible very much or very deeply on their own: They think they cannot understand it fully or correctly unless the context is first explained to them by...

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Seeing as Infants through the Nicene Creed: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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Each time we open the Bible to read a passage of scripture, we should begin by asking, “How does the Nicene Creed help me to see the Triune God here?”   In Matthew 11:25, Jesus speaks of those to whom the Father and Son are revealed. He praises the Father, saying, “you...

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Why The Bible Will Always Lead Us Underground: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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  One day there came into one of the mission stations a sturdy Christian from the north. After the usual greetings, he was asked the purpose of his visit. His reply was, “I have been memorizing some verses in the Bible, and have come to recite them for you.” He lived a...

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Life as Sagyeonghoe: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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(Tonight I finished writing the introduction to Living in the Underground Church, the third volume of our Underground Church series. The book is due out in November, but I'm eager to share this excerpt with you. You can find Volume 1 of the series, Preparing for the...

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The Three Circumstances In Which The Church Is Obligated to Go Underground

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John Calvin identified two marks of the true church: “the word of God purely preached and heard, and the pure administration of the sacraments.”[36] The only legitimate reason to take the church underground, then, is to overcome any hindrance to the word of God being purely preached...

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Four Ways To Deny Yourself And One Way To Carry Your Cross

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Korean culture has always considered it good and right for parents to make great sacrifices and undergo superhuman suffering so that their children can have a better life. For example, parents may work dangerously long hours and even lose their health in order to send their children to a...

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What Happens At Baptism? Do I Need To Be Baptized To Be Saved?

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Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  –Jesus in Mark 16:16 Baptism is not mentioned many times in the Gospel of Mark, but each time it is mentioned we are reminded of a particular truth about the Christian faith that we...

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Good Friday Meditation: What Does Christ Mean When He Says, "It Is Finished"?

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When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. --John 19:30 (NIV) In this scripture from the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus’ final words on the cross: “It is finished.” What does Jesus mean when he says...

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Christianity As Putting On and Throwing Off

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The Christian life can be defined by what we put on and what we throw off. “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ,” commands Paul, “and make no provision for the flesh.” And, “since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,” writes the author of...

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Two New Books Forthcoming from VOMK (Introduction to Preparing for the Underground Church, Part VII)

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(Part VII of VII of Pastor Foley’s introductory essay to Rev. Richard Wurmbrand’s Preparing for the Underground Church. To order a print or electronic copy of the bilingual Korean/English edition of Preparing for the Underground Church, including Pastor Foley’s introductory...

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