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We Are Always In Greater Danger Of Becoming Lukewarm Than Of Being Martyred

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

One of the most common questions I receive from Christians in prosperous countries is, “How can we prepare for increasing persecution?” I actually hear this question more and more each year, perhaps due to reports which assert that persecution of Christians is increasing dramatically...

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Recent North Korean Defector Christian - "I Don't Know What A Prayer Request Is!"

Posted by Rev. Tim Dillmuth on

Every Saturday, a small group of new North Korean Christians meet together in our Underground Technology (UT) classes.  All of them attend an evangelical church--it's a requirement for admission to UT--but most of the churches in Korea struggle to know how to disciple defectors. As a...

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Martyrs, Revelation, and the Stockdale Paradox: A Jesus Primer on Good Hope and Bad Hope

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

There is good Christian hope and bad Christian hope, alternatively known as real hope and false hope. The world–rightly–accuses Christians of trafficking in much false hope, and this is an unfortunate result of our not reading our own book which provides ample instruction in...

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What If The Only Thing God Offered You Was Suffering?

Posted by Rev. Tim Dillmuth on

As our family was studying God’s magnificent heavenly banquet, I posed this question to my children,  “What if God’s banquet that he offers us right now is suffering?  Will you accept?” I wanted my children to be well-aware that before the promised...

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Too Many "Little Children" And Not Enough "Fathers" Among Recent Christian Martyrs?

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Sophia Jones offers moving tribute to the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS, sharing about their everyday lives before martyrdom. The 21 are described as laborers, gone for months on end, who sent home hard-earned money to feed entire families. They left their impoverished...

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Coffee Hours and Comfortable Pews Are Creepy . . . Not Christian Martyrs

Posted by Rev. Tim Dillmuth on

Post by Pastor Tim – I remember being exposed to Voice of the Martyrs at a young age – I didn’t really know much about it, but I remember feeling as if all the martyrdom stories were a little weird.  I guess I figured that the important Christian teaching would be...

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A Martyr Is Not A Victim But Also Not A Hero. Instead, The Martyr Is A _____________________

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

Marc at Bad Catholic wrote the kind of near-perfect blog post last week that I would have cut out and put on my refrigerator if we were still in the newspaper age and if our refrigerator here in Korea wasn't the size of a postage stamp. Entitled The Difference Between a Martyr and a Victim...

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When Is A Prison Not A Prison? When There’s A Christian Inside Of It

Posted by Rev. Tim Dillmuth on

When preachers exposit the story of Joseph they often aptly title their messages something like “From the Prison to the Palace.” But when we look at the testimonies of imprisoned believers we find that the palace fashioned from prison walls is almost preferable to the palace built...

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Three Religious Leaders, Three Very Different Words In Response To Persecution

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

Recognizing that how we speak as Christians matters profoundly--we serve a living Word--let's give some thought to three very different words in response to persecution from three very different religious leaders: 1. Archbishop Bashar Warda, Catholic Chaldean Church in Kurdistan...

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It’s Not A Platitude To Say That Prayer Is Key For North Korean Ministry

Posted by Rev. Tim Dillmuth on

Post by Pastor Tim – We asked many of you to pray for our first Underground University class of the year.  Here is what I e-mailed many of you, I am on my way to Korea for the start of Underground University and Underground Technology.  Please pray for all of the new students...

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