Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I want to share about the country I will be moving to next year...China.
There are so many misconceptions of this land and I want to present some facts that are wonderful!
God has been doing a tremendous work in China since 1807, when the first protestant missionary,
Robert Morrison, arrived in China.
In 1949, the Communist government took power and there were about 70,000 Chinese Christians.
For the next thirty years no foreigners were involved in the development of the Church in China.
It wasn't until 1978 until anyone from outside of China could get back in to see what had happened
to the Church. Under severe persecution and without help or support form the Western world, the
Chinese Church had grown to nearly one million Christian believers!
We continue to hear stories of the massive growth of the Church in China. Some Chinese analysts
have called it "the greatest evangelical movement the world has ever seen." Estimates indicate that
there are over 70 million Christians, and the Christian Church in China is growing at a rate of 6% a year.
In Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other cities, there are universities with Departments of
Christian and/or Religious Studies. These departments have spread rapidly and have been a catalyst
for revision of government policy on Chinese Christians. Their goal is to make Christianity a visible force as China searches for a new intellectual order in the 21st century.
An increasing number of Chinese Christians have a heart to see the advancement of God's good news, and have found new ways to serve in China. Some have started non-profis to help meet the needs of
the poor in their villages and provide services, like English, job training, after-school programs, medical assistance, and basic needs like shoes, clothes and backpacks for school children. It is another step toward the Chinese Church's complete self sufficiency.
Since 1988, the Amity Printing Company has been printing Bible In Nanjing, China. In 2007, they printed over 3.4 millions Bibles for the Chinese Church. They continue to print a wide variety of Bibles, including study Bibles, pocket Bibles and large print Bibles. They have the capacity to print over seven million Bibles a year and have completed a 1-acre printing facility that will have the capability to print one million new Bibles every month!
So when I hear of certain negative stereotypes of China, my heart is sad since I know that they are false as well as damaging to God's overall work in China. I praise HIM for combining the best intentions and the worst mistakes of Western missionaries, and using it all to develop His church there to bring glory to Himself!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I read Scripture this morning that I felt just reached out and grabbed ahold of me.
When my heart is open, the Holy Spirit will give me His Truth that will speak to me
in my current circumstance .
The wonderful truth was I Peter 5:7: Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.
I LOVE THIS! If I were to get a tatoo, this would, without a doubt, be the one I would choose.
"Casting" used in this verse is the Greek word epiripto, a compound of the words epi and ripto. The epi means upon, as on top of something. The word ripto means to hurl, to throw, or to cast, and it often means to violently throw or to fling something with great force.
The only other place this word epiripto is used in the New Testament is in Luke 19:35, where the Bible says, "And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus there on." This passage correctly conveys the idea of the word epiripto, which in secular literature often pictured the flinging of a garment, bag, or excess weight off the shoulders of a traveler and onto the back of some other beast, such as a donkey, camel, or horse.
The word "care" is the Greek word merimna, which means anxiety.
In principle it described any affliction, difficulty, hardship, misfortune, trouble.
Peter uses this word to assure me that Jesus really does care about me
and the things that are heavy on my heart.
When I saw these Greek words and perceived how deeply Jesus cared about the burdens that were on my heart, I realized I was carrying a load I didn't have to bear. Jesus wants me to take the
difficulty I am carrying and fling them onto His back. He will carry them for me.
"Jesus, I am yielding my concern to You today.
I cast my burden on You, and thank you for
setting me FREE!"
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I was truly not created for this world and the Holy Spirit has been impressing this on my mind daily. You see, I know that I was not made: to keep a house spotless, or to "shop 'til I drop", to accumulate stuff, to be continually entertained, to"keep up with the Jones',to live comfortably, to be deceived that outer beauty is prime, to have the most current fashions, to be rich when most of my brothers and sisters are hungry, to fight against aging, to be desensitized to sinful behavior, to be politically correct, to ignore my neighbor, to not be obedient to my LORD and not care, to forget what my Savior did on the cross, to be indifferent to the thousands of people going to hell each day.
I believe this. God's Word is clear in Colossians 1:16.
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.
And it will someday,pass away.
I was created for my God, and I will do my best in Jesus' strength to remember that this world is not my home.
By His grace,
I choose the better way...
to live for my eternal home!