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[size=12.727272033691406]Welcome to Notes from Nanjing[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]What a joy to share with you once again.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Today we are going to share about our church. I hope you get an insight into the weekly life of our church here in Nanjing.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please share this newsletter with all your friends and contacts, also share it with your groups, prayer sites, house groups and churches.. please print it out and place on your church notice board.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please listen to the excellent sermon and also take time to view the great website[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Thank you[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Keith[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]HOW TO PRAY FOR OUR UNREGISTERED CHURCH [/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Last Monday, we outlined some prayer points in general for the Chinese church, now today, we want to share about our Local unregistered  church in Yao Hua men in Nanjing.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]So what happens in a typical week. We our activities are many and varied. The most important service is our worship time on Sunday. We set off for church before 8am for service to start at 8.30am.  We meet in the top floor of a tower block of 10 in the complex at the opposite side of the road to ours..[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]We have a room where people can go and prayer and also another room for teaching Sunday school, also a toilet and kitchen and storage room. We rent the flat from a good couple, who let us have it at a reasonable rent.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Our service start with worship in song and to hear the believers sing in praise to God is wonderful, sure I don't know the words, but I can just raise my hands in worship and clap my hands.. I can sing some of the songs in fact.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]We have  different preachers each week, who bring us the word of God faithfully and after the sermon, people are asked for prayer requests and we pray together for each need. The service then finishes and we have food.. either Chinese Cake or fruit with orange and this is very popular.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Fellowship takes place and we enjoy our time together, the collection has to be counted and three of us do that.. including Me. . We usually finish about 11, but sometimes Helen and I pray with people or talk with the preacher.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Midweek services include Wednesday early morning prayer meetings at 6.30am.. this is the hardest service to get too.. On Thursday evening at 7.30pm, we have our church prayer meeting and usually about 7-10 people come, we kneel on mats in the main room.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]On Friday night, bible study takes place , which Helen takes .. she is going through Luke at the Moment, once each month, Keith speaks and Helen interprets into Chinese.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Later this month, Helen is going to be doing a series on the Book the Practice of Godliness as we are seeking more co-workers, as myself and Helen are the only ones. [/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please stand in prayer for all these services.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please pray for the followings things in our church[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]We are seeking more co workers. Please pray that more people would come forward to serve.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Pray for the marriages in the church esp myself and Helen and Brother Y and Sister M. These are the only fully christian ones in the church.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Pray for the single believers in the church.. that they would find godly partners. Samuel and Sister D.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Pray that more men would come to church, there are only a couple of men committed to the church.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please pray that the church would have a deep and passionate love for each other.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please pray for the church to touch the whole area of Yao hua men and to change the whole area for the glory of God.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please pray for the growth of our little Sunday school, we are seeking a worker to take on this ministry. We had 4 of my students come at Christmas, please pray that many young people would be touched by the gospel.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]All these efforts and all these prayers are wonderful and appreciated.. but the one ingredient is this:[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]GOD'S PRECIOUS ANOINTING[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please pray for  both myself and Helen, that we would keep our focus on Christ and we would love Him and Him alone.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Thanks for praying.. please print these out and keep them in your bible.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]God bless you[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Keith and Helen[/size]








Special sermon


[size=12.727272033691406]Please listen to this wonderful sermon[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=3170501918
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[size=12.727272033691406]Guest website[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please read this exciting website[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]http://www.mvaustralia.org/vanuatu.html
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[size=12.727272033691406]Guest Devotion 1 by Willie White[/size]



Walk In Love
Ephesians 5:1-2
 
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us and hath given Himself for us and offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.
 
In Paul's message to the Ephesians believers he is encouraging them to walk in the love of Christ as it emulates Christ and His love for them. Paul also tells the Ephesians' believers why Christ sacrificed His life on the cross at Calvary was so that God the Father would smell the sweet savor of His Son's righteousness in every believer. Paul's message is true today.
These questions come to mind, Are you walking in the light and love of Christ? If so, do the world see the holiness of our Savior in you? Are you walking worthy of Christ atoning work on Calvary's cross providing salvation to all who believe being that He paid our sin debt? Walking in the light and love of Christ expresses our gratitude for Christ being our Savior.
Walk worthy in love.






Guest devotion 2 by James Smith



What a wonderful person!

(James Smith, "The Person and Work of Christ" 1849)

What a wonderful person
 is my glorious Lord Jesus! All the divine attributes are found in Him. As there are no limits to His fullness—there can be no limit to my supplies, or the least prospect of need.

Jesus is my divine Savior!

His bounty will supply me,
His omnipotence will deliver me,
His omnipresence will protect me,
His omniscience will guard me,
His love will animate me,
His mercy will heal me,
His grace will support me,
His compassion will comfort me,
His pity will relieve me,
His goodness will provide for me,
His tenderness will soothe me,
His kindness will encourage me,
His patience will bear with me,
His justice will avenge me,
His faithfulness will embolden me,
His holiness will beautify me,
His anger will awe me,
His life will quicken me,
His light will illumine me,
His Word will regulate me,
His joy will delight me,
His blessedness will elevate me,
His long-suffering will lead me to repentance,
His immutability will secure the fulfillment of all the promises to me,
His truth will be my shield and buckler,
His sovereignty will raise my admiration,
His condescension will inspire me with gratitude and love,
and His all-sufficiency will satisfy me both in time and eternity!

In Jesus, God has reconciled me to Himself—imputing my trespasses to Him—and His obedience to me. 

God by Jesus, takes away . . .
  all my sins, 
  His own wrath, and 
  my deserved condemnation!

All good things . . .
  are treasured up in Christ, 
  were procured for me by Christ, 
  flow to me through Christ, and
  are conferred on me for the sake of Christ!

How exactly suited is the Lord Jesus to my case! Inflexible justice demands my blood—but He becomes my substitute, and spills His own!

In Jesus, I see my sin—and God's justice meet!
He removes the one—and satisfies the other!

What is Jesus called in God's holy Word? 

Savior—in reference to my lost condition.
Reconciler—in reference to the enmity that existed between myself and God.
Redeemer—in reference to my slavery to sin.
Mediator—in respect to the disagreement between myself and the Most High God.
Refiner—with respect to my filthiness.
An Advocate—with regard to my perplexed cause.
Prophet—in respect to my ignorance.
Priest—with a view to my guiltiness.
King—in regard to my weakness and foes.
Bridegroom—regarding my lowly estate and relationship.
Physician—with regard to my many soul maladies. 
In a word, Jesus is "All In All." 

O to know more of Jesus, in . . .
  the glory of His person,
  the riches of His grace, 
  the perfection of His work,
  the tenderness of His heart,
  the strength of His love and
  the effectual working of His power!


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Quotes from Great Christians


 "The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials."

George Muller


"Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men."

Oswald Chambers


"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."

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Welcome to Notes from Nanjing


What a joy  to share with you once again. I hope you will be blessed as I share about the prayer needs about the Chinese church in general.


Please share these prayer needs and also read the website and also listen to the excellent sermon.


Thanks and God bless


Keith


HOW TO PRAY FOR THE CHINESE CHURCH?


China is such a huge country, indeed my land the UK, can fit into Jiangsu province, in which Nanjing is situated, three to four times over.

I am absolutely privileged, because I am one of the rare westerners, who goes to an unregistered church in China.

What are the specific challenges the church has to meet in the 21st Century. What do you need to pray for th Chinese Church?

Well people will say...China is a communist country and yes that is true. The communist party holds a defining place in the life of your country, although it is slightly declining, it is still a powerful voice.

I have lived in the USA, Canada,UK and Now China and As I see it, China is probably the most materialistic country.

The church in the Chinese countryside, was the engine room of the growth of the Chinese Church, but the government, has brought in a policy of bringing millions to the cities . This is probably one of the greatest migrations of people in history. 

It has stripped the country churches of most of the young people and has brought most of the young church leaders to the cities, but has encouraged them to seek after money. This is a crafty tactic of the devil and he has been quite successful with this. So this is the first thing to pray against. It lots of cases, the countryside church is declining. Please pray for an explosion of God's spirit in these churches. That a fresh and dynamic group of new leaders would be raised up.

That the materialistic way will not affect the Chines and that especially the young believers, would not seek after things, but after Christ.


For the marriages of Chinese believers, many Christian couples who are Pastors, because of Ministry, have to live apart and this causes problems in these marriages. Marriage is under attack and divorce is becoming more common in China. Also pray because many marriages have one of either the husband or wife are believers and the other is not.


Please pray for protection upon all christian marriage and for the conversion of unbelieving husbands and wives.
Please pray for single believers would meet godly partners.


One of the most cults that is in operation in China, is Eastern Lightning, which is very dangerous and active and indeed kidnaps Christian's and seek to destroy the Church in China. This cult must be bound by the power of prayer. Please stand strong in prayer.


Here is some information about them


http://www.blessedquietness.com/journal/housechu/lightning.htm


Many people in China have come to Christ in China, but there are not many disciples. Please pray that people would grow up and mature in Christ. 

The education system is China teaching humanism and evolution. Please pray that this system would be broken. Please also pray for the young people in China, they are bombarded by these things at school and by rampart materialism at school.

The government has been seeking to create the economic miracle for all, to fill the God shaped hole in the life of the Chinese people. It is now desperately seeking to cleanse itself of corruption to placate the people.

Please pray that the miracle of the good news would sound out throughout China, and that would stop the gospel would be being proclaimed.

Please pray for the leaders.. the President and Prime minister's children and many other leading figures Children are studying overseas. The president's daughter is at Harvard law school.. may she and others be reached with the gospel. Millions of Chinese students are studying overseas.. may they be reached with the gospel. If you have a chance to reach any Chinese students.. then take the opportunity to share the gospel with them.

Another major prayer is for deep unity.. the unregistered church is separated from the registered church..there are only 4-10 registered churches in Nanjing. These registered churches are not allowed to preach the gospel, do children's work and are watched very carefully. Some registered churches seek to get round this and will not bow the knee so to speak. We are in an unregistered church an Helen my wife has had visits by police officers coming to her school to force her to register. Pray that the unregistered church would not compromise.

Not only unity between true believers.. but deep passionate love between them.. that the Government and the Chinese people see the deep love these believers have for each other.. they cannot deny two things:

The power of Changed lives

The power of true of Christian love

Both of them drive the devil absolutely barmy.. he hates both of them.. but especially the second. Let's make him even more upset than he already is.. amen.

Please pray that the Chinese Church

WOULD LOVE GOD WITH ALL IT'S HEART
LOVE EACH OTHER WITH A PURE HART FERVENTLY
LOVE EACH PERSON IN CHINA AS GOD LOVES THEM



Thank you for praying.. PLEASE PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY...please share this, as this is an insiders guide to praying.. please share this with your churches, house groups, prayer forums/groups and contacts.

Thank you and God bless you

Keith






Special sermon


Please listen to this amazing sermon, by one of my favourite pastors.



http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=1119132348431









Guest Website


These are wonderful ministries


http://www.prayforchina.com/



http://www.operationworld.org/country/chna/owtext.html



http://www.24-7prayer.com/content/795





http://us.worldserve.org/ways-help/pray-pastors-china





http://www.prayway.com/nations/China.html





http://www.joshuaproject.net/assets/prayer/prayer-calendar-china.pdf



Guest Poem by Emily Boeve


Dear Father in Heaven,

Please hear my plight.
As I pray for my loved ones...
Tonight and every night.
I pray for their salvation,
Their daily lives, their safety, 
and their health.
For You to guide their life and love...
Would be their greatest wealth.
Help them realize, in everything they do...
Nothing will succeed or be pleasing,
Unless, they've included You!
Lead and guide their thoughts and what they say.
Father, please draw them close to You
And grant them wisdom, to walk Your way.
Hold them close in Your loving care.
Help them feel Your Presence...
That You're always there!
If they're making choices, that don't reflect You,
Please open a different door, for them to walk through.
Some are hurting and struggling, with a variety of pain.
They need You to show them answers, ....
to the problems and strife.
So they will be happy again,
With You in  their life.
This is my prayer for my loved ones, Oh Father Devine.
I pray for Your answers, to be Your will, not mine!
I love You Father.........Really, I do!!
I'll say amen now.....and Thank You!
                                       (c) (Pending) Emily Boeve





Guest Devotion by Watch and Go sent by Alex Smith


Dear Saints,
    True revival is not marked by any kind of signs and wonders at the first-- but as the Scriptures say, "signs and wondersfollowing." And of course, true signs and wonders both point toward God, and they are useful and practical, not just odd and sensational.
Many people say, "O God, let Your Fire fall!" Oftentimes, they are conceiving of a "fire" of some kind of exciting sensation-- but fire in the Bible was always of judgement, purification, refining... and there was a one-time only appearance of "cloven tongues like as of fire" on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:3, which sat upon each of them...literally, it seemed to gather over and then distribute into individual "flames"-- but it was a Visual thing, they could actually see it! This never happened before or since in the Biblical record.
   In Matthew 3:11 when John the Baptist says, "He shall baptise you with the Holy Spirit, and with Fire" the context of verse 10, verse 11, and verse 12 makes it abundantly clear that he was speaking to the two groups gathered there, the Pharisees, and the Am-ha-Arretz-- the people of the land. John rebuked the Pharisees, who undoubtedly were standing about with crossed arms of sceptism, looking on at the base humility of the "unclean, defiled" people of the land, confessing their sins and taking the faith-filled, physical step of Baptism: "And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees [a feller, or axeman, sizing up where he would be about to chop!] therefore every tree which bringeth forth not good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire!" Then he continues on, turning to address the people there who are hungry for more of God, and are willing to pay the price of humility ["Blessed are the poor in spirit..."] to confess and forsake their sins, "He shall baptise you with the Holy Spirit" --and then turning to the self-righteous Pharisees (whose entire system would shortly be destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.)-- "and with FIRE! Whose fan is in His hand [winnowing fan, used on the threshing floor, to blow away the Chaff, that is the light, floofely grain husks which are of no use, no nutrition, and of little weight or account, the very meaning of the word 'vanity' ] and He will thoroughly purge His floor [the threshing floor, usually a flat stone floor under a roof with no walls, on the edge of a field near the barns and garners] and gather His wheat into the garner [the grain-storage facility of the day-- wheat representing the highest quality grain of nutritive value-- representing those who the Lord will gather into the safety of His heavenly realm] : but He will burn up the Chaff with unquenchable fire!"
    We should soberly note that of the two kinds of fire, that of purification and refinement [as in the heat of the smith's forge or furnace to melt and refine a noble metal such as Gold or Silver] or the fire of Judgement-- the fire of purification is ultimately preferable! And, throughout the Holy Writ, we are enjoined to "purify ourselves" and to "judge ourselves" and to "humble ourselves before God, and He will lift us up." There is a co-working together with God, wherein we submit ourselves unto Him for His refinement-- we do our part, He does His part.
    Without this key to revival, people will despite "touches from God" remain unconverted. Jesus told Peter, who had followed Him for three and a half years already, taken part in the incredible Vision of the Glorified Son of Man on the Mount of Transfiguration [a pre-view into Jesus' return in Glory, John detailed more of it in the opening chapter of The Revelation] "When you are converted, you shall strengthen your brethren." (Luke 22:32) This was both a call to, and a prophecy of Peter's repentance after having had denied the Lord. In John 21:15-19 Jesus outlines to Peter the steps of maturing in Self-Sacrificial Love that would have its end result when Peter was an old man...
    The "fire" of purification always begins with prayer, deep heart-felt repentance, and confession. Someone is our time is quoted as saying, "The Church used to confess its sins: now, it only confesses its rights." A street-preacher friend of mine said, "Am I a 'living sacrifice' or am I a living compromise?"
Take heed, my friends, and seek only the fire that is from God.
The following is a good example.
                                                                Love in Christ Jesus our Saviour
                                                                      L. Alex Smith

JONATHAN GOFORTH - Revivalist in China!
by David Smithers      

"You must go forward on your knees," was the advice Hudson Taylor gave to a young Canadian missionary named Jonathan Goforth. Mr. Goforth faithfully and fervently followed this advice throughout all has missionary endeavors in China. Yet, after thirteen years of faithful praying and preaching, and what most would consider a very successful ministry, Goforth became restless and dissatisfied. It was at this time an unknown party from England began sending pamphlets on the Welsh revival of 1904. Goforth was deeply stirred as he read these accounts. "A new thought, a new conception seemed to come to him of the Holy Spirit..." He then gave himself to much more prayer and Bible study. Goforth now found himself being driven by a fresh vision, a vision for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. 
   Soon he began to meet daily with other missionaries to pray for revival. These men vowed to God and to one another that they would pray until revival came to China. In 1908 Jonathan Goforth's prayers and dreams began to be realized. Goforth began going to different missionary stations and simply led his fellow missionaries in prayer. Then suddenly earnest prayer gave way to the open confession of sin. 
   It was when the Christians came clean, confessed and forsook their secret sin, that the Holy Spirit rushed in like a mighty wind. Truly it was this open and honest confession of sin that was the most striking feature of the revival. Everywhere Mr. Goforth went revival would spread, and almost always in the same way. First 
prayer was encourage among the Christians, which then spontaneously led to heart- breaking confessions of sin. And then like a flood, the lost were brought into the kingdom by the thousands. "Men were searched as with fire." One after another broken-hearted believers emptied themselves through the uncovering of all secret sin. Mr. Goforth clearly identified unconfessed sin among Christians as a major hindrance to God-sent revival. 
   Walter Phillips describes for us one of Mr. Goforth's revival meetings: "At once, on entering the church one was conscious of something unusual. The place was crowded to the door and tense, reverent attention sat on every face. The people knelt for prayer, silent at first, but soon one here and another there began to pray aloud. The voices grew and gathered volume and blended into a great wave of united supplication that swelled until it was almost a roar. Now I understood why the floor was so wet - the very air was electric and strange thrills coarsed up and down one's body." 
   When Mr. Goforth preached, "The Cross burned like a living fire in the heart of every address." It was the person of Jesus Christ who was exalted throughout the entire revival as a King and Saviour who must be reckoned with. In the midst of this great revival, Jonathan Goforth clearly saw that all of his previous sweating and striving had reaped only frustration. He came to the firm conviction that revival is only born through humility, faith, prayer, and the power of the Holy Ghost. Goforth writes, "If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in 
human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that:  'It is not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit.' "  (Zechariah 4:6)

-Source:
watchword.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25


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Quotes from Great Christians


"What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use -- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer."

Em Bounds




"All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ."


Keith Green




"I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done."


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Welcome to NOTES FROM NANJING


What a joy to share with you once again, sharing about my adopted Home. I hope you will be blessed as you read this article and also take time to click on the link at the bottom of this article.


Thanks and God bless


Keith


THINGS THAT MATTER


After church on Sunday we went to the market, near Helen's old school to buy some vegetables and fruit. We stopped at one stall to get some bean curd, this stall was run by a couple with a young son, who is one of Helen's students. They asked us to come into their home, which is in the back of  the shop, I have seen many things in my time, but never anything so small, the young man slept on small ledge up a ladder and his parents had a small bed. It makes you think, we are so lucky, that we have what we have. I know Helen and I have a nice flat and many of you, who in in the west, live in luxury compared to what I saw yesterday.


It was only later did the full reality of what I had seen dawned on me. As we sat in KFC  eating an ice cream, Helen explained that those people probably were more wealthy than us.  Well Helen explained that people like those we saw this morning, were farmers who have come from the country to make money. 


Many people in China are chasing the economic miracle and to earn more and more money. Helen said that many who come to the city from the country and live in the most cramped conditions ever, have 2 storey houses in the country, but they choose to come and live in the city, because there is more opportunity to make more and more money.


We have a man who sells fruit not far from us, he works from 5am to 10.30am at night, His God is money, his aim is get more and more wealth, he told us, he had bought another flat with what he had earned and that he would buy other flats


What is important to focus on is this, the church started in the rural areas, that was the birthing place of the church, but now many rural believers are moving to the cities, and when they get to the cities,many of them,leave the church and go chasing material things. Many rural churches are dying because the only believers that are left are the old and the infirm, as all the young people leave.


You think of China as a communist state, but in reality, it is a state consumed by materialism. In downtown Nanjing, there is an area where there are the highest quality shops you will find anywhere in the world.. shops you would expect to find in London and New York. There is a showroom selling Rolls Royce Cars for 1 million pounds each.


Please pray especially for the Chinese church, which has been brought up on sound principles, would not have it's edge blunted by the believers chasing after material things. The devil can hurt this unique church, by blunting it's effectiveness, the riches of the world and the praise of men can and will strangle it and any church for that matter.


May we all focus on the things that are really important.. CHASING AFTER CHRIST..getting to know Him Matthew 6:33, Phil 3:7-14


God Bless you


Keith




Special sermon


This is the final one in this amazing series



http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=413111352340




Guest Website


Please join these believers in praying for their nation


http://www.intercessorsforthephilippines.com/


Guest Devotion 1 BY Mary Wimslow


You cannot weary nor wear Him out!
([url=http://www.gracegems.org/BOOKS/Mary Winslow books.htm]Mary Winslow[/url], "Life in Jesus") 

The humble, penitential, minute 
confession of sin will . . .
  keep the conscience tender, 
  create a watchful spirit within, 
  sanctify the heart, and 
  draw us closer and closer to the Cross, 
and to the Christ of the Cross.

Thus go to Jesus.
He is with you . . .
  in all your concerns, 
  in all your trials, 
  in all your blessings, 
  in all your sorrows and 
  in all your joys.

His dear eye is ever upon you for good.
He loved you with an everlasting love, and 
with loving kindness drew you to Himself.

Veil no secrets from Him.
Keep an open heart with Christ.
If your love is cold, He will warm it.
If your spirit is depressed, He will raise it.
If your corruptions are strong, He will subdue them.
The oftener you come the more welcome you will be.
You cannot weary nor wear Him out!


Guest Devotion 2 by Jr Miller
To be a Christian

(J.R. Miller)

Consecration to God is nothing less than doing the will of Christ, rather than our own will — doing it always, whatever . . .
  the cost,
  the sacrifice,
  or the danger. 

There is too much mere pretense in our religion. We say that we believe in Christ; but if we truly do, we must follow Him wherever He leads, though we don't know where. We say we love Christ, and from His lips comes the crucial test: "If you love Me — keep My commandments." 

To be a Christian is to be devoted utterly, and irrevocably, to Christ! 

"And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple!" Luke 14:27





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Quotes from Great Christians


"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Welcome to Notes From Nanjing once again




This week I want to share about the man, both I and the Chinese church revere. Please take time to check out the links at the bottom


God bless


Keith and Helen


Before we start.. I have sent all of you a christmas card.. please check spam to see if it is in there.. please view your card if you already haven't


MY HUMAN HERO


Many of you know I am British and some of you know that I come from the biggest (and best) county in England.. Yorkshire. I want to talk about a fellow yorkshireman, JHT.. or James Hudson Taylor, who founded the China Inland Mission, who are now the Overseas Missionary fellowship.


One of his quotes


Christ is either Lord of all,
or He is not Lord at all.



We are showered with Christian books from celebrity christian authors and indeed celebrity pastors.. who tell their readers their formula for living the Christian life.. they talk of your best life now, but Hudson Taylor had the EXCHANGED LIFE.


Let me tell you of the connection I have with this man..just after I came to faith back in 1975, I read his biography, 500 pages long, sometimes with the light of a torch under my blankets, the story challenged me, entranced me and made me even more fascinated by China, than I already was.


Here is a man who lived as close to God as you possibly could live, who trusted God totally and who served God faithfully,but the principles he practised have been washed away in the rush of so called Christian books by authors who know nothing of true Christianity. These authors write from spacious heated  studies with plush carpets and from beside heated swimming pools, and then tell their readers to trust God for everything. He wrote from the front line, he wrote whilst in pain in his bed.. he had to lay aside the work to return home to recuperate


JHT learned that the secret of the Christian life, was to exchange his life for the Life that Christ gives, he knew the reality of Verses like Galatians 2:20, Proverbs 3:5-6 and Phil 3:7-14.


He did not launch appeals for funds, he went to the source of all his funds.. that is to His Father and he supplied all his needs. Even in his early years in Hull, he relied upon God, he didn't make mention of a single need, he just let God take care of it, he let God remind his employer to pay his salary. The story is that his Christian employer had forgotten to pay his salary and then one late Saturday night, one of his wealthiest clients had come to pay his doctor's bill.. at 10pm!!!. God had moved that unbeliever to pay the doctor and so JHT was paid.


He had no big budgets.. no gimmicks. He set out missions in the cities and the missionaries trained up the local people, they did not hold a two week crusade and disappear on their private plane back to their comfy house, like many evangelists do today.

I am so happy to talk about this man.. he is buried in Changsha and one of my aims is to visit his grave. He died in 1905.. significantly this was the last time a true revival happened in the UK.


Please read his story and go to your local Christian bookshop and read his biography.. put away these celebrity preachers who talk about your best life now. Read about this true man of God.. not about what some perma tanned preacher has to say.. most of whom are not fit to called Preachers.


Please read about this awesome man of God.. I am honoured to be following in his footsteps so to speak


http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorptaylor.html


Thank You


God Bless


Keith and Helen







Special sermon


This is the first in this amazing series.. the next 4 Mondays.. we will hear these excellent teachings on God's precious word



http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=412112330490


Guest Website


Please read this amazing website.. please pray for the Japanese people to be won for Christ


http://www.jems.org/



Guest Devotion 1 by JC RYLE


These are the words which the Lord Jesus Christ Himself employs!

(J.C. Ryle)

Settle it firmly in your mind, that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has spoken most plainly about the reality and eternity of Hell. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus contains things which should make men tremble! But it does not stand alone. No lips have used so many words to express the awfulness of Hell — as the lips of Him who spoke as never any man spoke:
   Hell, 
   Hell-fire, 
   the damnation of Hell,
   eternal damnation, 
   the resurrection of damnation, 
   everlasting fire, 
   the place of torment, 
   eternal destruction, 
   outer darkness,
   the worm that never dies, 
   the fire that is never quenched, 
   the place of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, 
   everlasting punishment — 
these are the words which the Lord Jesus Christ Himself employs!
 

Away with the miserable nonsense which people talk of in this day, who tell us that the ministers of the gospel should never speak of Hell! They only show their own ignorance, or their own dishonesty — when they babble in such a manner! No person can honestly read the four Gospels, and fail to see that those who would follow the example of Christ, must speak of Hell!





Guest Devotion 2 by Jerry miller



Don’t Settle For “Your Way”
 
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will show you great and mighty things,which you do not know.”
In today's society fast food is making billions. Its slogans are have it your way and have it hot and have it now. How easy it is for us to fall into this fast food mentality.” It has almost become who we are. But in God’s kingdom there’s no fast food. We cant always have it our way now. When we are caught up in this fast food mentalitywe lose the true meaning of patience. True Patience is the ability to wait on the Lord through trials without complaining and worrying; it is to be tested and persevere through trial!
But in Gods kingdom theres no fast food. We cant always have it our way and nowWhen we are caught up in this fast food mentality, we lose the true meaning of patienceTrue patience is the ability to wait on the Lord through trials without complaining and worrying; it is to be tested and persevere through trial!
Lets not settle for a hamburger, fries and coke — when the Lord has a delicious, heavenly feast prepared for us!
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Quotes from Great Christians


"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Welcome to a special Notes from Nanjing


My first full year in China.. so much has happened.


Let me share some memories of the year.. so many changes have happened to me and Helen.


Please share with all your friends and contacts


Thanks and God bless


Keith and Helen


I'M A CELEBRITY (WELL ALMOST) AND I'M STAYING HERE


The  above title is a play on words on a British TV programme.


As I walked to church one Sunday, I passed a group Of twenty somethings and they took great delight in saying GOOD MORNING IN ENGLISH.. I REPLIED BY SAYING ZAO SHANG HAO.


I thought maybe I am a little bit of a celebrity, well I am not even the most famous Englishman who has visited Nanjing this year even.. that is David Beckham..where hasn't he been!!!!!






2013 has been an incredible year, so much has happened to both myself and Helen.Let me take you through some of the most exciting events.

Chinese new year is the highlight of the whole year for the whole country. We spent that evening at Helen's parents.. watching the annual Chinese New year TV spectacular featuring  Celine Dion and various others.. including a woman singer.. well she was dressed as a woman.. had make up like a woman, and sang like a woman.. but turned up to be a man.

At midnight.. the Chinese set off fireworks.. they do before midnight.. and just before midnight. I decided to walk round our complex.. the sky was lit up and I couldn't hear myself think. Firecrackers were going off everywhere, including in the middle of the main road.

We are part of a group of 15 churches Pastor Ji, and during Chinese new year, we had a three day conference s led by believers from another of Chin's many provinces. 53 graduated from the course.. 52 Chinese and an alien!!!!!.

If someone had told me that I would teach English to Chinese students, I would of said.. 'dont be nuts'.. but I am. My First lesson stands out.. with the teenagers.. I asked what are your English names.. I was teaching a 

KING, PIGEON, FISH AND WORSE OF ALL HAD MICHAEL AND JACKSON SAT NEXT TO EACH OTHER.

So class started.. until of course I asked Michael and Jackson to read together,' would Michael Jackson, come out to the front please'. By then I had completely lost it,everyone knows I giggle, but I was literally rolling around in agony. We now have 25 students in our own home.

On Easter Sunday morning, we joined with the rest of the churches to celebrate Jesus's Resurrection in a beautiful spot by the side of the Yangtze river.. it truly was a wonderful time.

Summer came and in June- September it was very hot.. in fact at the end of July.. I was laid low for three days.. all I did was lay on the bed.. no food at all.

In July we started to teach  New concept English for 12 students three mornings per week, that was so much fun.. exhausting yes.. but Fun..singing songs and doing actions to the wheels on the bus go round and round and head shoulders knees and toes was something to behold.

We have so many good times visiting Helen's dear parents.. joining with Helen's brother couple and daughter. Helen's mum cooks so beautifully for us.

Helen's brother takes us out once a month  to a different restaurant every time, it was lovely to meet Helen's cousin Willi and His Mother who came from Singapore.. Willi is study in Shanghai.

Other highlights include going to the international church on the invitation of William and Hazel and Meeting David.. who is from Preston.. 20 miles from Morecambe.. you come all that way and you meet someone from 20 miles from you.

Our trip as a church to Qian lake was memorable , our conference with Pastor Xu.. the singing pastor were also highlights.

Our Christmas service on the 21st Dec was another memorable experience as we had a full church and Helen and I sang Jesus Name above all names.. indeed I sang one verse solo and didn't empty the church, indeed I was given a round of applause.. maybe out of sympathy!!!!!. Cotton wool was provided!!!

The funniest thing that I have heard was from Helen's lips.. going to see David at his flat.. Helen said to me.. 'I DONT UNDERSTAND HIS ACCIDENT''.. I think you mean accent my love.

Spending time at home cooking and sharing love, and laughter with Helen and Ming.. just sitting round the table listening to them as the chat back and forth.. I can't understand what they say.. but to see the deep love they have as Mother and daughter is so beautiful.

Ming lights up our life.. her painting and her piano playing lift our spirits.. she just starts playing on the piano and just plays from memory. Getting to know Ming has been an adventure.. she is a teenager.. very different to what I have ever encountered before.

Our church here at Yao Hua Men and our mother church is full of so many wonderful brothers and sisters, who have blessed us so much. Thanks to Pastors Ji and Pung who have blessed us so much and suggested that I write Notes from Nanjing in the first place.
 
Helen is so wonderful, she is my sweetheart, love and inspiration. Over the year Helen has been so patient, and caring. Thank you my CHIN AI DE (SWEETHEART)

Finally thanks as ever to our faithful Lord, the one who we love, the one who guides and sustains us.  The love He gives us is so incredible.. to be his Son and Daughter is the most amazing privilege.

I hope this gives you a broad sweep of what has happened during this year.

God bless you all

Keith Helen Ming



Special Sermon


Please listen to this excellent sermon BY Pastor John Barnett



http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=7101314124610




Guest Website


Please take time to read this wonderful website


http://newhopeuganda.org/




Guest Devotion 1 by My Manna



My Manna



"...O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8.




During the Great Depression, a good man lost his job, used up all his savings, and forfeited his home.

His grief was multiplied by the sudden death of his wife just weeks later.



The only thing he had left was his faith.
And it had been weakened. 



One day, the man walked about looking for work when he stopped to watch some men doing stonework on a church building.



One of the men skillfully chiseled a triangular piece of rock that didn't seem to fit in the formation they were creating.



So the man shouted to the artist, "Where are you going to put that?"

The man pointed toward the top of the building and said:
"See that opening up there near the spire? That's where it goes. I'm shaping it down here so it will fit up there."

Tears filled the poor man's eyes as he walked away.

The worker's words rang clear and spoke deeply to his heart giving new meaning to his difficult situation.



You may be reading this and going through a difficult time yourself right now.

It may be something even too troubling to talk to anyone about.



But you can know for certain-
- "that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28.


Each blow of the hammer and chisel in your life may hurt.

But have faith.

These difficulties are only temporary!



Sometimes the most painful blows bring about the greatest inner strength.



Keep praying and believing that-
- the Master is shaping you down here so you will be fit up there.



Ask the Lord to turn your tragedy into triumph-
- and strengthen your spirit when life painfully hammers you from all sides.



Guest Devotion 2 by Richard Baxter



Your chief study

(Richard Baxter)

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it
 is the wellspring of life!" Proverbs 4:23

See that your chief study is about your heart:
  that there, God's image is planted;
  that there, His interests are advanced;
  that there, the world and flesh are subdued;
  that there, the love of every sin is cast out;
  that there, the love of holiness grows.

"I, the Lord, search the heart and examine
 the mind!" Jeremiah 17:10



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Quotes from Great Christians


"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Post  Admin on Thu 26 Dec 2013, 2:39 pm

Dear Friends


Sheng Dan Kuai Le



It's Christmas day and so myself and Helen (and Ming our precious daughter) want to wish you a very happy Christmas from us all here in China. Christmas day is not celebrated here, so am sending out a devotion and a poem along with a card, most of you will be with your families, but some HRISTMAS SPECIAL DEVOTIONof you will be alone this Christmas.  Christmas is just a normal day for people in China.. Helen will be teaching as usual..Please pray for us as we proclaim that Jesus is Lord


God bless you


Much  Love and Many prayers


Keith Helen and Ming in Nanjing China


Special Christmas card


Let us remember who Jesus is a this special time


http://www.123greetings.com/events/christmas/religious/christmas52.html



Special sermon


Please listen to this sermon which tells the true story of Christmas


http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=122407629590





Guest Poem 
Written by George Edward Noe


Come Rejoicing

Dear Friends, come rejoicing 
giving praise for this Christmas Holy Day. 
Daylight is breaking so do not 
let anything get in your way.


For our Lord has been born into 
our world, this beautiful Earth. 
Sing praises to His name. 
He is the Author of our rebirth.


Let our songs gladly ring out to 
everyone about God's Holy Son. 
Jesus, our Savior, took away our sins 
and into His glory one day we'll come.


Come, I write, rejoicing with great 
expectation about our Savior's birthday. 
For it was God's plan to give His Son to us 
in His own awesome way. 


Guest Devotion by Debbie


Every heart that is aching, every heart that is breaking, every heart that is crying, He sees you, He hears you Indeed, Jesus loves you. He will quiet you with His love, show you the good way, hold your hand from above, and will not let you astray. Yes, Jesus loves you. Never blind to your tears, never deaf to your prayers, and never silent to your pain. Know now and don’t forget again that Jesus loves you. When I look at you, crucified on the cross, I come face to face with the evil of sin. When I look at you, abandoned by man, I just want to sing to you in the best way I can. I love you, Jesus I love you, so much stay with me, don't leave me, I want to love you until the day that I die.  When I look at you, hung on the cross, I look into your face, I see my friend. When I look at you, forsaken by man, I feel sore to my bones, but forever to you in debt. I love you, Jesus I love you, so much stay with me, don't leave me, I want to love you until the day that I die. When I look at you, in pain on the cross, my heart miss a beat, tears run down my face. When I look at you, insulted by man, I feel your love inside me, your love with no end. I love you, Jesus I love you, so much stay with me, don't leave me, I want to love you until the day that I die. Jesus loves you, like no one else ever will no other could impart the joy that He can instill. Jesus wants you, like no one else could aspire no other could arouse your soul or in you, so inspire. Jesus cares for you, like no one else could ever do no other can incite the peace inside of you. Jesus cherishes you, like no one else could entertain no other could hold the treasure that in Jesus you can obtain. Jesus loves you, all He wants is your love back no other would die for you so that you would never lack! This is why Jesus birth should be so special to us all!!


Romans 5:8
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.”

Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.


True Christian Christmas
Christmas isn't showy gifts or glittering decoration. It's honoring our Savior, Jesus Christ in humble adoration. It's serving those less fortunate, meeting their needs before our own. It's making sure at Christmas time that no one is alone. It's taking what we would have spent on things that no one needs, and using it to help someone. With service and good deeds. Our Savior showed us how to live with charity, faith and service. It makes the holidays a joy, more peaceful, and less nervous. So let's remember Christmas is about our Savior's birth. That's the way to happiness, the way to peace on earth.





Guest Website


Please say a prayer for our beloved brothers and sisters who are suffering persecution


http://www.vom.com.au/

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Quotes from Great Christians


"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Welcome to Notes from Nanjing
Thanks for taking time to read our updates from China
Please share these updates with all your friends
God bless
Keith


SUPERMARKET SWEEP
One of the people who is a reading this, is a big fan of the British game show mentioned in the title.. I won't mention names.. as they know who they are.. hahahahaha. I certainly wouldn't be invited on the Chinese version.

Our Local supermarket is Called Sugoo.. well we have 3 in our locality.. one is never enough!!!

Let me tell you about our supermarket.. 

Well it has 2 floors and you usually go to the upper floor first, by elevator as that contains all the vegetables and fruit. The upper floor is by far the biggest of the two and not only contains food but other things such as bedding and some clothes.

Each fruit aisle has it's own checkout..  there are many varieties of fruit and vegetables. There are the things we have in the west, such as apples, etc and also some things that are not available to us in the west.

If you like melons.. come to China.. there are many varieties.. we love eating melon.

There are tanks with live fish in them, these poor fish are killed before your eyes.. also there is an area where products such as Manto's can be purchased. When I go purchase these there is lots of laughter from the girls who work there.. can't understand why?

One of the mysteries of the world is why the bags you put the fruit in are  so difficult to open. they should have a specialised bag opener in every supermarket.

There are some familiar things such as Heinz Tomato ketchup and Kellogg's cereals, when shopping I think' that looks nice, wonder what it is'. When I first came, I had no idea of what anything was, but now I know what we like and it is pretty easy.

Saturday at about 5pm is not the time to go, as you are met with ladies trying to sell you the latest brand of milk and blaring it out over microphones attached to their mouths. It is also the busiest time of the week.

So we head off downstairs and to go there, we have to go down a sloping walkway.

Downstairs contains all the things that are probably not good for you.. sweets (yes please),  beer(ugh!), crisps (lays ugh!), coke (yuk) and my favourite Banana chips, which they never have in stock.. someone else obviously likes them!!!

After getting through checkout and I have found out it''s best to avoid certain times especially lunchtime and early evening.

One good things if your bill comes to 30.76 yuan.. you only pay 30.70.. maybe supermarkets in  the west should try doing this.

Finally you get your bill, but you have to show it to the worker who will mark it with a pen, I still haven't figured out why, but it keeps someone in a job.

God bless
Keith

Special sermon
This is the final one in these amazing series
http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=81406214619




Guest website


This again is a wonderful website




http://gmtcpocono.org/

Guest Poems by Carol and Lisa
When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I am saved"
I'm whispering "I was lost"
That is why I chose this way.

...When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
And need someone to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are all too visible,
But God believes I'm worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartaches
Which is why I speak His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority.
I only know I'm loved.
© Carol S. Wimmer



Lisa
TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH
 
To love and to cherish, 'til death do us part
Is a sacred covenant, of the married heart
As before God, you pledge your vows
Trust in His love, which always endows
All that you need, the patience and strength
To make it through, each stormy length
When trials come and love seems to fade
Run to God, for He is your aid
Don't give up and turn on each other
Whether you're childless, or father or mother
Remember the time when love was enough
Forget about all the other stuff
Forgive each other and then move on
Don't rehash things dawn to dawn
Never give up, love will find a way
To make it through, the darkest day
Remember the covenant, made with your heart
Don't let yourself be torn apart
No matter what happens, or where you may roam
Remember the good times that you had at home
Come back to the love, rekindle it anew
Come back to each other, hear the gentle woo
For love is not just a feeling, it weathers the storm
Keeps going when things aren't quite the norm
For the sacred covenant of the married heart
Is to love and to cherish, 'til death do us part!!

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Welcome to Notes from Nanjing


Thanks for joining us  as we share about our lives in China.


I hope that enjoy this update and that you will share it with your friends.


Thank you


Keith and Helen


BANKS FOR HAVING US


Last week we had to go to the bank and this is an interesting experience. Let me tell you about it.


Our main bank is the Bank of China.. others include Agricultural bank, China Construction bank, Bank of Communications, Bank of Nanjing, Bank of Jiangsu, Rice Bank and Noodle bank.. ok two of them are false, but which ones!!!!.


We are privileged because Helen is a VIP customer and so we usually served very quickly.


Every bank has a security guard patrolling the premises.. ours has a scar on his chin..you don't want to mess with Him, he carries a truncheon in his hand all the time. When you come to the reception desk, he serves you, well he gets you forms and helps out.. he is either very helpful.. or a frustrated bank worker!!!!!


When you go to the counter, you are greeted by a very smart young lady or man, who deals with you in a professional manner, we have taken over twenty minutes to transfer money from one account to another. It takes me longer to do anything, because my passport has to be checked, it has to be scanned and photo taken.



I think the poor bank workers.. think to themselves' oh no, it's that foreigner again', but they are very good and very patient with us.. Helen does most of the talking.


Our new bank manager is a lady, but the previous one, was a young man, well he looked about 15 and he ran.. when have you ever seen a bank manager run?


As we were finishing our business in the bank, the money was being delivered, I had seen this outside other banks, but six or seven security guards can in,one carrying a gun with Liveammunition. Banks get raided in the UK and other places, this doesn't happen in China. The Man with the gun put his it by his side, but if anything happened and they were attacked, he would use it.


There are many branches of these banks, but then again, there are a lot of people in China.


We hope you have enjoyed this update


God bless you


Keith


Special Sermon


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Guest Devotion by Grace gems


Oh happy, happy slave!

(Alexander Smellie, "The Hour of Silence" 1899)

"But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life!" Romans 6:22 

I am freed--in order to be enthralled. I am made free from sin--to become the bond-servant of God. But whereas the old vassalage was abject slavery--the new is the highest and sweetest and best liberty.

It is the servitude of my grateful heart. God has redeemed me not with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ His dear Son! I owe Him life and peace and everything. I cannot but surrender myself, to Him who surrendered Himself for me.

It is the servitude of my adoring and worshiping heart. The vision of God's beauty, God's perfection, God's love-worthiness, has thrown its spells and charms over me. I am smitten with the hunger and thirst to resemble Him. I am enthralled to His enchantments.

It is the servitude of my obedient heart. I have bound His precepts and injunctions around me like chains of gold! The yoke of His precepts lies upon my neck. But I do not find these commandments grievous; to keep them is my great reward.

It is the servitude of my God-occupied heart. He has come Himself and made His abode in me, through His Holy Spirit given to me. From within He rules me far more than from without. And so, rejoicingly and inevitably and eternally, I yield myself to Him!

Oh happy, happy slave! There is a perpetual song on his lips as he goes about the tasks of his Golden Prince.
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Welcome to Notes from Nanjing


Thank you for taking the time to share with us and for us to share something of our life in China.


This time we are asking for prayer for the pastors we have. Please join with us as we pray. Please pass on these prayer needs to all your friends and prayer groups.


Please take time to read the guest devotion, which this week will be focused on Halloween and How we handle this pagan holiday as Christians and also to click on the featured links especially the one for pastors.. please love your Pastor and show them this website.


God bless
 
Keith ad Helen


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS


This weeks Notes from Nanjing focuses on Pastors and especially four dear ones to me.


I have been privileged to sit under the ministry of several very godly men and you are to pray so much for your pastor.. don't criticise them.. support them.. pray for them.. tell them that you love and appreciate them.


Please pray for my two dear friends in the UK


Pastor Mark, who is a  godly man and leads the church where I was a member. Please pray for him as he has had knee surgery recently.. Please stand with Pastor Mark as he faithfully preaches the word of God. Please pray for the youth work at the church which has grown in recent years. I love you brother Mark


http://www.freemethodist.org.uk/introducing-the-pastors/mark-johnstone/



My Dear Pastor Richard who leads home church in Morecambe, this was the church which I attended when I came to China.  The church operates in the roughest area of Morecambe and is currently just about to move into new premises. Please pray for this move and all that it entails. Please pray that the church will grow. Richard and Esther the pastors are wonderful and have gone through so much. Richard is currently battling Multiple Melanoma.. a form of blood cancer. Please stand with this family and this church in prayer. Here is a picture of Richard and Esther. Love You Brother and Sister. Richard is so different, one of the last times I saw him before I came to China was in ASDA, remember that bro.. hahahahahaha!!!!!





http://www.homechurch.org.uk/leaders.php



Pastor J and Pastor P (initials only to protect them)


Our church here in Yao Hua Men is linked with a main church in Nanjing, called Family Church. The leaders of this main church which consists of 15 small churches is Husband and wife Team Pastors J and P.


Pastor J was the associate Dean of the TSPM seminary in Nanjing before being forced to leave, because of his stand for Christ.


He is a wonderful man of God, who speaks Hebrew, German, English and oh yes Chinese!!!.


Please stand with Him and his wonderful wife as they lead us in this church and pray for protection for them in all they do. We Love you dear J and P




Pastor X ( Initials only to protect them)


Over Two days at Mid autumn festival, we had the privilege of hearing this totally amazing Pastor From Shandong Province. 


Our main church organised a special two day meeting and I would paid to hear this guy and travelled a long way to hear him.. the stories of God's miracles in his life were truly amazing.


He has founded and planted.. wait for this.. over 3,000 churches. He has been imprisoned many times.. beaten many times.. but he has seen God move mightily


Whilst preaching.. he suddenly burst into song and encouraged every one to do the same.. maybe some of you who are preachers should try this.. in the words of One who I suggested it too.. well If I did.. maybe the church would empty.. certainly would if I tried it.. lol.


Please stand in prayer for this dear brother.. Please pray for his safety and for the Lord to bless his church Network of over 1,000 churches in Shandong.


There is a photograph at the bottom of Myself , Pastor J.. (white shirt and Pastor X)


Please encourage your pastor, stand with them in prayer as they prepare to preach and teach. Pray for God's strength and anointing on their lives and on their preaching. Tell them you appreciate and love them and that the messages that God has given them.


Stand with all Pastors.. their lives and that of their families is high pressured. Love them and support them


Thanks go to these wonderful men as they uphold the word of Life


God bless you


Keith









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Guest Devotion






There are many versions of Halloween. This is one of them.
Do some major Deliverance on yourself for ever celebrating halloween. Burn any left overhalloween stuff in your home. Don't even open your doors to pass out "tracts". If you do, then you are celebrating this unholy day.
No matter what you think of halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day. As a Believer, you should not be observing it in any way, especially IN your church. The catholic church is responsible for this day to be placed in the church.
Halloween has never been a Righteous holiday, and it has no place in the life of a born again Believer in the Messiah. In fact, it is an abomination to Elohim, and we should take our stand firmly against it. As we look at its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, satanism and the occult; and its modern _expression is no better.
HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN
Celtic New Year
October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [It is known as the devil's birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.
DRUIDS
The Celtics had priests called druids. On October 31, the druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest: his little god.
DIVINATION
Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with one without putting them in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.
SACRIFICES
These things happened several centuries before The Messiah. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death - Samhain (pronounced Sah win). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on, and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.
8th CENTURY
In the 8th century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane do not mix.
THE MIDDLE AGES
In the Middle Ages, there was a great revival of satanic practices and witchcraft and magic - like there is today. During this time the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black Sabbaths to worship satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshiped cats believing them to be reincarnated evil people.
CHURCH INVOLVEMENT
This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.
All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That's where the name came from, and even if it is called all hallows evening, it has nothing to do with Christian faith, and it never did.
MODERN HALLOWEEN
Now let's look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn't the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. You dress up your children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to reenact the Druids' practice of demanding food from people under threat of tricks (or curses) if they don't comply.
You take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it.
At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans!
You say, "Well, we don't take it seriously." But the devil does and so does Elohim. Particularly this is true when the Believers which He purchased with His own precious blood builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear and torment and confusion.
How this must Grieve Elohim!
Scriptural References:
Hosea 4:6; Ezekiel 44:23; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 7:25-26; James 1:27; II Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 10:19-23; I Thessalonians 5:21-23; Philippians 4:8.
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