Back in September 2014, Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba Holding Company, spoke on China’s internet Taobao regarding his thoughts on Christianity and America’s founding. He highlighted the strength of America as a young nation and her commanding power as a world leader today, attributing these qualities to her Christian heritage, and not her legal system, a position widely held by a majority of Chinese intellectuals.
Now the richest man in China, Mr. Ma states that America’s strength was built upon her Christian cultural heritage. From her belief system came her legal system and from her legal system came her political system. China is searching for such a belief system and it behooves the nation to study how America evolved from her Christian foundation…
This is a must read interview.
Chinese version: http://www.taola.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=35961
English translation: Christianity and America's Founding
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1) The challenges Chinese face today in a culture where rules are viewed as suggestions and how this problem potentially affects Chinese Christians.
2) How providing Chinese believers with more biblical knowledge (as most assume) does not ensure resolving their more deep-seeded issues.
3) Incredibly fruitful Marriage Enrichment Seminars that were conducted in Shanghai, Wenzhou and Guangzhou.
4) What to pray for East Gates as we enter 2015.
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Ever feel like a wilted flower that needs the refreshment that comes from just a few drops of morning dew? God's Word says that King David craved the Lord's presence like a parched deer pants for water (Psalms 42:1).
East Gates has just produced a CD, Blessing Your Spirit. It's composed of 21 blessings (in Mandarin Chinese) taken from Sylvia Gunter and Arthur Burke's popular book, Blessing Your Spirit.
This project came about through the inspiration of Lotus Buds International. They work to encourage, support and educate families in China to adopt their own orphans. Having worked in the country for a number of years, they observed how nannies and caregivers in orphanages needed spiritual food to nourish their soul. After reading Blessing Your Spirit, they thought it would be a good idea for a CD to be produced with that very idea in mind. They approached East Gates on the project.
Some of the blessings cover topics such as: Knowing Your Purpose, Freedom from the Fear of Man, Sound of Heaven, Kingdom of Peace, Seeing God's Fingerprints and more...
To download The 21 Mandarin Chinese MP3 files for free, please click here.
Most people find it difficult to pray. You'd think it would be easy but interestingly, it's not. In this age of instant stimulation, social networking and immediate feedback, the habit of praying just doesn't do it for many.
Most Christians know that it's a spiritual discipline and something one should naturally do, but invested input doesn't always equal expected output. Nor does answered prayer come in the Pentium or Thunderbold speed we're used to in the 21st century. Therefore, prayer is oftentimes viewed more as a burden than a privilege. A chore versus a blessing.
If you're one of the many who honestly feel this way, realize you're being conditioned by another spirit (Ephesians 2:2). Prayer is just talking to God. Like with every relationship, the more you know and understand God, the easier it becomes to engage with Him.
Most Chinese believers share with us that they were never taught how to have an intimate relationship with their physical father, so initially, it is difficult to know what to say to their heavenly Father. That's totally understandable.Read more...
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