What we’re reading today

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This week we continue with quotes from Hudson Taylor’s autobiography, comprised of various journal entries and writings.

Hudson Taylor (Men of Faith): Taylor, J. Hudson: 9780871239518 ...

If you are thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, there are several blessed lessons to learn from these examples who have given their whole life to the mission!

“It was to me a very grave matter, however, to contemplate going out to China, far away from all human aid, there to depend upon the living God alone for protection, supplies, and help of every kind.”
“I thought to myself, “When I get out to China, I shall have no claim on any one for anything; my only claim will be on God.”
“I found myself possessed of only a single coin—one half-crown piece. Still I had hitherto had no lack, and I continued in prayer.”

― James Hudson Taylor, The Autobiography of Hudson Taylor: Missionary to China

Music Monday

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Rise Up O’ Men of God – Sung by the Singing Cadets. Though the style may be different from what you sing in church. The same great lyrics ring through. A call withstands for men and women to rise up and have done with lesser things. Not because we can earn our spot in heaven. No. We are saved by grace. The call to rise up is a blessing and honor to use our lives in a way that reflects the great love God has given!

Saturday Zoom In: UK Men in Church

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Not about the ICOC movement specifically, but a phenomenon for the society as a whole.

This website is dedicated to the topic of how to do ministry for men and bring men to Christ.

If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, consider not just the years experience, but the generational impact the seeds you plant could have. Reaching out to young men that become Godly men and faithful husbands/fathers.

Friday Fun

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For the teens! Teens around the world gathered on zoom for an International Teen Ministry Devo. The theme was “Fixing our eyes on Jesus”. Check it out here!

It’s a great blessing to learn the way of Christ at a young age and to gather with others that want to focus on God at a young age. If you are a teen thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, that’s awesome! Learn more info at the One Year Challenge Website.

Congrats to those graduating in 2020!

Featured Article: No Soul Is Too Far Gone

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Francis Chan: Giving it all away? | the way?

This article, posted two years ago on desiringgod.com was written by Francis Chan and gets deep into the thinking of how humans view evangelism. If you are considering taking the One Year Challenge, Chan’s words are certainly an encouragement to walk by faith in God and not faith in our own understanding.

We all walk in complete spiritual darkness unless God decides to shine his light on us. In some mysterious way, God shines light in a person’s heart so that he instantly sees the beauty of the gospel. No amount of human effort can produce this. Salvation is a miracle of God.

Many of us would say that we believe this theological truth, but our actions betray us, revealing just how much we trust in people, speeches, and events. On more than one occasion, people have begged me to speak to their lost friends, believing that my words would make the difference. Too often, I have granted their wish (rather than correcting their theology), and tried desperately to come up with the perfect words to talk their friends into falling in love with Jesus. Do you see yet how ridiculous this is?

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that Satan has blinded these people. Apart from God’s working, our begging someone to see the beauty of Christ is as pointless as begging a blind man to enjoy the beauty of a sunset. Do we direct our begging, first and foremost, to God?

Read the full article here.

What We’re Reading Today

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Below are quotes from Hudson Taylor’s autobiography, comprised of various journal entries and writings. Taylor is one of the most influential missionaries, and considered a father of modern missions. He went to China at a young age and faced countless barriers, persecution and obstacles, yet persisted faithfully by the power of the LORD.

If you are thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, there are several blessed lessons to learn from these examples who have given their whole life to the mission!

“My experience was that the less I spent on myself and the more I gave away, the fuller of happiness and blessing did my soul become. Unspeakable joy all the day long, and every day, was my happy experience.”

“And I will go! I may no longer doubt to give up friends, and idol hopes, And every tie that binds my heart. . . . Henceforth, then, it matters not, if storm or sunshine be my earthly lot, bitter or sweet my cup; I only pray, God, make me holy, And my spirit nerve for the stern hour of strife.”

― James Hudson Taylor, 

The Autobiography of Hudson Taylor: Missionary to China

Saturday Zoom In

Missions.

Scott Green Goes Home to the Lord

“Two Cents for Missions” This is a sermon given by the late Scott Green in Seattle, WA. Scott has been an influential leader in the church and helped to plant the church in Hong Kong, he served the church in Berlin and led in Seattle. All of these cities are not known for their interest in faith, quite the opposite.

Through this man’s life, many lives in these cities were touched and seeds planted that have already become great trees.

Listen to Scott’s two cents on missions, and considering being a part of the greatest commission in a place that needs workers!

Listen here.