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Chinese Pastor Roundtable: We Cannot Isolate Ourselves Anymore

More and more churches where there is the traditional way of doing church [feel that] there is no solution, there is no way out. But we cannot isolate ourselves anymore. We have to watch out for what is going on, instead of being unaware of what God was doing. A lot of times we just want to fulfill our own hearts by using religion or the gospel.

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Grace Changes Everything, But You Must Have It As the Foundation

People ask, ‘How can we build our church? How can we grow the numbers? What is trending?’ But the gospel has to drive our vision, not practice. Practice is the result of gospel vision. It can’t happen in reverse. When you think about the East Asian cultures with a strong Confucian work ethic — Japanese, Korean, and Chinese primarily — their thought patterns are ‘Let’s be efficient, let’s get things done and do it in a speedy manner and be diligent and hardworking.’

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Why Should You Pray for China?

As we work with churches in China, they continually ask for prayer because they have seen the power of prayer in their ministry and lives. So why wouldn’t we in the West want to join them in prayer when that is what they are asking for? At China Partnership, we want to raise up a great cloud of witnesses to pray – people from different time zones lifting up prayers throughout each day, all praying in unison over the same needs, requests, and praises.

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Stories from Chinese Millennials – Interview with a Political Idealist, Part 2

I can describe myself as always having believed there is an ultimate God, an ultimate existence, being. But I am not sure what it is. Actually, honestly, if I said this in China people would think I was weird. It’s true. They think all religious people are weird. So I want to know how Christians touch God. Even though I am not very sure about what God is, I want to learn how Christians touch God. So this is my personal reason. I want to look at God from the Christian perspective.

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1 Way to Pray for China This Week

Pray this week for those feeling afraid to due changes in America’s immigration policy. Regardless of your political convictions and opinions, take time this week to recognize that many Chinese in America are feeling very confused and uncertain regarding their future in the country. Though they may not be the most affected immigrant group, fears are still running high among many Chinese communities, particularly among international students trying to apply for work visas.

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Stories from Chinese Millennials – Interview with Married Best Friends, Part 2

If all the goals of life are only secular goals – make money, have a good life, live longer, become richer, get a higher social position – for all of these things we have to work very hard to compete with people. You have to be aggressive, ambitious. But if we were believers and we believed in Jesus, that there is a heaven and a perfect world after life, then this world is not the real world of humans, of Christians. So what happens in this world would really not be as important as it is for us now. So it I think it really would make us more comfortable, peaceful for life. It would give us hope for after life.

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1 Way to Pray for China this Week

On Saturday, January 28, more than 1.3 billion people will celebrate Chinese New Year. Not only will those in mainland China celebrate, but the many Chinese living across Australia/Oceana, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America will also seek to spend the holiday with family. Whether by traveling to celebrate in person or by connecting electronically, Chinese families will seek to be reunited. What a great time to pray for God’s blessing on China and for the gospel to go forward in the year of the rooster!

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Stories from Chinese Millennials – Interview with Married Best Friends, Part 1

Most Chinese people, especially in our parents’ generation, are not believers. They are atheists. China has a long tradition of being a secular society for a long period of time. Because we were a society based on an agricultural economy, this kind of society lacked mobility. People lived together. So it was very important for the government and for big families to make sure every person was taken care of. So Confucian values are social values to help Chinese people deal with relationships between people. 

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