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Unstoppable

They’ve been trying to stop it for over 2000 years, but the harder they try, the more it grows.  What has happened recently in China is an example.  A large new “legal” church building in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been demolished by the government which complained that Christianity’s spread had been “too excessive and too haphazard.”

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But demolishing a building cannot stop God and the growth of His Church.  Someone commented, “History has proved and will prove again with this case that another church revival will happen after this new wave of persecution.”

The sociology professor further estimated that China’s total Christian population could hit 247 million people by 2030, which would be the largest Christian population in a single country.

“Mao thought he could eliminate religion. He thought he had accomplished this. It’s ironic – they didn’t. They actually failed completely,”

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/chinese-govt-demolishes-4-6m-church-as-campaign-to-contain-rapidly-growing-christianity-119047/#oZgfhhO0Pv6PIM6F.99

The sociology professor further estimated that China’s total Christian population could hit 247 million people by 2030, which would be the largest Christian population in a single country.

“Mao thought he could eliminate religion. He thought he had accomplished this. It’s ironic – they didn’t. They actually failed completely,”

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/chinese-govt-demolishes-4-6m-church-as-campaign-to-contain-rapidly-growing-christianity-119047/#oZgfhhO0Pv6PIM6F.99

The sociology professor further estimated that China’s total Christian population could hit 247 million people by 2030, which would be the largest Christian population in a single country.

“Mao thought he could eliminate religion. He thought he had accomplished this. It’s ironic – they didn’t. They actually failed completely,”

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/chinese-govt-demolishes-4-6m-church-as-campaign-to-contain-rapidly-growing-christianity-119047/#oZgfhhO0Pv6PIM6F.99

A “sociology professor further estimated that China’s total Christian population could hit 247 million people by 2030, which would be the largest Christian population in a single country.  Mao thought he could eliminate religion. He thought he had accomplished this. It’s ironic – they didn’t. They actually failed completely,”

Back up to the beginning.  The book of Acts chronicles the  beginning of the Church from the day that Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit was about to empower them to take the message about Him “to the ends of the earth.”  (1:8)  The rest of that book gives the details of how that plan unfolded in spite of the opposition of established religion, powerful governments, and daunting physical circumstances.  In fact, the last words of the book (in the original Greek language) refer to Paul’s activity while under house arrest in Rome:  “…proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness unhindered”! (28:20)

And that movement goes on, growing and gaining as godless humanity tries in vain to stomp it out.  Until one day loud voices in heaven will proclaim,

“The kingdom of the world
   has become the kingdom of our Lord
   and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever!”
(Revelation 11:15)

That will be a performance of the Hallelujah Chorus that I don’t want to miss!

 

 Links to articles about the church in China:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10792386/China-accused-of-anti-Christian-campaign-as-church-demolition-begins.html

 http://global.christianpost.com/news/chinese-govt-demolishes-4-6m-church-as-campaign-to-contain-rapidly-growing-christianity-119047/#oZgfhhO0Pv6PIM6F.99

The Word Spreads

Step by step, the beautiful plan of Acts 1:8 unfolds in sequence:  And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Some of the key players in the stages of this plan are featured in Acts 6-10.

Stephen (chapters 6-7) was originally selected for a food distribution program in Jerusalem.  But along with that, he made good use of his God-given wisdom and power for preaching and doing miracles.  As we know, he was falsely accused and killed by jealous religious leaders. 

Philip (chapter 8) was also chosen for that feeding program, but like Stephen, he couldn’t help but preach and do miracles to spread the Good News about Jesus, especially when persecution drove him out of Jerusalem.  God used him in the neighboring province of Samaria to bring crowds of people to faith in Christ and also to an Ethiopian convert to Judaism.

Saul (chapter 9), more commonly known by his Greek name Paul, was a sworn enemy of Christ and His followers.  But he was arrested by Jesus, was turned around 180 degrees, and called to service among Gentiles in “the ends of the earth.” 

Peter (chapter 10), though his primary ministry was to the Jews, was chosen to “midwife” the first real Gentile conversions—Cornelius and his household. 

And on went the Good News from there, reaching around the world, and still spreading. 

Aren’t God’s ways and Word amazing?  I’m so glad His plan includes me!

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

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