Laymanointing

…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Paul reasons why God exists & what’s God’s character like (Romans 1 & 2)

Paul usually shares his testimony  of encountering God on the road to Damascus in Acts 10.    Examples in Acts 22 & 26. How did Paul reasoned to people without … Continue reading

May 21, 2017

You meant for evil, .. God turned it for good .. saving lives

As a six-year old boy, Brother Nathan witnessed an unthinkable attack on his father, a Christian pastor.  After the attack Nathan sought revenge and vowed to avenge his father. His … Continue reading

February 5, 2017

Where two gather in my name, I am there with them – in prison

Zhang RongLiang: 1976, Xihua, Henan Province, China One day I got word that Feng Jianguo, known as “Uncle Feng,” was going to be transferred to Xihua camp.  I was overjoyed … Continue reading

January 20, 2017

Your pastor, … is he a good preacher?

Paul Borthwick: On a visit to Beijing, China, we went to church with a friend who teaches English and four of her university students.  These four young men were all … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cross culture keys, sharing gospel with people of other religions – Paul in Athens

While reading Acts 17, … of Paul sharing the gospel with the Greeks in Athens, found some interesting points on how Paul shared the light of the gospel to other cultures … Continue reading

November 15, 2016

Cross culture, sharing gospel: Jesus & the Samaritan woman at the well

How did Jesus bridge across culture, religious belief, race, gender in an environment of racial tension & animosity?  How did Jesus embrace people with an immoral, sinful past, and lead them … Continue reading

November 1, 2016

Worship Jesus in diversity – Native, Indigenous, Aborigine Cultures

After coming to know Jesus, … how should we view our own culture that we grew up in? What’s some principles we can use to navigate in a cross-cultural setting? … Continue reading

October 20, 2016

Speaking the universal Agape language … the Word of God

Brother Andrew, founder of Open Doors, was one of the first Western Christians to minister to believers behind the Iron Curtain. In Romania in the 1950s on one of his trips … Continue reading

October 11, 2016

The language of Love … builds bridges

Daphne Jacobs in Kashmir, India: One afternoon Betsy, a new worker in our team, asked my husband, “Anything special at the clinic this morning, Steve?” “Well, yes. The old Balti … Continue reading

October 1, 2016

How our Social, Cultural perspectives & Values influence Bible reading & Bible group study

In this post we’ll explore ** how views & interpretations are influenced, .. and sometimes swayed and virally propagated, .. particularly in a social media world of continuous information feeds. … Continue reading

September 10, 2016

Seizing grace in the face of injustice – a servant girl & Naaman’s healing

Her name is unknown, … anonymous, Her life is recorded in just 2 verses in the Bible. What she did was extraordinary (in 2 verses 🙂 ) …. even Jesus … Continue reading

August 1, 2016

The fragrance of Christ revealed in suffering, persecution

2 stories from China in 1970s and 1980s. 1974, Fangcheng county, China Zhang RongLiang: By  May 11, I was still in shock.  Everything in me screamed with pain.  I had … Continue reading

July 10, 2016

A simple, easy way to share the gospel of Jesus with family & friends

How to  share the gospel, the good news of Jesus? How to introduce others to Jesus? How much training is required? Do we need a lot of Bible knowledge before … Continue reading

June 30, 2016

Everything for life’s journey — way, light, bread, water

William E Miller was a missionary in Iran for 43 years in the last century.  In one of his journeys in Iran, …. he shares Jesus with a fellow Middle … Continue reading

June 15, 2016

The disciples’ greatest argument, rivalry .. hushed by Jesus humility

There were 3 occasions when the 12 disciples had an argument in the gospels. On all 3 occasions, the issue was the same: Amongst them … “Who is the greatest?” … Continue reading

June 5, 2016

How to read & interprete the Bible confidently, …& enjoy reading God’s word daily

Reading and understanding God’s word each day can become more enriching and rewarding if we follow some simple steps and principles. At home, some folks don’t cook because they don’t … Continue reading

February 15, 2016

Jesus teaching method & message … inspiring, life changing, real

Did Jesus write a book ? Was the 4 gospels just an anthology of recorded sermons given in a lecture? Let’s look at Jesus, the master teacher. What method did … Continue reading

December 15, 2015

Effective Bible study group teaching & leading

In any single week in a year, tens of thousands of people attend bible study groups, in a quest to understand the Bible better … spawning a vast library of … Continue reading

June 20, 2015

Amazing Grace .. amazing disgrace. Living & believing – Grace or Law?

From disgrace to His Grace ! Was reading Luke 18 about the parable of two men who offered prayer — a Pharisee & a tax collector. Luke 18:9-14 (NASB) 9 And … Continue reading

April 23, 2015

Powerful Ministry of Children – 4/14 window

Mark 10:13-16 (NIV) 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. … Continue reading

April 20, 2015

UnHeroic Christianity

Having grown up in the East, and spent some time living in the West, … I’ve found there is a difference in Christian attitude towards opposition, persecution and shifts in … Continue reading

April 3, 2015

How extensive was Jesus’ 3-year ministry?

A geographical view of Jesus ministry, … parable of the yeast & the mustard seed While looking at maps of Jesus’ 3-year ministry, was pleasantly amazed that Jesus covered the length … Continue reading

March 24, 2015

Revival ? …. what does it means ?

The word ‘Revival’ does not appear in the Bible. As an author of a recent book on revival put it, “there are as many definitions of the word revival as there are books” … Continue reading

March 4, 2015

Understanding Christianity in America

Step into any english Christian bookstore, and we’ll find that the vast majority of books and media are from America.  Similarly on the Internet & digital channels …. email newsletters, … Continue reading

March 2, 2015

God’s precious & powerful Word

How precious & powerful is God’s word to us ? Dr Wana Ann G Fort, medical doctor, pioneer medical missionary to Sanyati, Zimbabwe 1953-1988: My life as a child was … Continue reading

December 27, 2014

Missions Attitude … humility, respect, … friends, family

After making a missions trip overseas or serving locally … have we made a new friend, … with warm memories and sharings … and we are looking forward to meet them again … Continue reading

November 5, 2014

The ultimate cost — love your enemies

Had to listen this 12-minute story more than once … Lord help us, forgive us   Daily Rice | Serving Quietly by 林弟兄, bro Lim October 29, 2014 laymanointing.wordpress.com Copyright … Continue reading

October 29, 2014

Submission, Authority and Abuse

As a layman, now and then, I meet sincere brethren who have honest questions/doubts on church leadership behavior, submission/authority issues, or suffer some form of spiritual abuse from church leaders. Some … Continue reading

October 27, 2014

Should I go full-time ministry?   Finding God’s will, .. a layman guide

As a layman, I’ve been blessed by veteran missionary, Brother Andrew’s advice about full-time christian ministry — simple, practical and down-to-earth :-). Brother Andrew (Open Doors): In some evangelical circles, … Continue reading

October 25, 2014

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – voluntary poverty or prosperity gospel?

Had an an interesting week. Two brethren called.  Both were wondering about the teachings at their church, …. perhaps summed up  by Rich Dad, Poor Dad gospel. Rich Dad – Give until … Continue reading

October 20, 2014

Love is Kind, .. loving God, .. loving our neighbor in deed

Don Stephens: An ophthalmologist from Texas, a Jewish Christian proud of his heritage, has volunteered on our ships several times.  On this trip, his very first patient was a blind … Continue reading

October 15, 2014

Leaving an inheritance for our children

One of my most memorable reads …. simple & true … John Rush:. Leaving a comfortable salary and position to venture into a faith-supported ministry is a challenging transition. There … Continue reading

October 11, 2014

Ministry – loving & serving each person with Christ’s love

What’s it like serving others who may be quite different from us? Floyd McClung: I don’t normally like to lead people on tours of the Red Light District, but this … Continue reading

July 20, 2014

Challenges of Chinese migrant churches in the West

Sometime ago, stumbled into some unusual challenges in an inter-generational migrant chinese congregation, and was trying to make sense of what was happening.  The church consists of  Cantonese, Mandarin and … Continue reading

July 15, 2014

Raised from the dead – a Burmese pastor’s story

Rev Tam Ki’s story started in Machung, a remote village in the jungles of north-western Burma (Myanmar). In 1973, at about the age of 20, Tam Ki died from a serious … Continue reading

July 10, 2014

Migrants, overseas students, etc – missions, outreach ministry stories, possibilities

In Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, in the city were Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia Pamphylia, Egypt and … Continue reading

June 22, 2014

Extraordinary Disciple Multiplication

I’m amazed by the extraordinary numbers that Pastor Ying Kai and Grace have discipled and multiplied by the grace of God.  The power of God through just one couple who sows … Continue reading

June 18, 2014

Blessed are the poor in spirit …

Reading this moving and humbling story, I can’t help but be reminded by Jesus’ opening statement in the sermon on the mount. Matthew 5:3 (NIV) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, … Continue reading

June 17, 2014

Church in the snow

  I cannot but feel moved viewing these scenes from a 2009 ChinaAid report of members of 守望教会, Shouwang house church meeting on a frozen snowy November Sunday morning  for … Continue reading

June 15, 2014

Forgiveness – a Chinese perspective

Ephesians 4:15, 32  (NIV) 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. … Continue reading

June 14, 2014

Chinese Church Voices

Found a good and balanced blog of China church thoughts, happenings, etc, translated from various Chinese internet sources. Chinese Church Voices Missions | Chinese

June 13, 2014

Show me God

Frank Damazio: A few years ago I heard a story about Richard Wurmbrand. This Romanian Christian minister of Jewish descent publicly denounced communism and said that it was not compatible … Continue reading

June 9, 2014

India – Orality: Storytelling the gospel to oral learners & cultures

Just learnt a new word this week – Orality — communicating the gospel to non-western, non-literate communities through Bible stories and narratives. A large portion of the Bible is narratives/stories. … Continue reading

June 9, 2014

Bringing Bibles to North Korea

A moving video of creativity, courage and sacrifice to reach the people of this nation.  Also included is a history of Christianity in North Korea. Here’s a report from a … Continue reading

June 6, 2014

Epic journey – the Hmar Bible

An amazing epic journey from the remote villages of the Hmar tribe in Manipur,  India. A ten year old Hmar boy, Rochunga Pudaite, was sent by his father, Chawnga, on foot … Continue reading

June 5, 2014

From Tiananmen to Jesus

Journeys of 3 chinese who were on the 1989 Tiananmen Square “most wanted” list who found Jesus – Zhang Boli 张伯笠, Yuan Zhiming 远志明, Chai Ling 柴玲 . Zhang Boli 张伯笠 Zhang Boli’s Journey (testimony from NPR).  Click … Continue reading

June 3, 2014

Traditional Hymns or Contemporary Worship Music? What’s the essence of worship?

Veteran gospel songwriter Gloria Gaither addresses this sensitive topic in a balanced, honest and mature manner, drawing from her rich experience.  She also challenges songwriters to refine their craft. Gloria … Continue reading

May 29, 2014

Burma

The first missionary to Burma (Myanmar) was Adoniram Judson.  He translated the Bible into Burmese.  He  toiled tirelessly for 6 years before a Burmese person came to the Lord.  It was through … Continue reading

May 28, 2014

Businessmen christians, Wenzhou

Here’s a video of businessmen christians in the “Jerusalem of the East”, Wenzhou To read further, more details are available on this link page, at sub-heading ‘Boss Christians’ And ‘China’s Jerusalem’. … Continue reading

May 28, 2014

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