Hudson Taylor on Missions
The Great Commission
The Great Commission is a command given by Jesus Christ to his disciples to spread the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. It is a crucial part of the Christian faith, and through evangelism and discipleship, people come to know and accept Jesus Christ. By obeying the Great Commission, Chri...Read More
The Great Commission is a command given by Jesus Christ to his disciples to spread the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. It is a crucial part of the Christian faith, and through evangelism and discipleship, people come to know and accept Jesus Christ. By obeying the Great Commission, Christians can bring hope, joy, and salvation to those who are lost and searching for meaning in their lives. It is a powerful and transformative mission that can have a profound impact on both the individual believer and the world as a whole.
Watchman Nee was a prominent Christian leader and author in China during the 20th century whose ministry emphasized spiritual growth, the centrality of the cross, and the need for believers to live in the power of the Holy Spirit. Despite facing challenges and imprisonment, his legacy continues to inspire and challenge Christians today to place their trust in Jesus Christ, the "Object" of our faith.
Mother's Day is a special occasion celebrated around the world to honor and appreciate mothers. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices and hard work that mothers do for their families. While it is a joyful occasion for many, it can also be a difficult day for those who have lost their mothers or those who have difficulty becoming mothers. It is important to be sensitive and respectful of all experiences and emotions on this day. Happy Mother's Day!
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions of these communities to the US and the Christian Church. The month is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and prejudices they have faced, both within their own cultures and within the Church. The Christian Chain will spotlight four individuals who have made lasting contributions to the Church by spreading the word of Christ and being a shining example within their cultures. It's important to acknowledge the diversity within the community and appreciate their contributions to the Church's history and culture.
Keeping God’s commandments is a demonstration of love for Him, reflecting our willingness to submit to His will and follow His teachings. It requires a steadfast commitment to putting God first and trusting His guidance, even when it conflicts with our own desires or the expectations of others. Ultimately, it is an act of faith and trust in Him, strengthened by His grace and empowered by His Spirit to live a life that honors Him.
Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a central tenet of the faith. It is celebrated worldwide in many different ways, including attending religious services, participating in parades and festivals, and giving Easter eggs, a symbol of new life. The resurrection is a symbol of hope, new life, and redemption, a time of reflection, celebration, and coming together with family and friends to commemorate the sacrifice of Jesus and the hope and new life represented by His resurrection.
Today we remember and anticipate the second coming of Jesus. This day is an opportunity for reflection on our own faith and whether we live with anticipation for Christ's return or in uncertainty as the disciples lived before Jesus rose from the grave.
Good Friday is a religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, observed by Christians worldwide. The day is significant as it opens the door to salvation and eternal life, and is a reminder of God's love for humanity. Ultimately, it is a day of solemn reflection and gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus Christ.
Jesus' life and teachings provide an example for us to follow. The passages of the Last Supper offer guidance, comfort, and an example for us to commemorate. Jesus modeled servant leadership and setup a reminder for us by establishing "Lord's Supper" or "communion," urging us to follow His example. The Gospel of John provides valuable wisdom for Christ's disciples, describing Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the True Vine, and a reflection of God the Father. Jesus also promised to send the Holy Spirit as a source of comfort to His followers. During the Last Supper, Jesus reflected on His teachings and reminded His disciples of His example, which remains crucial for His Church today.
The betrayal of Jesus is a significant event in Christian history. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles, betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver by identifying Him to the authorities with a kiss. This led to Jesus' arrest, trial, and eventual crucifixion. The betrayal is often seen as a symbol of the human capacity for deceit and betrayal, as well as the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus for humanity's sins. The story of the betrayal can be found in the New Testament of the Bible, in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Jesus' final week of ministry included teachings on the end times, being prepared for His return, and using gifts wisely. He predicted His death, warned against false prophets and persecution, and emphasized the need to be prepared. Jesus also spoke on the importance of being good stewards of God's blessings and investing in kingdom work. These teachings remind us to honor God and share His love. We should live our lives to the fullest and be prepared for His return, as the timing is unknown.
Jesus is portrayed as the judge within Scripture, with dominion and authority over nature. His teachings and miracles were seen as a threat by religious leaders. Jesus will return at the end of time to judge the living and the dead. In the Final Judgement, Jesus will preside as judge, alongside the redeemed, non-believers, and angels. The outcome of the Final Judgement should encourage us to forgive others, live righteously, and share the gospel with others. Jesus has the authority to grant eternal life to those who believe in Him. Our actions have consequences, and we should strive to live in a way that pleases God.
Palm Sunday is a significant Church holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The event is described in the Gospels, where Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while people laid down their cloaks and palm branches in His path. Palm Sunday is celebrated worldwide in various ways, including carrying palm branches in processions, making palm crosses, and reading the Passion narrative. The day is marked by music and hymns, including the iconic hymn "All Glory, Laud, and Honor." Despite challenges faced today, Palm Sunday remains an essential day for Christians to reflect on the teachings of Jesus and remember His sacrifice.
Holy Week is a significant period for the Church, marking the final week of Lent and leading up to Easter Sunday. Christians engage in various religious practices and traditions, including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. This is a time for reflection on the sacrifice of Jesus and the hope of new life brought by His resurrection. Follow us as we look at how each day represents a different attribute of Jesus, culminating in the celebration of the Savior on Easter Sunday.
Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who dedicated her life to serving the poor and needy. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, an order focused on serving the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. Her legacy continues to inspire people around the world today, reminding us that we are responsible for caring for one another, especially those most vulnerable.
Practicing kindness and generosity, even in small ways, can significantly impact our relationships and overall well-being by creating a positive environment and fostering a sense of community. Within our faith community, we can strengthen our bonds by volunteering, offering support, participating in prayer or meditation groups, sharing our talents, and providing assistance to those in need. By taking every opportunity to do good, we can create a more positive and compassionate world.
Sojourner Truth was a remarkable woman who lived during the 19th century in America, born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree in 1797. After gaining freedom in 1827, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth and began speaking out against slavery and for women's rights. Truth's faith played a significant role in her life and work as an advocate for freedom and equality. She believed that her faith called her to fight against injustices, often using biblical references in her speeches. Truth's legacy continues to inspire people today as an icon of the women's rights and civil rights movements who advocated for justice and equality.
Saint Patrick, celebrated globally, is known for spreading Christianity to the Irish and uniting tribes and kingdoms under a common identity. He helped preserve Irish culture and tradition, established monasteries as centers of learning, and provided refuge during war. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th, and while originally a religious holiday, has become associated with parades and festivities. Saint Patrick's life and work continue to impact Ireland and its people today.
Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch resistance member during WWII, who survived concentration camps and dedicated her life to sharing her story of faith, hope, and forgiveness. Her unwavering faith sustained her through the darkest moments of her life and gave her the strength to forgive those who had wronged her. Corrie's legacy continues to inspire people around the world with her message of faith, forgiveness, and love in the face of even the most difficult circumstances.
Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as Lily of the Mohawks, was a Native American woman who converted to Catholicism at the age of 19 and lived a life of deep faith and devotion. Despite opposition and persecution, she remained steadfast in her faith, caring for the sick and elderly and even taking on the role of a catechist. Her piety and devotion inspired Jesuit missionaries who admired her as a model of Christian virtue. She was beatified by the Catholic Church in 1980 and canonized as a saint in 2012, becoming the first Native American woman to be recognized as a saint. Her legacy teaches us the power of faith and devotion to bring people together and the importance of living a life of love and compassion.
Women's History Month celebrates the contributions of women throughout history, including the women's suffrage movement. Women have made significant contributions to every field of study, but have historically been under-recognized and under-appreciated. To honor Women's History Month, The Christian Chain highlights the work of four women within the Church: Kateri Tekakwitha, Sojourner Truth, Corrie ten Boom, and Mother Teresa. Women's History Month is also about recognizing the ongoing fight for gender equality, which is also needed within the Church. As allies, we can support and advocate for policies that promote gender equality.
Whether you observe Ash Wednesday or not, it is important to remember that God always forgives us, no matter if we observe one practice or not. God always forgives us, no matter how good we are nor how sinful we have been. God's love for us goes beyond what we can do and goes directly to what He has done for us. May this Season of Lent be a time that we reflect on that truth.
The season of Lent is not normally observed by the Christian Church as a whole; but, its meaning and observation can be a great way for us to show solidarity as the Body of Christ. Traditionally, a believer would choose something they enjoy or that they do/eat often and abstain during the season of Lent. When this is done it causes the mind to have a constant reminder to think or reflect on a topic; IE to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. What will you choose to give up during this season as you prepare your heart and mind for the coming Easter season?
Saint Valentine was a Christian martyr who showed great compassion and love for others, even in the face of persecution. He is remembered, and his life is honored because he performed marriage ceremonies for Christian couples during a time when the law prohibited it. He is also known for his kindness to prisoners and for healing the sick. Today, he is celebrated as a symbol of love, and his legacy has inspired the popular holiday of Valentine's Day.
Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Feast of the Holy Encounter, is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It is based upon the account of the presentation of Jesus in Luke 2:22–40.
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It has been a while since I have posted a letter on our blog. Due to that, and the fact that it is the beginning of a new year, I wish to look back over the past 2 years.
The Christian Chain has the vision to see Christian churches working across denominational barriers, maintaining the Unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. To that end, our mission is threefold: to connect people to people, churches to churches and the world to Jesus Christ. Below I have a short synopsis on our three primary ministries and how they help support those mission goals.
2022 has seen a lot of growth with Prayer Nook, and foundational work laid to prepare for 10-year anniversary year coming 2023!
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
The Christian Chain is about to launch our Giving Campaign in December, and as we look to give back through our own service projects, we also are asking for your support.
God creates dreams, wraps our bodies around them, and sends them to earth to achieve unique and significant assignments.
On this All Saints Day, will you join with us today as we remember not only the saints but also the missionaries, ministers, elders, and all others who have given of their lives for the furthering of the Gospel message.
Pumpkin Carving and costumes, too, have their roots in the middle ages – superstition held that supernatural activity was particularly high in the days leading up to Allhallowtide, and carved gourds and costumes were thought to confuse any malevolent forces who might visit your house intending to cause trouble.
In a profession that relies heavily on in-person contact, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp relief the burdens that pastors are required to shoulder.
It has been exciting to watch God use the talents and skills of an incredible team unified for the purpose of building such a strong foundation for TCC and we are ready for the growth to come.
Do you have trouble praying for yourself? Or are you one that tends to pray for yourself all the time, and not so much for others? If you are in either of those categories, or even anywhere in between, I am fairly sure that at some point you have wondered if it is alright to pray for yourself, or if that is selfish. ... Read More
This month I challenge you to 30 days of prayer. How you do it, for how long, and in what manner, is all up to you. READ MORE
"If you feel strongly, let's do God's work together. It sends a message to onlookers that this isn't about country or politics anymore – it's about God. He ultimately is the one who fixes this."
We at The Christian Chain wish to acknowledge our Jewish brothers and sisters on this day of Day of Atonement. May this time be an easy fast and a fruitful time where you will see reconciliation in your life.
The Bible has a great deal to say about money, and more broadly, about generosity. Money’s priority in our lives, as the Bible tells us, is a heart issue. Where and how you spend it reveals what you value most.