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Written and organized by  Keith Hobkirk, a Missionary in Nanking, China who is busy serving the Lord by supporting underground churches in communist China. He comes up with all kinds of wonderful, Christ-Centered devotionals and information about China and elsewhere.

Pastor Hobkirk currently is being censored and prohibited from accessing this web site by the Government of China, so he emails material to Pastor Rolf for inclusion here. If you wish to correspond with him, send your comments to Rolf in a message and he will forward them

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  • This in Christian Post today:
    14 Christian House Church Leaders Abducted in China Amid Communist Crackdown on Faith

    Fourteen Christian house church leaders who are part of the Middle Eastern evangelism network have been abducted by government security agents in China. ChinaAid reported on Wednesday that the Christians, who weren't named, are being held captive at an undisclosed location by state authorities in the coastal Zhejiang province. "This massive, enforced disappearance of 14 peaceful church leaders shows the Communist Party has no regard to rule of law and its citizens' religious freedom rights," said ChinaAid President Bob Fu. The group, which monitors the crackdown on churches and arrest of Christians and human rights activists in China, said the Communist government continues to deny believers religious freedoms and basic human rights. "ChinaAid urges international leaders to speak out against this blatant abuse against religious freedom and human rights, and calls on China to immediately and unconditionally release these innocent Christians," the group declared. Back in January, Christians shared their fears that the persecution could get worse following the government's destruction of an evangelical megachurch in the northern Shanxi province.
  • REMINDER: Pastor Hobkirk is in an unregistered House Church in China and under Persecution there. Please remember to not give out (including any postings to this site) any information other than his name (like his email). The Chinese Authorities are actively searching for House Churches to shut them down.
    • Pastor Rolf thank you for sharing Pastor Hobkirk's email. Please let him know that I never forget them in my prayers and that it was good to hear from him today. He and Helen should please try to stay safe as possible and may GOD Bless them and all those serving our Heavenly FATHER where ever they may be in this world today. Thank you for being the go between to bring Pastor Hobkirk's situation to us all. If not for you no one would be the wiser to his circumstances.
  • I am so blessed to have a ministry here in china, I have a team of translators here and we translate and proofread devotions from english to chinese. You may see them in chinese gems. If you are chinese and are willing to help us please do so.. maybe you dont know any chinese people.. please place this on your facebook page.. share it with your contacts.. please tweet it.. donald duck.. oops trump likes tweeting

    Please tweet english servant of God needs chinese translators.. contact Pastor Rolf here to volunteer.
    Maybe you have some chinese friends.. I am convinced there are many people out there who can join this vital ministry.

    Thank you

    God bless you

    Keith Hobkirk
  • Pastor Hobkirk emailed me today with some needs of his. Please uphold him, and form wall around him of prayer as he requests and if you can translate, let me know and I will put you in touch with him. Pastor Rolf

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    Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ

    What i need is twofold..


    one is for chinese churches or any english speaking church to support and pray for us creating a prayer wall around us

    two is for translators.. the church here needs good teaching.. I have much good stuff but its all in english.. some chinese brothers or sisters could they help with translating.. please ask them email me

    thanks so much

    kk
    • I wish I could help with the translating, but alas I only know the one language, English. I'm sorry about that, but I do have you covered in prayer. GOD'S Blessings on you and your congregations. Dear Heavenly FATHER, please let translators that Pastor Hobkirk needs crawl out of the woodwork so to speak in order that all that can be translated is translated. Also, please build that prayer wall around His group and help the people coming to listen to Pastor Hobkirk and help them build that wall with utmost speed for their protection. HE helps those who help themselves, but a helping hand is also stretched out with giving a prayer. Let all the Christian Churches be Blessed in abundance in China and through out the world. This be our prayer in JESUS' High and Holy Name..........AMEN
  • My name is Keith hobkirk. I am british and live in nanjing with my chinese wife helen. We oversee an unregistered church and here and both teach.. myself at home and helen in school. I also write devotions and have a translation team.


    Please consider becoming a translator or a prayer warrior


    Apart from translators, we want churches and individuals to partner as prayer warriors. For chinese people I will send chinese gems once per week.. full of articles, prayer requests and sermons in both english and chinese. English speaking people will receive devotions written by me and also a monthly prayer letter about our church. I hope you can share with us


    Hello
    你好


    My name is Keith and I am british. I live in Nanjing with my chinese wife and we serve the believers here. I am privileged to write devotions and am looking for translators and proofreaders, who can read English well. If you are able to do this, please would you contact me thru Pastor Rolf here. Please note I am unable to pay for this.. this is a service to our Saviour and to the church.
    我是一名英國人,名字是Keith. 我和我的中國妻子住在南京,我們在這裡服務信徒。我特寫禱文(福傳文章)以及尋找英語比較好的翻譯者和校對者。如果你能夠這樣做,請在微信上聯繫我,我的ID(微信帳號)是 totallylovedbygod ;或者也可以給我發郵件請注意,我不能因此而支付你,這是對我們救世主和教會的服侍。

    Thanks
    謝謝!

    God bless you
    上帝祝福你!

    Keith
  • SO WHATS THE DIFFERENCE ABOUT JESUS In ENGLISH AND CHINESE
    keith hobkirk
    Jan 14, 2017, 5:10 PM

    Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, Jesus

    佛祖,穆哈穆德,孔子,耶稣,


    They are all basically saying the same thing and after all they were just men.. right.. well no!

    他们基本上都说了相同的话,他们终究都是人而已,是吧?不是的。



    All of them were good people, who taught others the right way to live, but only one was the God Person.. Jesus

    他们都是好人,教导别人如何正确地生活,但只有一位是神人,就是耶稣。



    Why makes Jesus so different to all these other good men.

    为什么耶稣和这些好人比起来是如此的与众不同呢?



    Let me give you 8 reasons:

    让我给你8个原因



    1. All Creation speaks of Him

    一切的创造都在讲述他。



    Jesus is fully God with his Father and he was before all things and he created all things. He is the sustainer of all things and He made all things. The bible makes it clear that He was before all things and created all things, if you read John chapter 1 and Colossians chapter 1 verses 15-17, you will clearly see this.

    耶稣是完全的神并与他的父同在,在万有以先并创造了万有,他是万有的保守者并且他创造了万有。圣经很清楚的告诉我们,他在万有以先并创造了万有。如果你读一下约翰福音第1章和歌罗西书第1章15-17节,就可以清楚的看到这一点。



    2. Jesus is the grand subject of Scripture

    耶稣是圣经的主要主题



    He is mentioned on the first page of scripture and he is mentioned on the last. Virtually every page points to him, either foretelling his first coming, sharing his incredible story whilst here on earth or sharing on how he will come again.

    在圣经的首页和最后都提及了他。实际上圣经的每一页都在指向他。要么是预言他的第一次降临,或是分享他在世上非凡的生活,要么就是分享他如何再来。



    His birth, death and resurrection are foretold, hundreds of years before these events happened. Seven hundred prophecies relate to his first coming, every one has come true.

    他的降生,死和复活,这些事情的发生早已在几百年前预言了。而且有七百多个与他的第一次降临有关的预言都应验了。



    3. Jesus had a supernatural conception

    耶稣的成胎是超自然的



    We are all conceived in the same way, one man and one woman and sin is passed on during that process. But Jesus was conceived differently, God supernaturally placed His son in the womb of a jewish virgin, thus he was without sin. Jesus was unblemished from sin.

    我们的成胎都是一样的方式,就是通过一个男人和一个女人。并且通过这样的过程罪被传递下来。但耶稣的成胎是不同的,是神超自然地将他的儿子放在了一个犹太童女的肚腹中,这样耶稣是脱离了罪而没有瑕疵的。



    4. Jesus lived a simple and sinless life

    耶稣活出了简单而无罪的生活。



    He was the first born son of Joseph and Mary and he had a normal childhood, he did all the things normal children do, he played with his brothers and sisters. He obeyed his parents in everything, he knew grief and pain as Joseph died when he was 15 and He became the main breadwinner in the family. He was a skilled carpenter, indeed everything he made was totally perfect.

    他是约瑟和马利亚的长子而且他有着正常的童年生活,他做所有正常儿童做的事,他和兄弟姐妹一同玩耍,凡事听从父母。当他十五岁的时候,约瑟的去世让他知道了悲伤和痛苦,而且他成为了家里食物的主要供应者。他是个有技术的木匠,凡他所做的都是完美的。



    He knew every temptation we face and he overcome everyone of them, he faced every emotion we ever have and defeated all those. Because he faced everything we face, we can trust him to help us when we face up to that temptation or bad emotion.

    他了解我们所面对的所有试探,并且他把它们都战胜了。他也面对过我们所有的一切情感,并且将它们都攻克了。因为他面对过所有我们所面对的,所以我们在面对那些试探和不良情绪时可以相信他会帮助我们。



    5. Jesus sacrificed his life

    耶稣将他的生命献上为祭。



    Why Did Jesus come to earth? What was his purpose? Why would he die?

    耶稣为什么来到这个世界上呢?他的目的是什么?她为什么而死?



    Man cannot reach up to God, because of sin, so God had to reach down to man. Only someone who could pay the perfect sacrifice and could stand in our place and take our punishment, could do it. It had to be a lamb without spot or blemish and that was Jesus.

    因着罪人无法接近神,所以神就寻找人。只有那位可以作为完美祭物的,并且可以替代我们承受我们应受的惩罚的可以做到。那就得是一只无斑点无霞疵的羔羊,就是耶稣。



    God poured out his wrath that was meant for you, on his Son, on his righteous Son, so that we the unrighteous could be made right with God.

    神将他原来对你的愤怒加在了他的儿子就是他公义的儿子身上,所以我们这些不义的,可以在神那里成为义。



    There is a large gap in a gorge, you cannot jump across it, you need to build a bridge. There is a yawning gap between you and God and the only way it can be bridged, is by the cross of calvary. The perfect sacrifice of Jesus pays for our sin and his blood cleanses us from all sin.

    有一个巨大的峡谷,你无法跨越它,你需要建一座桥。在你与神之间有一个敞开的鸿沟,唯一能够在其上建立桥梁的方式是依靠骷髅地的十字架。耶稣完美的献祭为我们的罪付上了代价,并且他的宝血洗净我们所有的罪。



    6. Jesus stunned us with his resurrection

    耶稣的复活使我们惊讶



    Now this wasn't some kind of magic trick, Jesus arose bodily from the dead. Was he dead?. Well the Romans, who were expert excutioners would of made sure of that!. Did the disciples steal the body? No they were a frightened bunch hiding in fear. Did the Jewish authorities take the body? Well when the disciples started preaching about Jesus, they could of said " here's the body of Jesus", what you are saying is total rubbish and christianity would of collapsed in a few days.

    这不是什么魔术把戏,耶稣的身体从死里复活。他死过吗?那些执行死刑的罗马人会确保这事的发生。他的门徒偷走了他的尸体?不。他们在恐惧中惊慌地藏在一处。犹太的官长拿走了尸体?然而当门徒们开始传讲耶稣的时候他们完全可以说,“耶稣的尸体在这里。”你们所说的完全是无稽之谈。而且基督教在几天内就会消失。



    No one else has ever risen from the dead, this is unique to christianity, the tomb is empty. The tomb of every major religious figure still has their remains in it, but Jesus lives

    没有其他人可以从死里复活,这正是基督教的独特之处,坟墓是空的。而每个宗教领袖的尸体还在他们的坟墓中,但耶稣仍然活着。



    7. Jesus will have a sudden return

    耶稣会在一瞬间再次降临



    Jesus promised his disciples that he would return to earth, now we don't know when, he has given us clues all through the New testament and he warns that we must be ready. When he does return, their will be no second chances, many times in the bible he states that we have to make up our minds, before it's too late

    耶稣曾应许过他的门徒他会再次降临到世上。现在我们不知道是什么时候。但他在新约中给了我们很多的征兆。并且警戒我们应当做好准备。当他真的来的时候,将没有第二个机会了。在圣经中他曾很多次的说,我们要做好决定,以免太迟了。



    8. Jesus is the only one who can sort out your life

    只有耶稣可以管理好我们的生活。



    Because of all the above, Jesus is the only one who can deal with the mess that man created in his/her life. This is because he deals with the root of the problem, which is sin and separation from God. He brings us into right fellowship with God and then he starts the life long process of changing us.

    因着所有上述的事实,唯独耶稣可以处理好人们在他/她的生活中搞出的麻烦事。因为他解决了问题的根源,就是罪,和与神的隔绝。他把我们带回与神正确的团契中,从此开始了我们一生之久的改变过程。



    Jesus is the only one who can mend broken marriages, save drug addicts and make people who are broken new again. When your computer goes wrong, you take it to the shop and it gets wiped clean, all the rubbish gets taken off, all the viruses etc, that is what Jesus does when he saves and transforms a person, he wipes the slate completely clean and gives then new life.

    唯有耶稣可以改善破碎的婚姻,拯救吸毒的人,以及让破碎的人重新建立。当你的电脑坏掉的时候,你把它拿到店里面去修,并使它被清理,删除所有的垃圾和病毒。这就是当耶稣拯救并改变一个人的时候所做的。他将我们的记录完全的清楚干净并且给予新生命。



    How can this happen

    这是怎样发生的



    The philippian jailer asked What Must I do to be saved Acts 16:31, the answer from Paul was Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

    腓立比的禁卒问,怎样做才能得救呢?使徒行传16章31节。保罗给出的回答是,信主耶稣基督就必得救。



    The crowd in Jerusalem asked What shall we do? Peter said Repent Acts 2:38.

    在耶路撒冷的人群问,我们当做什么。彼得说,要悔改。使徒行传2章38节。



    There are two elements, belief and faith, reaching out to grasp God's grace and repentance, which means a breaking from your old life, it means turning round and walking in the opposite direction. Are you prepred to take these steps?

    有两个要素,信和信仰。伸手抓住神的恩典并且悔改。这意味着与旧的生命断绝,这就意味着转向并走在相反的方向中。你准备好走下去了吗?



    What you will give up?

    你将放弃什么?



    Your whole life, you are his, Jesus is now in the driver's seat. But he has never disappointed anyone anyone who has to come to trust him fully. count the cost of turning from your sin and to commit your life to Jesus.

    你的全人。你是属他的了,耶稣现在坐在驾驶员的座位上了,然而他从未让任何一位完全信靠他的人失望过。计算一下从你的罪中转出来的代价,并且将你的生命交托给耶稣。



    What you will receive

    你将收到什么



    Life in abundance, you will have God's spirit living inside you as you go through life to guide and comfort you, you will have a new christian family and you will have the assurance of heaven and eternal life when you will be with God forever. That starts here on earth as you have fellowship with God as your relationship with Him has been restored.

    丰盛的生命。你会拥有神的灵在你经历生命的同时活在你的里面。引导并安慰你。你会拥有一个新的基督徒的家庭。并且你还会有天堂和永生的保障,你与神永远同在的时候,也就是在世上当你与神的关系恢复时,你就与神有了相交。



    Your response

    你的回应



    There are millions across China and across the world, who have made this commitment and as someone who made it 40 years ago, it is the best thing I have ever done.

    在整个中国和整个世界。有数以百万的人作了这样的承诺。我作为一位在四十年前作过这个承诺的人,我觉得这是我作过的最棒的事情。



    If you want to make this commitment, please say this prayer

    如果你愿意做这个承诺,请作如下这个祷告。



    Father God, I realise that I am out of fellowship with you, because of my sin and I come before you, to ask that you would forgive my sin, because of the shed blood of your precious Son on the cross. I repent from every evil way and give my life over to you to use in any way you see fit. Thank you for making me a child of God and I will live for you and you alone. In Jesus name.. amen

    天父上帝。我知道因着我的罪而无法与你相交,所以我来到你的面前,求你因着你宝贵爱子在十字架上所流的宝血。赦免我的罪,我要从所有恶行中悔改并把我的生命交给你,用你看为合适的方式使用我。谢谢你让我成为神的儿女。我要为你而活,单张地为你而活。奉耶稣的名。咱们。



    What to do now

    现在做什么





    Pray.. Talk to God about anything

    祷告..告诉神一切的事情

    Read the bible start in the Gospel of John

    从约翰福音开始读圣经。

    Fellowship.. join with your brothers and sisters in the faith on sunday and during the week

    团契..周日和在一周当中与在信仰里的弟兄姐妹一起剧集。

    Share.. tell others what has happened to you

    分享。告诉别人在你身上发生的事情。

    Baptism.. be immersed in water

    受洗..浸在水中。
  • CHRISTMAS NOONDAY DEVOTIONS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE
    keith hobkirk
    Dec. 15, 2016, 6:03 PM
    MATTHEW 1 马太福音一章

    23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
    23 说:必有童女怀孕生子;人要称他的名为以马内利。
    (以马内利翻出来就是「上帝与我们同在」。)




    GOD IS WITH ME上帝与我们同在


    It is nearly 700 years since Isaiah's prophecy, the Jewish people are still waiting. Generation after generation has passed and still God remains silent.
    先知以赛亚的预言已经过了差不多700年了,犹太人仍然在等待。一代又一代过去了,上帝仍然保持沉默。


    But now, God steps into human history in a new way, in the form of a man, Jesus, who is God's only Son, comes down to earth to dwell with us.
    但如今,上帝以崭新的方式介入人类历史—— 成为人的样式。耶稣,上帝独子来住在这世上,与我们同住。



    This was and IS the turning point of history. History revolves on this axis. That God came down to earth in the form of a man, someone who was fully God and yet fully man.Yes, He had all the bodily functions we have, experienced all the emotions we do and yet was without any sin or fault.
    这是曾是,并且依然是历史的转折点。历史围绕着这个主轴旋转。上帝以人的样式来到世上,祂是完全的神,也是完全的人。的确,他拥有人所有的身体机能,也经历了我们人的一切情感,然而祂却没有一丝一毫罪恶过犯。



    To be living in Bible times and to have actually seen Jesus in the flesh, must of been incredible. Do you wonder what it was like? Did people realise who He was ?
    若是你是生活在圣经时代,可以看到肉身的耶稣,想必是令人难以置信的经历。你想知道那是什么样的吗?人们是否知道祂是谁呢?




    He lived a normal life for thirty years, He was the carpenter of Nazareth. Can you imagine Jesus making something for you? It must of been the most beautiful piece of furniture ever made, perfect in every detail.
    作为拿撒勒的一位木匠,他过了三十年普通的生活。你能想象耶稣为你做木工吗?这一定是最漂亮的一件家具,每一个细节都是那么完美。




    He walked around Nazareth, He went to the synagogue every Sabbath, as a faithful Jew. He lived thirty years in obscurity, the three years He lived in public view changed the world…forever!!
    祂在拿撒勒到处行走,每作为一个虔诚的犹太人,每个安息日祂都会去犹太会堂。祂默默无闻地生活了三十年,却以三年在公众的视野中的生活改变了这个世界……永永远远地改变!





    In everything He did, there was perfection and now like that first Christmas, Jesus wants to come and live with you in your heart.
    祂所做的一切都是完美,第一个圣诞节也是这样的完美。耶稣想要来住在你心,与你同在。



    I hope this Christmas time, of all the people you receive into your home and all the presents you get, that you will receive Jesus as your Saviour and Lord and that you will be able to say
    我希望这个圣诞节,在你所有邀请到家中宾客,在你你收到的所有礼物中,你会接受耶稣为你的救主和主,并且你将能够说



    GOD IS WITH ME
    上帝真的是与我同在,


    Jesus is my Saviour and My Lord
    耶稣我的救主、我的主。


    God bless you
    愿上帝祝福你,


    Keith










    MATTHEW 1 马太福音一章

    21 And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.
    21 “她将要生一个儿子,你要给他起名叫耶稣,因他要将自己的百姓从罪恶里救出来。”


    WHY JESUS CAME? 耶稣为什么要来?

    Now there's an interesting question.
    现在,我想问你些有趣的问题

    So why did He come?
    祂为什么来?

    Did He come to show us the right way to live?
    祂来是否是为了要向我们展示正确的生活方式?

    Did He come to show up the religious leaders of the day?
    祂来是否是为了要让当时的宗教领袖难堪?

    Did He come to do the most shattering miracles ever seen on the earth?
    还是祂来是为了表演地史上最惊天动地的奇迹?

    He did all these things, but the main reason. He came to earth was to die.
    以上所说的祂都做了,但这些不是祂来到世上的主要的原因。祂来到这个世上那就是为了死。


    Sin is man's problem and he can do nothing to eradicate it. The stain of sin remained even though, there were a series of animal sacrifices in the Old Testament that ultimately pointed to Jesus, but did not remove the penalty of sin from man's record.
    罪是人本身的问题,人无法用任何方式来根除它。虽然旧约有一系列的动物献祭(这些最终都指向耶稣),罪的污点仍然存在,对罪的惩罚却丝毫没有从人的记录中挪去。

    For that to happen a perfect sacrifice had to be provided, and that was the Son of God. He was born supernaturally, lived perfectly and died and rose again victorious over sin and death.
    为了达成根除罪的目的,完美的牺牲是必需的,那就是神的儿子。祂超自然地出生,有完美的生命却死了,并复活战胜罪和死亡。


    Jesus came for one reason and one reason only. Sure He was the greatest teacher who ever lived, the greatest worker of miracles ever and the greatest rebuker of religious hypocrisy who ever walked the planet.
    But and this fact is paramount: HE IS THE ONLY SAVIOUR.
    He and He alone through His death on Calvary and His resurrection, can and does save sinful man.

    这是耶稣来的唯一原因。当然祂是有史以来最伟大的教师,是行神迹最有能力的工人,是曾活在这地上的、对宗教的假冒为善最勇敢的斥责者。
    但是,至高无上的真理就是:祂是唯一的救主。
    祂,唯有祂藉着在加略山上的死和祂的复活,能够并的确拯救罪人。


    The only medicine that can heal sin is the precious blood of Jesus, who died for you.
    治愈罪的唯一良药就是那位为你死之耶稣的宝血。


    Let's make this personal:He came to save and has, praise God, saved Keith Hobkirk from his sin. He came to save (your name) from his/her sin, and to give them eternal life.
    让我们把这事情更个人化:祂来为了要拯救 (你的名字)脱离他/她的罪,为了让我们每个人得着永生。赞美上帝!



    Jesus is waiting for you. What will you do to find Jesus, this Christmas ?
    耶稣正在等你。那么这个圣诞节你会做什么来寻找耶稣呢?

    God bless you,
    愿上帝祝福你,

    Keith
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