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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 group is made up of Noonday (and other times/occasions) Devotions, which are written or collected together by Keith Hobkirk, a Missionary in Nanking China.

May the Good Lord Bless Brother Keith for all his wonderful works here and elsewhere on the site (see also: Non American Members Group) and keep him safe from human and Spiritual forces in the difficult country of Communist China, AMEN.

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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


    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

    • 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


    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。


    God bless you

    keith hobkirk
    Jan 14, 2017, 5:10 PM

    Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, Jesus


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


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


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


    Let me give you 8 reasons:


    1. All Creation speaks of Him


    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.


    2. Jesus is the grand subject of Scripture


    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.


    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.


    3. Jesus had a supernatural conception


    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.


    4. Jesus lived a simple and sinless life


    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.


    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.


    5. Jesus sacrificed his life


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    6. Jesus stunned us with his resurrection


    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.


    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


    7. Jesus will have a sudden return


    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


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


    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.


    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.


    How can this happen


    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.


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


    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?


    What you will give up?


    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.


    What you will receive


    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.


    Your response


    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.


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


    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


    What to do now


    Pray.. Talk to God about anything


    Read the bible start in the Gospel of John


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


    Share.. tell others what has happened to you


    Baptism.. be immersed in water

    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。

    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.

    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.

    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 ?

    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.

    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!!

    In everything He did, there was perfection and now like that first Christmas, Jesus wants to come and live with you in your heart.

    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


    Jesus is my Saviour and My Lord

    God bless you


    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.

    So why did He come?

    Did He come to show us the right way to live?

    Did He come to show up the religious leaders of the day?

    Did He come to do the most shattering miracles ever seen on the earth?

    He did all these things, but the main reason. He came to earth was to die.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    The only medicine that can heal sin is the precious blood of Jesus, who died for you.

    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 ?

    God bless you,

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