George Muller is a 19th century English christian who established 5 orphanages based on faith principles. His orphanages cared for thousands of children over sixty years. Here are 8 faith principles we learn from George Muller:
(1) Just ask God
Jas 4:2 你們得不著，是因為你們不求。
You do not have, because you do not ask.
a) Ask God for provision
b) Ask God for protection
c) Ask with expectation that God will answer
d) Ask God for faith
Mark 9:24 我信！但我信不足，求主幫助。
“I believe; help my unbelief!”
(2) Trust God alone
(3) Establish a positive attitude daily through the Word and worship
(4) Saturate your mind and spirit with the Word of God
(5) Expect God to use trials to feed your faith
(6) Get the leading of the Lord
a) Wait on the LORD
b) Use Spirit-enlightened reasoning
c) Get confirmation from others
d) Do not presume upon God
(7) Keep on praying and praising until God gives assurance
(8) Believe and use biblical financial wisdom
a) Give generously
b) Ask specifically
c) Stay out of debt
d) Examine your motive
[Taken from "Moving Mountains" by Paul L. King (pp 15-34)]
I watched Christopher Yuan’s testimony on YouTube and I was so impressed and decided to read his book “Out of a Far Country.” It is a story about a young man who came out from his closet. Chris started as a PhD student, and then became a gay, then became a drug user, then became a drug dealer. However, God turned Christopher around through his mom in a period of seven years.
This book encourages me to pray like Chris’ mom, Angela. When we are in the midst of trouble, we may think things are out of the God’s control. How come the more we pray, the worst things become. Over more than 5 years, Chris didn’t change but only getting worse. However, if we persist, pray not according to our will but God’s will, God will do wonderful thing. God did not change Chris alone, He also changed Angela and her husband Leon. At the end of the story, we praise God for His faithfulness and goodness.
One interesting aspect of this book is that it is written by Angela and Chris together. So, the same incident is recorded from two perspective.
3CW invited Pastor Bruce Scott from Friend of Israel on the Easter Sunday. We asked Pastor Bruce to explain the relationship between Easter and Passover. So, Pastor Bruce demonstrated the “Passover Seder” (The Feast of Unleavened Bread). And something was both funny and educational happening on that day. This is how Pastor Bruce described in his monthly update:
April 8: Speaking about the meaning of Passover at Chinese Christian Church, Woodbury, MN. A funny thing happened while I was giving my presentation. There is a part in the presentation where the children in the church look for a hidden piece of matzah called the afikomen. When one child finds it, he/she brings it back to me and I give them a small financial reward (maybe $3.00). This is not unique to me. Giving a reward for finding the afikomen is also done at Passover seders in Jewish homes. On this occasion, the children helping were especially rambunctious. They all seemed to look for the afikomen together, a bubbling mass of flailing arms and legs. When one boy found it, they all moved amoeba-like back to me. I gave the boy his money. He took it out of the envelope and the whole group became excited, talking hurriedly about what was to be done with the newly found treasure. As the winning boy was waving the prize $3.00 around, one child said, “Put it in the offering!” Another boy, however, kiboshed that idea and said, “No, put half of it in the offering!” It was hilarious. How like all of us to want to give back to God only half of what He has given to us!