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 <焚燒中的異象>4/1-4/7/13

「我故此沒有違背那從天上來的異象」﹙徒 26:19﹚

“I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.” (Acts 26:19)

默想禱告:我們一行五個人不久前預約探望「芝加哥芝華宣道」總幹事洪保利牧師。進門之前提醒自己不要逗留很久,恐怕洪牧師會耗費太多精力。一如幾年前我躺臥在病牀,與探病的朋友說多了整個人就會感到虛脫,疲憊不堪。想不到這回在客廳一坐下,直到離開,看看掛鐘快到两個小時,心裡覺得很不體貼對方。但真心說,碰觸著這位屬靈前輩他那顆熱切如火的心,誰會忍心堵住那傾吐心聲的出口!許多年前曾經和一位中領館官員談論基督教,他擘口就問:「你們基督徒整天說異象,(Vision)究竟是甚麼意思?」我當時的神學知識淺薄,一下子語塞,暗地裡笑他無知作自我解嘲,推想到在無神論思想薰陶下的人不可能領會「異象」的屬靈含意,一旦再經過世俗濫用後其內涵更被扭曲誤解,漸漸成了陳詞濫調。(Cliché)現在我才稍稍體悟基督徒所領受的異象乃是源自上帝:藉祂自己的話語,或透過教會教導,向懇切尋求祂旨意的信徒賜下啓示,委托他們執行和實踐與祂國度拓展有關鍵性的任務。因此我確認洪牧師殫精竭慮與我們眾人分享将近两小時的信息,就是他內心焚燒發燙的異象-向中國大西北穆斯林群體傳揚福音的感召。http://www.cccm.ws/CCCM/cccmmp.html 我相信當感動人心的聖靈將神的旨意傳遞,信徒自然會被「異象」所產生的一股力量所震攝,這股烈火般的激情更不斷地吸引著我們,進而影響接管我們的言行、生活和事奉。心存異象的信徒只定睛專注於神特別的託負,把全副心思集中,聚焦在任務的達成。有異象的人獨具慧眼,在濃霧中不會迷失, 在漆黑中不必摸索, 在困扼中不至張惶,在疲乏中重新得力。有異象的人亦是貫切的執行者, 不隨便浪費時間資源,肯定是個好管家。固然領受很特殊異象的人不會很多,如舊約中的亞伯拉罕、摩西、眾先知;新约中耶穌的使徒,保羅等神特別揀選的偉人;然而我也深信主耶穌的心意是叫我們每一個跟隨祂的人過一種有異象的「標竿人生」,深知基督奥祕的屬靈生命, 以行動活出信仰, 承起「忘记背後努力向前」的具體使命。這種生命的特質在洪牧師身上己經披露無遺, 使認識他,接觸過他,聽過他分享的人,無不被這「焚燒中的異象生命」,即便在病中仍無時無刻惦掛著「薪火相傳」的意念所徹底感染。禱告中我求主醫治的大能臨到洪牧師,使「愛穆」事工如當年「馬其頓」呼聲那樣引起更大的迴響, 獲得更大的擴展, 奉主耶穌聖名祈求, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: Five of us made a home visit to Rev. Paul Horng who is battling cancer courageously at home. At first I did not want to intrude or spent too much time, concerning his energy level might not hold up. Surprisingly, by the time we departed, it turned out an almost 2 hours of deep sharing. We sensed such blazing passion emerging from Rev. Horng’s commitment to pray for Muslims in the world, http://www.answering-islam.org/ his recap on the short term mission trips to China in previous years and his affirmation to reach out to Muslims in China’s Northwest regions.  There is not a   simple way to decipher the true meaning of a Vision, as our modern corporate culture turns this word into a cliché. But the biblical meaning of Vision is not just an idea, or strategic goal. Rather, it is God’s perspective given to his children, to confer to them a special meaning in their lives. Rev. Horng, a visionary, receives his vision from God, executes it wholeheartedly and lives it out through his daring actions. It touched me deeply when he shared with us how the Spirit moved his heart to start this pioneering ministry among Chinese Muslims, by leading mission groups to China to evangelize, to edify and to support the new Christian believers. I see a person who knows to discern God’s will in his life, pours out his heart to serve faithfully a unique population, and takes up huge challenges and risks in order to make inroads into an anti-Christian culture. When I think of Muslims, I immediately associate them with 9/11, which I am sure to Rev. Horng, they are God’s children first and foremost. I see the character of a visionary man who is tenaciously focused to carry out his mission, in spite of insurmountable odds. It seems that nothing would be able to stop this locomotive once it starts moving. Thus, we earnestly offer our fervent prayer for the healing power of God to bestow upon Rev. Horng’s to defeat cancer in his body,that he will continue to extend his vision to many others, so that they eventually will hold hands to join in, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)     

“三一運動-束裝待發, 為主出征"2013  4/13 年會請上網報名-講員:章長基博士, 王峙軍牧師,趙約翰牧師/師母 (這麼好的講員請勿錯失良機!!) http://one-third.org/get-involved/annual-conference/2013-conference-flye... 到会即時報名註册也接受!!

     

        生命季刊發訊:

     

    “我們前些天參加了華府“維護傳統婚姻”遊行,在媒體上幾乎沒有報導,因為整個媒體現在都是不公正的。

     

    “3月26日的维护传统婚姻的游行,多数媒体一如往常,在报导中有明显的偏颇。他们几乎不提当天有维护传统婚姻的游行及游行的人数,却大肆采访及报导支持同性婚姻一方的活动。” 因此,我們自己寫了文章、製作Video,盼望通過我們自己的網絡來推動宣傳,使我們的會眾知道如何面對“同性婚姻合法化”的挑戰。您也可以从網上轉發:

    http://t.cn/zTzGsDW      http://t.cn/zTyXrjV

     

    Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpW9JQw8sus
 

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