Exodus chapter 4 speaks of Moses' return to Egypt, called by God to rescue his people and to lead them out into the promised land. The Exodus, someone observed, is perhaps the greatest miracle in the Old Testament. It is also a 'type' of the work that the Lord Jesus came to achieve through His death on the cross and resurrection.
One of our Chinese co-workers encouraged us with the following story that took place in the recent New Year season: Her non-Christian nephews were helping to pack some books for our January courier team and picked up a Bible and some of the books for themselves. "We like the books," they said, "and we want our mum to read them."
China has now overtaken the UK and New Zealand to become Australia's biggest source of immigrants, according to recently released figures. In the four months up to October 2009, Chinese migration to Australia grew by 15% compared to the same period in the previous year.
"A senior Chinese police official has vowed ‘pre-emptive attacks' against threats to Communist Party control," according to a Reuters report. "Strike hard against hostile forces at home and abroad. Strive to anticipate and prevent, staging pre-emptive attacks," said Vice Minister for Public Security Yang Huanning.
"The Chinese church always encourages Christians to serve God by alienating oneself from the secular world and working full-time in the church," reports Christian Communications Ltd (CCL), before asking, "How can Christians influence the world in this way?"
"I am a brother from Anhui and now working in Shanxi. My relationship with God is not close because I need to work every day. I haven't been home for two years."
Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is the biggest annual celebration in China. In the weeks leading up to the holiday, everyone thoroughly spring-cleans their home, purchases lots of special delicacies to eat and gets lots of practice setting off the obligatory fire-crackers!