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Not Even Communism Can Stamp it Out...

One of the most well-known children’s songs throughout the world is "Jesus loves me, this I know."  Somehow that song, like "Amazing Grace", forms part of the spiritual memory banks of most adults.  The vast majority of adults in Canada have gone as children either to Sunday School or Catechism.  As a result, most Canadians, whether or not they currently attend church, have significant core memories connected with those early experiences.  As a teenager, I found church boring and avoided it by golfing and skiing on Sunday mornings.  But as a child, I remember enjoying Sunday School and looking forward to going.  I’ve always liked to sing, and one of my favorite hymns as a child was "Jesus loves me, this I know".  Even though I did not know Jesus personally, something touched me as I sang that song in Sunday School.  Years later, I still feel deeply moved by this simple song.

Dr. Karl Barth was one of the most brilliant and complex intellectuals of the twentieth century.  He wrote volume after massive volume on the meaning of life and faith.  A reporter once asked Dr. Barth if he could summarize what he had said in all those volumes.  Dr. Barth thought for a moment and then said: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so."

When Mao Tse Sung attempted to crush the church in China, things seemed very bleak.  In 1972 however, a message leaked out which simply said: "The this I know people are well". The Communist authorities did not understand the message.  But Christians all around the world knew instantly that this referred to the world’s most famous children’s hymn.  Miraculously the Chinese Church, instead of being crushed, has boomed under persecution, growing from 1.5 million believers to over 100 million believers. Click to find out why Jesus' love for each of us cannot be silenced even by communism.

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