How I Have Come to Know God
2013 Revised Edition
How I Have Come to Know God
Copyright © 2000, 2006, 2013 Christian Disciples Church
Revised 2006, 2013
Originally published by Oasis Literature Ministry, Christian Gospel Disciples Church, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
Author: Eric H.H. Chang
Editors: Raymond Suen, Winnie Yee, Felicia Gould, Bentley Chan
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Dedicated to all the saints in China who have remained faithful and steadfast in the face of every challenge and circumstance, and whose lives and testimonies remain an enduring inspiration to me.
Foreword to the 2013 Edition
On November 13, 2012, two months before Pastor Eric Chang departed to be with God, I spoke with him over the phone. During our conversation, I took the chance to ask him whether he would like to have the latest edition of “How I Have Come to Know God” published at our website. I was referring to the six-chapter edition, which is an expansion of the three-chapter edition I had done for the Oasis newsletter in the early 1990s, when I was briefly in charge of it.
Pastor Eric said I can do what I want with his testimony. He paused for a few seconds, then quietly remarked that the testimony hardly tells the whole story of what God had done in his life.
I revised “How I Have Come to Know God” in the following ways:
1. I used American English spelling rather than British English spelling, not because of any intrinsic superiority of either over the other, but because American spelling is probably slightly more widespread in the English-speaking world. (I retained cheque, however, which is less ambiguous than check.)
2. For similar reasons, I adopted American punctuation1. I followed Chicago Manual of Style, a de facto standard for most American newspapers and publishing houses.
3. I would sometimes make a sharper distinction between “God” and “Lord,” since the latter is more prominently applied to Jesus than to God in the New Testament. And where appropriate, especially in Old Testament passages, I would insert “Yahweh,” the personal name of God, for improved fidelity to the Hebrew Scriptures.
4. I edited some chapters for readability.
May those who read this testimony be inspired to deepen their walk with Yahweh God and with His Son, Jesus Christ.
February 23, 2013
1 For example, a preference for double over single quotation marks; for placing the comma before a closing quotation mark; and for removing the literary distinction in meaning between double and single quotes (apart from nested quotations).
Editor’s Preface to the 2000 Edition
Life in the 21st century often finds us chasing after much triviality in the fast lane. Seldom can one afford the time and leisure to slow down to ponder upon life: where are we going and where should we go? Though it is true for many people that “man’s limitation is the beginning of God’s working in one’s life,” yet I hope that none of us will procrastinate before it is too late to know and experience God first-hand.
It is my privilege to introduce the author and his biography to you. I have known him since my student days. In the past twenty-some years, Reverend Eric Chang has been my spiritual guide and mentor. It is a joy to see the working of the Lord through His faithful servant over all these years.
How I Have Come to Know God consists of six chapters. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 were transcribed from Reverend Eric Chang’s testimony given in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985. The testimonies in Chapters 4, 5 and 6 were given in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at different times between 1998 and 2001. As we read about God’s doing in a person’s life, we ought to pray to God, to plead with Him to move likewise in our lives. Oasis Literature Ministry counts it a privilege to be a channel of God’s blessings.
May the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, be praised!
Hong Kong, 2000
I wish to put on record my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Pastor Raymond Suen for his work in preparing this testimony for publication, as well as to his dear wife Rosablanca for transcribing a major part of the original tapes. Thanks also to the others who transcribed the earlier recordings, but whose names are not known to me though they are certainly known to the Lord. All their labors have made the publication of this testimony possible and certainly its only purpose is that through it all men come to “know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, and in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20).
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