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Experiential and Full of Light

To me, there are two striking things about the writings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. The first is that everything I’ve read in their books is experiential. The second is the way their writings have opened up my understanding of the Word of God.

During my first year in a Christian college, my academic advisor asked me what my plan was for the future. I told him, "I just want to do whatever the Lord wants me to do." He was critical of me for this kind of statement. (I did need to be more specific with my educational plans.) But I was disappointed that there was not an echo within him—this same heart for the Lord.

One day, after a couple of years into college, I was working as an attendant in a parking lot and read one of the books from the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. I was quite impressed with how I could tell from the writing that the author was speaking from his experience. At that point I told God, "If a man can experience You on the earth, I want to have this experience."

Eventually, I began to meet with the local church in Chicago where I found a group of people who echoed what was in my heart toward God. They had been helped by this ministry to experience God day by day, to love the Lord with all their hearts, and to hold the Lord’s heart’s desire as their own.

Even though I spent a number of years in Christian colleges in class after class on the Bible, I learned more of the Bible and I grew more spiritually in my first few months reading this ministry and meeting in oneness with other believers than in all my previous years as a Christian.

Jim Eliason

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