This talk is from a radio talk:

Good morning. I’m Ole Skjerbæk Madsen. I’m a Danish pastor working at Tao Fong Shan Christian Center.

To-day is Sunday. This may be your day of relaxing  –  of feeling free. Tomorrow it’s work, and a week full of work is lying ahead of you.

How do you feel about that? Do you look forward to it? Or are you dreading it?

A big part of how we view our work is our relationships with colleagues. When relationships are smooth, it can make life full of joy. When work relationships are strained, it can make life miserable.

Some of your colleagues may have hurt you. Some of them don’t appreciate what you do and who you are. They may slander you, meeting you with nasty and degrading remarks. Sometimes they are like enemies.

But, you may say, there’s nothing we can do about it.

From my experience, there is something we can do. And it starts with seeing ourselves through God’s eyes. I don’t know how you think God looks at you, but it’s been a great help to me that Jesus talks in such a trusting way of God. He calls God Father in a very intimate way. He makes me see, that we can be like children in relation to their caring parents in our relation to God. I have found a good help in this affirmation:

I am a child of God

I am loved

And I am appreciated.

God, I thank you!

Through this simple affirmation of faith, I also remind myself of my worth. And thus I’m not so much influenced by someone else’s judgment of me – what they think concerning me, – how they act towards me. They can’t make me less than I am, because [PAUSE] I’m a child of God, loved and appreciated.

From this position, it may be possible to see my colleagues with new eyes too. Even those I considered to be my enemies.  I’m not the only child of God in the world; others are also created in God’s image as God’s children. Therefore, my attitude to them can change. Often my changed attitude will also change the relationship with them.

To remind myself and to proclaim it as my faith, this is my daily prayer:

God, You who are “I AM”!

I recognise the working of Your Spirit in the longing of humans for the peace of Your Kingdom, and in their longing for Truth, Beauty and Goodness.

I recognise the presence of Your servant love in men and women of good will and in all who dedicate themselves to walk the way of discipleship. May the power of Your Holy Spirit flow in us and guide us to the recognition of all Truth and into practical service.

May Your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, inspire us to servant love

As co-workers of the Kingdom of God.

May I find my place in Your one work for the restoration of the Earth and the human race – in a humble spirit, in purity, truth, and love.

May God bless your day.

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Wonder or frustration?

Psalm 139: 13-16:

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Our existence was no accident; we were in God’s thought before we came into being. This fills us with wonder and praise (verse 14)

God is always near and knows our thoughts: “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” (verse 6); even our days are known by God.

But we are not only filled by praise; wonder may change into fear and resentment. It raises questions, as I do in this prayer:

If a human was known even before birth, why are some born with severe handicaps? If God knows my future sins and shortcomings my mishap, why could this not be prevented?


My child! Your first feeling face to face with me should be a sense of wonder, because your existence is willed by me. I have loved you from before conception. But my knowledge of your life does not support a prearranged destiny which you cannot escape. Rather it is an assurance of my benevolent and gracious presence in your life whatever your conditions are, whatever you’ve made from your life.

Truly I have a plan for your life which corresponds to the original nature of humans. But much human life is not in accordance with this original nature. This has resulted in a milieu of alienation from me and between human persons and between humans and nature.

You live according to a paradigm of sin.

Couldn’t I intervene? Couldn’t I change your condition of life? How could I do this without disrespecting your integrity? Could I force you to love – to love me, your fellow humans and nature?

However, I did intervene, but without forcing you. My Son, the eternal Dao or Logos, became one of you. In him I am present to you in your sufferings, your pain – in the midst of the milieu of abuse and evil doing. In my Son, Jesus Christy, I am present when the only thing left for you is to cry: My God, my God, why have you left me, forsaken me?

This is wondrous. You meet me in my vulnerable Son, Jesus Christ, and now in your daily life you’ll meet him and me in every suffering person or created being.

In Jesus Christ you’ll find your original nature, and I’ll breathe his and my Holy Spirit into you so that you’ll have the strength to serve others in love with the sure knowledge of being my child together with Jesus Christ, of being loved and highly appreciated.


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful – and even the darkness of my life will not be dark to you.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

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Christfulness Retreats

Experience the Fullness of Life in Christ: “Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13

Upcoming events:

1st September (Sat) – Theme:Growing into the fullness of Christ

6th October (Sat) – Theme: Created for Paradise

3rd November (Sat) – Theme: Communion of Saints

 About Christfulness

“Christfulness” is spirituality, practicing a faith relationship with Christ.

Christfulness points to the fullness of Christ and God’s love in Christ. When we experience the revelation of this mystery and encounter God’s love in Christ with, around and in us as a penetrating and saturating experience, we are made whole. A process of becoming whole begins. This helps us see other humans and our fellow creatures in a new way, as we relate to the image of God within them, and it opens a vision of a redeemed humanity and Earth, which is the body of Christ.

Content: Spirituality Exercises, Prayers, Silent and Reflection, Communion Service Meditation, Individual Counselling

Time: 10am – 8:30pm

Venue: Tao Fong Shan Christina Centre

Facilitator:  Rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen (A Danish, Founder of Christfulness)

Quota: 15 pax/ session

Fee: HKD  350 (Including lunch, dinner and  one- way Tao Fong Shan to Tai Wai transfer)

Enquiry: 2386 3220 /

Online Enrolment:

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領受聖靈的指引- Receiving the Holy Spirit







緊隨基督徒初次經驗聖靈大能的顯示的,正是這種祈禱。很多人用方言祈禱,即是他們領受了聖靈在他們裡面創造出的一種禱告聲音的語言,即使你不能理解那些聲音或「字詞」,他們誠然感受正在與上帝溝通。其他人經驗從上帝領受信息;若你閱讀上文聆聽主的聲音,你就知道這是甚麼意思。 但即使你沒有經驗大能的顯示,你也應放心自己的禱告已蒙垂聽。祈求聖靈的第一個果效就是內心平安與安慰,你能逐漸以新的眼光看待自己和週遭的世界。但這也可以發生於聖靈顯現的時候,那時你不應壓抑,就容讓你的唇舌溢出奇怪的聲音,就正於從你靈魂深出溢出的禱告,聖靈那說不出的歎息。

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找到自己恩賜的指引- Finding your gifts of Grace










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Instruction in receiving the Holy Spirit

If you want to receive the Holy Spirit, and to experience the working of the Spirit, the direct way is to get to know God through being taught Christian faith and praying for the infilling of the Spirit. If you are not already baptized, you after being taught may be baptized to become a part of the fellowship of Jesus’ disciples. The laying on of hands just after baptism with the water is a prayer for the Holy Spirit.

However, you may yourself pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit

Dear God. I’m longing after a new life which is indwelled by you. I long to live according to your will. I long for a new power and energy to serve other persons and my fellow creatures. Cleanse me from everything that will not prosper and thrive in concert with your sanctity that I know from the life of my Master Jesus.

[You may mention to God some of that of which you know that it harms your relationship with God, your neighbour and your own true nature].

God, I open my heart to you, to Jesus, and to your Holy Spirit. May your Holy Spirit be lavished upon me and fill me with your Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. 

When other disciples of Jesus is present and assist you in prayer, they may lay their hands on your head and praying for you to receive the Spirit. When the first disciples prayed for people, they did it this way, and the Holy Spirit made His presence manifest.

The first Christians experiences powerful manifestations of the Holy Spirit following this kind of prayer. Many prayed in tongues, i.e. they received a kind of prayer language of sounds that the Holy Spirit created in them, and even though you can’t understand the sounds or ”words”, they nevertheless are felt to be a communication with God. Other experienced to receive messages from God; you have an idea of what this means, if you read Listening to the voice of God above. But even if you don’t experience powerful manifestations, you should be assured that your prayer is heard. The first fruit of the prayer for the Holy Spirit is an inner peace and comfort, and little by little you look upon yourself and the surrounding world with new eyes. But it may also happen that the Spirit manifests and then you shouldn’t repress what comes, but just let the strange sounds come over your lips as a prayer from the depth of your soul, a sighing or even groaning with God’s Spirit.

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Instruction in finding your gifts of grace

God will pour out His spirit – Pentecost is coming

Find a good position which helps you to breathe freely and to be focused.

Pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit:

Come, Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ! Open my heart, my thoughts, and my feelings to you. Cleanse me from everything that blocks the working of God’s grace in me, and give me a pure and whole heart. Grant me a share in your wisdom, and help to know myself as God knows me, and to know God’s love as God has loved me in my master, Jesus.

Rest in your breathing, without forcing it. You are breathing in the breath of God. You live and breathe and have your being in God. When you rest in God’s presence, you pray:

God, help me to looking back on this day or on the last week, and show me where I made a difference to other people.

Imagine the people you’ve met or spent some time with. What were their needs? Where did you have an insight in their situation or an ability to meet their needs… Now pray like this:

God, I feel that the words I said to NN, gave her a new confidence. Or: I think that you gave me an insight in NN’s situation, And that sharing this with him he was filled with hope. Or: I feel that I used my abilities in such a way as to make a difference in the life of NN. Was my experience a hint from you concerning my gifts of grace, and of how I may serve or minister to other people? I ask you, Lord, to confirm it to me! May your Holy Spirit always stay with me and guide me in meeting other people. Thank you, in the name of Jesus Christ!

Remain silent. Maybe God will share an image, a word, a thought or an assurance or a peace with you that will confirm your ministry and your gifts of grace. Or you may just have an inner peace and find a new awareness in meeting people on your way – and suddenly you’ll once more find yourself in a situation, in which your presence makes a difference.

If you want to find your gifts of grace, it’s helpful to become part of a fellowship of people who themselves want to live in serving love in the imitation of Christ. In many Christian congregations you’ll find a help to grow in serving others and in knowing your spiritual gifts. Many people need an introduction to Christian faith before they find and receive their spiritual gifts. And many people find that it is easier to practice their gifts of grace and to grow in a healthy use of the gifts when they are in a smaller group, because the members of the group help each other. Look for a congregation that offers small group fellowships (cell groups), or offers Alpha-courses.


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Sermon by rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen at TFS Foundation Retreat, March 10th 2018 (board meeting).

For the time being Tao Fong Shan Christian Center is promoting the concept and praxis of Christfulness. CFN is very much in line with the vision of Ta Fong Shan and the founders of this spiritual center. I was invited to conduct an Eucharistic service for the members of the board of TFS Foundation. The sermon gives you an idea of the setting in which CFN is transmitted in Hong Kong. There is an English as well as Cantonese version og the sermon. Blessings, Ole Skjerbæk Madsen

Sermon by rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen at TFS Foundation Retreat March 10th2018 (board meeting).

Link to the Cantonese version

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,

I think many of us gathering here today has fallen in love with this mountain where the wind of the God’s incarnate Tao is blowing. You often sense the wind as you round the corner at Dao Guang Tai before entering the archway.

We have a great legacy from Karl Ludvig Reichelt and the founders of TFS. This legacy is both spiritual and material.

The buildings, the Church yard, the nature are important parts of this legacy and working with the maintenance of the buildings and securing the slopes is guarding this legacy. The material legacy points to the spiritual legacy which is about dialogue and honest conversation between people adhering to different traditions of faith and spirituality and for a contextual sharing of the Gospel in a non-judgmental way, yet still with a lucid and clear focus on the living relationship with Jesus Christ. Reichelt was looking for points of contact in the faith and spiritual practice of the other, and TFS witnesses to his concern to share the gospel with them in a way and in forms that would not be strange to them; they should feel at home and thus finding the traces of the true Tao and Light of the world in their own tradition and spiritual background. Yet in the honest conversation with the other, Christ was not a hidden agenda, because he would always point to him. As Notto R. Thelle writes,“He was not interested in the lines of demarcation between Christianity and other faiths, but was concerned about the centre, where Christ, the eternal Logos, was drawing all people to himself.”

When he was using the translation Tao for Logos in the Gospel of John and took refuge in The perfect and mysterious Tao this was no camouflage aiming at luring Buddhist and Taoist monks into the fold of Christianity. He earnestly believed in Jesus Christ, the Tao who had become flesh. May I once more quote Notto R. Thelle:

“With his profound faith in Christ as the incarnation of the eternal Logos or Tao, Reichelt was convinced that, ultimately, Christ would not be an offense or a stranger to the truth-seeking spirits of the East. He was the centre they had been seeking all the time, the One who had been drawing them toward truth. It is characteristic that he wrote about one of those who had met Christ “from within,” stating that his encounter with Christ was an “encounter with a friend. A deep joy of recognition filled his soul.”  The true seekers would re-cognize Christ as the Tao they had been searching for all the time.”

Today’s scripture speaks about us as Christians to share the lot of the saints in light, because Jesus saved us from the power of darkness. Jesus is the saving light of the world, or rather – in the light of the Prologue of John’s Gospel: The Logos or Tao of God is the light of the world in Jesus Christ, because the Tao became flesh. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

The great original Tao is inexpressible and beyond all understanding. Tao can’t be grasped, because God is “I AM THAT I AM”. There is no other cause for God’s being or existence than God. God’s being is an unconditioned being, whereas our being is a conditioned existence; there’s a cause for our being; we are created.

But God is not unknown; the great original Tao manifests itself or himself through the ongoing act of creation. Through Tao all things were made; without Tao nothing was made that has been made. The Tao through whom God created the world is the inexpressible expression of God’s being, and as such we speak of him as the Son of God. When Tao became flesh in Jesus Christ, there still is something in him we can’t grasp: ”He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” (John 1:10). Yet the great original Tao and the manifesting and creating Tao has a human face in Jesus Christ. In Jesus God is no stranger to us. He invites us into a personal relationship.

In the human nature of the incarnate Tao we find our original nature. Believing in him the original nature is restored to us. We realize that we are created in the image of God. Jesus calls us to be the light of the world as he is the light of the world.

I’ve been invited to be a pastor on this mountain, where the Spirit of the Tao made flesh is blowing, to introduce the concept and spiritual practices of Christfulness. One of the aspects of Christfulness is the realisation and experience of “Christ in me”.  This refers to the image of God or Christ in me; it says that Christ grows in me, in the very centre of my being, and takes form in me; I am Tao-formed. My original nature is to follow the way, the Tao which is mirrored in me. This can happen when my inner being reflects God in God’s approach to me in the Tao, who created the world and was made flesh.

We are created to reflect the creative light of God, so God can recognize God self in us, and so our fellow beings can know God by the light which shines from us, as a reflection of God. ”You are the light of the world.”

One of the spiritual practices in Christfulness is listening to the voice of God. I often write in a notebook, what I receive listening to God when meditating on the Bible – especially if it’s something which shall be shared with others; I call these texts for inspirations in order to avoid the misunderstanding that I should in some way be a 100% pure channel for God, for, as Paul says, all such revelations must be tried and tested. When I meditated on the light revealed at the transfiguration of our Lord on mount Tabor, I was given this inspiration:

You have seen the true Light. I’ve touched your hearts and made them alive. I’ve shown unto you mine and the Father’s love. I call you my brothers and sisters, because this is what you are.

The first time you saw the Light, it was as if you had fallen in love or it felt like rapture. And you long for that experience. How good it is to be here. But the Light shines into the darkness to fulfill its purpose. My Light shone most clearly on the cross, as I with the suffering humankind prayed:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? ”The light shines brightest, where the serving Love is greatest. On such a day a criminal will be with me in Paradise, and on such a day sinners will find forgiveness and a new life.

This is the Light you have seen, and which in you shall be brought to the world. This is more than falling in love with me. It is more than the ecstatic bliss in God’s presence. The brightest light in you is more than this. If you only aspire being in love and experience bliss, your light will darken. When I touched your heart, I meant to awaken God’s image in you. You see God’s image in my life. You’ll have to follow me, if the image of God shall be clearly seen in you. It is the serving love, which is my Light in you.

I send you into the world, and often you’ll feel left on your own and feel alone even among many people. You may experience an absence of God. But I live by faith in your hearts. And as you serve others in the world in deeds, presence and loving awareness, this is where it’s good to be for your fellow beings – and your own life will reveal itself as closely linked, yea at home in my Light.

It’s a privilege to serve at this mountain, and when we guard the spiritual as well as material legacy of TFS we are fulfilling our filial piety  (hau / xiào) to the founders of Tao Fong Shan. We’ll guard their legacy, in gratitude, and together we will thus continue in looking for points of contact in meeting the religiously and spiritual other and looking for the expressions of Tao in their life, spiritual practices and world view; and we’ll aspire to be looking for the image of God in the persons we meet. And we know that we will change following this way, and that Tao Fong Shan will change to be faithful to the legacy entrusted to us.

With all my heart I take refuge

In God Most High, Who created all things,

The merciful Father, source of all goodness.


With all my heart I take refuge

In Christ, the Redeemer from sin,

Who restores my true nature,

The perfect and mysterious Word.


With all my heart I take refuge

In the One who embraces the universe,

Who at all times and in all places

Responds to our needs,

The pure and tranquil Holy Spirit.

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Christ is risen, and restores our original nature

“The highest skies are in love with you. The great Earth opens its palms.”

This is the opening of praise of God from the Jesus-sutras, written by the Nestorian Christians in China around 800 AD, and these worlds might just as well have been the Universe’s reaction to Christ’s resurrection.

Heaven and earth unites in joy.

Creation is restored through Christ’s death and resurrection. Through the cross Jesus descended into the depths of the earth, as well as into the realm of our dead ancestors. He is with the words of the Jesus-sutra “the Saviour of the countless suffering beings”. And the sutra goes on praising him:

“Compassionate joyous Lamb

Loving all who suffer

Fearless as you strive for us

You have freed us from the karma of our lives,

Brought us back to our original nature.”

Nothing binds us any longer to a meaningless life or to a destiny formed by our ancestors or our own actions. Jesus Christ frees us from karma, from original sin, and from that pattern of abuse which has bound us to death.

Our original nature that he restores to us is the freedom belonging to God’s children. It’s a reflection in our hearts and in our lives of God’s loving presence to us in Christ Jesus. He sets us free to once more knowing God and to sharing life with God. He sets us free to care for nature an all our fellow-created beings. He sets us free to serve each other in love and with the gifts of the Spirit.

He is risen, he lives, and he is at once with God and with us. Jesus’ resurrection is a factual happening 2000 years ago, and it’s an experiential fact to all who believe in him. That’s why we pray and call upon him. Would it be meaningful to call upon him, if his lfe, death and resurrection were fiction, or if he had remained in his tomb?

We pray to him, and today he says to us:

I Am the resurrection and the life. Who so ever believe in me shall inherit life everlasting with me. Not even suffering and death will separate us from each other. I give my Spirit to you, so that I may live in you and guide you as you listen to my silent voice in your heart and conscience. I give unto you my Spirit, so that my word in the Bible becomes life to you. I give unto you my Spirit, so that you may serve each other and the earth in the power of my Kingdom.

“The highest skies are in love with you.

The great Earth opens its palms.”

Christ is risen! Truly risen!

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The Lord’s Prayer as intercession

Jesus has taught us to come to God as children that approach their parents in confidence and trust. Jesus gave us The Lord’s Prayer to pray, and to use as a model for praying. We will have a kind of meditative version of praying this prayer, and we will do it as a kind of intercession.

I’ll ask you to remind yourself of a person you know who is in need of the presence of God. This may be concerning a person who is ill, or a person who has caused you pain, or your thoughts may reach out to persons in need due to famine, catastrophes, war and civil war, or …  … You know best which person you’ll have in mind, needing God’s help.

Sit comfortably. Feel your body’s contact with the floor and the chair back. Let your feet rest on the floor if possible – imagine they have roots, going deep into the ground. Relax your shoulders – your jaw – let your face relax – you don’t need to think about anything right now. Sense your breathing – don’t change it – just relax in it – feel Gods’ presence. When you breathe out, you release the tension and restlessness.

Come Holy Spirit, and guide us in our prayer:

Our Father in heaven

Ponder on how great God is, and know that God is present as a caring mother or   father.

May wonder and thankfulness fill you!

Ask God to reveal God’s presence for the person or persons for whom you pray.

Hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come

Thank you, Holy Spirit, that you bring the peace and joy of God’s Kingdom, and may this peace and joy find its way to the person or persons for whom I pray.

Your will be done, on earth as in heaven

Your Spirit knows us fully, and knows what’s best for us. Reveal your good will in the life of the person or persons for whom I pray. And leave the assurance that you intend the best the person or persons for whom I pray.

Give us today our daily bread.

You do not give a stone, if we ask for bread, but you give what we need mostly in the circumstances of our present situation. I ask you, Father, may the person or persons for whom I pray, receive your Holy Spirit and what they need the most just now, according to your loving-kindness.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Help the person or persons for whom I pray, to be able to forgive and to receive    forgiveness.

If you yourself need to forgive the person or persons for whom you pray, tell God about it so that God for Christ’s sake will make you free in your relationship.

Lead us not into temptation

Let not the problems, life circumstances become insurmountable to the person or persons for whom I pray, so that it ends up in doubt, despair and hopelessness and thus gives room for the devil or temptations.

But deliver us from evil.

Thank you Father, that your Son has overcome Satan’s power. May the person or persons for whom I pray, experience Christ’s victory over the powers of darkness in the present situation.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Be filled by gratitude and praise of God, and giving thanks and praise include the person or persons for whom you pray.

Listen to Torsten Borbye Nielsen; Our Father:

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