No More Defective Faith: The Exchanged Life (Hudson Taylor)

No more defective faith -- "The Exchanged Life" by Hudson Taylor - (Chapter and PDF) "Instead of bondage, liberty; instead of failure, quiet victories within; instead of fear and weakness, a restful sense of sufficiency in Another."

Few books have affected me as profoundly as Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets. 

It’s available on Amazon, on audio and CD, and on Kindle.

(At the time of this post, the Kindle version is only 99 cents. Order it today!)

Who is Hudson Taylor?

Excerpt from the back of the audio CD:

You may be unfamiliar with the spiritual magnitude of Hudson Taylor, a great and godly man who was a pioneer missionary to China.

You will be amazed at the relevance of this man’s life as you see how effectively he modeled the integration of truth, faith, humility, and obedience.

His secret of the “exchanged life,” and his profound dependence on the Lord for every need, must be discovered by a new generation.

Physician, evangelist, administrator, visionary, compassionate husband and father–Hudson Taylor filled all these roles, and more.

He left a lasting mark on the great country of China, and few in the history of the Chinese church have accomplished so much with so little.

Hudson Taylor’s life exemplifies how to wholly trust God because God is indeed enough. That was the “secret” by which he lived and it can be yours as well.

In my recent post about The Vine and the Branches by David Tryon entitled Jesus Said, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” I said, “Huh?”, I credit Tryon’s writing and Hudson Taylor’s for crystalizing my understanding of what it truly means to abide in Christ.

All of Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets is brilliant, but Chapter 14 –– The Exchanged Life is the section I re-read the most.

In it, Taylor explains his breakthrough to understanding how to truly abide in Christ. 

I’m surprised I don’t have this chapter memorized as much as I’ve studied it.

I long for The Exchanged Life to be more fully reflected in my life.

I’ve provided the transcript of the chapter in its entirety below.

I transcribed it from one of my many copies of Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets. 

In fact, the copy I used is so worn, I’ve lost the cover and the first chapter.

But I’ve since ordered two new copies to replace the battered one.

I wanted two, so I can loan one out and still never be without one at home.

Smart, I know.

At the end of this post is a downloadable PDF of this chapter. But you really should buy the whole book. In fact, buy two copies.

Enjoy and prepare to be changed! [Read more…]

When Our Dreams Shatter & God Doesn’t Move, We Will TRUST IN YOU (by Lauren Daigle)

When Our Dreams Shatter and God Doesn't Move, We Will TRUST IN YOU (music video by Lauren Daigle) via

I’m going to a friend’s funeral today.


I hate cancer.

Ten years ago this May, my mom died of cancer.

I lost my dad three years later. Not to cancer, but something else hideous and destructive.

God didn’t move the mountains I needed Him to move. He didn’t part the waters I wanted Mom, Dad and our friend Kyle to walk through.

But I will trust in Him.

Two days after Mom’s funeral, I sat beside Dad. Our shoulders slumped with grief. Dad stared at the floor, fighting tears and hopelessness. 

I cried out to God. “Why did You leave us here without Mom? You know Dad’s health is not well. What will he do?”

The answer immediately came to my heart. [Read more…]

When Stress Mounts — BREATHE by Jonny Diaz (Monday Music)


Click to view music video Breathe by Jonny Diaz (For those times when stress mounts) via

Is your stress mounting? Mine is.


I have more deadlines than time to meet them.


What if I can’t meet them?


I’m breathing all right. I’m breathing so fast, I might hyperventilate.

You will keep in

perfect peace

all who trust in You,

all whose thoughts are

fixed on You!”

~ Isaiah 26:3

When the storm clouds of stress mount, we can look beyond the storm to the Light … and breathe.

I can’t meet all my deadlines, but I can trust God to lead me each step.

If it’s to be, He’ll do it.

If it’s not, all the stress and work won’t make a difference.

We can trust God with our hopes, dreams, deadlines and results.

Don’t stress. Breathe.

Relax and listen to Jonny Diaz’s music video Breathe and let the light of God’s peace break through your stress today. [Read more…]

Silent Night — The Song That Stopped A War For A Day

Click to listen to Silent Night, The Song That Stopped the War for a Day via

Stille Nacht. Heilige Nacht.

All was quiet on the western front on Christmas Eve 1914 when the sound of singing broke the silence over the World War I battlefield.

Stille Nacht. Heilige Nacht.

Hunkered down in their foxholes, Allied soldiers recognized the tune rising from the German side of no-man’s land. 

Silent Night. Holy Night.

They joined their voices with the Germans over the battlefield and stopped the war on Christmas Eve.

Silent Night. Holy Night. 
All is calm. All is bright.

As the sun rose Christmas morning, the Allied soldiers noticed the Germans standing in their foxholes, waving.

The Allies stood, too. For a second. What if it was a German trick.

They peeked over their foxholes and stared in disbelief at what they witnessed next. [Read more…]

Parachute Lights & The Peace of Christ (They’re better than frown lines and fewer friends)

Click to read about the rehearsal dinner that led to parachute lights and the peace of Christ rather than frown lines and fewer friends. via

Forty-five people were coming to dinner, and it looked like we’d have no place to seat them.

This wasn’t just a regular dinner.

As if dinner for 45 people is ever a regular dinner.

Our son Bobby and his fiancee Kaitlyn were getting married, and this was their rehearsal dinner.

The groom’s family has one job. Just one. Feed the wedding party and special guests the night before the wedding. That’s it.

Plus, you want to impress the new in-laws, so they don’t grab their daughter and run.

So, what do you do when you learn the night before the dinner that there may not be a place to feed the 45 people coming? [Read more…]