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Friday, July 31, 2009

Thinking about death

Two things in life are certain. Death and Taxes. Death isn't something we like to think about. Most of our lives we spend trying to avoid the subject. The Scripture says, "Out of the mouths of two to three witnesses shall every word be established." Yesterday I was reminded about death three different times due to something that I had read.

The first reminder came from a very moving article by a popular blogger known as "Jollyblogger." The article is entitled "What if you only had one month to live?" For Jollyblogger, the question isn't abstract. Jollyblogger has been diagnosed with cancer and he doesn't know how long he has to live. Now he's taking the time to think about the ultimate issues.

You can read Jollyblogger's very moving essay here:

The second reminder came from Philip Yancey's book Finding God in Unexpected Places. I just received the book yesterday and, lo and behold, the first chapter is about death. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. Yancey's insights about how so much of American culture is designed to avoid the inevitability of death is definitely worth the read.

The third reminder came from my daily Bible reading. In 2 Timothy 3:6-8, the Apostle Paul is nearing the end of his life. Here is what he says:

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.


I'd like to be able to say that at the end of my life. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is telling me something. Perhaps He's telling us all something.

Are we listening?

40 Christian homes burned in Pakistan


This was sent to me by a Christian friend in Pakistan:

“Muslim attackers set on fire about 40 Christian homes in Korian village, Toba Tek district in Punjab Province on Thursday night, many including Christian children and women are feared burnt to death,” Pakistan Christian Post reported.

Sources in Toba Tek district, which is also the district headquarter told Pakistan Christian Post (PCP) that on Sunday night Muslims were searching for one boy in a a large gathering of a Christian wedding ceremony; they accused that the boy accused had burnt down pages of the Koran (Quran) – the Holy Book of Muslims.

Though the Christian and Muslim elders in the village defused the tension on clarification of the Christian youth that he had not burnt pages of the Quran, the Muslim mob came back on Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. calling upon the Korian Muslims from Mosque’s loudspeakers asking them to gather and teach a lesson to “infidel Christians” who they said are protecting a boy accused of blasphemy on burning the holy pages of Quran.

The sources said the nearby villages also made same announcements from mosques and Muslims gathered before homes of Christians in large numbers.

Shouting “Allah Oh Akbar,” – Allah is great - “Kill infidels” and the Muslim mob started setting on fire homes of Christians. As it was night, the Christian children, women and men with fear locked their doors to hide inside and many are feared death inside their homes, sourced told PCP.

PCP said when news of attack on Christians came to the District Police Officer in Toba Tek, he ordered deployment of police and Fire Brigade but Muslim mob blocked roads by lying on road.

It is second incident of burning homes of Christian in Punjab province when Muslim mob on accusation of blasphemy attacked village Bahamin Wala in district Kasur on July 1, 2009;, at that time no lost of lives was reported unlike this time.


http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090730/muslims-set-40-christian-home-on-fire-children-women-burnt-to-death/index.html

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Guess who's been racially profiled?

I watched the interview with Colin Powell last night on Larry King with great interest. I felt that Powell's comments were respectful both to Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley. What floored me was when Larry King asked Colin Powell if he had ever been racially profiled. You can watch Powell's commentary here, then read my comment below. No peaking:



Did the same thing strike you? If Colin Powell could be racially profiled while he was the national security advisor to the president of the United States, what does that say for the countless other black Americans that claim they have been racially profiled?

Shouldn't we take their claims a little more seriously?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

So what's the deal with Jonah's worm?


I've been thinking about the story of Jonah lately. If you've ever attended Sunday School or seen the Veggie Tales movie, then you know the basic outline of the story (minus the fish slapping of course).

The basic outline goes like this:

Jonah is a prophet to the people of Israel. God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh and prophesy against the city. Instead of obeying God, Jonah decides to go the other way and take a ship to Tarshish. While on the ship, God sends a life threatening storm and the pagan sailors assume it must be because of some grave sin committed by one of the passengers, so they inquire to their gods by casting lots, and lo and behold, the lot falls on Jonah. Jonah realizes that he has sinned, so he recommends that the sailors throw him overboard, which they do and the next thing you know Jonah gets swallowed by a giant fish and spends three days in the fish's belly.

After Jonah gets spit out on dry land, God speaks to Jonah again to go to Nineveh and this time he obeys. Jonah goes to Nineveh, warns them that God will destroy the city in 40 days, and the entire city repents with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

Here is what happens next as quoted directly from the Bible:



1. But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.

2 He prayed to the LORD, O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

3 Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.

4 But the LORD replied, Have you any right to be angry?

5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.

7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered.

8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, It would be better for me to die than to live.

9 But God said to Jonah, Do you have a right to be angry about the vine? I do, he said. I am angry enough to die.

10 But the LORD said, You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.

11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?


That's the end of the story.

Here are a few questions I'd love to get some feedback from my readers on.

A. From the story, what do you think God was trying to teach Jonah by sending a worm to eat up the plant?

B. What other choices did Jonah have in responding to God?

C. Can you relate to Jonah and his attitude towards God and towards the people of Ninevah?

Keep in mind that the people of Nineveh had brutally oppressed Jonah's people in the past.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Obama's secret plot to destroy Catholic social teaching. Really??

I was looking for material to post today when this video was sent to me via e-mail. This one's almost too easy.

Watch first, and then I'll comment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVN2MMuiedI

Sounds like a slam dunk doesn't it?

The video implies three things.

1. Socialism is Satanic
2. Mainstream Catholic social teaching is pro-capitalist and anti-socialistic
3. In order for Obama to push his Satanic socialist agenda, he has to bypass the leadership of the Catholic Church and build alliances with far-left fringe minority groups within the Catholic church.

As to the first suggestion, that socialism is Satanic, I'll let the reader decide that, but before we jump to the conclusion that premise two and three are gospel truth, take a look at this article in USA today about the current Pope Benedict's economic sympathies.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Benedict writes, "The market is not, and must not become, the place where the strong subdue the weak.
"

The encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) is a theologically dense explication of Catholic social teaching that draws heavily from earlier popes, particularly PaulVI's critique of capitalism 42 years ago. And echoing his predecessor John Paul II, Benedict says, "every economic decision has a moral consequence."


Italics emhasis mine.

Here's another quote from the article:

The pope's views here are "to the left of Obama in terms of economic policy," particularly in calls for redistribution of wealth, says political scientist Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


Again, italics emphasis mine.

Now here are the Pope's own words according to his latest encyclical on economic policy.

According to the encyclical:

•Labor must be safeguarded after years of rampant market forces leaving citizens powerless in the face of "new and old risks" and without effective trade union protections.

•Elimination of world hunger is essential for "safeguarding the peace and stability of the planet," and the problem is not resources but their inequitable distribution. (italics emphasis mine)

•The environment is "God's gift to everyone" and we have a "grave duty to hand the earth on to future generations" in good condition, says Benedict. He laments, "how many natural resources are squandered by wars!"


My point here is not to deify socialism, but to say that Christians shouldn't be propagators of false hood. A lot of Christians will watch this video and buy into it hook, line, and sinker not because not because it's rooted in truth, but because they want to believe it's true. They want to believe that the Pope agrees with them so much that they'll never bother to check the facts to see if he actually does. Of course, there are some significant differences between the Pope and Obama on issues such as abortion and gay marriage. But this whole idea that Obama's calls for "redistribution of wealth" is foreign to Catholic social teaching is patently false.

If premise two and three are true, apparently the Pope hasn't received the memo.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Interview with Pastor Tim O Brien from Jesus Camp



I've known Pastor Tim O Brien for several years now, including before his family, and in particular his son Levi O Brien became immortalized in the hit documentary Jesus Camp. I've preached at Pastor Tim's church more than once and we've had a few friendly debates on this blog. Our similarities and our differences has produced a bit of an iron sharpens iron relationship over the years. So I thought it might be nice for my readers to get a sense of Pastor Tim's passion for ministry in his own words,unfiltered by the secular media. Here are Pastor Tim's responses to my inquiries.

Question: Tell me about how you and your family got involved in Jesus Camp.

Answer: Our church youth were at a Kids in Ministry conference (a ministry led by Becky Fischer which teaches children the supernatural works of Jesus). The film crew that produced Jesus Camp was there, although we didn’t know who they were. One of the co-producers experienced a dramatic healing from chronic back pain when my son Levi prayed for her. After that, they were drawn to our ministry and our church kids as subjects of their film.

Question: What has been the effect of Jesus Camp on your family and on your ministry?

Answer: Although the film was not edited in our favor, many people saw through the bias and were impacted by the passion of the children. We have tons of stories of lives, churches, and youth groups radically touched by the film. That opened many doors for us. As a result we have been able to spread the message (that youth can minister at a very young age) both nationally and internationally. The open doors we walked through after Jesus Camp have resulted in a steady opportunity for ministry to the Church concerning youth. Ministry Today magazine ran an article highlighting five youth ministries across the country. Ours was one of them.

Question: What has Levi been up to these days? Is he still planning for future ministry?

Answer: Levi is so passionate for Jesus, he is often ready to burst. He preaches in various settings with the emotion of Tommy Tenney and the rallying cry of William Wallace. His brother Luke shares the same fervor. Their daily prayer times are filled with “loud cries” and energy for Jesus. Despite what the press said, Levi has no desire to be a pastor, but he and his brother preach meatier messages than most pastors I know. Since age 8 Levi has had a longing to minister in India and has made one trip already.

Question: You have been a vocal advocate of training young children to flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Tell me the affect this has had on your church and on the children in your church.

Answer: Literally I can ask my youth conduct a service top to bottom (music, preaching, altar call, etc.) with a greater anointing than 80% of the charismatic services you will ever see in America. I never even touch the mic. This has come from years of training them and expecting from them. There is no indication biblically that Jesus did not expect children to preach, heal, raise the dead, get visions and words of knowledge, and pray and fast. Over the years, we lost a few families who could not get away from the prevalent entertainment-driven mentality of children’s ministry. The families who have stuck it out, however, have reaped huge blessings.

Question: What has been the focus of your ministry lately?

Tim: Since 1996 the focus of our ministry has been to gain and protect the Presence of the Lord. Everything we do revolves around God’s Presence. Our goal is to have a congregation that is 100% responsive to Jesus, young and old alike. Our ministry has been greatly impacted by World Revival Church (www.worldrevivalchurch.com), which grew out of the Smithton Outpouring. Recently, we have been involved in the opening of a Prayer Center in our community where prayer, worship and ministry goes on for a good portion of the week.

Question: What do you consider to be your life message?

Answer: Our message is that the Church in America and most of the world is mis-focused on initial salvation and Heaven. The Bible is focused on discipleship and the display of God’s glory on earth! We believe that the greatest event in human history is yet to occur. It is the culmination of the ages when what Jesus did for through the cross and resurrection will be fully manifest in a world-wide revival ushered in by a powerful praying Church that carries the stature of Jesus.

Nigerian scammers, African American robbers, and racist white cops--the problem with stereotypes


The last day I was in Nigeria, I was riding in the car with my host to the airport, making small conversation, when all of the sudden the conversation took a more serious turn. Seemingly out of nowhere, the man said "It's a shame that the Western media portrays us Nigerians as crooks and robbers. There are many good people here. After all, can you guarantee that if I go to America that I won't be robbed?"

Gulp.

Good point.

I have to admit that I had harbored some pretty negative stereotypes of Nigerians before my trip last week, and I consider myself to be a person that works hard to fight negative stereotypes against entire groups of people. Even so, my impression of Nigeria before actually going there was that it's a nation of corrupt politicians, e-mail scammers, and a church steeped in witchcraft and extreme prosperity teaching. In my defense, some of the stereotypes came from my Nigerian friends and from watching Nigeria movies in the past, but even so, I should have known better.

The problem with stereotypes is they put walls between people, and they allow people to think they know someone without actually taking the time to get to know the person. I have a feeling that the vast majority of people don't fit the stereotypes placed upon them. Whether they be stereotypes of religion, race, or political persuasion.

So let me just say in light of the recent unjust arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. Not all Nigerians are crooks. Not all African Americans are robbers. And not all white cops are racist. Having said that, I think that racial profiling is a huge problem and needs to be addressed. While we address the problem, let's not forget that unjust stereotypes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Egyptian jihadist meets Jesus

Vastly unreported in mainstream media is the fact that Jesus is appearing to Muslims throughout the world in dreams and visions, and many are choosing to follow Him as a result. When I was in Senegal, I met more than one former Muslim that decided to follow Jesus because of a dream or a vision. Even my Muslim neighbor knew about the phenomenon. This is one of the more remarkable stories out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GMkcgqZ3mc

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Verse of the day. Psalm 18:28

Psalm 18:28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Interview with Steve Smith from Global Messenger Service


Steve Smith has been a friend and colleague for years. I grew up under his preaching at Life Christian Church. He now works with a ministry called Global Messenger Service and is actively traveling the world and raising up leaders for the next generation. I asked Steve a few questions about his life and ministry. Here's what he had to say.
Q. Tell me about your work with Global Messenger Service. What do
you normally do when you travel to a foreign country?

A. I have been a team member with Global Messenger Service for the past 5 ½ years. I travel internationally between 7 – 8 times per year conducting pastors and leaders seminars, speaking in churches and doing humanitarian work. We help provide for a girls home who have been saved from infanticide in India. We also provide gifts on a regular basis for a boy’s jail in India. As well, we partner with Jack & Sherry Harris, (President of Global Messenger Service) in providing laptop computers and video IPODS with a video Bible School. We travel to India, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Senegal, Vietnam, Austria, and Papua.


Q. You left an Associate Pastor position at a large church in order
to focus on your missionary work full time. How has the adjustment
been for you and your family?[

A. It was a huge transition. However now on this side of that decision, I can’t imagine not making that choice. It basically came down to me searching my heart and uncovering the priorities that I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. Those were, writing, speaking and going to the nations of the world to raise up leaders. I am privileged to be doing all three of those now.

Q. What motivates you to do what you do?[Steve Smith] I would have to answer that with seeing people who have no hope about life and watching them feel refreshed, lifted and loved. I have a raging passion to tell one more person they are going to make it! No matter what they face, no matter how close to the end it seems, they are going to make it. It doesn’t mean everything turns out the way we want it to. But in the end we know that God’s hand was involved and we are now better off than we could ever imagine of being.

Q. What is your most memorable moment on the mission field?

A. Well I think every trip is the best trip. However, two come to mind immediately; One was going to Borneo island and speaking to a tribe of people who lived as far back as you can get in long houses. The second was the trip we just took to Papua. As primitive as you can get yet we found people hungry for God and that was so rewarding.

Q. Tell me about E-Hope. Why did you start it and what kind of response have you gotten?

A. E-Hope is a weekly email that I started to do nothing more than encourage people. I found people hopeless around the world. I wanted to do something about that. So I started E-HOPE. It is 2 paragraphs long, I never ask for anything and it is filled with thoughts of encouragement. It is delivered to their email inbox every Wednesday morning. Unless of course you are international it could be that night. I started with 187 names and currently I have over 4000 recipients in 14 different nations! I am working to have the website have a Spanish translation by January 2010 as well as E-HOPE in Spanish by that time as well.


Q. How can someone be added to your weekly E-Hope E-Zine?

A. You can go to the website www.yourvoiceofhope.com and sign up for E-HOPE or you can send me an email to steve@yourvoiceof hope.com and request to be added to the email list. We do not sell or exchange these names to anyone.

When will the Word comfort me?

The other night was the day of the year that I read Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. One of the things I’ve discovered lately is that when I read a passage out loud, I discover things I’ve never seen before. I encourage you to try it some time. It works.

Anyhow, here is the verse I found intriguing.

“My eyes fail from searching Your word, saying ‘When will you comfort me?’” Vs. 82

How is that for honesty? Have you ever read the Word looking for comfort, but don’t feel much different after you put your Bible down? I know I have. Isn’t it comforting to know that within the pages of Holy Scripture there are Biblical writers that emphasize with your pain? I find it comforting to know that I’m in good company when I don’t have it all together.

Maybe that’s the point.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Note to missionary critics. Religious freedom in Mauritania is a human rights issue


Mauritania is a land of striking beauty. With sand dunes lined against the sky, Bedouins riding camels in the countryside, and flying beetles that look like they come straight from the abyss of the Apocalypse; Mauritania is a land of extremes—extreme beauty, extreme hospitality, and lately, extreme religion. As the world mourned the death of Michael Jackson, another man went not so quietly into the night, though largely unnoticed by mainstream media.

On Tuesday, June 23rd 2009, an American Christian worker named Chris Leggett was gunned down by Al Qaeda for the alleged “crime” of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. To give you an idea of what kind of man Chris Legget was, the 39-year old native of Cleveland, Tennessee not only taught computer science in a low-class neighborhood in the capital city of Nouakchott, he also, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner, worked with the prison systems to train and equip women and young boys to re-enter society, directed a training center providing training in computer skills, sewing, and literacy, and oversaw a micro-loan program which fostered the growth of hundreds of small businesses.

Although the miniscule media coverage has been fairly straightforward, I was saddened to see some of the nasty comments on the Huffington Post when Ahmed Mohammed posted the Associated Press story on the site. Although a few of the comments unequivocally condemned Leggett’s murder for what it is, a cowardly act of violence motivated by extremists, far too many seemed to think that Leggett was somehow “asking for it” because of the nature of his work in a Muslim land, as if Chris Leggett somehow deserved to die because of his passion for sharing his faith.

One commenter wrote, “Well, you know, it is their country. You go walking around with arrogant disregard of their laws, you better be prepared to pay the consequences. Non-story.” Another commenter cut from the same cloth replied, “I agree. It doesn't take much intelligence for non-military Americans to keep out of these countries. You not only go there at your own risk - you ask for it.”

My beef isn’t so much with the Huffington Post (who likely has little control over what people comment on the site), but to the people who made those nasty comments (there were some that were far worse) I would like to say feel free to criticize Christian missionaries working in Muslims lands, but I hope you realize that you’re criticizing from a position of privilege. Many of you live in countries that allow you to choose your religious beliefs without fear of torture, imprisonment, or death. Hundreds of millions of Muslims live in countries that deny them that right. How do you know that out of the worlds’ roughly 1.2 billion Muslims, that some of them don’t want to hear another perspective?

Chris Leggett most likely wasn’t banging the Bible over anyone’s head, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few curious Muslims quietly asked him about his religious beliefs. After all, most Muslims I know—unlike most Westerners I know—like to discuss religion in every day conversation and enjoy hearing other people’s perspectives. If a few of these same Muslims through peaceful dialogue came to the conclusion that Chris’s beliefs were correct, where’s the crime in that? If Chris Leggett did break Mauritanian law, then it was an unjust law that he broke. Last time I checked, breaking unjust laws is called civil disobedience. Acts of civil disobedience have been crucial to every major advance in human rights.

As a matter of fact, there are hundreds of secret believers in Mauritania right now. Many of them have been abducted, tortured in horrific ways, and forced to name their fellow believers—while the Mauritanian government looks the other way. According to many persecution watchdogs, the persecution of Christians in Mauritania is particularly ferocious, but the same story can be found in countless other countries like Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, and Pakistan. It’s time that the decent people of the world wake up to the fact that roughly a billion people live under governments that don’t allow them the freedom to obey their conscience in choosing their religious beliefs. The right to choose one’s religion is the most basic of human rights. After all, why should human rights apply to everyone except for Muslims?

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Interview with Terry McIntosh



I'm going to start interviewing people on this blog that I think are doing interesting things around the world or have a unique perspective that both believers and seekers need to hear. My first interview is with Terry McIntosh, a man that has lived and worked in the West Bank and is responsible for leading a great number of Palestinian Muslims to Christ. There's probably no other person on earth that can make such a claim. I found his answers fascinating.

Q. You are best known for starting the Jesus House of Prayer located in Jericho, which is Palestinian territory in the West Bank. How did you start the Jesus House of Prayer and what kind of spiritual impact has the Jesus House of Prayer had on the Palestinian people?

A. Initially, we hosted a first ever Christian parade through the streets of Jericho in May 1996 under armed guard to discourage interference from Islamic extremists. We followed up by opening the Jesus House on Sept. 27, 1996 in the midst of armed conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The people welcomed us with open arms to the dismay of radical elements. Palestinian First Lady Suha Arafat gave us her personal blessings. Her involvement encouraged further police and military protection, which we needed in the beginning, and all that by the hand of God to His glory. The Jesus House ministry expanded tremendously in 2002 during a national crisis when I was, by God's direction and grace, permitted to go on Islamic TV to call both Israel and Palestine to repentance through Jesus Christ. This was an unprecedented event in Islamic history, and drew wide attention. As a result, so many people came to hear about Jesus that overflow crowds had to sit outside as we preached the gospel. Numbers grew so large that we were forced to go to home groups in order to minister on a more intimate basis. Radicals kept trying to destroy the ministry, but the Lord broke down spiritual walls, and today there are as many as five other Christian based ministries operating in Jericho. The city is wide open to the gospel. Regarding the Jesus House, we have turned responsibility over to local Arab ministers.

Q. What led you to start a ministry directed towards the Palestinian people?

A. The better question is "Who" led us to launch out in the West Bank. Of course, that was Christ. He did so in a directional dream vision that I could not excuse. It was the right time in God's plan for the Palestinian people.

Q. What were some of the challenges that you faced living in Jericho as a missionary to the Palestinian people?

A. We were challenged on all fronts by both Islam and Christianity. Hamas called for my death, threatened ministry partners, and persecuted believers. Orthodox Christians warned us to stop baptizing "Muslims." Some within Israel's Christian Zionist movement condemned our efforts, and accused me of having made deals with Yasser Arafat and devils. They could not understand how we did what we did without compromise. It was widely proclaimed within those circles that I did not preach the real gospel, but only hosted a meeting place for Muslims to socialize. They accused us of being antisemitic and missed a great move of God. Outright lies were perpetrated against us by some Christians in their zeal to put Israel first and squash a Godly move among Palestinians. We were truly between bullets, so to say, naturally and spiritually.

Q. How has your ministry been received back in the U.S., particularly among Charismatic Christians?

A. For the most part, we have been ignored. Christian giants like CBN and TBN knew about us, but refused to focus public attention on the situation for the purpose of prayer and helps. They left us to swim or sink all on our own. To God's glory, we survived, and no man can claim any credit for what has happened in Jericho. We are eternally thankful for those few who did stand with us during those critical times. Otherwise, some effort was made to discredit us by some Christian Zionists. It was reported in the Jerusalem Post that I had abandoned the work in Jericho during the second Intifada. That was a blow to ego, but an outright lie intended to further diminish the work we were doing. It was during the 2nd Intifada that I was featured on Islamic TV and radio as the ministry grew in large numbers. The ICEJ had to change their on line report about it as the Lord could not be stopped by any well oiled propaganda machine. The Zionists support certain people in Jericho now, and the gospel is preached from whatever motive.

Q. Tell me about your book Between Bullets.

A. Between Bullets is a compilation of emails and notes documenting all the glories and hardships we experienced in tearing down that Islamic stronghold. It was thrown together for the sake of posterity rather than a fundraiser. I did it to honor the Lord for his goodness, and to maintain accuracy. It is available on line at amazon.com and other outlets.

Q. Lastly, what is the best advice you can give for Christians that want to share their faith with Muslims, but are either afraid or don't know where to start?

A. The first requirement is to truly love the person, and not fear the religion. Aside from the basics of Christian love, it is important to lead and not be led in conversation. There are specific issues that every Muslim faces on the path to freedom in Christ, and they must be addressed accurately. We can aid anyone who is serious about learning how to do that. It is not difficult.

website: www.usajourney.us,

Who says you can't laugh in church?

I thought you could use a good laugh. This one is hilarious!



Have a great day!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Verse of the day. Mark 9:23

If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes--Jesus.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Here's a little comic relief for my fellow authors

My publicist sent this video to me for some comic relief. As a new author, I can definitely relate.



Can I get a witness?