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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sisters in Iran

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. (1 John 5:4 NKJV)

I received the following via the Voice of the Martyrs this morning.

Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh

Maryam Rustampoor, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, were arrested and sent to Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran. The two women did not rob a bank, kill a man or beat up someone.

Their crime? Loving Jesus. And it is for this reason alone they arestill imprisoned.

In August during a court hearing, the two were questioned repeatedly about their faith. They were told to return to Islam.

"We love Jesus," was their reply. Prosecutors asked the women, who had already spent five months in prison, if they regretted being Christians.

"We have no regrets," they said. "We will not deny our faith."

The judge sent them back to Evin Prison - notorious for its brutality - to "think about" their decision.

"We have already done our thinking," they told him.

Maryam and Marzieh are among dozens of Iranian Christians arrested, detained or interrogated in Iran in recent months. The harassment is the radical Islamic government's response to an Iranian revival that has thousands of Iranians coming to Christ each month.

What a wonderful reminder! In the midst of all the bad news about Iran, let us remember to pray for the Christians who are there... and the revival that is occurring. What a reminder! In spite of the evil of its leadership and the animosity of its culture to the gospel of Jesus Christ, nonetheless Christianity survives... thrives... even flourishes. What a reminder! We need to be busily sharing the love of Jesus Christ everywhere we go... here in America. It survives... thrives... even flourishes here, no matter what you might read in the news.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pray for Muslims Today

I read the following in the Associated Press today:

More than 50,000 Muslims are expected to take part in the event (a large prayer gathering on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol) Friday on Capitol Hill. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, says it is sad that some Christians have been hostile to the Muslims planning to gather Friday.

Mahoney says while some Christians may be uncomfortable at the prospect of the prayer event, he believes it shows the greatness of America.

"It is important to send a clear message that the Christian community loves the Muslim community. That we do not hate Muslims, that our heart is not set against Muslims, and that with the heart and compassion of Christ, we are to reach out and build bridges," he adds.

Agreed - we who name then name of Jesus Christ DO love muslim people. But that love is not demonstrated by accepting their faith, but by doing everything in our power to win them to Christ. For there is no salvation in Allah. Salvation is in the Lord Jesus Christ, and Him alone - Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

Today is a day of prayer for muslims, and a great muslim prayer meeting is planned in Washington D.C. today. Let us join our muslim friends and pray... but let us pray properly - that they might be delivered from the false doctrine they are enslaved to, and find the peace and salvation that only comes in knowing Jesus Christ. Let us pray for muslims to be saved today!

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Clock is Ticking!

Less than 24 hours to go before the Campfire Fellowship at the Johnson Ranch. Bring your fishing poles, your lawn chairs, your covered dish to pass, and come on over for a great evening of fun and fellowship. The Corn Hole tournament is a go, and for us old timers we'll have the horseshoe pit set up, too. And of course, the volleyball madness continues.

Only 2 more chances to attend one of these before summer and fall are flown by. Join us, Saturday evening at 6:00 (or earlier if you want... we'll be set up well before 6!)