Revelation 2-3 records seven letters from Jesus to seven of his churches in what is now Turkey. Today, Scott Dove and I were able to visit two of those churches: Philadelphia and Laodicea.
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“Wake up!” After having traveled for nearly 24 hours straight with very little sleep I didn’t think sleep would be an issue but while I had no problem falling asleep I woke up at 4:30 a.m. local, which was 8:30 p.m. back home.
I’ve been thinking about weakness lately. Frankly it is a subject I’d rather avoid.
Pastor Jon Heeringa and two of our covenant partners recently returned from nearly two weeks in London and Dubai. There, they learned about Christian outreach in the Muslim world. Jon says he took away several main lessons from their time. Here are Jon’s thoughts, with a short video on each.
On December 2, we will take a special offering to provide Bibles to new Christians in places where getting Bibles is not only difficult; it could be against the law. But the Word of God is the power to save, and so we are helping equip these new believers so they are grounded in truth.
“Asian is on the move.” It’s one of my favorite lines in C.S. Lewis’s classic “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,” and my affinity for the line has grown on this trip because it is clear Jesus is on the move in the Persian and Arabian world.
It’s a jail break! Or at least that is the best metaphor I can come up with. This is a land in bondage but it feels like in the process of transferring prisoners from the jail of Islam to what might be an even more secure jail of consumerism/materialism our Lord is staging a jail break. And make no mistake the Dubai Mall attached to the Burj Khalifa and the Emiratis Mall with its Ski Dubai facility are as much temples of demonic worship as the Grand Mosque. Yet God is at work and in powerful ways.
The words “worth” and “worship” are related, so what is worship worth to you?
I love it when I get a “Sacred Echo.” A few years ago I read a book by that same title that noted that God will often give us a “Sacred Echo” by repeating Himself in a variety of contexts. God certainly did this yesterday.
Yesterday was a rich day as we had a chance to learn more about what God is doing in Iran. Bottom line is God is mightily at work. The conservative estimate is that the church is growing at something like 19% annually.