Imprisoned for Christ in Iran
I received an email this morning from one of our partners in ministry about Mostafa who accepted our Lord Jesus Christ in 2009. Click here for the full story from a ministry sponsored by the Voice of the Martyrs.
He was recently imprisoned in Iran because they accused him of:
My thought was, "Lord, is there enough evidence to convict me of being a Christian?"
Is there enough evidence to convict you?
Revelation 2:1-6 "To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place — unless you repent. NKJV
Update 9-17-2013 - Fully Funded!
Brenda and I have the great privilege of ministering in Myanmar/Burma soon. I began to work with a young apostle starting in 2006 who served as one of our CONECTers. In 2008 he helped launch one of the first prayer centers through ORT. This strategy has helped leaders launch 34 prayer centers around the world so far. Our CONECTer worked with 7 different denominations and they established Mount Horeb Prayer Center.
During our outreach we will be not only will we minister to the founders of the prayer center, church elders and tribal elders but we will also host an Apostolic Leadership Conference for 150 ministers. The focus of this conference is equipping kings and priest to re-present the gospel of the kingdom with authority in power in Jesus name.
We see this as a strategic opportunity. Christians are a minority here, however, the area we are in has a large contingent of Christians. So we'll have an opportunity to help them build that eternal house of prayer for all nations with a view to launching a variety of aggressive church planting strategies into the nation.
We will also visit children in a nursery and install a fresh water well for the young apostle and his people. We covet your prayer and support ($2700 more needed today). If you would like to learn how you can partner with us in this strategic outreach then I invite you to visit
http://fundly.com/myanmar-burma-outreach. For those who have already given we say:
Thanks be to God for your indescribable gift
2 Corinthians 9:12-15
For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Brenda and I want to extend our sincerest heartfelt thanks to you for your partnership in the gospel and your stewardship distribution of the resources Christ put within your hands. We thank God for you and bless you in Jesus name.
Bless according to the Theological Workbook of the Old Testament means "to endue with power for success, prosperity, fecundity (means to reproduce), and longevity..."
Enjoy the slide show below!
Justice - Lies & the Condition of our Nation - "if you understand the Bible, you will understand how the world works."
I like what Rabbi Daniel Lappin says; "if you understand the Bible, you will understand how the world works."
Proverbs 29:12 provides us a current illustration. It says "If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked."
Consider the condition of truth in this nation and what has become the accepted norm in politics. Why even the Washington State Supreme court ruled in 2007 that lying is acceptable in politics. Lying is one of the dark roots that is undermining our nation. 1 Timothy 4:2 tells us that in the latter times people will begin to give heed to deceiving spirits and begin to speak lies in hypocrisy. Their conscience will be seared like with a hot iron.
Elements within our government and a small but influential element of society has been on a campaign for years to remove the Spirit of Truth, the Way, the Truth and the Life; the Lord Jesus Christ from society. This rejection has been expressed through the removal of a moral code (IE 10 Commandments, prayer, etc... ) and personal responsibility from government and education in our nation. This has begun to seep through every system in society positions a governmental system led by people with a corrupt moral code as a god. Hence, you don't have to look far for examples of lying, from presidential candidates to the head of the Justice Department, to senators, and the list could go on down from national to state, county and city governments. I'll never forget the election fraud that has occurred in my county gaining it national attention.
Truth is becoming rare and justice is fleeting! Pray that God put righteous people into office with a higher moral code that reflects God's word that we might be blessed as a nation. The bible says lying is an abomination and John 8:44 introduces us to the "father of lies," the devil.
Proverbs 29:2 - When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
I just received a report from Linda, our Operation Rolling Thunder CONECTer in Yakima Washington. They've seen some powerful testimonies as they've continued mobilizing 24/7 prayer. At last report there were 39 churches each taking one day of 24/7 prayer each month. Talk about a powerful way to build the wall of prayer in their city.
In addition, Linda and other Christian leaders have been liaisoning with their city government to discover how they could pray and work together. Since they established the canopy of 24/7 prayer they saw crime decrease by more than 50% over the course of the last two years. Click here for God's Abiding Presence Lowers Crime.
What I love though, is they don't stop. She began to notice an increase in darkness in her city expressed through increasing graffiti. So...
I received and email from Charlene yesterday. She is a minister who had allied with us in our League. It is a powerful testimony that involves an example of a false church, the salvation of a racist and reconciliation. The love of Christ delivered a person from a the stronghold of her mind worse than the bars of the prison they were in. Here is Charlene's testimony.
Yesterday a team of 4, all non white, ministered in prison. At the end of service one of the white inmates sat crying in the back. She told a story about how everyone hated her and she had hated most people because she was a racist. She grew up in a town and was taught that if anyone was not like you, you were to hate them - even in the church she grew up in. When she walked into the service and saw blacks, Asians, and Mexican, she hated us and wanted to leave. She said several group were out to get her because of her views.
Ken, daughter Susan, Tim & Brenda
On our 25th wedding anniversary we were privileged to dine with Ken and Susan; a father and his daughter. As we prepared to eat dinner we shared that we prayed to the Lord and asked if there was anything we could pray for them. We found out that Ken had recently broken some ribs and was in great pain and also required a cane.
We prayed and God healed. Ken's health improved quickly and through the course of our time we had the opportunity to share about many things. Long story short, Ken's relationship with the Lord has been restored, the chiropractor testified how remarkable and quick his healing was and Ken is just on fire with the love of Christ.
He's been sharing Christ's love with many at work and beyond. A couple of days ago Ken sent me an email asking for prayer for a friend. I asked his permission to share with you my reply as I think it applies to everyone because Jesus sent us all to minister. Here it is;