Persecution

9) Understanding the Strength of "Family" in Islam

Some say the strength of family is a downer for those who want to follow Jesus as Lord. Why? Because members of one’s family can actually be the most severe in persecuting those who want to accept Christ. They reportedly persecute because they feel the renegade believer is going to bring shame on their family name. Still others advocate that if we were to be able to figure out how to reach whole families, the strength of their decision for Christ might help them be lock-solid in following Him. What’s your take. For background, pray through this video on family from Prayercast:

 

www.prayercast.com/family.html

 

Please click comment to share your take. Thanks in advance for giving input.

 

9) In One of the Most Thorough Reviews, Christians "Most Persecuted"

It’s not as if you didn’t suspect it previously. But now, it’s statistically proven. In a thorough review of persecution throughout the world (complete with 344 footnotes alone), it seems that Christians are the ones most persecuted worldwide. There were a few exceptions and positive trends to smile about, of course. A law criminalizing conversion was overturned in Bolivia and the gravity of punishment in Egypt. But many developments were at least equally bad, if not worse. The two-year research project cites “the inconvenient truth” that many incidents of persecution are often glossed over and unwitnessed, therefore decriminalizing them before they even get to the courtroom, so to speak. Ultimately, the report estimates that 80% of those persecuted are Christians. Read the full review here…

 

christianpersecutionreview.org.uk/interim-report/

 

3) Mosques, Churches, and Synagogues: It’s Time to Pray For Sure

You might have already seen the April 29th release of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. We have one word to sum it up: Grim. It contained Recommendations for the World’s Most Egregious Violators of Religious Freedom and, as you can imagine, this was a difficult year. With shootings and bombings in local mosques, churches and synagogues, along with reports on ethnic cleansing and reprogramming camps in China, it makes for a stomach-turning but necessary/urgent read. It should also spawn prayer on behalf of all of us. See the report in full at…

 

www.uscirf.gov/news-room/press-releases-statements/uscirf-releases-2019-annual-report-and-recommendations-world-s

1) Christianity in China: Economist Says it’s “Spreading Rapidly”

I suppose you’d have to be a complete recluse not to have heard about the spread of the Good News in China. But when the Economist runs the story, it’s clearly shaking the world.

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21629218-rapid-spread-christianity-forcing-official-rethink-religion-cracks

There’s so much bad news these days. There are so many reasons to be sobered by challenging circumstances. Could we just pause for a moment and give thanks for the many hundreds of house church leaders who have endured horrible persecution to bring us to this day? Thank you God. (Thanks Caleb!)

14) The BackPage: How Political Should Christians Become?

This past week, a friend (thanks Al) referred us to this page…

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/27/a-global-slaughter-of-christians-but-america-s-churches-stay-silent.html

which alleges that “Christians are being singled out and massacred from Pakistan to Syria to the Nairobi shopping mall,” yet, as the article points out, apparently America’s churches are staying silent. Anyone have a theory about why? And… beyond that, what kind of real response could Christians pull together? Should there be some “march on the mall,” or does a national spokesman need to rise up to call for a “million man army,” or — what? Your opinion? Why or why not? Please click in the comment box following this item on the web. Thanks in advance for your input.

Doug

3) “Final Assault” Novels to Multiply Vision for Unengaged Peoples

If you snagged the one-volume draft offered free on Amazon last April, you’ll be glad to know that “Final Assault” has now been heavily revised into a polished two-part series. And Steve Smith, author of “T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution,” would welcome your help with the final refinements to “Final Assault.” Here’s the plot: Amidst growing spiritual and political efforts to suppress Biblical Christianity, a young pastor becomes gripped with the potential to start a multiplying discipleship movement among every people group in our day, then lights a fire which others follow. PSP is featured as a factor in the movement’s beginning. To request your free copy and offer feedback before the book is finalized, email TheFinalAssaultatgmaildotcom and indicate which you prefer: PDF, Word or Print.

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