Persecution Event Announcement! Incredible Opportunity April 7

DC, Maryland and Virginia locals. Do you want to learn more about persecution? There’s a fantastic opportunity this coming weekend. Voice of the Martyrs is holding a free conference Saturday April 7, in Vienna, Virginia.

Speakers will include Gracia Burnham, Brother Bennie of India, Petr Jasek who spent 445 days in a Sudanese prison, and Gilbert Hovsepian. The event is free, although they prefer you RSVP through the VOM site.

I highly recommend taking this opportunity if you live in the area. I traveled to Pennsylvania for a conference like it a year or two ago and was so blessed by the testimonies and overall event.

Persecution updates from around the globe, especially India

World Digital has revamped its international content and my persecution stories are now part of a roundup called “World Tour.” Here are the past few which include my reporting on false charges against Indian Christians for kidnapping and forced conversion, a trend in attacks on pastors in India, and the Russian Supreme Court‘s decision to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses (and why that will hurt Christians), and how persecution is a part of the refugee crisis.

 

Don’t Miss List: Updates on refugees, persecution and more

Doctors Without Borders update from Serbia

This update from Serbia about the refugee and migrant crisis there is gut-wrenching and needs to be read. DWB has been treating people including children for injuries, including many sustained by border control authorities. Now many in Serbia are also suffering frostbite or dying from the cold. Whatever your stance on the immigration issues and politics of this, I think it’s essential to remember that these are all humans.

Doctors without Borders stated it well, “Whatever you think about their right to travel to and within Europe, they deserve to be treated as human beings, with dignity. And right now, they’re not.”

Fellow Christians, please remember to keep praying for these people and this crisis as a whole.

New World Watch Lists Catalogs Worst Nations for Christians

Open Doors released its annual World Watch List last Wednesday showing another increase in persecution and deteriorating situation in many countries. Here’s the story I wrote about that for WORLD online.

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There is a cost …

Matthew 16:24-27 “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” Continue reading

Sharing: Narrow is the Way…

by Mike Ratliff 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to […]

via For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it — Possessing the Treasure

Persecution Updates: Burma/Myanmar

It turns out, that in spite of persecution, Christianity has grown in Burma (also known as Myanmar). My latest article:

New census shows Christianity spreading in Burma

The spread of the gospel has faced huge obstacles in Burma, including bloody civil war, violence against ethnic minorities, and radical Buddhist opposition. In spite of all that, Christianity has grown in Burma (also called Myanmar), according to new figures.

The United Nations Population Fund released new census data in July showing Christians made up about 6.3 percent of the population, up from 4.9 percent in 2004, World Watch Monitor reported. The country is 89.9 percent Buddhist; Chin state was the only majority-Christian region.

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Why and How to Help the Persecuted

20160708_175715I had the incredible privilege last week to attend an event (The Bridge conference put on by International Christian Concern) focused on the persecuted church in the Middle East specifically. I also was able to attend a separate discussion regarding the refugee crisis and how Christians should think about it and how to help them.

I don’t even know where to begin because my head and heart are still swimming from the amazing personal testimonies, the harsh reality of suffering and oppression around the world, and so many thoughts about what can be done.

As I am able to gather my thoughts I will probably share more, but for now I just want to address a couple of basics on the matter.

Why should you (as a Christian) care about the persecuted church and/or refugees?

I realize these are not identical issues. But I would say that in both cases, the reason is the same: our faith demands it.

Matthew 25:31-40 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”

1 John 3:16-18By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 

Col. 3:12-14Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

And there are so many more. God’s word tells us to love our neighbors, and then broadly defines who that is. It exhorts us to remember and care for the poor, for widows and orphans and the vulnerable. It says to show hospitality, even to strangers. So love, compassion and action to help people being persecuted for Jesus Christ, as well as to refugees (of any religion or ethnicity) is absolutely consist with how the Bible teaches us to live as Christians.

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The Infinite Value of Redemption — The Domain for Truth

SlimJim posted this today and I just had to share. Great message:

I love the doctrine of Redemption. It is a beautiful imagery of what Christ has done on the Cross to save us. Here’s John MacArthur’s recent sermon on the Infinite Value of Redemption from Peter’s epistles. Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

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