What do Muslims actually believe and how can we engage them with the Gospel?

What do Muslims actually believe and how can we engage them with the Gospel?

Reuters An Iranian Christian pastor who was born in Houston is urging U.S. Christians to put aside their fear of Muslims and to be emboldened to love and share the truth of Christ with them. Afshin Ziafat leads Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, and he recently spoke at a forum that The Village Church Institute hosts twice a year. His aim was to help Christians understand the basics of Islam and learn how to engage Muslims with the Gospel. He made it clear during the forum that he’s not an Islamic scholar, but he grew up in an Islamic household and spent four years of his childhood in Iran, where his parents are from. After his conversion to Christianity during his senior year in high school in Houston, his father disowned him. Ziafat, who travels to the Middle East to train Iranian pastors, laid out four basic beliefs that Muslims have about God, man, Jesus and salvation....Read more
Church shocked and grieving after beloved pastor is found ‘burned beyond recognition’

Church shocked and grieving after beloved pastor is found ‘burned beyond recognition’

Martin Beneke, senior Pastor at Life in Christ Network in Johannesburg, South Africa, was burned to death on October 16, 2017, in Magaliesburg, South Africa.(Photo: Facebook/Sonja Lowe Vermaak) The body of a South African pastor has been found “burned beyond recognition” with his hands tied behind his back in a small farming town about 50 miles outside of Johannesburg. The body of 45-year-old Martin Beneke, the senior pastor and founder of the Johannesburg-based Life in Christ Network, was discovered in Magaliesburg on Monday. The Life in Christ Network confirmed the pastor’s death in a Facebook post Wednesday. “It is with heavy sadness and sorrow that we have to inform everyone that the founder and head pastor of LICN, Pastor Martin, has passed away on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017,” the statement reads. “There are still so many questions we have and...Read more
Was Martha wrong to be angry with Mary?

Was Martha wrong to be angry with Mary?

(Photo: Unsplash/Nordwood Themes) “Jesus answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed. And Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken from her.”” – Luke 10:41-42 (MEV) We all know the story of how Mary and Martha responded to Jesus Christ’ visit. Mary sat down at Jesus’ feet to listen to Him, while Martha was there, occupied by work. Was it wrong of Martha to be angry at Mary for leaving her to do all the work? Martha’s preoccupation “As they went, He entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?...Read more
Four British Christian missionaries kidnapped in Nigeria

Four British Christian missionaries kidnapped in Nigeria

Four British missionaries have been kidnapped in Nigeria’s southern Delta state, police revealed Wednesday. The four Christians had been working to give out free medical supplies in a remote part of the country when they were taken by gunmen on October 13, a spokesman for Delta state police revealed on Wednesday. Members of a Christian family mourn three relatives who were killed by armed Fulani herdsmen in Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria, in a separate attack.Reuters ‘The abductors have not made any contact but we are doing our investigations to know the motive and have them rescued without jeopardising their lives,’ said Andrew Aniamaka. ‘Information available to us shows they are missionaries giving free medical services,’ he said, adding that the British nationals had been working in a very rural area. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in...Read more
Is being angry with God ever justified?

Is being angry with God ever justified?

(Pixabay) Have you ever felt angry at God for something that’s happening or not happening in your life? Many people have – and in fact many faithful people in the Bible have. You’re not alone. But is it OK for us to get angry at God? Is it ever justifiable in the sight of God?   Anger at God In an article I wrote previously I mentioned that anger is not sinful in itself. When anger is directed towards wrong or sinful things, then it becomes a powerful emotion that can cause us to stand up against what is wrong. The Bible even teaches us to get angry, as long as the reason and the means of expression is not sinful. We are encouraged to get angry at the things that are wrong and sinful, in order for us to fight harder against what is displeasing to God. But what about getting angry with God. There’s something we need to ask ourselves. Why? Why do...Read more

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