Thursday, 19 February 2015

What to pray when religious terrorists murder Christians

1. Pray for a bold witness of the gospel in the midst of persecution.

Persecution was a reality in the New Testament church, but it did not stop the early disciples from spreading the gospel. After Peter and John were arrested and told to stop preaching, they announced: "We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20). Pray that persecuted Christians will not be intimidated or silenced by acts of terror.

2. Pray for supernatural miracles to confirm the gospel.

When the early church faced opposition, they prayed not only for boldness but also for a display of God's power. They prayed in unity in Acts 4:29-30: "And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that your bond-servants may speak your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of your holy servant Jesus." Pray that God will bare His arm and show the world that He is real, especially to militant Muslims who don't know the Savior.

3. Pray that the seed of the martyrs will produce a harvest of converts.

When an angry crowd stoned Stephen, the first martyr of the early church, he cried out on his knees: "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" (Acts 7:60). His death was tragic, but it was not in vain. A great outpouring of the Holy Spirit followed his martyrdom. When a born-again Christian gives his or her life for Jesus, God takes note and responds. This could be the greatest hour of spiritual awakening in the Middle East.

4. Pray for heavy conviction to fall on those who persecute the church.

Saul was bent on arresting and killing the early disciples, and he watched as Stephen was martyred. Yet shortly after Saul launched his terror campaign, he fell on his face on the Damascus road and was dramatically converted (see Acts 9:3-4). This same miracle can happen today to leaders of ISIS. Don't limit God's power—and don't pray vindictive prayers of judgment on these people. Pray that the most militant persecutors of the church will have a head-on collision with the Son of God.

5. Pray for angelic protection and intervention.

During one wave of persecution against the New Testament church, an angel appeared in Peter's prison cell, woke him up and caused his chains to fall off (see Acts 12:7). Later, after King Herod refused to stop his rule of terror, an angel struck him dead (see 12:23). The Bible does not say the church prayed for Herod's death; we should never pray with a vengeful spirit, but we should leave room for the wrath of God when mercy runs out.

6. Pray that the global Christian community will work for peace and justice in the Middle East.

We cannot just sit back and watch our brothers and sisters being beheaded for their faith while we enjoy our First World comforts. We must be in solidarity with them, not only in prayer but also in action. We should actively support government and church leaders who are working behind the scenes for reconciliation, humanitarian aid and protection for the victims of injustice.

Our response to this wave of terror cannot be fear—or hatred. Don't just curse the darkness. Be proactive by praying fervently. Ask God to unleash in the Middle East a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will not only bring peace-loving Muslims to Christ, but also bloodthirsty Islamic militants who are sharpening their knives for the next attack.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Asking God to hurry

There’s something I’ve been praying about. The church where I serve as pastor needs a part-time worship leader. Our present leader has served us well, but his schedule is changing and he plans to step down. So, of course, I’ve been networking, calling, posting on church employment sites — and praying.

So far, God has not provided — and the problem is that I need him to provide soon. I can hear the clock ticking. The deadline is approaching. What are we going to do without a worship leader? Yes, I’m starting to worry.

So How Should I Pray?

I could just keep praying, “Father, please provide us with a new worship leader” — and leave it at that. But the Bible shows us more. You’ll notice that the psalmists often ask God to hurry.

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/five-benefits-of-asking-god-to-hurry

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Toll Free Helpline for Christians in case of attacks

Toll Free helpline number for Christians in the country was launched today please pass it on to as many christian people and Pastors as possible.

The number is 18002084545.

This is the number to be contacted incase of any attack on a Church , prayer meeting or a convention. A group of Christian lawyers and influential people connected to the "United Christian Forum" will come forward for immediate help.
- as received on whatsapp 10-02-2015

Monday, 9 February 2015

100 millioN christians face persecution

The level and intensity is increasing. Their freedom to believe is under threat. In countries like North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan,   are under constant threat of arrest, interrogation, and sometimes even death. The time to become aware of the horrific Persecution of Christians is now. The time to unite in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Christ is now. That is why GOD TV is dedicated to highlighting this issue, to mobilise the Body of Christ.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Pray.

It is as simple as that. At GOD TV we believe the best thing for our viewers to do right now is to pray. Pray for the persecuted AND pray for the persecutors.

http://www.god.tv/persecuted

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Call of Lanka

Sri Lank has witnessed the bloodiest and most cruel civil war I ever know and thank God it's over and they are now recovering. My facebook friend and a patriot towards the nation of Sri Lanka has wrote:



As we celebrate our 67th anniversary of independence, may I add a poem from a great lover of Ceylon, Rev W S Senior (who is best known for his 'A Hymn for Ceylon'). Does it ring our bell?

THE CALL OF LANKA

I climbed o’er the crags of Lanka
And gazed on the golden sea
When out from her ancient places,
Her soul came forth to me;
"Give me a bard,” said Lanka,
“A bard of the things to be.”

“My cities are laid in ruins,
Their courts through the jungle spread,
My scepter is long departed
And the stranger lord instead.
Yet, give me a bard,” said Lanka.
“I am living, I am not dead.”

“For high in my highland valleys,
And low in my lowland plains,
The pride of the past is pulsing
Hot in a people’s veins.
Give me a bard,” said Lanka,
“A bard for my joys and pains.”

I offer a voice O Lanka,
I, child of an alien Isle;
For my heart has heard thee and kindled,
Mine eyes have seen thee and smiled;
Take, foster mother, and use it,
‘Tis but for a little while.

For, surely of thine own children,
Born of thy womb, shall rise
The bard of the moonlit jungle,
The bard of the tropic skies,
Warm from his mother’s bosom,
Bright from his mother’s eyes.

He shall hymn thee of hoar Sri Pada,
The peak that is lone and tall.
He shall sing with her crags, Dunhinda,
The smoking waterfall.
Whatsoever is fair in Lanka,
He shall know it and love it all.

He shall sing thee of sheer Sigiriya,
Of Minneria’s wandering kine;
He shall sing of the lake and the lotus,
He shall sing of the rock-hewn shrine,
Whatsoever is old in Lanka,
Shall live in his Lordly line.

But most shall he sing of Lanka
In the bright new days that come.
When the races all have blended
And the voice of strife is dumb
When we leap to a single bugle,
March to a single drum.

March to a mighty purpose,
One man from shore to shore;
The stranger, becomes a brother,
The task of the tutor o’er,
When the ruined city rises
And the palace gleams once more.

Hark! Bard of the fateful future,
Hark! Bard of the bright to be;
A voice on the verdant mountains,
A voice by the golden sea.
Rise, child of Lanka, and answer
Thy mother hath called to thee.

Why the difference?

Funny how a 500 rupee note looks so big when to take it to church, but so small, when you take it to the market.

Funny how long it takes to serve God for an hour, but how quickly a team plays 60 minutes of basketball.

Funny how long a couple of hours are spent at church, but how short they are when watching a movie.

Funny how we can't think of anything to say when we pray, but don't have any difficulty thinking of things to talk about to a friend.

Funny how we get thrilled when a football match goes into extra time, but we complain when a sermon is longer than the regular time.

Funny how hard it is to read a chapter in the Bible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a best-selling novel.

Funny how people want to get a front seat at any game or concert, but scramble to get a back seat at church services.

Funny how we need 2 or 3 weeks advance notice to fit a church event into our schedule, but we can adjust our schedule for other events at the last minute.

Funny how much difficulty some people have learning  a simple Gospel well enough to tell others, but how simple it is for the same people to understand and repeat gossip about someone.

Funny how we believe what newspaper says, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven, provided they don't have to believe or to think or to say or to do anything.

Funny how simple it is to for people to trash God & then wonder why the world's going to hell.

Funny how someone can say, " I believe in God " but still follow Satan who, by the way, also " believes " in God.

Funny how we are quick to judge, but not be judged.

Funny how you can send a thousand " jokes " through e-mail & they spread like wild fire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how the lewd, crude, vulgar & obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but the public discussion of God is suppressed in the school & workplace.

Funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week.
Are you laughing ?

Funny, how, when you go to e-mail a message like this, you will not send it to many on your address list, because you are not sure what they believe or what they will think of you for sending it to them.

Funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me.
Are you thinking ?

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Lets leave the gods to fight their own battles


Dear Arnab,
Change starts here. Listen!
I am an engrossed and loyal viewer of TIMES NOW’s Super Prime Time. Because of that I request you to go through my feedback on your interview with Uma Shankar, IASEvangelist in the eye of the unnecessary storm. Though I have never met him and nor do I know him, but Uma Shankar is my brother in Christ and for that reason alone, I am taking the liberty of sending this note to you and to those (like me) who may have seen the interview between the two of you.
Your questions were spot on – completely valid.
His responses were genuine, from the depth of his heart.
The problem is, both of you were talking at cross purposes. You were talking about..
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