The Difference Between North Korea and South Korea

The Difference Between North Korea and South Korea

This photo of Korean peninsula at night illustrates the need for the gospel in North Korea. And yet notice that there are beacons of light in the North as well. Word is leaking out that the Church is growing and the Light is spreading even in the darkness. Pray for courageous, creative, and Spirit-powered ministers of the gospel to the darkest corners of the world.

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Languages and dialects of the Middle East and Central Asia

Languages and dialects of the Middle East and Central Asia

This map highlights the challenges that Central Asia faces regarding the advance of the Good News.

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Pioneer of the Chinese Church, Samuel Lamb, Dies.

August 3, one of the fathers of the Chinese house church movement, Samuel Lamb, entered his reward. In the 1950’s Pastor Lamb was imprisoned for refusing the government take over of his church. He suffered imprisonment until 1979. He his famous for repeating the line, “More persecution, more growth. During Pastor Lamb’s lifetime the Church in China grew from a few million believers to 80-100 million believers.

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God is Doing Something Historic

“A wind is blowing through the House of Islam. The House of Islam, Dar al-Islam in Arabic, is the name Muslims give to an invisible religious empire that stretches from West Africa to the Indonesian archipelago encompassing 49 nations and 1.6 billion Muslims. Dwarfing the size of any previous earthly kingdom, Islam directs the spiritual affairs of nearly a quarter of the world’s population. But something is happening today that is challenging the hold that Islam exercises over its adherents… ”

 http://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/god-is-doing-something-historic

HT Grace Church of Wyoming

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To Help the World’s Poor…

The latest U.S. jobs numbers showed a U.S. unemployment rate still at 7.6 percent. The official global unemployment rate, compiled by the International Labor Organization (ILO), is around 6 percent—which suggests American workers are worse off than their counterparts worldwide. But that statistic is deeply misleading. Unemployment is, by and large, a luxury of rich countries. Billions of people across the world are stuck working long hours in subsistence farming, hawking, or other informal occupations, desperate for a job that provides a weekly wage packet. Solving this underemployment problem is the biggest key to the challenge of economic development worldwide.

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Young Evangelic…

Young Evangelicals are Getting High
“The kids who leave evangelical Protestantism are looking for something the world can’t give them. The world can give them hotter jeans, better coffee, bands, speakers, and book clubs than a congregation can. What it can’t give them is theology; membership in a group that transcends time, place and race; a historic rootedness; something greater than themselves; ordained men who will be spiritual leaders and not merely listeners and buddies and story-tellers. What the kids leaving generic evangelicalism seem to want is something the world can never give them–a holy Father who demands reverence, a Saviour who requires careful worship, and a Spirit who must be obeyed. They are looking for true, deep, intellectually robust spirituality in their parents’ churches and not finding it.”

http://thechristianpundit.org/2013/07/17/young-evangelicals-are-getting-high/

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Campaigner: We can see the finish line

Ending Modern-Day Slavery. It is 2013 and there are still an estimated 20-30 Million souls in the bondage of slavery today. Christ have mercy on us.

The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery

By Jesse Eaves Senior Policy Adviser for Child Protection, World Vision

Advocates are dynamic voices for change. Those voices often have a simple beginning. Two years ago, if 13-year-old Ravi was told that he would become a leading advocate against child labor in India, he would have taken that statement the same way that people treated him  — “as a joke.”

When his father fell ill when he was 8 years old, Ravi was forced to quit school and work to pay off his family’s never-ending debts.  For two years Ravi toiled in a small shack making wire brushes to clean machine parts in the city of Kanpur, India.

It was not the life he wanted to lead. However, Ravi’s life took a turn at age 10 when a social worker for World Vision found Ravi on the streets and got him out of forced labor and back into school.

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Mistaken Monotheism

Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God?  My friend Chris Bruno tackles this complex question in this very helpful blog posting.  

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2011/07/21/mistaken-monotheism/

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Tim Keller on Christians “ignoring OT texts.”

Tim Keller:

I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”

It is not that I expect everyone to have the capability of understanding that the whole Bible is about Jesus and God’s plan to redeem his people, but I vainly hope that one day someone will access their common sense (or at least talk to an informed theological advisor) before leveling the charge of inconsistency.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/03/26/shellfish-homosexuality-and-the-charge-of-christian-inconsistency/

Here’s Tim Keller addressing the issues that I keep seeing brought up on blog discussion boards about the Christian’s inconsistent application of the Bible especially as it relates to homosexuality.

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It’s Friday…But Sunday’s a Coming.

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