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JL's Journal

April 25, 2015

DISASTEROUS EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL!

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,

and in various places there will be famines and EARTHQUAKES.

But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”

(Matthew 24:7-8)

 

Dear Ministry Partners,

   This morning all of us awakened to the tragic news of yet more “signs of the times” that Jesus told us would increasingly mark these “last days” of human history. Most recently we have focused on the political signs of “... nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom” through the ISIS crisis in the Middle East. This international crisis created by Islamic terrorism will continue for years to come. So we will not stop our efforts there.

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April 21, 2015

THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING IN JORDAN

(Part 2)

“… you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering ... 

you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution ...

you joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property

because you knew that you had better and lasting possessions.”

(Hebrews 10:32-34)

Dear Ministry Partner,

   In our first report on our recent time in Jordan, I began by quoting Paul’s words about the “ ... fellowship of His suffering” (Phil. 3:10). It was a fellowship with Christ that Paul faced in the First Century. Contemporary events show that this “… fellowship of suffering" has continued and increased into our Twenty-First Century. And since man’s sinful, rebellious nature has not changed through education, enlightenment and economic prosperity, this painful spiritual fellowship will go on until the Lord returns. The recent beheadings of Christians by ISIS radicals in Libya are but the latest manifestation of this religious barbarism!

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April 14, 2015

THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING IN JORDAN

(Part 1)

“… you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering

you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution

you joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property,

because you knew that you had better and lasting possessions.”

(Hebrews 10:32-34)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   Fellowship is one of the defining words of Christianity. It describes our relationship with God and with each other. Sadly, our fellowship with each other in the Body of Christ is often on the surface and superficial. The Apostle Paul found out that one of the things that drives us to a deeper relationship with God and with each other is suffering. That’s because suffering burns away everything else that tends to distract and detour us from an intimate heart-to-heart fellowship with God and each other. For that reason, Paul prayed that he would “… know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering” (Phil. 3:10). 

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April 07, 2015

WINDOWS ON JORDAN

Dear Friends & Partners,

   Loving greetings from Patt and me in Amman, Jordan – the “Hashumite Kingdom.” What a great joy it is to be here over Holy Week, to come alongside our Jordanian friends and partners – but especially the persecuted and displaced Christians from Iraq and Syria. I will be sharing much more about our time with them in the days ahead. But first, I want to give you a brief panorama of this ancient City that has been ruled by a number of empires from antiquity to modernity. So we begin with a trip to the top of the old city where the “Citadel” once stood …

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March 31, 2015

ARAB CHRISTIANITY UNDER PERSECUTION

“Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked."

(Psalm 82:4)

“Christianity may not survive beyond midcentury in the region of its birth!"

WARNINGSome of the following pictures may be disturbing – but they need to be seen to rouse American Christians into action through prayer and positive political proactivity! JL

Dear Ministry Partners,

   The above summary of Christianity in the Arab World of the Middle East is staggering and sobering! Like never before in their long history, our Arab Christian brothers and sisters are under the bloody sword of Islamic-driven jihadist terrorism! All one has to do to see this evil face of Islam is to look at the hundreds of social media pictures now coming out of the Middle East – all carried out in the name of the prophet Mohamed. 

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