Archive for September, 2011

Iranian pastor facing death penalty

September 29, 2011

Please pray for this pastor and his family, for justice, for courage, and for God’s grace in time of trial.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/28/iranian-pastor-faces-execution-for-refusing-to-recant-christian-faith/
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God is Working!

September 28, 2011

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him. –Psalm 67
When we live in a part of the country that is extremely resistant to the gospel, it’s easy to get discouraged. I want to share with you some encouraging news I heard this week.
Nepal had virtually no Christians in 1951. In 1975, after a slight opening to outside missionaries, there were about 500 believers. By 1990, when the political climate became more open, there were about 15-20,000 christians. Today there are 2 million Christians in Nepal, which is the middle of a great revival.
In 2006, the US began receiving refugees from Bhutan and Nepal because of some oppressive practices by the regime in Bhutan, a neighboring country that has a majority of ethnic Nepalis. At that time, there were no Nepali churches in the US. A Nepali seminary graduate named Dan Numan planted the first Nepali church in Dallas. He sensed the Lord leading him to continue this ministry, believing that there could be 50 Nepali churches in the next 10 years. He moved to Boston and continued to plant churches himself as well as network with other Nepalis who were training for ministry and planting churches across the country. He found a tremendous hunger for the gospel among these people. He would meet refugees who would come to his home, find out he was a pastor and tell him that they had wanted to become Christians for years but did not because it was illegal in Nepal (it still is officially but freedom is growing).
This has been the case all across the U.S. Today there are 100 Nepali churches in this country, all of them started directly or indirectly through this man’s ministry. He prayed for 50 churches in 10 years and God started 100 in 3 years. The Lord’s hand is not short and his power is not limited!
Pastor Dan presently preaches in a Nepali church in Manchester, and will be sharing for a few minutes in our worship service on Sunday (his service starts around noon across town). I hope you can join us to hear more about what God is doing in this people group. You can also visit http://www.nepalichurch.org.
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Important Article for parents on “Anime”

September 21, 2011

“As a busy parent, you may not have thought twice about the Pokemon toy in your child’s latest Happy Meal. But Pokemon is often a primer for a child’s entry into the world of anime, which has a dark and even pornographic side…”
This is the introduction to the article below, posted on the website for an internet monitoring software called “Covenant Eyes” to which I subscribe. This article was very informative about the world of Japanese animation and very helpful in giving me things to be watching out for as my children watch television or play games online. I strongly encourage parents to read it and be informed. Here’s the link:
http://www.covenanteyes.com/pureminds-articles/anime-the-other-side-of-starry-eyed/
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Video of pilot whose comrade died in his place

September 16, 2011

Here’s an amazing video by Peter Schreibner, a pilot with American Airlines who was scheduled to pilot Flight 11 that ended up in the World Trade Center but was replaced by another who had more seniority. His faith and the message of the gospel come through beautifully.

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Ending Child Sacrifice in Ethiopia

September 8, 2011

Christianity Today’s August issue highlighted a shocking practice in the Kara tribe in southern Ethiopia: those children born out of wedlock or with certain physical characteristics are deemed “mingi,” or cursed and killed in order to save the village from disaster. Here’s the link to the article on their website:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/august/ethiopiariverdeath.html
What a clear sign of the desperate need for an understanding of the One who became cursed that we would have life!
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Conference with Michael Horton in Bradford, MA

September 6, 2011

There’s a great opportunity to hear a gifted, godly pastor and theologian right around the corner! On October 28-29, Michael Horton will be speaking along with Dr. Gordon Isaac in Bradford, MA. Dr. Horton’s visit is co-sponsored by seven area reformed churches of various stripes. Here is the link with more information:
http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2011/09/01/putting-amazing-back-into-grace-in-new-england/
Hope you can go!
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