Monthly Archives: August 2010

Zanzibar Muslims Stop Church Building, Erect Mosque

There has been a great deal of controversy about the  Islamic Mosque that is planned to be built near ground zero in New York City.  As I have listened to the debate I have wondered how the Islamic community might respond if Christians attempted to build a church under similar circumstances.  The article below was published on Friday Aug. 6, 1010.  The Muslim community has opposed the erection of this church for no reason other than the fact that they oppose Christianity.  I pray that Americans will one day wake up, and stand up, for the things we believe as well.  Otherwise we better prepare to shut up, because we will soon have no voice at all.    Zanzibar Muslims Stop Church Building, Erect Mosque NAIROBI, Kenya (Compass Direct News) – On an island off the coast of East Africa where the local government limits the ability of Christians to obtain land, officials in one town have colluded with area Muslims to erect a mosque in place of a planned church building.On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, Pastor Paulo Kamole Masegi of the Evangelistic Assemblies of God had purchased land in April 2007 for a church building in Mwanyanya-Mtoni, and by November of that year he had built a house that served as a temporary worship center, he said.Masegi intended for the house to serve eventually as his family’s home within the church compound, but on Nov. 11, 2007, his congregation began to worship there.Soon area Muslim residents objected, saying they didn’t like seeing the church in the area, said Pastor Lucian Mgaywa of the Church of God in Tanzania.“This was the beginning of the church’s tribulations,” Pastor Mgaywa said.In August 2009, local Muslims began […]

Muslim Protesters Surround Worshippers in Indonesia

Christians we need to remember to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who deal with this kind of stuff everyday.   Read the article below.  Muslim Protesters Surround Worshippers in Indonesia DUBLIN (Compass Direct News) – Around 300 Muslim protesters and 300 police officers surrounded members of the Batak Christian Protestant Church (Huria Kristen Batak Protestan or HKBP) on Sunday as they worshiped in an open field in Ciketing, Bekasi, local sources said. “There were many police on guard, but the attackers were able to get very close to the congregation,” Theophilus Bela, president of the Jakarta Christian Communication Forum, said in a statement to international government and advocacy groups. “We are afraid that they will attack the church again next Sunday.”He added that a protester hit the Rev. Luspida Simanjuntak on the cheek.Police held back the shouting protesters while the church worshiped, but at one point they allowed Murhali Barda, leader of the Front Pembela Islam (FPI or Islamic Defenders Front) in Bekasi, through the cordon for an angry confrontation with church leaders, Voice of America (VOA) reported.Bekasi police commander Imam Sugianto told VOA that his forces were there to protect “both sides.”The New York Times quoted Sugianto as saying that, “If the local people don’t give their permission, they can’t worship here,” but Pastor Simanjuntak said the Bekasi administration had approved the church’s decision to meet in the field, according to The Jakarta Globe.“We demand the Bekasi administration to let the public know that they gave us the green light to conduct our prayers here,” Pastor Simanjuntak reportedly said.The 1,500-strong congregation, established some 15 years ago, initially met in each other’s homes before purchasing a residential property in the Pondok […]

Matthew 25:35

Thanks for allowing God to work through you, these kidss have a great start to a new school year becuse of the work you have allowed him to do. Cowboy Fellowship

From Uganda

 Ejok! (greetings) to our friends at Cowboy Fellowship from Karamoja, Uganda.  It is hard to believe it has been 3 months since I (Kenneth) stood before you and received your prayers before we left for the mission field.  For my family and I, we can definitely say that we’ve seen God’s hand of provision over us the whole way.  He has provided in abundance during our transition and he is sustaining us now as we make a new life in a strange country.  I would love to have you all keep us with what is going on and you can do so best through our blog http://www.williamsinthewilderness.comMy wife, Kristi, and our children are all doing well. Kristi, gave birth to our 5th baby on August 8th. Her name is Selah Naomi Williams and she was 8 lbs 8 oz.  She was born in our home and they are both doing well.  It is something else to have a child in a place with no electricity and running water so we were praying some specific prayer requests like “please let it be in the day so we can see” , “please let it not be so hot”, etc.  God answered all of our little prayers.  She came at 8am in the morning after a night of rain so that it was nice and cool and there was daylight so that we didn’t have to use the lanterns.  We have been blessed through it all. As far as the work goes…  Our main focus now is learning the language (Ngakarimojong) and will be for the next year.  We have also gotten some money from a donor to proceed with the orphanage so we will try to complete […]

Pain from the Past 1 Thessalonians 2:

1 Thessalonians 2:2 NIV We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.      Many cite their past as their reason for not sharing the gospel.  They had a bad experience, or they suffered some kind of humiliation, or the sense of failure is simply to much for them to overcome.  As a result they decide to not share the gospel with those they love.  Paul speaks directly to this point in the text above.      Even if they couldn’t see the bruises, the scars, the blood they would have received from that beating in Philippi, certainly this was so fresh on Paul and Silas’ mind, they told the Thessalonians about it. Certainly, as the opposition arose in Thessalonica, Paul would have warned the people of Thessalonica and would have said, “Things like this may happen to you as well” pointing to his past suffering.    But yet, it says, “He dared to preach the gospel in Thessalonica.” He dared, after all of that in Philippi, he dared to walk down the road and show up at the next town because God had called him to go and tell somebody else. The two words…suffered and insulted… in our text are important. They’re two different words in the Greek, and they mean two different things.    The word suffered refers to physical abuse. It refers to a beating, a severe beating.  It refers to being pummeled, getting the snot beaten out of you.  The word insulted refers to public humiliation. It refers to being treated badly. It refers to being made a public […]

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE! by Rick Warren If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 (NIV) “Even God can’t please everybody. Only a fool would try to do what even God can’t do.” Have you realized that there are some people you can’t please? No matter what you do or what you try or how nice you are to them. You just can’t please everybody. But the Bible tells says you don’t need to please everybody. “It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you.” (Proverbs 29:25 LB) It’s an emotional trap when you start worrying about what other people think. We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t even like — all because we think we must be liked by everyone in order to be happy. That’s foolish! Jesus said, “I only seek to please Him who sent me.” (John 5:30 LB) Even Jesus didn’t try to please everybody. One person wants it to rain; another doesn’t want it to rain. I was one in Texas talking to oil people. They want oil prices to go up; the rest of us are hoping they’ll go down. Even God can’t please everybody. Only a fool would try to do what even God can’t do. In Luke 6:26 Jesus said, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you.” (NIV) That’s probably because the only time everybody’s going to speak well of you is at your funeral! I meet Christians all the time who must live with someone who makes life crazy. Every day they face someone who is an […]

Timothy (1 Thess. 3:1-3)

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Soccer and Jesus…

While the World Cup might not be real popular in America, many in the rest of the world set their clocks by it.  From the moment the final whistle blew on the 2010 world cup, fans from all around the world started the countdown to 2014 when the event will take place in South America.  There is a strong Christian movement in Brazil and South America in general right now.  Some in Brazil have already started making plans for evangelism work to take place surrounding the world cup in 2014.  What foresight, vision, and extreme passion these men and women have!  Not for a game, but for eternity.  I wonder what part our church and others in America, might play in this event that captivates the world for weeks and causes millions to flock into the host country from all around the world?  What a stage, what a mission, what an incredible opportunity, Soccer and Jesus who would have thought???  Read the Article “Higher Goals” here

Focus on the Females By Dr. James Dobson

With my first daughter on the way, I was intrigued when I saw this article.  Dr. Dobson’s book Bringing up Boys was GREAT.  When I heard he was releasing Bringing Up Girls I knew I would want to read it.  Admittedly, I have not yet read his newest book but I plan to in the near future.  The article linked here is something that anyone with girls should read.  And you might want to pick up a copy of Dr. Dobson’s books if you have boys or girls. They are worth the small investment. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=cowboyfellows-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1414301278&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=cowboyfellows-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1414304501&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Doing Things For God 1 Thessalonians 2:2

1 Thessalonians 2:2 NIV …but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel…    When you consider the extreme suffering, persecution, pain, and torment that Paul has faced just before his arrival in Thessalonica one question naturally arises. Why in the world would Paul go to Thessalonica? Why would he go to proclaim the good news and risk more pain, humiliation, or possibly death? Then we naturally think “he must have really loved God to go do this for God.” What makes peole like Paul do what they do?      The answer is simple, Paul did not do anything for God, instead he did things with God, there is a huge difference between the two.  When I think back on my past and I began to think about all the things I’ve attempted for God, it is clear that some of them have worked out, but on the other hand many of them have failed miserably as well. When I consider the things I have done with God it is easy to see that not a  single one has ever failed.    There is a difference between doing things for God and doing things with God. We go out and we think we just need to just go do stuff for God. Wrong. We need to do things with God. Paul says, “With the help of God, we dared to tell you the gospel.” Without God’s help, these men wouldn’t have gone to Thessalonica. If they didn’t believe God was in the middle of this mission, and that God wanted them to be in this city, they wouldn’t have packed up and headed to the next city. They would have […]

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