Christmas

Pray For Our Brothers and Sisters

Don’t forget to pray each day for our brothers and sisters around the world who are persecuted and killed for the sake of the gospel!  Click here to read the article… Fate of Christians Arrested During Christmas in Iran Still Unknown One month after security forces raided their Assemblies of God Church (AOG) in Ahwaz in western Iran two days before Christmas – which resulted in the arrest of the entire congregation, including children – there is still no word regarding the whereabouts of the church’s pastor and three of its congregants. Everyone, but these four, were released from jail not long after the raid. The church was raided on Dec. 23, in a “pre-organized manner,” according to Mohabat News – a Christian news agency in Iran and one of the very few sources reporting on the persecution that the state exercises on its Christian minority. All attendees at the weekly service were arrested and transferred by bus to an unknown location, the agency reported at the time. The security officials reportedly had their faces covered during the raid and treated the children “badly” during the arrest. All detainees except for the four were freed a few hours later, once their personal details such as home addresses were recorded. However, Pastor Farhad Sabokroh, his wife Shahnaz and Naser Zamen-Dezfuli and Davoud Alijaniare, were reportedly still being held in custody by the Ministry of Intelligence. No reliable information has been made available regarding their health and the condition of the places where they are being held, Mohabat News reports. In its last report, the agency said that Sabokroh and his wife suffer from varicose veins and their general health condition is not good. The four were held […]

Do you like where you are?

 So many people, especially young people don’t like where they are in life.  The small town we live in is generally a place most people long to escape just as I did growing up.  It’s strange how myself and many of my friends have made our way back to this small town through God’s divine calling on our lives and today we love it and hate to think of ever leaving it.  I wonder what Jesus thought of his home town of Nazareth?  The NIV New Study Bible says this about the town Jesus grew up in: “Matthew 2:23 Nazareth. A rather obscure town, nowhere mentioned in the OT. It was Jesus’ hometown (21:11; 26:71; see Lk 2:39; 4:16-24; Jn 1:45-46). He will be called a Nazarene. These exact words are not found in the OT and probably refer to several OT prefigurations and/or predictions (note the plural, “prophets”) that the Messiah would be despised (e.g., Ps 22:6; Isa 53:3), for in Jesus’ day “Nazarene” was virtually a synonym for “despised” (see Jn 1:45-46).” This is the point that God drove home for me today.  No matter where you are, how big or small your world may seem, or what others think about your way of life, God can and will use you in mighty ways.   If we would focus less on our circumstances and focus totally on God we would find fulfillment like few have ever experienced.  Where we are in life matters very little compared to who we are, and I am a child of the KING, who could ask for more?

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