Happy Lord’s Day, dear friends! I want to share a short, heartwarming article with you today. It is a story about a once-radical-jihadist coming to Messiah and meeting a Messianic Jewish person. It is a powerful story of how God can change a hateful heart into one of Christian love. Enjoy!
That was one of yesterday’s headlines in The Jerusalem Post. But let’s examine some facts.
Today is the final day of Ramadan, a month in which Muslims pray and fast in commemoration of the revelation of the Qur’an. Some insist that Islam is a religion of peace, that Muhammad was a leader of peace and that Ramadan is a peaceful commemoration.
Instead, what we see is this:
- A “peaceful” border protest (complete with rockets, attempts to tear down parts of the border fence, plans to attack Israeli cities and towns near the Gaza Strip, and the discovery of more terror tunnels) that is now well into its third month.
- The “peaceful” month of Ramadan, marked by a new-found means of attack: fire kites.
- “Peaceful” payment to terrorists and their families who kidnap or murder Jews.
- “Peaceful” speeches by Hamas leaders vowing to rip the hearts out of Israelis.
Now, the Palestinians will “celebrate” the last day of this peaceful month of Ramadan by sending 5,000 fire kites into Israel today!
What’s wrong with that picture?
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Meanwhile, in the UN, another resolution was levied against Israel for using excessive force in their ongoing efforts to contain the barrage of “peaceful” terrorist activities on the Gaza border. Furthermore, when US Ambassador Nikki Haley proposed a resolution condemning Hamas for their incitement and backing of Palestinian violence toward Israel, it was voted down. Absolutely ludicrous!
Hear Haley’s defense of her proposed amendment:
Shabbat shalom, friends! In case you are unfamiliar with that Jewish phrase, let me explain. Shabbat is the weekly Jewish sabbath day (as Sunday is for Christians). Because Jewish days begins at sunset, Shabbat commences at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Shalom is a word of several meanings, including “hello,” “goodbye” and “peace.” So, to wish someone “Shabbat shalom” is to say, “Have a peaceful sabbath!”
On this Sabbath day, I want to share two heartwarming posts. This first one asks the question, “What happens when a Muslim who hated Jews comes to faith in Jesus?”
We are hearing reports pour out of the Middle East about our Lord Jesus appearing to Muslim people in dreams and visions, and many coming to faith in Jesus! A tremendous revival is occurring, but the news will never tell you that. Moreover, in most Muslim countries, a person who openly professes anything other than Islam literally risks his life doing so.
So, how do we know there are Muslims coming to faith? Many of them tell their stories via radio call-in shows, or via other means (such as the internet) in which they can keep their identity hidden. Those involved in the underground church are bringing reports, and Muslims fleeing Syria and other war torn areas are finding freedom to express their newfound faith in other countries.
Today’s “feel good” story is the account of one former Muslim who came to realize Jews are just like him! Read the story (by One for Israel) here:
Check back later today. I’m working on another exciting piece that I believe leave us feeling good again! Stay tuned….!
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, do you remember when you came to know Him? Was it at a time when all was well in your world…or when things were in a bit of disarray? Some surrender to Jesus in good times, but I venture to guess that a majority of us came into relationship with Jesus at a time in life that wasn’t so bright.
Well, war has certainly taken its toll in the Middle East. ISIS rampaged through Iraq and much of Syria, and the Syrian civil war has been devastating. These are not trivial things, and as Christians, we must pray for those in the midst of the chaos and so dramatically impacted by it.
But there is a silver lining. Just as many of us came to meet our Savior during times of crisis, chaos in the Middle East has driven many Muslims to seek out the One true God…and He has made Himself known! War-weary, they are seeing dreams and visions of the Messiah who is offering them hope. After all, He is our Living Hope (1 Peter 1).
Check out this story of a Muslim couple who met Jesus.
Will you join me in making 2018 a year of special prayer for Muslim people in the Middle East? Jesus is for EVERYONE, and we must be faithful to pray for those for whom our Savior died.