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Monday, September 20, 2010

GOT TRUTH? An Examination of What Truth Is and How It Affects Us – PART TWO-b

~ By James Fire

A little review is in order:

We are now going to shift gears a bit and look at the implications of the Truth and the reason why we must stand on and for the Truth.

It was recently in my protracted thoughts that the Truth and its resultant fruit tends toward benefit while deception and its resultant fruit tends towards detriment. Consider the lies of evolution, of Nazism, of Humanism, of revisionist history and their results:

From evolution we derive a purposeless universe populated by thinking meat-sacks with no need of morals, integrity, and conscience or a sense of a God-given destiny (offered through Jesus Christ) and entirely licensed towards self-gratification.

From Nazism such fruit is evident: over six million dead Jews (among many others), and with equal justification for these heinous murders and an abrogation of freedom and a confiscation of the free enterprise system.

Likewise with Communism: gulags galore with the death of hundreds of millions, Christian, Jew and others, and similarly a “legal plunder” ethic that impoverishes, depletes and negates freedom and liberty.

Humanism places man at the center of reality, and on a pinnacle of importance, glorifying and extolling his supposed virtues, and denying any moral flaw, sinful intentions, and most vehemently an Eternal God Who is the Judge of the Earth, and thus instilling in its adherents a lethal sense of pride that will incarcerate them without parole into a hard-heartedness towards God and the spiritual freedom He provides through the LORD Jesus Christ.

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GOT TRUTH? An Examination of What Truth Is and How It Affects Us – PART TWO-a (taken in part from J. MacArthur’s The TRUTH War & Other Sources)

~~By James Fire

The essence of truth as recorded in scripture has various facets to it.
In the Old Testament the word ‘truth’ or emeth in Hebrew, means, “firmness, stability, fidelity, a reliable basis for support. Its attributed to God as well as creatures, and appears in such verbalisms as “truly”, “of a truth”, etc. It’s ascribed not only to statements  (RUTH 3:12) but also to behavior (GEN 24:49).


It’s associated with promises, kindness, justice, and sincerity (see respectively – 2 SAM 7:28; GEN 47:29; NEH 9:13; ISAIAH 59:14; JOSH 24:14).

In the New Testament, truth retains the moral and personal emphasis of the OT, even though the notion of faithfulness is more often carried by different Greek words.
From an etymological view, “truth” in the NT perspective suggests something that is “open, uncovered, revealed for what it indeed is, and so ascribes something as real and genuine rather than imaginary or spurious, and true rather than false.

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GEORGE STREET

~ A.M. Kisly

Do you often ask yourself just what one person can do?
Can one person really make a difference? Before you answer remember with God anything is possible. Listen to the testimony of Mr. Genor and how God used him down in a place called George Street.


"Excuse me Sir, are you saved? If you died tonight, are you going to heaven?
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Does God Change, or Do We Need a More "HIPSTER" Faith?

~ by A.M. Kisly

The following article was published by Christianity Today. To my surprise, the article articulated what most of us have been thinking and trying to convey to the Church.Though the author brings an honest look at modern Christianity, I have just discovered that his view is not without partiality...Mr. McCracken according to Lighthouse Trails Ministry is managing editor of Biola University’s magazine and regular writer for the emergent Relevant magazine, considers himself a “hipster,” the answer he gives in the introduction of his book is “yes.” He is not writing impartially as some may think or assume. With that said, the article does, in my opinion, bring to light just how today's "Hipster" churches developed to what they are today.

Just a few words from me, the root of the problem is always the same....questioning God's authority in the life of the believer...Remember the serpent in the garden..."hath ...God said", it is the same deception today.

Professing ourselves wise, we become fools....not FOR CHRIST but as Enemies of God.

Like Lucifer, we think we have a better way, that God's ways are out of date and out of touch with today's society, so we create a New way, the "hipster" way. Compromise is now the way that leads to life and Christianity is in a free fall called the snowball effect, consuming every aspect of the Christina life in its way. It swallows up doctrine and worship, and the set-apart life. But that's not enough, for now we have to promote our new way. We promote NEW AUTHORS, with new ideas and sell new books, new music and even Create NEW MODERN VERSIONS of the BIBLE, deleting those offensive doctrines which are not appealing to our flesh.

Disobedience to God is not a new thing....it started in the Garden of Eden and has plagued the world ever since. When the Word of God is no longer considered to be absolute authority and VITAL in the life of the believer....then it is easily replaced by the compromised heart.

Jesus is the Way, the only way...the Truth...the only truth....and the Life....that's it! He does not change....He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

The following article is long...but very worth the read. I hope you will set a few minutes aside to read and consider what the author is trying to convey.

Christianity Today - "HIPSTER FAITH" by Brett McCracken

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

NEWS ALERT: Global Taxes for World Government

~ by A.M. Kisly

For the past year and a half we have been writing articles and talking endlessly about Bible Prophecy and the coming New World Order (Government, Money and Religious System) amongst other things.
Though many have questioned our sanity and thought us to have gone overboard with our "fanaticism", the facts speak for themselves.


I posted an article last week about the announcement made by Secretary of State - Hillary Clinton to the Counsel of Foreign Relations that, "The United States is Ready to Join the New World Order". Looks like she's right!


This week I discovered a very telling document that was brought to public view by America's Survival, a public policy group, "The United Nations General Assembly Meeting...Draft outcome document of High-level Plenary Meeting of the 65th session of the General Assembly on Millennium Development Goals". The document is endorsed by the Obama Administration and prepared in advance of the September 20-22 United Nations “Summit on the Millennium Development Goals".


According to the website of the conference, National Leaders “informally agreed in negotiations, and the General Assembly transmitted the text to the Summit (High-level Plenary Meeting) for adoption.” It is expected that Obama will approve the document.


What's in the document? “Innovative finance mechanisms” -- Global Taxes


According to item #61 on the document, "We consider that innovative financing mechanisms can make a positive contribution in assisting developing countries to mobilize additional resources for financing for development on a voluntary basis. Such financing should supplement and not be a substitute for traditional sources of financing. While recognizing the considerable progress in innovative sources of financing for development, we call for scaling-up of present initiatives, where appropriate."

Cliff Kincaid states, "The phrases, “Innovative finance mechanisms” and “international financial transactions” are featured in the 31-page “outcome document” that is supposed to be approved by President Obama and other world leaders meeting at the U.N. in New York next week. The document, according to the website of the conference, was “informally agreed in negotiations, and the General Assembly transmitted the text to the Summit (High-level Plenary Meeting) for adoption.” It is expected that Obama will approve the document."

Item #78(f) - "The fulfilment of all ODA commitments is crucial, including the commitments by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) for ODA to developing countries by 2015 and to reach..."

Cliff Kincaid also stated, "The document affirms the so-called “Monterrey Consensus” that committed nations to spending 0.7 percent of Gross National Product (GNP) on official development assistance (ODA), otherwise known as foreign aid. Over a 13-year period, from 2002, when the U.N.’s Financing for Development conference was held, to the target year of 2015, when the U.S. is expected to meet the Millennium Development Goals, this amounts to $845 billion, according to Jeffrey Sachs of the U.N.’s Millennium Project."

Item #78(h)- "Exploring new innovative finance mechanisms and strengthening and scaling up existing ones, where appropriate, given their potential to contribute to the achievement of the millennium Development Goals. Such voluntary mechanisms should be effective and should aim to mobilize resources that are stable and predictable, they should supplement and not be a substitute for traditional sources of finance and should be disbursed in accordance with the priorities of developing countries and not unduly burden them. We note the ongoing work in this regard, including by the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development as well as by the Task Force on International Financial Transactions for Development and the Task Force on Innovative Financing for Education;"

Read Full Document: Draft Outcome Document

While the masses continue to dismiss concerns about the U.N., it appears that they have a major role in working towards a New World Order. The "main-stream" news media obfuscates the news events by blurring truth with liberal agenda, yet hiding in plain sight the conspiracy is revealed.

I don't know who said this, but it's true..."Failure to embrace and act upon truth will always result in deception". Those who are convincing America and the nations of the world that the only way to lasting world peace is the establishment of a "New World Order" are the arm of Satan, and will lead the world to worship the Anti-Christ.

What does the Bible say?


1 Thessalonians 5:1-11


"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.


For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."

"Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" (Matthew 24:42).
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Friday, September 10, 2010

NEWS ALERT: Clinton Announces "United States is Ready to Join the New World Order"

by A.M. Kisly

The Washington Post published an article yesterday with the details of a speech made to the Counsel of Foreign Relations (the "government" that governs governments) by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. She stated that the United States is now ready to join the "New World Order".


Clinton's speech builds on the Obama's administration's National Security Strategy, which described a world order "buckling under the weight of new threats." Invoking the far-sighted generation of the 1940s, she dedicated the United States to building a "new global architecture," by bolstering traditional alliances, integrating emerging powers, strengthening regional organizations, renovating global institutions, and promoting universal values. In the abstract, it all sounds compelling. In detail, these aspirations get trickier.


New World Order is a term used to describe the uniting of the world's superpowers to secure and maintain global peace, safety, and security. Synonymous with the term New World Order are the terms one world government, global governance, and globalization. All these terms are used interchangeably and at different times to communicate to different audiences. Make no mistake - they all basically mean the same thing.

We must understand that the events currently happening in our world have been predicted by Bible prophecy scholars for some time. The Biblical scenario according to the scriptures in the book of Revelation have given us a picture of the things to come. Of course, these events are still in our future. Some of these events include: The Rapture of the Church, when Jesus Christ comes back, and we who are true believers are caught up to meet Him in the air. Those who have died in Christ will come out of their graves and will go up to be with the Lord also. From the heavenly vantage point, then, we will be looking down on the earth during the next seven years. These seven years will be a time known as The Tribulation.

During The Tribulation, Antichrist is going to rise to power, and there will be a one-world government, of which he will be the dictator. And in the middle of that Tribulation period, he is going to require everyone on the Earth, according to Revelation 13 to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead which will mean they acknowledge him, not only as their dictator, but as their god. Without that mark they will not be allowed to buy or sell anything for the remainder of the Tribulation period.

At the every end of that time, his world empire which he has built will began to crumble, and he is going to fight, literally, against Jesus Christ. He is going to call Christ down out of heaven. Jesus will come back at The Battle of Armageddon, and with His Word, is going to totally obliterate all of the forces of Antichrist and the Devil. In chapters 17 and 18 of the book of Revelation, we see the destruction of the world empire of Antichrist. Though this is not the next thing on God's time table, it is important to study in order to discern the times in which we live. Before this chapter can take place, a one-world government must emerge. We find here a beast, symbolizing one-world government, and we also find a woman riding on the beast who symbolizes a false religious system, and the enemy of God.



What does this mean to us?

We know that perilous times are coming, because the Bible has warned us so. It is time for the Church, the Bride of Christ, those who have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to be ready. To those of you who have not been faithful in your walks, who have one foot in the world and one foot in Christianity; to those who have heard the Gospel yet are still holding back and have not yet come to Christ I beg of you to choose this day whom you will serve, the world or God's Son.


I will leave you with a portion of God's infallible and perfect word.


Jude 1 (King James Version)


"Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:


Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.


Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.


For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.


I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.


And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.


Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.


Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.


Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.


But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.


Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.


These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;


Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.


And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,


To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.


But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;


How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.


These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.


But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.


And of some have compassion, making a difference:


And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.


Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,


To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Reaping What We Have Sown

by A.M. Kisly

What happened when they kicked God out of School?








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Saturday, September 4, 2010

ENGAGING ISLAM and the MUSLIM AGENDA Part 3 (of 3)

~~By James J. Fire

We now conclude this three part series with this last segment. It is the prayer and hope of TTUF that we will all remain vigilant in our prayers for this nation, and all its peoples, to recognize Divinely appointed opportunities to reach out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and manifest His love, even in the face of those who would count us their enemies.
In light of this, may this information prove useful to you, and encourage us in evangelism as well as contending for the faith once delivered to us all!

UPDATE: 10-31-11 LET US REASON's TREATMENT on the QURAN and What it says to the Muslim regarding unbelievers.
~ end of update.

THE ISLAMIC AGENDA and MIND SET –A very valid point must be made here: claiming rights and authority for Muslims seems to go unilaterally, that is, they are all for THEIR rights being honored, THEIR authority being established, but they protest loud and long against any others who would seek to protect their own rights!

The same Islamic mind set that demands that their law be respected, to the exclusion of all others, such as found in Saudi Arabia where its illegal upon pain of death to carry a Holy Bible through town, much less be able to conduct a Bible study there* The same Islamic mind set that demands that their law be respected, to the exclusion of all others, such as found in Saudi Arabia where its illegal upon pain of death to carry a Holy Bible through town, much less be able to conduct a Bible study there (I recall from Operation Mobilization that a Christian missionary was flogged to death (600 lashes) when he was caught preaching the Gospel in Saudi Arabia); there are no churches nor synagogues allowed anywhere in Mecca or Medina, or any where else in this country. Yet immigrants from this and other Muslim nations that arrive here expect to be placated and respected, but again, refuse to be considerate of other people and their beliefs.

Consider Dearborn, MI. which has been referred to as “Little Istanbul”.
From ACTS17APOLOGETICS:

The You Tube Channel of ACTS-17 APOLOGETICS

Arab Festival 2009: Sharia in the US

Arab Festival 2009: Responses to Sharia in the US

The web site, ANSWERING MUSLIMS, has some very pertinent commentary on the above videos (one of which is actually posted here at this site); you can read this here:

Answering Muslims Web Site: Sharia Comes To Dearborn, MI

Brannon Howse, host and founder of World View Matters conducted an interview with a Osama Dakdok, an Egyptian Christian, son of a Baptist minister (in Egypt no less!) who has seen first hand and up close the machinations of Muslims, their perspectives and attitudes, and how they genuinely relate to the real world (far apart from the propaganda that Islam is afforded today in the mainline media, as well as the various political and religious platforms throughout the world). This interview has some extremely chilling implications and will no doubt affect many people’s views on Islam. Here is the link where you can listen to the radio interview (presently archived, see Listen To Archives on site):

Radio Presentation with Brannon Howse and Osama Dakdok

This is the web site of Osama Dakdok: The Straight Way

You will find the other videos that Osama has produced from a solid Christian perspective. What may be particularly interesting for all of us, is Osama’s insights regarding Barak Hussein Obama; here is the link for this 12 part video series. You might find some of this to be quite alarming!

Revealing The Truth About Barak Obama

Also you may find the responses to this video at the site above rather interesting.

JIHAD in AMERICA – 60 Minutes of Stark Reality About Muslim Mentality in the EXTREME:

Finally from youtube, a presentation is posted here for your viewing. I would recommend that you skip this video until you have extra time to spare to view them in their entirety (1 hr. 21 min):

JIHAD In America


HOW TO RESPOND TO THE MUSLIM and THIS AGENDA –


There are many Muslims who, being born into the culture and religion that is Islam, who had no choice in the matter but to be Muslim; who, if they attempt to leave, or say anything disparagingly against it, may be slain by family members in what’s called an ‘honor killing’. These are trapped in a religion that they don’t want, and for fear of being persecuted or slain remain in such a prison as this.

Others who have faithfully adhered to the tenets of Islam and all its accompanying “pillars” have nevertheless experienced a decided lack of fulfillment, disillusioned by the inconsistencies of this faith, and even more so its practices, and yearn for God in a way that Islam cannot provide.

Other Muslims who are fervent, and zealous for Islam, and willing even to lay their lives down for the glory of Allah, are likewise lost and deprived of the Truth according to the Gospel. In all of these cases, these are souls who are in need of salvation through the LORD Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ died for their sins as well and desires to see them come to repentance!

To read such stories, go here:

Muslims Converting To Disciples of Jesus Christ!

Do a word search on “Islam” at the same web site (access link below) for more information on what’s happening in the world of the Muslim:

Joel Rosenberg's Weblog-EPICENTER

In this last section, we will post various web sites that deal with Islam, as well as recommend several books that treat this enormously powerful and proliferating religion. We can also recommend some missionary societies and organizations that minister the evangelization of Muslims.

HELPFUL BOOKS TO AID IN THE REACHING OF MUSLIMS –
I have in my library various books that may help Christians in reaching out to Muslims with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as contained in the Gospel:

The first is CHRISTIANS ANSWER MUSLIMS by Gerhard Nehls. It just so happens that this entire book is available for reading online!
Read it here: Online Version of Book: 'Christians Answer Muslims' Courtesy of Answering Muslims.org (note: there is also a link at the bottom of this web page where more books by this author is available).

Another short, but excellent source is:
SHARING YOUR FAITH with a MUSLIM By Charles Marsh –

While I could not find a web link that would adequately brief the reader on this work, I can highly recommend his materials on Muslim evangelism. It would seem however that Mr. Marsh has subsequently written and promoted ideas in his works concerning "social justice" which is a euphemism for socialism. Therefore let the reader beware and understand that TTUF does not endorse these works, nor promotes socialism in any form, be it named that or 'social justice'.

A concise but excellent book by a forty three year missionary who lived among Muslims is by William McElwee, entitled A Christians Response To Islam.
A Christians Response To Islam

Three titles by Phil Parshall are as follows:

Beyond the Mosque, New Paths in Muslim Evangelism, and Bridges to Islam. These, and all other titles by author Phil Parshall can be viewed here –

The Collective Works of Philip Parshall On Islam

The Islamic Invasion – Confronting the World’s Fastest Growing Religion by Dr. Robert Morey The Islamic Invasion

These last two titles are more in the line of personal testimonies from Muslims who have come to faith in Christ:

Into the Light by Dr. Steven Masood – See this title and four others by the author here:

Into The Light and Other Works by Dr. Masood

And lastly, My Big Brother by Dr. Bruce Farnham – (no accompanying link could be found, but you might find this title among others that deal with Islam and Missions among Muslims).

Four related books that would certainly prove useful in understanding how Islam effects the world in which we live are these:

A Cup of Trembling, and Judgment Day by Dave Hunt and the aforementioned book,
From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters. All three titles are available through TBC (thebereancall.org)
Islam and the Bible: Why Two Faiths Collide, by David Goldmann:

Islam and the Bible

MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH MUSLIMS –

In the summer of 1987 I (James Fire) had the enormous privilege of departing the United States on a mission to go abroad, in seeking to minister to Muslims with Operation Mobilization. As someone who himself carried the burden of attempting to please God by my subjection to His laws, and seeking to do good works in order to gain approval by Him (though my background is that of a Roman Catholic), I could readily relate to the Muslim mind set that likewise holds such views and religiously bound obligations.

As I ventured towards Europe for further missionary training (having already received some in the [then] main headquarters of O.M. in New Jersey) the LORD led me to minister with other Christians who joined up with F.F.A. (Friends From Abroad) in seeking to share the Gospel with Muslims, but also Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs as well. For those two months of intensive outreach, evangelism, street witnessing, and church attendance we were able to touch the hearts of many in that land of England. Even back in 1987, twenty three years ago, the Muslims had the motto of “England is our Gate-way” that is, that once Muslims established themselves in England, they would then have the means to retake Europe. Today we see the fruits of their efforts and they are formidable indeed.

I found the Muslims there in England, for the most part, very passionate and even enthusiastic in having conversations about God; most were quite eager to hear what we had to say, particularly since we represented our various homelands which numbered anywhere from seven to twenty two different countries! There were others who seemed rather ambivalent, even in discussing their own religious beliefs; it seemed that these were Muslim in name only, or nominal believers. On the other end of the spectrum there were those who were not only passionate, but zealous to the point of being hostile, verbally and otherwise (though in all actuality we met with more violent reactions from Jewish people than we did Muslims).

We learned not to be timid or shy about our beliefs; Muslims respect those who hold strong beliefs, passion and faith in their own ‘religion’. Any timidity is seen as a form of wavering, weakness or even disbelief.

I recall having a debate with one Muslim gentleman who was obviously quite intellectual, which I found appealing as I’m somewhat of a thinker myself. We were engaged deeply in various arguments, and involved with clever rhetoric and theological discussion. The missionary accompanying me was Juha Petranov from Finland, and as his English was somewhat limited, he resolved to remain quiet but in an attitude of intercessory prayer. During a lull in our conversation however, Juha broke in and said with his halting, broken English, but with a demeanor of complete humility and gentleness:

”Excuse me; my English is not so good but I need to say to you about Jesus. It is very important that I say this because He loves you so very much, and He wants you to know that He died on the cross for your sins, and you can have life with Him forever. I know this is true because my life with Jesus is real; it is not religion, it is my life which Jesus saved. You can have this life too, but you don’t work for this, it is God’s gift for you and He wants you to have Jesus, because He loves you! Thank you for hearing me.” With a gentle smile, Juha bowed out of the conversation and resumed prayer.

I felt my eyes stinging with tears as I witnessed this gentle, young man with absolute sincerity share Jesus, not with the intellectual pride that I had (or perhaps even the Muslim gentleman with whom we spoke), but with the faith of a child. I looked at the Muslim who likewise had tears in his eyes. Up until that point, he continued to refuse the free book I was offering him, but once Juha had finished, we looked silently at one another, and without another word, took the book from my hand, entered back into his apartment and quietly closed the door.

A real faith, living, breathing faith, that speaks of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and a heart of love and compassion towards the Muslim (which they can obviously sense) goes a long way with making an impression. You see, for the Muslim, God is the unknowable one and to have a relationship with God as one would have with one’s own (loving, caring) father is truly an alien concept for them. Yet this is the treasure that we as believers in Jesus Christ, born of God’s Spirit possess!

Another gentleman, an elderly Jamaican man from the church we were attending while conducting missions, was well known among the congregation for bringing Muslims to faith in Christ. We would all be flabbergasted as he would routinely bring a Muslim with him to church, and almost invariably, they would surrender their lives to the LORD!

When we asked him about this, and how he accounted for his success in making these converts to Christ, he replied with a tooth-gaped smile and a wonderful Jamaican accent:

"Beforl I say one wor’ to de Muslim, I say ten tousand wor’ to tha Lawd!”

In other words, this aged saint understood the importance of spiritual warfare and intercessory prayer as preparatory prior to the delivery of the Gospel. He would select a Muslim in the neighborhood, and commence with weeks, sometimes months of prayer and at the time appointed by God, he would be led of the LORD to share the good news!

Any work with the LORD can not know success unless we are engaged with the LORD in prayer!

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WITNESSING TO MUSLIMS –
(excerpts taken from Reaching Muslims Today – available from STL Distributors, P.O. Box 48, Bromley, Kent. England
Compiled by North African Mission: pgs. 41 – 42) NOTE: Statements within brackets [ ] are my own.

What To Do –
1) Prepare to witness to them! Study the culture and the way they think! Try to get acquainted with Muslim neighbors and try to understand their point of view.
2) Learn their language; [while such would not be necessary in circumstances we have here in America, a cursory knowledge of basic language would go a long way in reaching hearts] many Muslims today can be reached without a knowledge of Arabic. However a worker considering full time service among Muslims must master the Arabic language.
3) Be open to opportunities to witness [where there is willingness, there are doors opened by Divine Providence!]
4) Love them sincerely [Prayerfully ask God to give you a heart for these people, He will!] and be gentle; they will sense this. Understand that the objective is to win the person, not the discussion [As aptly demonstrated with the story of myself and Juha from Finland]. The goal is not just to defend Christianity but to present Christ.
5) Listen patiently to what they say; you will understand them better. Your turn will come to talk. Muslims must hear many times before they will believe. [Understand also that we Christians are all ‘links in the chain of witness’: the LORD leads Muslims from one Christian to another, and another, and each play their part in sowing the seed of God’s Word, and watering that seed; always however God gives the increase, and yet another Christian will be involved in the harvesting. Seldom is one believer involved in all aspects.]
6) Explain the Gospel very simply, in every day terms, and do not forget to define such words as sin, prayer, Son of God, faith. These often have another meaning to the Muslim.
7) Stress the unique being of Jesus Christ:
a. His miraculous birth and the prophecies concerning His birth, life, death and resurrection. [Over 300 prophecies that foretell the first coming of Christ Jesus; in this, He is unique!]
b. His sinless life and extraordinary teachings.
c. His unique names (the Quran calls Him: the Word of God, a spirit of God)
d. The fact that he is alive in heaven.
e. The fact that Jesus is returning [with even more prophecies regarding His 2nd Coming than the First!]
8) Encourage reading the Bible, especially the Gospels [In Arabic, it’s called the Injil].
9) Share how you found peace and assurance of salvation through Christ [your testimony will have a powerful impact as the Muslim has nothing in their own life to compare with such].
10) Show how they can have a personal relationship with God.
11) Stress the fact that God is absolutely holy and that He demands righteousness, whereas man is unrighteous and is enslaved by his sinful nature. His condition does not need to be made better by education; rather, he needs to be “born again” in order to become a new person [An explanation of what it means to be born again, in basic language will be required].
12) Answer objections with gentleness and kindness; at the same time ask:
a. How do you know that the Gospel is not true? Have you read it?
b. Have you ever studied the Bible for yourself, or are you just repeating without thinking, what others have said about it?
c. How can you know if God has pardoned you? Do you have the assurance of salvation?
d. Do you have eternal life?

What Not To Do –

1) Never attack the person of Mohammad, but do not accept him as a prophet either [Sharing the moral and character failings of the Prophet of Islam with the Muslim will not build bridges, but walls].
2) Do not be misled by their belief in Jesus or the Bible. Normally their belief has a Muslim context and not a Biblical one.
3) Don’t be fooled by the claim that they know all about Christianity; Muslims do mot want to admit their ignorance about true Christianity.
4) Do not speak right away about Jesus being the Son of God; they will not accept this [Its usually best to start out with basic truths about God, with which the Muslim can readily agree: His all knowing, all powerful nature as the Creator of all things, seen and unseen, etc].
5) Do not look for disputes and controversy [even if they do, try to re-direct the conversation towards the Gospel]; they only generate anger. Yet do not avoid them if it is necessary. One must show that the Bible has an answer that is logical and true.
6) Never enter into discussion without knowledge, love, prayer and the necessity for it. Our dependence on prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit cannot be stressed too strongly.


PRESENTING The GOSPEL to a MUSLIM –

The manner in which we receive our friends as people is of primary importance in any witnessing effort. In many cases the person is seeking to solve a problem in his life, We might wish to share how God has met a similar problem in our own life. The Muslim wants a religion that works!
We should avoid sensitive topics, particularly those of a political nature. When they come up, try to redirect the conversation to other areas of personal interest, such as sports, work, family or studies.
In any conversation, you will come to a point which can be used to introduce the issue of God, or personal values and principles. Even more often, the Muslim will ask questions like, “Who are you?” or “Why do you speak Arabic?” [For those who are national workers in the mission field].
In all phases of witness, the “spiritual preparedness” of the one presenting the Gospel is extremely important. IF there is a close walk with God, a fulness of the Spirit, a love for others, a willingness to listen, an expectant spirit, there is almost always an impact. If God is distant to the Christian, He will be dead and wooden to the Muslim.
As the contact matures, the following questions or statements usually arise:
”What is God really like, and what could He want of me?”
“How do you know the Bible is inspired of God?”
”What makes one religion – Islam or another – better or different?”

At this point, if the situation is favorable, use one of these Three Approaches – briefly outlined below.

1) The “WHO IS GOD?” Approach

Stress evidence of His existence
His creation (being distinct from Himself)
His authority
His character
How can He be known? Could He communicate? Did He?
Yes:

a) by General Revelation (the idea of God cannot originate with man)
b) by Scripture
c) by His Son

Does man need help or can it be proven that he is sufficient to meet his dilemma?
What happened: The Fall – Man died spiritually
Became a slave to sin
Under Judgment of a righteous Judge
Explain in detail:

God’s original plan for man (Reason for creation).
His perfection (God’s masterpiece in creation).
The preciousness of the individual.
The fact that he is lost (groping in every area of life – religion, philosophy, pleasure).

God’s Intervention: help had to come from outside of man.
Why God intervened: because of His love for man.
How was this love revealed: by sending His Son – sacrifice and resurrection
Here an explanation of what transpired on the Cross will be essential.
Result: Offer of pardon, Reconciliation, Life [Eternal].

Three steps of Faith:
What is faith? Confidence in another’s character and strength.
Step 1) I know the facts
Step 2) I believe they are true, without error
Step 3) I receive them for myself and act on them – Salvation comes at step 3.

What is the evidence of real faith?
A life that seeks to please and obey God: however, small intial steps.
A desire to further the message of Christ to others.


2) The “DIRECT FROM THE BIBLE” Approach

Go directly to the Bible and examine one passage to try to understand the heart of its message:
Suggested passages:
John 1:1-12John 3: 1-36
Romans 6:23
John 5:24


An example is Romans 6:23, which is often used with good results. It can be developed thus:

Three parts –
“The wages of sin is death”
“but the gift of God is eternal life”
“through Jesus Christ our Lord.”


Write out the entire verse so that the Muslim can get the sweep of the passage.

1) Part One –
What is sin? (disobedience to God and His Holy Will)
What does death mean? (seperation – spiritual death, physical death)
Wages are the result of what? (work)
2) Part Two –
What is a gift? (a free present)
Do gifts depend on merit or acheivement? (no)
What is life? (union – eternal life only if united with God’s life)
Would you refuse a King’s gift?
3) Part Three –
How does this gift come to us? (through Jesus Christ)
Who is Jesus Christ – why that name? (The giver of Eternal life; Christ = Messiah)
Is He unique among the prophets? (Yes, the only one to die on behalf of others).

To get the gift we need to receive Christ as: Savior – entrance
Lord – daily implication of ebing a follower of His.
Illustration:
Christ does not want to hitch a fide and take the back seat; He wants the wheel. The point is submission to Christ Jesus.

3) The “STORY TELLER” Approach

Muslims are quite fond of stories, and since the Gospels are full of stories in parable form, any one of these will serve. Take any single parable, and read it through with the Muslim, and then apply the appropriate spiritual lesson which will reveal spiritual truth. Other stories of the Gospels (non-parables) are also powerful, such as the resurrection of Lazarus as recorded in John Ch. 11.

From this chapter’s account we learn that Jesus was very close with Lazarus and his two sisters (vs. 2).
This family was confident of Jesus’s love for them (vs.3, 5).
We learn that Jesus claims to be the Son of God, and that He understands God and the plans He has in store (vs.4, 6-15).
To Jesus, something as seemingly permanent and disastrous as death is as sleep (vs. 11, 14).
Jesus is intent on the glory of God, and to strengthen the faith of His followers (vs. 4, 15).
We learn that the disciples loved Jesus and were committed to Him, even if it meant their own deaths (vs. 16).
We learn that Lazarus was already dead for four days, but that the journey from where Jesus was to Bethany was less than one day’s journey, so He wasn’t hurrying (vs. 6, 17-18)
Martha with urgency left their home and came to Jesus when she learned of His arrival; she was confident that Jesus could have healed her sick brother, but apparently doubts that anything else can be done but holds out with the slightest hope yet (vs. 20-22).
We learn that Jesus claims to be Himself the resurrection and the life, that is He is the Supreme authority of these, and that His power is greater than the power of death itself; that those who believe in Jesus will possess eternal life (vs. 23-26).
Martha confesses that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) and Jesus doesn’t correct her for any apparent error, thus condones such a proclamation, therefore Jesus is indeed the Messiah (vs. 27).
Martha goes and brings back Mary, whom Jesus calls for, and the Jews follow them to the tomb of Lazarus (vs. 28-31).
Mary makes a comparable confession to her sister, Martha’s regarding Jesus’ authority (vs. 32)
Jesus is grieved, and sorrowful, and expresses His love for Lazarus with his tears (vs. 33-36).
Jesus commands the stone to Lazarus’ tomb be rolled away, even though Martha protests (vs. 39).
Jesus desires to strengthen the faith of Martha and Mary, as well as His own disciples, and is intent on the glory of God being revealed (vs. 40).
Jesus prays to God as His Father, and does so, so that these would know that He was sent by the Father (vs. 41-42).
Jesus commands Lazarus to come forth, and he does; Jesus then commands that Lazarus would be loosed of his grave clothes (vs. 43-44).

From this passage of scripture we learn that Jesus, Who is the Messiah, has the power of eternal life, is greater than the power of death, can command the dead to be raised to life. Jesus is caring and compassionate, and desires to strengthen the faith of His followers. Even though He may allow tragedy into our lives, He does so with purpose in mind, and not in needless sorrow and anguish, and ultimately serves a greater and better purpose that we cannot see for ourselves.

The story method of sharing God’s Truth with the Muslim can be quite effective, particularly in a long term relationship. Sharing such stories not only imparts spiritual truth to the Muslim, but it also strengthens the bond of friendship. The Muslim will become eager to hear more such stories, and will open their hearts more and more.


PERTINENT LINKS For More Research Into ISLAM –

Jihad Watch

Islam Watch - Former Muslims
NOTE: "About Us" page from Islam Watch (below):

Former Muslims on Islam Watch Web site

History of Jihad

Introductory Articles on Islam and Christianity

Last, and perhaps best is:
Answering Islam-A Christian Muslim Dialogue

This concludes this article on ENGAGING ISLAM and The MUSLIM AGENDA. It is our hopes and prayers at T.T.U.F. that we have represented fairly the facts as they are.

While we are facing a time of potentially extreme upheaval and indeed, a likely paradigm shift in our way of life, which will no doubt involve a greater influence of this religion here in America, we must remember to conduct ourselves in any situation, no matter how dire, as true disciples and ambassadors of Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:20).

Let us remember that we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. If our Gospel is hidden from those who cannot see and understand it, it is because the god of this world has blinded their eyes and such spiritual warfare must be conducted in order to relieve them from such blindness and so the glorious Light of the Gospel may touch their lives for the glory of God (2 Cor. 4:4-6)!

May the LORD Jesus truly bless us all as together we seek His Divine Will in reaching the lost of this world, including the Muslim people that He loves so dearly!
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The Priority of God's Word

by A.M. Kisly

Hebrews 4:12 (King James Version)


"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."


Time has changed. The quiet days of the past seem all but gone. Our lives have become overwhelmingly busy with too much activity and we wonder how we will be able to balance it all. Balance will only come to those who put first things first. You cannot get very far driving a car with an empty fuel tank, nor will your body be able to function without food and water and rest. Without the daily intake of the Word of God, our spiritual lives become lethargic, weak, and very susceptible to temptations and compromise. The enemy of our soul would have us so busy and distracted as to keep us away from the necessary nourishment of our spirit in order to weaken us in our spiritual walks and thus becoming ineffective in our Christian witness.


The Word of God is a necessity of ones spiritual life....it cannot be ignored. Jesus is the very Word of God...and He who came to earth, died on the cross for our sin, rose again, and is coming again, wants to spend time with each and every one of us. He has things he wants to show us, teach us and reveal to us. He left us His word, The Holy Scriptures, we must take it, feast upon it, and allow Him to instruct us. He will give us clear direction and the needed balance in our lives if we let Him.







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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

DO YOU KNOW HIM?

~ by A.M. Kisly

Years ago, I met an old preacher who visited a church I use to attend. He came with a message, a message that was so extraordinary that I have never forgotten it. It was the message of the gospel...one that is clear...and true...and alive. A message that cuts trough all the doctrinal divisions, and denominational boundaries. A message that is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword. A message that pierces the heart, the soul and the spirit. A message that that brings life, because the messenger like those who witnessed the risen Christ, has himself witnessed that same wonderful gift of Jesus Christ..who came and lived, who died upon the cross, who rose from the grave and who lives today.

Let me ask you, Do you know HIM?


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