Friday, July 31, 2009

Do you listen to the voice of God?

We endeavor to always be sensitive to the voice of God and to be quick to obey.

That's why Jessica and I are preparing to minister in the nations of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Suicide-bombers, war, and the Taliban have made headlines in these two nations in the last few weeks.

Why do we GO to these distant lands when there are places closer to home that would be safer and more comfortable for us to minister?

174,579,000 people live in Pakistan. 96% of the population in Pakistan are Muslims who have never heard the Gospel message.

Afghanistan has 33,609,037 people. Afghanistan is 99% Muslim. God told us to GO to the unreached and we must OBEY.

Between these two nations, there is an average of ONE MISSIONARY for every ONE MILLION Muslims.

At this ratio, there would be only three people preaching to my entire home state of Oklahoma. Yet, here at home, I see a church on every corner.

We want to go where the NEED is the greatest. We want to preach TO THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD.

Would you help us reach people in the Muslim world?
Three days ago, I asked my friends on Facebook why they support different ministries. The #1 reason they said is because GOD TOLD THEM TO GIVE. Right now, I believe God is speaking to many of our partners to help us minister to the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Would you take a moment to listen to the voice of God? Ask yourself these questions:

1. Is God telling me RIGHT NOW to help get people saved in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

2. How much is God telling me to give?

Would you be one of 5 people to give a gift of $1,000? Would you be one of 10 people to give a gift of $500? Would you be one of 50 people to give a gift of $100? Would you be one of 300 people to give a gift of $50?

Please, listen to the voice of God and give what He tells you to give. Please don't delay; be OBEDIENT to the voice of God RIGHT NOW.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Every Time a Person was Rescued from Danger, I saw Jesus Meet Him

Do you feel an urgency about leading people to Jesus? I still vividly remember a dream I had several years ago…YOU WILL BE INSPIRED by this dream to save people from hell. Here's what happened…

In my dream I was standing on the edge of a massive highway. It looked like sixteen lanes of traffic were flying by at breakneck speed. Out among the traffic, there were hundreds of people.

The people on the highway were ignoring the cars and going about their normal business. Some were goofing off. Girls gossiped and flirted with some guys playing basketball. One group set up a TV in the middle of a lane and played a video game. A collage kid was sitting on the ground intently studying a book. A young girl was quietly dancing to music on her headphones, facing away from the traffic and narrowly avoided being hit several times.

The people were oblivious to the traffic. From time to time, a car would zoom by at 90 mph and smash into someone. The body would flip through the air and land bloody and beaten up. Few of the people seemed to notice. Occasionally they would look at the body and weep for a moment, but they quickly went back to what they were doing.

I stood at the edge of the highway and yelled for the people to get off the road. I pleaded and implored them until my voice was hoarse. No one listened. They were as oblivious to me as they were to the traffic.

Next to me stood an angel. I asked him what was happening. He replied, "This generation is living in danger and they don't even know it. Many are dying and going to hell, but they are so captivated with the distractions of the world that they have no idea what danger they are facing." I asked, "What should I do?" The angel replied, "Rescue them."

I knew the angel meant I should go out on the highway and talk to them, but I was scared. The cars were going so fast that it looked impossible. But if I did not try, everyone on the road would eventually die.

I tentatively walked out to a teenage girl who was close to the edge of the road. I tapped her on the shoulder. I took the headphones out of her ears and began to talk to her. After I explained the danger she was in, suddenly she noticed the traffic, as if she had just woken up. Immediately, she rushed for the side of the road. As she stepped over the line that marked the edge of the road, I saw Jesus appear.  He greeted her with a hug and then she walked off hand-in-hand with Jesus.

Encouraged by this result, I ran from person to person telling them to get off the road. Some listened; others did not. I began to gather small crowds of people and talk to them. Sometimes whole groups would suddenly wake up, realize the danger and run for the side of the road. Other times, I would see someone at the edge of my crowd wander off only to be hit moments later by a speeding truck. A few argued vehemently that there were no speeding cars and despite my best efforts to show them the bloody bodies and to get them to see their peril, they denied there was any danger.

Every time a person was rescued from danger, I saw Jesus meet him and they walked off together.

Suddenly I woke from the dream. I sat up in bed with sweat pouring off my body.  Now years later, the dream is still fresh in my memory. I recall the horror I felt watching the people wander around in heavy traffic. I remember the joy I felt when I rescued someone.

The memory of this dream vividly reinforces my mission in life. I am called by God to rescue people from certain death and to give them eternal life.

You can help rescue people from danger! You can help lead people to Jesus!  Would you partner with us to save the lost? Your financial gifts allow us to rescue thousands of people from hell. 

Our next trip is to Pakistan and Afghanistan. We need funds RIGHT NOW to make this ministry possible. Your financial gift this month will help us save people in the heart of the Muslim world. Thank you!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Today, we are celebrating our independence. On July 4, 1776 the Congress of the thirteen united States of America signed the Declaration of Independence. In it they proclaimed, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Recently, I visited Philadelphia during the middle of the night with a friend. We parked our car and walked around Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed. I walked around the building where Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington walked. In this building, fifty-six brave men mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to uphold the ideals of liberty. They risked their lives to bring our country freedom from tyranny.

Right across the street from Independence Hall is a small building where the Liberty Bell is displayed for tourists. Back when the bell was forged, it was tradition to inscribe a verse from the Bible on every bell. What verse do you suppose the foundry chose to engrave around the edge of this bell when they cast it? It was as if the foundry knew that this bell would ring for freedom because they wrote, 'Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants thereof."

This quote is straight from Leviticus 25:10. This verse was supposed to be yelled at the time of the year of Jubilee! Once every fifty years, every slave was set free and everyone had their debts canceled. 

Another famous day of Liberty occurred when Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation on January 1, 1863. With a single stroke of his pen, he freed thousands of slaves. Those who were held captive were suddenly set free. The chains fell and black Americans were able to take their rightful place in society as free men.

Yet both of these significant events pale in comparison with a day two thousand years ago. On that day, Jesus made it possible for every person on earth to be free! Thomas Jefferson once said, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots…" Our spiritual tree of liberty was watered once and for all with the blood of Christ.

Independence was the main reason Jesus came to earth. At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19). 

Jesus came to preach deliverance to the captives, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord's favor. When is the acceptable year of the Lord's favor? Why, the year of Jubilee, of course.

Jesus' purpose for coming to earth was to bring Liberty and Independence! 

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Book Review of “The Last TV Evangelist”

           I feel like I am late for the party after reading Phil Cooke's new book The Last TV Evangelist. My calling is to be an evangelist and I have been thinking about buying airtime on local stations in order to explore the medium of television. All my heroes are preachers who became famous during the heyday of TV evangelism. I grew up listening to preachers like Oral Roberts, Marilyn Hickey, Billy Graham, and Joyce Meyer. Their common denominator is that they used media as a platform to build mega-ministries. As I read Phil Cooke's book, I was disappointed to discover that what worked for them will no longer work.

            The bad news is that television is too expensive, there are too many channels demanding people's attention, it is nearly impossible for a new ministry to be heard above the chatter of ministries offering "Jesus-junk" and asking for seed-faith offerings, and the bar for producing quality programming is prohibitively expensive. Every ministry is reaching the whole world, leading millions to Christ, available in umpteen millions of households, and offering books and tapes. So how am I different? How can I be heard over the noise?

            The good news is that I have a Mac and I can make videos, I can post those videos on You Tube, I can promote those videos through social networking sites like FaceBook, Twitter, and MySpace. I can build a nitch community that cares about reaching people who have never heard the Gospel before.

            In the past, TV has been the gateway for people discovering ministries. Now, with the proliferation of channels, TV no longer is a gateway, it is a destination for those who already know about a ministry. Because there is so much programming available, people will have to deliberately search for your ministry. In the future, every ministry will have its own channel. Or at least every ministry will have on demand programming on their website. So, television is still an important tool in maintaining relations with those interested in your ministry, but it is less effective as a means to finding an audience.

            Here are some questions I am thinking about:

1. Do I have a compelling enough story to attract attention in today's media saturated environment?

2. When there are hundreds of ministries "reaching the world" how can I stand out?

3. How do I genuinely reach out to today's younger generation instead of just fundraising from an older generation of Christians?

4. How do I pay for equipment, production, and airtime. I want to be excellent, but where does the money come from?

5. If TV ministry was last generation, what is the tool that will reach this generation?

6. Is it worth the time and effort for us to become a media ministry?