Muslim Evangelism ~ Heather Mercer

Muslim Evangelism

It doesn't get any simpler than this

Taken From Bob Caldwell's Daily Devotional posted on Last Call "Devotion with Emotion"

  • You never know when God might use you
  • The least you could do may be the most for the person.

  Door-to-Door Ministry

A young man came into the bookstore looking for a Bible that he could read and understand. 
I apologized then told him that he needed to have a relationship with God through Jesus in order to understand God's word. 
He did not know the Lord and repented received and came alive in Jesus right there.

Angel of Beirut

Angel of Beirut

Were I to have had any doubt about God protecting me, one incident in the Middle East would have dispelled it. I had traveled on university business from Jordan to Lebanon (a trip that put me on the “search her on every leg of every trip,” i.e. “randomly selected for search” list at airports worldwide for a while).

One morning in Beirut I started down a ghetto-looking street, devoid of vegetation or people, wondering if I had somehow misunderstood the instructions that the hotel clerk had given me in French. (French and Arabic are the two 
lingua francas in Lebanon. Of these, I chose to speak French. My mastery of French was greater than my capacity to communicate in Arabic, and I certainly looked more European than Arab although when I donned hijab — a headscarf — I could surprisingly pass for a Middle Easterner in looks.)

The stone buildings on the Beirut street stood stoically silent as if on guard, comrades of mixed color and size, humbly displaying the wounds of past wars for any accidental passerby. Some had chipped corners and broken stairs. Most were bullet-ridden.

As I walked down the street, a man suddenly appeared. Where had he come from? He looked directly at me and called out to me.

“You are not from Beirut, are you?” he asked in excellent English although his countenance was definitely Arab. He then commented, “You look Western.”

“I am a Westerner,” I answered cautiously, careful not to mention my American heritage. In the Middle East, I was always honest but never candid. If, in any given situation, I could pass for European or, as more often happened, a Russian, I did so. It was safer, given the war in Iraq and highly emotional reactions to Americans in the Middle East in general.

In response to my admission, the man replied, “In that case, you don’t want to be walking down this street. It would not be safe for you. Where are you trying to go?”

I crossed the street to where he was standing so that we did not have to continue to shout. He waited patiently, without moving. Coming up to him, I explained that I was looking for an ATM. He directed me to another street. I thanked him and walked away.

I thought he had remained at the spot where we had spoken, but as I was passing through the intersection only seconds later, I turned and saw that the spot was empty. How fortunate, I thought at the time, that he was in the right place at the right time to protect me. Later, I wondered how he could have disappeared so quickly?

But who was he? As 
Ashley Siferd wrote in her guest blog on this site last week, there is someone watching out for me. Wish I were worthy of it! Well, I may not deserve it, but I do love it!!

The Hope You Need ~ Rick Warren

      Simple Design Wins Rick Warren's Book Cover Contest

A simple, clean design by an Italian architect couple beat over 3,500 entries to become the cover design for Rick Warren’s new book, publisher Zondervan announced on Friday.
Simona Dall’Argine and Simone Salardi from the design firm in Sardinia, Italy, will be awarded $5,000 for having their entry selected for the cover of The Hope You Need.

Bestselling author Rick Warren, whose book The Purpose Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies, said he picked the cover because it conveyed the simple message contained inside the book.

“The Lord’s Prayer is profound, yet simple,” Warren said. “Not a single word is wasted. I wanted an uncluttered cover to communicate the straightforward message inside the Book: Hope is available to anyone! The message of hope needs no promotion, just distribution. You don’t have to promote water to people dying of thirst. You just need to tell them where to get it.”

Two weeks ago, Warren had launched the design competition via Twitter. News of the contest spread fast 3,542 entries from around the world within four days.

"The response to this contest was tremendous," said Zondervan CEO Moe Girkins. "We had so many creative designs to choose from that it made the final decision a tough one. But, in the end,'s design stood out among them all as the one that perfectly fit what Zondervan and Rick Warren wanted to convey."

Warren’s new book, The Hope You Need, is based on an eight-part sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer that he delivered at Saddleback Church in southern California earlier this year. Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church.

The book breaks down the parts of the prayer and explains the hope God offers for our broken world.
"Look around and you quickly find broken hearts, broken dreams, broken homes, broken economies, broken systems and broken people," Warren said. "I'm broken in many places, and you are, too; but we all hate to admit it. So, we spend enormous amounts of time, energy and resources trying to cover up, hide and deny our human brokenness. Every so often, we run out of steam, get tired and discouragement rushes in. This book is about what to do when that happens."

Warren has said the book is a response to the economic crisis, during which he felt people needed a message about hope.

The Hope You Need is scheduled to be available in English and Spanish in bookstores worldwide on Nov. 17.

Is Zondervan Making a Mistake? (Youth Leadership Replaced) We'll See

      Longtime Youth Specialties Leaders Laid Off

Youth Specialties president Mark Oestreicher was let go from his position this week after seven years of leading the prominent youth workers organization.

He was informed on Monday by the leadership team of Zondervan that he was being "released" from the company for reasons not specified.

"Youth Specialties has been going through a transition since Zondervan purchased it several years ago, and at this time we feel we need to make a change," Zondervan President and CEO Moe Girkins said in a statement.
When Zondervan, a major Christian media and publishing company, acquired Youth Specialties in 2006, Oestreicher and other YS staff maintained that their mission and "outside the box" attitude would not change. The YS website explains, "Marko, Tic, and Karla vowed that YS would continue to do what it has always done – love youth workers and provide them with the resources and training they need to bring teenagers closer to Jesus."

But since then Tic Long, who oversaw all events and served at YS for over 30 years, and now Oestreicher have been let go.

Long, who was considered "the glue" that kept YS together for so long, said his farewell in July.
"Tic I thought was a steady hand at the wheel," Wayne Rice, co-founder of YS, told The Christian Post. "I don't know all the reasons why, I'm not even sure Tic knew the reasons why [he was laid off]. I just didn't think it was in the best interest of Youth Specialties to let go of the only guy who had been there from the early days."

Rice started YS with Mike Yaconelli – who died in a tragic car accident in 2003 – in the 1960s. Their goal was to create a professional networking of youth workers. They felt at the time that youth ministry was not taken seriously and was perceived by many as the toy department in the church.
"We felt like youth workers needed to be treated with respect," explained Rice, who left the organization in 1994 over differences with Yaconelli on the vision and direction of YS.
Today, Rice believes Youth Specialties has accomplished the task of elevating youth ministry and giving it legitimacy. He's proud of the organization.

But after watching the organization from the sidelines over the past several years, Rice felt the organization was disintegrating.

"It's disheartening," he commented. "I had hoped YS would continue to provide help for youth workers and be a key force in youth ministry for a long time. It may still be."

"I think what has happened is symptomatic of whether or not [YS] will be vital or not. I hope it will be," he added.

He explained that YS has always functioned as a family. There was a sense of "real brotherhood and camaraderie" that always kept YS vital, he noted.

That sense of family was apparently felt by youth pastors familiar with YS. When news spread that Oestreicher was released from his leadership post, youth workers began blogging about their shock and disappointment.

"It must suck to be Moe Girkins, CEO of Zondervan, because she obviously does not get how youth pastors work and operate," wrote Jeremy Zach, a youth pastor from Laguna Beach, Calif., who admitted he didn't know Oestreicher personally. "We are a Band of Brothers who fight until the end. One cannot simply 'mess' with the youth pastor population and expect youth pastors to play along."

Jason Vines, spokesman for Zondervan, came across such blog entries and told The Christian Post that many of the discussions are "very uninformed."

"There's a lot of chatter out there," he said.
Vines declined to provide details about Oestreicher's firing, noting that it is a "personal matter between Zondervan and the employee."
"I think it's fair to both Zondervan and to Marko not to go into that area of questioning and answering," he said.

But he explained that they wanted to move the organization forward and stressed that they remain completely committed to the vision and the mission of Youth Specialties.

The publishing company is currently in talks with several organizations about possible partnerships that would propel the ministry forward. Final negotiations are taking place with one organization, which Vines would not identify at this time.

 An announcement detailing the partnership is expected to be made as soon as next week.

And until that deal is finished, decisions on new leadership for Youth Specialties will be delayed, Vines noted.

Zondervan's Girkins has meanwhile urged for patience as the process proceeds. "Our plan is for Youth Specialties to be relevant, impactful and extraordinary for many years to come," she said.

We Americans have been “notoriously materialistic, ~ Chuck Colson

      Money and Morality

A Two-Front Culture War

I’m used to Christians getting blamed for all sorts of things. But I never thought that responsibility for the current economic mess would be laid at our doorstep-yet that is exactly what happened in the pages of the New York Times, and from an unlikely source.
That source was columnist David Brooks, whose work I often commend. In a recent column, Brooks wrote that, in an earlier age, the “Calvinist restraint” created a “counter-vailing stream of sound economic values” that enabled Americans to resist the decadence that usually accompanies prosperity. True.

For most of our history, Brooks argued, we Americans have been “notoriously materialistic,” but we weren’t soft. Hard work and self-denial were part of our national character-actually our Christian heritage.

In recent years, the “sound economic values” have eroded. That’s true, too. Brooks cites examples like government-sponsored lotteries or excessive executive compensation, part of a larger pattern of self-indulgence leading to record levels of personal debt.

Well, if he had stopped there, it would have been fine. But he went on to say that this self-indulgence grew while “the country’s cultural monitors were busy with other things.”

According to Brooks, while Christians “were arguing about sex and the separation of church and state,” they were “oblivious to the large erosion of economic values happening under their feet.”

Reading Brooks you might think that the asset bubble and rampant speculation that led to the economic crisis was unprecedented-but of course it isn’t. America’s economic history is regularly marked by asset bubbles and financial panics.

Brooks writes as if it were unprecedented because it enables him to propose a new culture war. Instead of the obsolete one pitting secular liberals against religious conservatives on matters of sexual morality and religion, he wants a united front against the erosion of economic values.

But the problem, you see, is that values and the character they produce aren’t divisible. People will not exercise restraint in their economic dealings while casting off restraints in their sexual and social ones.
For evidence, we need only to look in Brooks’ best-known book, Bobos in Paradise. The “bourgeois bohemians” Brooks describes are self-indulgent in all their dealings, building enormous houses with enormous kitchens that they seldom cook in, or vacation homes they seldom visit.

When they’re not spending money on their rationalized version of the “good life,” they engage in excessive sexual practices.

Or turn on the television. There, people are indulging every sexual desire in the midst of a consumerist paradise-big homes, expensive cars and fashionable clothes. You can do anything you want.
The “Calvinist restraint” that Brooks cites didn’t preach chastity or thrift; rather it preached chastity and thrift. That’s because it saw both as proceeding from a common source: the Christian understanding of man’s nature and the purpose for which God created him.

If you try to have the one without the other, you will get neither. Far from being obsolete, the old culture war is more relevant than ever. Restoring moral values across the board is essential to rescue a sagging economy as well as renew our nation’s spirit.

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