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Change We Can Rely On February 2016

We are living in a time where the fast lane, fast food, a quick conversion and a high number in salvations are seen as a success story. If it happens, yes hallelujah. However, in many hard places, like where Islam is dominant or missions are working among Muslims, the process is very slow. It takes years if not months, for example, for a Muslim to make a shift in spite of understanding the message of assurance because a big life change is at stake. For some Muslims, it is the family that rejects them. Others are condemned as apostates and disowned or threatened with death. Yet others may have to flee their abode to start anew.  (Luke 14:26-27)

Amidst chaos, hope reigns! December 2015

Dear Friend of Jesus to Muslims! As we celebrate at Christmas the first coming of Jesus and are looking forward to His second coming, we wish you a blessed Advent season! In the midst of the busyness and demands of life, may you enjoy the spirit of the season, thanking God for His inexpressible gift!

Outreach Hit Hard at Home October 2015

Dear Friend in Jesus! Although many of us abide safe in Christ, there are many out there who still haven’t decided to follow Him. Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. The Bible nowhere promises a ‘five-year plan’. The best way to prepare for tomorrow, is to be repentant and obedient today. That is why I am writing to express my gratitude for your support of our ministry outreach to Muslims. The past semester has been the busiest ever. Although there are a lot of issues to share, I will highlight only a few that have put me on a jarring roller coaster of steep emotions in my grief.

Why Unity in Christ? August 2015

Obeying Jesus Christ’s commands (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) often divides biological families, as Jesus warned it would in Matthew 10:21-39. Please keep my biological family in your prayers, that they too may know the amazing peace Jesus Christ gives (John 14:27) and the beautiful unity we have in Him. I am so thankful that my brother Mahmoud became my brother in Christ and that we will see him someday in Heaven!

As Jesus with the Father is one, He also desires us to be one in His name (John 17). Sadly, the Church today is divided due to many different issues, including details that do not matter and issues that are more denominational than Biblical. We need to ask, why did Jesus pray for unity in His followers? So the world would know Him.

Fasting: The Bible and the Qur'an June 2015

Muslims around the world fast during the day (not at night) every year in the Islamic month of Ramadan.  Based on the lunar calendar, in 2015 Ramadan begins on Thursday, June 18th and ends July 17th. Seeing no special fasting celebration among Christians, some Muslim friends ask, “Why do Christians not fast as Jesus and Moses did?”

The Status of Women in the Qur’an April 2015

I am often asked in our seminars, “Just give us the bottom line.” Due to this request, the following is a short summary on the status (position) of women according to the Qur’an. Although there is much in the Qur’an, I will mention here 7 important verses from 2 different chapters.

The Unintended Result of Muslim Extremists February 2015

The brutal tactics of groups like ISIS have caused many sensible Muslims around the world to start thinking. They realize that Islamic groups, playing the “religious card” in the name of Islam, cause destruction and conveniently blame the West, as the cause for every problem in their countries.

Amidst all the killing and destruction and fleeing, there are Muslims who want to find meaning to life just as I did. When they see Christ’s faithful followers coming to their aid, they are challenged by the love Jesus presents them through His people.

... The Islamic extremist groups may be surprised however that their actions are having a result they never intended: many Muslims are turning to Christ!

Jesus and Muhammad: Same Source? December 2014

An Ex-Christian convert to Islam, at a Muslim-Christian gathering, quoted the following Biblical passage to support Muhammad’s prophethood:

“It was he [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).

The Muslim listeners applauded (though ironically, most Muslims do not appreciate Paul, the author of Ephesians. They also do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God: Qur’an 5:72; 9:30; 19:88-92). The Muslim who picked out the above passage as evidence for Muhammad’s claim of prophethood totally avoided the writings of Paul that Muhammad contradicted. Muslims who quote from the Bible tend to blatantly ignore Scriptures about Jesus’ death and resurrection, as well as other important facts with which they don’t agree.

The Great Sacrifice, Christianity and Islam October 2014

Once a year, Muslims commemorate Abraham's deep, wondrous love for God, shown in his willingness to obediently sacrifice his own son. Every day of the year, true believers in Jesus remember God's deep, magnificent love for people, shown in His sacrificial Love through His own son Jesus Christ - the Word and Spirit of God. He did this to prove once for all His eternal love for us! He desires that we should not perish but through faith receive His gift of eternal life by accepting Jesus. He is our Savior and assurance (Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 John 4.14).

October 4, 2014 was this year’s date of the festival of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. Celebrated by Muslims with great feeling, Eid al-Adha focuses on the test that God gave to Abraham by telling him to sacrifice his son. While Genesis 22 of the Bible states that Isaac was this son, Muslim exegetes claim it was Ishmael. Several early Muslims however believed it was Isaac and not Ishmael. (Ibn Jarir al-Tabari (d. 923), Tafsir al-Tabari, vol. 10, pp. 510-517, Beirut: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyah, 1999)  

Thomas Jefferson: Christianity and Islam August 2014

Some American Muslims are trying to use the Founding Fathers of the United States in order to suit their purpose. For example, Hassan Shibly, the executive director of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) for South and Central Florida, was asked by a local TV newscaster about the statistic concerning 50% of Americans not trusting Islam, Muslims and their Islamic law system. Hassan replied, “They [Americans] will be shocked to really realize that if you study for example Thomas Jefferson – where did he get the idea of freedom of religion? They [He] did not get it from Europe. He got it from the Qur’an which was in his library and from the Muslim tradition [Sunna] which has the values of freedom of religion, freedom of speech. That’s where, you know, we got many of our principles as American citizens. People are shocked to hear that.”

Submission = Surrendering to God June 2014

Is there anything common between Islam and Christianity that we may use to help Muslims to know more about Jesus and the assurance of salvation that he grants? Yes there are many. For example, Muslims usually tell us that Islam teaches ‘submission to God.’ Here is something to share with them on this subject.

Islam and Christianity both claim to be revealed and historical faiths. Both claim that the purpose of our lives is to ‘surrender to God’s will’. They claim that God intervened in the lives of people to lead them into 'the straight path'. Muslims and Christians believe that God chose to reveal himself and his will to people by speaking through prophets and apostles. He enabled them to share his message with their fellow human beings in order to explain our existence on earth and our direction for the future.

Who do Muslims say Jesus is? April 2014

Some Muslim organizations boldly campaign with the claim that “Jesus is Muslim.” One may wonder why the present tense? Like Christians, the majority of Muslims believe in the second coming of Jesus. However, they see him in a subordinate role to that of the prophet of Islam. According to them, Jesus will be under a Muslim Amir, a leader, showing his complete adherence to Islam. Some Ahadith (Islamic traditions) indicate that on his arrival, Jesus will ask Christians and Jews to become Muslims. A battle will begin. Jesus will destroy all the crosses and pigs.


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