15-YEAR-OLD JONATAN: “WHERE I AM FROM, NO ONE CAN LIVE AS A CHRISTIAN”


In Colombia, child believers are at risk of banishment and arrest from their own communities governed by tribal law. There’s a spiritual darkness along the scenic Caribbean coast of Colombia (#50 on the World Watch List).

In the Sierra Nevada mountains of Santa Marta live multiple indigenous people groups, each with their own language and customs. Yet they are united in one key way: they all persecute and drive out anyone who claims the name of Christ. Over the last decade, there has been a significant increase of violent incidents against indigenous Christians, even children. This has resulted in many Christians fleeing their villages looking for a place to live and worship in peace. A few months ago, we had the privilege of meeting brothers Jonathan* and Samuel.*

It’s 5:00 a.m. at the Casita. Today the oppressive heat has been replaced with a comfortable morning breeze that greets the locals as they wake…. read more

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Tebow on Football Career: People ‘Were Telling Me Where to Shove My Bible’


Tim Tebow said he had some of the “most horrific things” directed his way during his football career.

Friday while discussing Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and current Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield’s crotch grab last weekend while playing the Kansas Jayhawks, the 2007 Heisman winner said on ESPN’s “First Take” that people used his religion as part of the smack talk.

Despite that, Tebow warned players like Mayfield that you “can’t dip down to their level.”

Partial transcript as follows:

In my time of playing high school, college and pro I had people say the most horrific things to me: say exactly what they are going to do to my sisters and mom, they’re telling me where to shove my Bible, they’re spitting in my face, they’re giving cheap shots, all these different things to me, and so I know what it’s like to have people take cheap shots and say things to you, but you also got to know at that moment that you’re winning, that you’re under their skin, so you can’t dip down to their level because you are already dominating them. They’re saying that because they’re already intimidated, they’re disappointed, they’re upset because they want something that you have. [Full Article]

‘PRAY I NEVER GIVE UP,’ SAYS DISPLACED VIETNAM EVANGELIST


Vietnam ranks #17 on the 2017 World Watch List, climbing from #20 in 2016, due to an increased level of violence and pressure spread across all spheres of life. Northern provinces, including evangelist Vang Atu’s*, are reported to have more persecution incidents against Christians. Vang Atu, a persecuted believer from the Hmong tribe, experienced the wrath of his community firsthand, including losing his family home, but that didn’t stop him from being bold in his beliefs.

“Pray with me that one day, I’ll be able to go back to my hometown and testify to the people about my faith in the Lord.”

This is Vang Atu’s prayer.

Atu, a 28-year-old father to two kids, was the first Christian convert in his village. He comes from the Hmong tribe and once worshipped different spirits asking for luck, wealth, good health, food, etc. But when he surrendered his life to Jesus, he completely abandoned his animistic beliefs to follow Christ—a decision that would change the lives of his family…. read more

Are you thankful you are able to engage in buying and selling without having to ask permission? Are you thankful for your freedom to live and move about as you wish? Are you, believer, thankful you can speak of Christ without fear? There is a time coming when the world will be like Vietnam.

Revelation 13:15 NASB And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

The Hijacking and Perversion of God’s Word By the Religious Left


We can always count on Satan to use the Bible for his own purposes;  he invariably twists and perverts the proper context of the Word of God. After all, one of his names is the “deceiver.”

In the Garden of Eden, Eve was fooled by Satan’s convincing words:  “Did God really say…….?”  The devil doesn’t need many new tricks. The one’s he has employed throughout history have served him well.

An Excerpt from gotquestions.org on the Importance of Sound Doctrine:
“Sound doctrine is important because our faith is based on a specific message. The overall teaching of the church contains many elements, but the primary message is explicitly defined: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures [and] . . . he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This is the unambiguous good news, and it is “of first importance.” Change that message, and the basis of faith shifts from Christ to something else. Our eternal destiny depends upon hearing “the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:3; see also 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).”… read more

MBB PASTOR IN KYRGZSTAN FACES DIFFICULT DILEMMA


Pastor Kimil* lives in a small Kyrgyz town alongside many Uzbek people. For several years, Kimil, a Muslim Background Believer, and his wife and four school-age children had their own small business—a chicken farm. He also pastored a local Christian church and he was actively preaching among Uzbek and Kyrgyz Muslims in his town. Local Muslim authorities don’t like his Christian activity, because many Muslim people converted to Christianity through Kimil. Many times, they have threated to imprison him, close his business or kick him and his family out of the town.

There have been an unusual number of inspections this year from various state structures. The revenue service, the sanitary and epidemiological service, and the financial police have all come to inspect the farm. Kimil established his business according to all the local rules and state codes, but despite that, the authorities have found reasons to fine him on several occasions. He just paid the fines and kept working, but in September he was ordered to close his business, without any explanations or reasons. The chicken farm was the only income for Kimil’s family. Now,… read more

Veterans Day: Christians in the Military Making a Difference


americanbibleVeterans Day is Saturday, November 11th. It’s a day set aside to honor people who served in the U.S. Armed Forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard. Not sure how to do that?

Retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin, one of the founding members of the elite military division Delta Force told CBN News the best way to honor servicemen and women is through prayer.

“Every soldier, sailor, airman, marine, coast guardsman needs our prayers,” he said, “So the best we can do for them is pray an earnest, sincere prayer for God’s protection over them as they go about doing their job.”

Boykin, who is now the vice-president for The Family Research Council recommends making an effort to reach out to a vet…. read more

9 Christians Shot to Death Execution-Style in Ambush


The Tuesday night incident is the latest in a series of deadly attacks carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen on indigenous Christians. Nine Christians were shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s central Plateau State on Tuesday night, Nov. 7, 2017, as they returned from a weekly village market.

Four more were injured during the incident in the Riyom Local Government Area (LGA), which happened at around 7:30 p.m.. Seven were killed instantly, two died later in hospital.

Some of them were part of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), others the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).

According to a villager, Maria Joseph, who witnessed the attack, the victims were returning from the Makera market in a Volkswagen Golf when they were ambushed and shot at the Diyan junction near Gako village…. read more

Teaching Children About Sin Now Considered “Extremist”


A Church of England primary school has found itself thrust into an unexpected controversy over an essential doctrine of the Christian faith. what would seem like a perfectly normal religious instruction to children has a group of parents complaining such teaching is “extremist”.

Bowing to pressure, Dan Turvey, the headmaster of St. John’s School in Tunbridge Wells, has broken off the 16-year working relationship with CrossTeach, an educational charity group.

What is the “potentially damaging ideology” that the children were exposed to? A group of 25 parents have signed their names to a letter complaining that the children were being taught about our sinful nature and, that because of sin, if they didn’t believe in God, “they would not go to a good place when they died.”… read more

What is Deception and how does this affect me?

How was Eve deceived? Eve was deceived because she did not take God?s word to heart. Are you following in Eve?s footsteps and if so do you know how you got there or how to get out? This is how Eve was lead into deception: First the deception (Satan) was cunning. Satan appeared fine, delicate in a way that was difficult for Eve to perceive…

Deception And Where Does It Take You

Why deception is so important to know, learn and understand? Why, because you may not know you are being deceived. Jesus is the True Light but Satan imitates light! You must learn who is who! Our hope is that the light of God’s Truth will reveal any deception in your heart, you accept that deception and move forward into God’s Truth….