What do Muslims believe?
Are the God of the Bible and Allah of the Quran the same?
What is Shariah law?
How should we react to terrorism?
How can we witness to Muslims?
How do Christian beliefs about women differ from Muslim beliefs?
How are Christians treated in Muslim countries?
Published on July 30th, 2012
News reports say that Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, is now married. His new wife, Ri Sol Ju, has been seen with him in several public places.
Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, was the former leader of North Korea. He generally kept his personal life secret.
Kim Jong Un seems to be doing things differently. Reports say he is also allowing women to wear jeans or slacks, which was often forbidden before his father died. Jewelry, cell phones, high heels, and foods like pizza, French fries, and hamburgers are becoming more available. Recently the government has chosen some children to go on trips to zoos and parks.
Still, many people in North Korea are too poor to enjoy such things. Probably not much has changed for them.
Many Christians are in prison in North Korea. There are few churches, and the government controls who can attend and how often they can go. The government has persecuted Christians for years.
Will things change for Christians, too? Pray that all North Koreans will have the opportunity to learn that Jesus loves them.
Published on July 30th, 2012
As a boy, John Bunyan enjoyed playing tipcat and other popular games of the time. During one tipcat game, God led him to understand that life was not all play, and he began to seek God’s will for his life.
Tipcat has been played in various forms around the world for hundreds of years. Today, players can buy tipcat equipment on the Internet. Equipment includes one large stick and a smaller stick about 3 to 6 inches long and sometimes pointed on both ends.
The smaller stick is placed on the ground. Using the larger stick, a player hits one end of the smaller stick, flipping it up in the air. As the smaller stick rises, the player hits it with the long stick. Points are awarded based on how far the stick goes after it is hit. Some versions of the game include fielders chasing the stick.
To play your own version of tipcat, put an inflated balloon on the floor and use a long-handled cooking spoon to tap in gently so it rises, then hit the balloon with the spoon while it is in the air. It may take some practice to tap the balloon so that it rises before you hit it.
Published on July 27th, 2012
The following story was told by Russell Stendal, a missionary to Colombia, in his book The Beatitudes: God’s Plan for Battle. Russell drops Bibles and other Christian materials out of airplanes into guerrilla-controlled jungle areas. The Bibles are attached to small parachutes. To learn more about Russell and his work, read Colombia: Setting the Captives Free.
I have a friend in Canada who races sled dogs. I commented on how friendly his dogs were, in comparison to other people’s sled dogs I had seen that seemed vicious. Then he told me his secret. At an early age (around 28 days I believe), the dogs imprint psychologically. If the puppies are around friendly people at that time, they will imprint on them and be friendly for the rest of their lives toward humans. If they are around a mother dog who is aloof, withdrawn, and distrustful, then that is the way they become.
So, at the critical time, my friend takes all the pups into his cabin and has his kids play with them. To my knowledge he has never had a mean dog yet. This principle is also very important in Christianity. Jesus wants us to imprint on Himself. He also wants those whom we would lead to the Lord to imprint on Himself as He is reflected through each one of our lives.
To Think About
Why is it important for Christians to act in a way that honors God when they are around non-Christians? How can Jesus be “reflected through each one of our lives”?
If someone does not know Jesus and does not read the Bible, he may learn what Jesus is like by watching Christians. What would an unbeliever learn by watching you?
Proverbs 20:11 says, Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
Published on July 26th, 2012
Last month, police raided a summer church camp for elementary-age children in China. The police were joined by several other government officials and even public school principals.
The officials recorded the names of everyone present, and they took a computer and a projector. Three teachers were taken away for questioning. The officials said that children must not become religious believers.
Earlier this month, police in another place in China raided a house church Sunday school. They rounded up 70 children and their teachers for questioning. Seven teachers were locked up in a detention center.
In some areas of China, police ignore Sunday school classes and other Christian programs for children. In other areas, officials try to keep children from learning about God and Jesus.
When you attend church or Sunday school this week, remember to pray for children in China. If you have the opportunity, tell someone about the children’s programs that were raided and ask others to pray also.