He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

How Bout Some Good News

HOW BOUT SOME GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE?

In the chaos and turmoil of a world that appears to be under siege by terrorist and evil people, it sometimes helps to take a step back and look at the big picture. I certainly want to know what’s going on in the world but there is an unhealthy preoccupation with the worst of the worst events taking place in the world.

The media in a frenzy to stay on top of the latest “breaking news” can in my opinion become the pawns of those perpetrating evil in the world by spotlighting with endless hours of reporting of horrible events running the same footage over and over and over again as a backdrop. All for the ratings and  at the same time providing free air time and exposure for those committing the atrocities.  After all, these small but determined groups are out to gain public awareness for their cause and what better way to do it than in ways the media cannot ignore.

No doubt bad stuff is happening and will continue to happen until it can be contained which it should be by any means necessary to protect innocent lives.

All that said, the devastatingly horrible events of last week in Paris demonstrate what desperate people will do to draw attention to their misguided cause even to the point of self-destruction and destruction of innocent people.

For the record, Christians suffer under more persecution than any other people group on the planet and from a multitude of violent misguided groups from Islamic terrorist to Indian Hindu’s to Chinese Communist even to persecutors here in the United States who deny religious freedom in the land whose money declares, “In God We Trust” and with a constitution that guarantees freedom of speech, conscience and religious beliefs.

But all that is for another discussion.

I want to turn the page to what is happening that can be considered,

“Good News” in our world today.

I was recently reading some amazing statistics about the growth of Christianity in the world today, which in reality is the only hope for the world now and in the future.

In the midst of the “doom and gloomer’s” who point to all these things as signs of the end of time  being in sight causing fear and trepidation among God’s people and an escapism mentality that looks forward to more bad things happening so Jesus will show up and rescue us from the mess, there is a much more hopeful view that I’m hoping some of the “good news” I’m about to share will instill.

Here’s a portion from chapter 10 titled “The Kingdom Advancing”  from “Raptureless! An Optimistic Guide to the End of the World” by Jonathan Welton. (Click here for the entire book: RAPTURELESS  )

Historical Perspective

Many Christians have a hard time viewing the future optimistically because they have a lack of perspective regarding the past. When they look back, they think that they are seeing “the good ol’ days.” However, with a better grasp on history, we will see that God’s Kingdom has, in fact, been steadily progressing forward. To see this improvement, we must lift ourselves to a higher perspective, from which we can look over the course of history. We know what life is like today; let’s compare it to the conditions of society in the past.

The Early 1800s

First, let’s look at what life was like in the United States 200 years ago—in the early 1800s. At that time, the population was slightly over 5 million, but 20 percent of those people were slaves (that’s more than 1 million slaves). Abortion was legal during most of the 19th century, and according to the records, one fifth of all pregnancies were aborted (Michigan had the highest rate at 34 percent). Also, in many states, the age of sexual consent was as low as nine or ten years old, and prostitution was commonplace. New York City estimated having a ratio of one prostitute to every 64 men, and Savannah estimated a ratio of 1 to 39.

This was also the time of the pioneers and covered wagon trains heading westward. Thousands relocated to the “wild west,” looking for gold and a fresh start. When gold was discovered, the gold rushes created the most despicable and dangerous of communities. In fact, throughout the West, murder was so common that most people carried a gun for protection. Even in safer frontier communities, no organized churches were formed until years after settlements had been established. At the same time, tens of thousands of American Indians were murdered or forced from their lands, and thousands of Chinese people were imported on the western coast as slaves.

During that time period, women had virtually no rights. Not only were women not allowed to vote, but their husbands were legally allowed to beat them as long as they avoided maiming or killing them. Also, alcoholism occurred at a much higher rate than it does today.

Although some godly people were laying the foundations for the U.S. government and other good things were happening, from these simple statistics, we can plainly see that morally, ethically, and spiritually the climate of the U.S. was far worse than it is today.

The Time of Jesus’ Childhood

Looking even farther back in time, let’s examine the climate of the whole world approximately 2,000 years ago—the time when Jesus was a child. As we know, the Roman Empire ruled the world, with its primary cultural centers being in Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa. Throughout the empire, slavery was commonplace—to the point that in Italy, the hub of the empire, about 40 percent of the population was slaves. Homosexuality was also the norm, especially between masters and slaves.

Many babies were killed after birth because of being deformed or sickly or even simply female.

Obviously, at that time, since Jesus was still a child, the Gospel had not yet arrived on the scene. The Jews had a revelation of God, yet they lived in disobedience, and it had been 400 years since a prophet had spoken on God’s behalf. Rather, most people worshipped a multitude of cruel and capricious gods, including Jupiter, Juno, and Neptune. Temple prostitution and ritual child sacrifice were a regular part of this religious system. This was also the era of the gladiators, and in the Roman arenas, people were regularly tortured to death or mauled by wild animals. Later, under Nero, this fate befell many of the early Christians. It is hard for us to understand, but the philosophers that Western society so praises—Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates—saw nothing wrong with these practices.

Ernest Hampden Cook, in his book The Christ Has Come, wrote:

The fact is that bad as the world still is, yet morally it is vastly better than it was when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea…. Few people in these days have an adequate conception of the misery and degradation which were then the common lot of almost all mankind, owing the monstrous wickedness of the times, to continual wars, to the cruelties of political despotism, and of everywhere-prevailing slavery.

Outside of the Roman Empire, things were no better. In Africa, Asia, and Australia, people worshipped nature, demons, and their deceased ancestors. In North America, the American Indians had many forms of worship, and in South America, tens of thousands of people were regularly sacrificed to a bloodthirsty god. Yet throughout the whole world, no one knew the Messiah.

Truly, as we can see from this brief overview, the world was lost in darkness beyond what most of us can even imagine. This is what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote, “…formerly you, the Gentiles…were at that time separated from Christ…having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:11-12).

Today

By comparison, let’s examine the world today. The Gospel is reaching even the remotest places in the world, and Christianity is experiencing phenomenal growth globally. In fact, worldwide, more than 200,000 people are being born again daily. In China, it’s 20,000 a day, and in South America, 35,000 a day. That adds up to more than 1 million people who are becoming Christians every work week. The tiny seed that came into the earth in that little nation of Israel has grown to permeate the earth.

Christianity is, in fact, the largest, most influential force of humanity in the world today.

Certainly, I am not saying our world is perfect or that global peace and utopia are just around the corner. Until Jesus’ return, the struggle between light and dark will continue. Difficult times of war, famine, disease, and poverty may yet happen in the future, and during such times, people are often capable of the most inhumane acts.

I am not denying the reality that life is sometimes tragic and excruciatingly painful. But I also want to highlight the definite reality that, though it is not anywhere near perfect living here on earth, it is consistently becoming morally, ethically, and spiritually better.

We must be watchful and hard at work, for we still have much to accomplish before Christ’s return, but we must do this with the understanding that we are gaining ground, not losing it. The increase of God’s government and peace is truly without end.

Many of you may have been stretched by the historical facts that you just read. You may need to read it a few more times to grasp the shift in thinking required of you. But when you are ready to be stretched some more, the following material from author James Rutz will take you even farther:

Status Update2

Rutz states that the growing core of Christianity crosses theological lines and includes 707 million born-again people, a number that is increasing by 8 percent each year. (This number excludes those groups that have essentially stopped growing because they are “so liberal in theology, so isolated in structure, or so rooted in…tradition.”) This growing core of Christianity is comprised primarily of charismatics, Pentecostals, and evangelicals—their main characteristic being that they are part of “expanding, connected, and easily countable networks.”

Though straight projections never work, it is interesting to note, as Rutz does, that the current growth rate would create a world composed entirely of what he calls “apostolic Christians” by 2032.

In fact, tongue-in-cheek, Rutz tells us that, according to statistics, by the fall of 2032, there will be more Christians than people on the earth.

The new realities Rutz is pointing at are clear. As he says, “The future of your world is being written at this very hour.” For example, Rutz points out:

  • Until 1960, Western evangelicals outnumbered non-Western (Latino, black, and Asian) evangelicals two to one.
  • In 2000, non-Western evangelicals had surpassed Westerners four to one.
  • In Latin America, traditionally a Catholic region, now has more evangelicals attending church on a Sunday morning than Catholics.
  • In India, “as soon as we produce some church models that are culturally acceptable to Hindus,” we may see between 70 and 100 million secret Indian Christians come forth.
  • More missionaries are now sent from non-Western nations than from Western nations

These facts about the new realities of Christianity are somewhat mind-boggling. As Rutz says, “God writes history, but human eyes have trouble reading his handwriting. It’s not that he writes too small, but too big.”

Every 25 Minutes

When the Spirit was first poured out on the early Church, 3,000 people were saved in one day. That was amazing. Back then, it was a huge number. However, today approximately 3,000 people get saved, somewhere in the world, every 25 minutes! The math is almost overwhelming.

According to Rutz, often these numbers happen though large events, such as the crusade that Reinhard Bonnke held in Lagos, Nigeria, in November 2000. During those six days and nights, almost 6 million people attended, and 3.4 million registered decisions to follow Christ, over 1 million of them being on the final night. One important element of such events is the widespread healing of all kinds of physical deformities, diseases, and illnesses through the power of the Holy Spirit. At Bonnke’s Nigeria event, over 1,000 physicians were present to examine people and confirm healing s. Bonnke also had 30,000 ushers and spent the six months prior training 200,000 counselors to assist the many converts.

Such massive influxes of new believers are not isolated events, but are increasingly becoming common occurrences. Some have even estimated the advent of a billion new converts within ten years.

“From our vantage point in North America and Europe, where church membership is going nowhere, this sounds like a cooked-up fantasy,” Rutz says. “But it is true. This is the biggest mega-shift in history. Can you think of any time when over a billion people eagerly changed their lives and loyalties in one generation?” Looking at the statistics, we can clearly see that, if growth continues at this rate, whole nations will experience transformation on all levels. In fact, as Rutz predicts, “We are in the early stages of a total transformation of our planet.”

The point of these statistics is clear. The “good ol’ days” were not as good as many of us have assumed they were. When we remove our romanticized lenses in order to see what really was, as well as what really is happening now, we can clearly see that God’s Kingdom is markedly advancing.”

Here’s some more “good news” to consider.

What about China?             

China may have as many as 200 million Christians and growing daily by an estimated  20,000.

“How many Christians are in China?

The lack of credible statistics on how many Christians are in China today have led to estimate that vary widely.

At one end, some Bible organizations claim that there are as many as 200 million Christians in China already.

This figure is corroborated by Xiaowen Ye, head of the Communist Party’s State Administration of Religious Affairs, who reported at a 2006 closed door meeting at Peking University in 2006 that the Protestants in China numbered 110 million.

2014 – 2006 = 8 years. Applying the same conservative annual growth rate of 5% (110 million x 1.05) over those 8 years also results in 163 million as the number of Christians in China as of 2014.*

163 million* is both a large and a small number. There are now more Christians in China than in the United States, but this number still represent only about 12% of China’s 1.4 billion people. As large as the Lord’s harvest is in China, it has only just begun.” Quote from Christianity in China.

“Protestant Christianity has been the fastest growing religion in China. When the CCP took power in the mainland (excluding Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) in 1949, there were no more than one million Protestant Christians. Following decades of suppression and eradication, the CCP admitted in an official document released in 1982 that there were about three million Protestant Christians. Since then, estimates have varied. The Party-State has insisted on some very low-end estimates, suggesting about 23 million Protestant Christians in 2010; others—including missionary organizations outside China but also a reported internal document of the CCP—have made higher estimates, suggesting as many as 100 to 130 million in 2010. The Pew Research Center’s Report of Global Christianity, after carefully comparing the various estimates and reasoning through survey findings, reports that there were about 58 million Protestant Christians and 9 million Catholics in China in 2010. I think this is a more prudent estimate that may be used to make projections of future growth.” John Templeton Foundation

China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years ( The Telegraph –UK 19 April 2014)

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America

“By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.

“It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change.”

WHAT ABOUT INDIA?

How India’s ‘Untouchables’ Are Stirring a Spiritual Revolution

10:00AM EST 11/18/2015 J. LEE GRADY

The growth of Christianity in India today is slowly changing the status of women. (J. Lee Grady)

India’s economy is growing, and its population may soon overtake China as the world’s largest. But behind these trends is something much bigger: Christianity is growing faster than government leaders will admit, and the spiritual changes are reshaping a nation that has been identified with Hinduism for thousands of years.

I saw this with my own eyes this week. A miracle is occurring in India that will shake the world in our lifetime.

What is most remarkable about the growth of Christianity in India is that the people spreading the gospel most aggressively are not foreign missionaries but indigenous evangelists who have been stuck at the bottom of the oppressive caste system.

Consider the case of my friend Prasad, who is a Dalit—otherwise known as an “untouchable.” Defying his background, he planted a church in a major city in southern India 20 years ago. Today he oversees more than 100 churches in his region, and he provides hot meals to 1,500 poor children every day at 20 feeding centers where the gospel is served along with rice and vegetables.

Another young pastor named David, who was trained by Prasad, recently moved into a one-room apartment in a slum community on the outskirts of a major Indian city. With a monthly income of less than $200, he and his wife are aggressively sharing Christ with children and adults. Both Muslims and Hindus are converting to Christianity because of the courage of a man who is classified by the caste system as “backward.”

Further south, in a region of India that is known for its ornate Hindu temples, a young evangelist named Raja operates a home for abandoned girls, provides food and clothes to neglected orphans and offers counseling to abused shop workers. He and his brave team use motorcycles to reach remote villages in tribal areas where many of the local Hindus are highly resistant to other religions. Even though he has been pelted with rocks and threatened, Raja has planted churches in 32 communities.

The cruel “untouchable” label was pinned on Prasad, David and Raja when they were growing up. Hinduism teaches that Dalits are outcasts who deserve to be at the bottom of the spiritual scale of human worth. Even though India supposedly outlawed the caste system years ago, Dalits still suffer horribly through social stigma, denial of education, bullying and discrimination in housing and jobs.

Yet despite the continued oppression, Dalits are the key reason the gospel is spreading so quickly in India today. The same people who were told they weren’t worthy enough to enter a Hindu temple are finding that Jesus Christ touched lepers, sinners and other “untouchables” of His day and invited them to dine at His table.

Everywhere I went in India this past week, I met people from the lowest caste background whose lives have been transformed by Christ. They have found true value and dignity after meeting Jesus.

And I was happy to worship with them, hug them, eat with them and remind them that there is no caste system in God’s kingdom.

An intense spiritual war rages in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was elected in 2014 as a self-avowed Hindu hardliner, is working with his pro-Hindu government to stop Christianity’s growth (as well as the growth of Islam). Acts of violence against Christians—including the burning of churches—have increased so much that Open Doors now lists India’s persecution status as “severe.”

But the violence isn’t stopping Dalit believers. As I ministered to groups of pastors this week, it was obvious that they have pulled the rug out from under the old system of Indian oppression. We can expect sweeping changes in India in our generation:

  • The caste system will disintegrate. Wherever Christianity goes, true prosperity follows. Today, born-again Dalits are getting high-tech jobs and graduate degrees; the underdogs are overcoming a system that was rigged to oppress them. The more Christianity grows, the more the caste system is becoming irrelevant.
  • The killing of baby girls will stop. At least 60 million female babies have gone “missing” in recent years because of either sex-selection abortion or infanticide. This is because many families simply prefer boys for economic reasons, so they killed their baby girls. As early as 1991, the Indian Census began to show a dramatic drop in the girl-to-boy ratio. But today, Christians are rescuing abandoned girls from trash bins and raising them to love Jesus.
  • The status of women will shift. In the past, Indian women have suffered silently from domestic abuse, social discrimination and sexual slavery. High-profile cases of violent rapes in the past few years have tarnished India’s global reputation. But now Indian Christians are challenging the dowry system—a tradition that requires families of girls to pay exorbitant fees to their prospective husbands. As Christianity spreads in India, the gospel is elevating the dignity of women, and Christians are educating girls and empowering them to be leaders.

My time in India this week convinced me that we will see a massive miracle unfold in India in our lifetime. A nation that was rigged to favor the rich is literally being turned upside down because poor “untouchables” have been touched by Christ.”

And what about the Muslim world?

Why Muslims Are Becoming the Best Evangelists

Missiologist Dave Garrison documents global surge in Muslims leading Muslims to Christ. He calls it, “Unprecedented.”

Interview by Timothy C. Morgan/ APRIL 22, 2014

Image: Courtesy, WIGTake Resources

Author Garrison subdivides the Islamic world into nine global regions.

After traveling 250,000 miles through Dar al-Islam (“House of Islam”) as Muslims call their world, career missiologist David Garrison came to a startling conclusion:

Muslim background believers are leading Muslims to Christ in staggering numbers, but not in the West.

They are doing this primarily in Muslim-majority nations almost completely under the radar—of everyone. In the new book, A Wind in the House of Islam: How God is Drawing Muslims Around the world.

The first sizable movement of Muslims toward Christianity did not occur until the mid-19th century, nearly 1,300 years after Mohammad established Islam. Garrison said 69 of these movements today are still in process:

  • In Algeria, after 100,000 died in Muslim-on-Muslim violence, 10,000 Muslims turned their backs on Islam and were baptized as followers of Christ. This movement has tripled since the late 1990s.
  • At the time of the 1979 revolution in Iran, about 500 individual Muslims were following Christ. Garrison projects that today there may be several hundred thousand Christ-followers, mostly worshiping in Iranian house churches.

This really marks an unprecedented turning to Christ. I don’t think it’s ever been captured in a global sweep as it has been here.”

Islam in Fast Demise

In Africa Alone Every day, 16,000 Muslims Leave Islam 

By Ali Sina

“Hitler said if a lie is repeated often enough and long enough, it would come to be perceived as truth. One such lie often repeated is “Islam is the fastest growing religion”.

Despite the fact that Muslims by virtue of being poor and uneducated are much more reproductive than others, Islam as a religion is not growing but dying fast.

More and more Muslims are discovering that the violence evinced by some of their coreligionists is not an aberration but is inspired by the teachings of the Quran and the examples set by its author. Muslims are becoming disillusioned with Islam. They find out that the mechanistic ritual of praying five times per day, reciting verses that they do not understand and indeed mean nothing, getting up at taxing hours of the morning and abstaining from food and water until the sunset are not means to becoming more spiritual but are instruments to control their mind.

These enlightened Muslims no more heed to the fear mongering verses of the Quran that threaten to burn them and roast them in the fires of hell if they dare to think and question the validity of that book.

Every day thousands of Muslim intellectuals are leaving Islam. They find Islam inconsistent with science, logic, human rights and ethics. Millions of Iranians already have left Islam. The enlightened Muslims of other nationalities are not far behind. This is the beginning of a mass exodus from Islam.

It is a movement that is already in motion and nothing can stop it.

However the exodus from Islam is not reserved to the intellectuals but also the average Muslims are finding that Islam is not the way to God but to ignorance, poverty and wars. They are leaving Islam to embrace other religions especially Christianity.

Perhaps it is best to listen to the truth coming from the mouth of the horse. The Internet site aljazeera.net published an interview with Ahmad Al Qataani An important Islamic cleric who said: “In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity.”

What Muslims say among each other, is not the same thing that they say for the consumption of the Westerners.

These are huge numbers. If this trend continues we can expect to see Islam become insignificant in Africa in just a few decades. This is good news for those who are concerned about the ongoing slavery in Africa and the prospects of war and genocide.

It is important that we realize that this terrorism that is threatening the peace of the world and these wars that bleed the Muslim nations are not economically motivated but are they are hate motivated. They are religious wars. The weakening of Islam means peace for mankind.

Al Qataani and al Jazeera Network were alarmed by these huge numbers of Muslims leaving Islam, but humanity must rejoice over these numbers. The weakening of Islam means the triumph of mankind.

The following is part of the transcript of Al Jazeera’s Interview with Al Qataani translated to English. Here is the original transcript in Arabic

Maher Abdallah:

Dear viewers, peace of Allah be upon you, greetings and welcome to a new episode of the program Islamic Law and Life.

Our topic this evening will be Christianization in the Dark Continent … Africa. For after Islam was the religion of the majority, the great majority of that continent, the number of Muslims now is no greater than a third of the population.

This is taking into consideration, of course, that a large portion of this group are Arab Muslims. No doubt that the missions of evangelization and Christianization played a great role in this demographic shift of Muslims in the continent.

To discuss this topic, it is my pleasure to introduce today a man who is an expert on the issue of evangelization and Christianization in Africa, even though he will concentrate on the issue of Christianization first and foremost…. Sheikh Ahmad Al Qataani; the president of The Companions Lighthouse for the Science of Islamic Law in Libya, which is an institution specializing in graduating imams and Islamic preachers.

Sheikh Ahmad, welcome to you on the program.

Ahmad Al Qataani:

Greeting to you.

Maher Abdallah:

If we start by inquiring about your strict stance against the Christian missions in Africa, don’t the followers of every religion have the right to seek new converts, exactly as you train and graduate young Muslims to propagate Islam?

Ahmad Al Qataani:

The question that you pose is a result of not comprehending the difference between the concept of Christianization and the concept of evangelism.

Islam used to represent, as you previously mentioned, Africa’s main religion and there were 30 African languages that used to be written in Arabic script. The number of Muslims in Africa has diminished to 316 million, half of whom are Arabs in North Africa. So in the section of Africa that we are talking about, the non-Arab section, the number of Muslims does not exceed 150 million people. When we realize that the entire population of Africa is one billion people, we see that the number of Muslims has diminished greatly from what it was in the beginning of the last century. On the other hand, the number of Catholics has increased from one million in 1902 to 329 million 882 thousand (329,882,000). Let us round off that number to 330 million in the year 2000.

As to how that happened, well. there are now 1.5 million churches whose congregations account for 46 million people. In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity

These numbers are very large indeed …..

Maher Abdallah (interrupting):

Hold on! Let me clarify. Do we have 6 million converting from Islam to Christianity or converting from Islam and other religions?

Maher Abdallah:

So 6 million Muslims a year convert?

Maher Abdallah:

My dear viewers welcome back to this episode where we are speaking about the topic of Christianization in the African continent and we are speaking with the Sheikh who is observing and following this issue, as each hour Islam loses just under 700 Muslims who join the Christian religion which leads us to the number of 6 million Muslims every year.”

 And what effect is ISIS having on Muslims?

ISIS seen undermining Islamic faith as more Muslims convert to Christianity

Monica Cantilero 08 June 2015

Islam will reportedly become the world’s largest religion 55 years from now based on recent projections, but the barbarous practices of the Islamic State could undermine the growth of the world’s Muslim population, experts said.

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, Christianity and Islam will be near parity by 2050, with Christians expected to comprise 31.4 percent of the planet’s population against 29.7 percent who follow Islam.

The study said Islam will grow more than twice as fast as any other major religion over the next half century because of a higher fertility rate in Muslim dominated countries.

However, Muslims frightened by the inhumane acts by the ISIS, which the militants claim they are doing in the name of their god Allah, are now questioning their very own faith, and presumably considering to leave it, CBS News reported on Friday.

This is backed by testimonies from missionaries working in the Islamic world who noted that more Muslims have converted to Christianity in the last 14 years since the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US. The number of converts in the recent period, they said, is greater than during the entire 14 centuries of Islamic history.

“Many Muslims are saying, ‘If ISIS is Islam, I’m leaving.’ Some are becoming atheists,” said Brother Rachid, who hosts a Christian program reaching Muslims called “Daring Questions” in Arabic language. “There is a huge wave of atheism in the Arab world right now and many are turning to Jesus Christ. Islam was never faced with this crisis before.”

“Islam is going to collapse,” added Brother Rachid, whose father is a Moroccan imam who lived as a secret Christian convert for 15 years.

Pastor Fouad Rasho of Angered Alliance Church in Sweden, who has baptized more than a hundred former Muslims, maintained that ISIS causes many Muslims to come to Jesus.

“Every week I meet one or more persons who come to me and want to know more about Christianity and the Bible because they are very angry about being a Muslim. They don’t want to continue to be Muslim,” said Imran, who is also an immigrant from Syria.”

So Where does all this lead us?

So these are just a few bright spots against a dark, dismal backdrop painted daily by world events and media barrage emphasizing the negative.

I have always been “the glass is half full” guy and believe without a doubt that the best days are yet ahead for believers in Jesus, the advancement of His Kingdom and consequently for the world.

There is always hope where there is Jesus.

His work is finished so ours can be completed in His Kingdom Expansion in the earth. He sent His Holy Spirit to live inside us to carry out His purposes in the earth, not for us to sit around and wait for Him to return to take us all away but for us to make a difference here and now for His Kingdom and to prepare the way for His return.

We are living now by His design to play a part in seeing His Kingdom of forgiveness, grace and love permeate the entire world. He has empowered us with all that we need to accomplish this while we are here.

His Kingdom will continue to expand and will fill the earth until He returns.

Now that’s Good News!

“Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28,29.

 

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