One With Them For those who share our faith Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:57:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From One to Another Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:53:19 +0000 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one
Ephesians 2:14(a)

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One Body Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:17:13 +0000 Continue reading ]]> In 1 Corinthians 12:24b-27, the Apostle Paul reminds the Church that, “God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” (NASB) Yet such a picture is often far removed from the reality experienced by modern believers.

Today, while western Christians attend classes and meetings, take their kids to soccer, and sit around the television, over 200 million other believers from across the globe will experience moderate to severe persecution – simply because they claim the name of Christ. These fellow members of the Body daily risk their property, lives, and relationships for the sake of the Gospel.

Over the course of just the last six months:

• The Nigerian Church buried over 100 members killed in a series of weekend attacks by members of Boko Haram.

• A Sudanese convert from Islam was forced into a legal battle for the custody of his two children – simply because he is no longer a Muslim.

• A woman in Pakistan suffered a miscarriage after being raped and beaten by a group of anti-Christian militants.

• A pastor and his wife were brutally beaten by Hindu radicals in Karnataka, India.

• Two Kenyan believers were killed and thirty injured when their open-air meeting was bombed by Islamic extremists.

• Laotian believers were forced to fight for their right to gather for services after authorities barred entrance to their church buildings, claiming “permit irregularities”.

• Five Iranian Christians were imprisoned and interrogated without proper charges having been filed.

• A congregation in Turkmenistan was subjected to questioning after a government raid upon one of their meetings in which all of their books and materials were confiscated.

For these faithful followers, loss of jobs, brutal attacks, and unfair convictions are regular occurrences as they demonstrate what it truly means to live for Christ in the midst of adversity. Yet these believers are not alone. Through our prayers and support of organizations like Open Doors, we can make a difference in the lives of the persecuted.

Through their efforts, Open Doors has provided the orphans of faithful believers with the opportunity to receive both counseling and an education, given pastors and evangelists access to Bibles and training, and provided encouragement to those in prison for their faith. Thanks both to their help and the efforts of those who support them, Christians in restricted countries are able to continue sharing the Gospel, backed by the knowledge that other members of the Body from around the globe are one with them in both prayer and purpose.

So what are you waiting for? Visit and make a difference today!

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Pastor Gajjal Niladhri Paul Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:14:40 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Beaten and left for dead, Pastor Gajjal Niladhri Paul, 38, lay bleeding profusely from severe wounds. Earlier that day, he had been warned by a group of Hindu extremists to stop evangelizing. Unfazed by their threats, he continued to boldly distribute Bibles and share God’s Word.

On July 1st, while driving home on a borrowed motor scooter, “two men suddenly attacked me with their faces covered with handkerchiefs,” he said. After knocking the pastor off of the scooter, the men began to viciously beat him. When several Christians came to his aide, the assailants fled. Near death, he was rushed to the hospital where doctors treated him for severe head wounds and internal injuries.

Over the past three years, Pastor Paul had often encountered threats and beatings; but this time, it was different. Previously the extremists had only wanted to stop his activities… this time they intended to kill him.

Since the attack, Pastor Paul has returned with his family to his hometown village. Raised in a Hindu family, Paul is the only follower of Christ among his Hindu relatives. The potential for opposition from them has given him deep concern for the well-being of his children resulting in them, Soni (12) and his son Rana Pratap (9), to be sent to live in a children’s home for their safety and protection.

As he slowly recovers, Pastor Paul maintains his commitment to continue in full-time ministry. In spite of the danger, he has never wavered from his calling. Just two days after the attack, he declared from his hospital bed, “Even if I die, I will die for the Lord. It is my responsibility to preach the gospel, and I will continue doing it.”

Pray for full healing for Pastor Paul as he recuperates.

Pray for the Spirit’s protection and sustaining power to rest on Pastor Paul and his wife and children.

Pray for wisdom and courage as he returns to ministry and that the Word of God might go out in power and authority.

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Black Walnut and White Oak Pulpit Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:30:08 +0000 I designed and built this pulpit for the South Jordan Community Church as a gift for their new building. SJCC has always been very supportive of the efforts to support the persecuted church.

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STAND FOR CHRIST Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:10:41 +0000 Every day thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters face persecution in hostile areas. Still, they STAND FOR CHRIST. Now, it’s time for us here in America to STAND with them!

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Be Willing to Hear and Do Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:07:03 +0000 Continue reading ]]> In places where I can’t name there are people that constantly hurt, murder and maim our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We take our freedom for granted and we should stop and think about what to do because we should know that ours os a special lot, that God has put us inthe irght spot to help those less firtunate. to counter the hate of others with love and mercy to keep prespective faith and more so that we keep our eyes on Him and send the Word to those who have slim resoucrce. NOt because of human givernmetn, but because we’re blessedto be sent to our brothers and sisters who need our help to keep on going and get those out of danger who are there. Don’t assume that you’re not called to share. You don’t have to give cash you can also give in orayer and encouragement. Howeveer if the Holy Sprirt so directs ask. Be wise in doing so, but make sure you’re called to go.

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Lament for the Nations Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:48:02 +0000 Continue reading ]]> LAMENT FOR THE NATIONS (Lamentations 2). 36″ x 24″(plus installation of cascading paper flowers on floor below), February 2012.

The Story: Lament for the Nations came about as I was seeking to further surrender my artistic talents to the Lord. Last year as I studied the book of Acts I was moved by how willing the first missionaries were to give everything for their Father, MY Father. I learned about Gladys Aylward, who left everything she had known to pursue the Lords will. I also read the words of Susan Bergman who once wrote: “How to draw close to them?” speaking of those who are suffering in Christ. My heart was grieved, how could I connect with those living with persecution and oppression? As I contemplated this prayerfully many scriptures came to mind including these words of Paul: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27) We are ONE WITH THEM. We share in our sufferings and rejoice in the hope of Jesus Christ, who saves us all from our sins and redeems us to the Father. This piece of art is my prayer, my lament over all the nations to mourn over those that are still lost, but also bring attention to those that have given their life for our Lord. There may be much persecution, but even in that our hope, our love, our faith and God’s kingdom is ever multiplying.

The Art: The words faded behind are that of Lamentations 2, the paper flowers are made of book pages taken from The Little Woman by Gladys Aylward. These flowers fall below the painting when hung to mirror the words “poured out on the ground.” from Lamentations 2:11.

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Dayenu Means “Sufficient” Tue, 25 Sep 2012 01:45:37 +0000 Continue reading ]]> What happened to “Dayenu
and enthusiastic praise?
Why now in prosperity do you rebellion raise?
You promised to love your brethren
and your redeeming Lord.
Where then is your giving of thanks,
your compassion or your love?
“It’s enough God gave me heaven,
for that I will serve on earth.”
But reason won’t free you from sin
even for this life.
Your soul must ask, “Lord, what pleases You?”
And from there receive a guide.
He is truth, He is love,
His compassion opens wide.

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Bibles To Iran Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:23:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Iran is one of the countries in the 10/40 region of the world, a place where most people have not even heard the gospel. Many Americans, unfortunately even in the Church, see Iran only as an enemy. They judge the country by its leader, and do not want to help the people of Iran. Yet there is a powerful move of God happening in Iran in the underground church, and the Iranians are coming to know Christ. House churches are surging. They are our sisters and brothers, and they desperately need and want bibles. Find out more about this issue and do what you can to support sending bibles to Iran and other countries in the 10/40 region. – This was a video I created for Tree of Life Church to help raise awareness of the issue so that we could help send bibles to Iran.

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A Life Sat, 22 Sep 2012 21:14:58 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Years are numbers
That have ceased to cumber
For though you have aged
Your voice is ever young

Your voice still sweetly thrills
Though it trembles
Upon notes that grandly ring
In halls of perpetual sting

The good you’ve cherished
And the ill you’ve cherished
For the two as a fair chaplet-twine
To build a spirit lowly and meek

Your visions doggedly pursued
Your hope faithfully enriched
With noble thoughts
And the sacred word ever true

Like a fair and verdant flower
Never forgotten
Your life we’ll see and ponder
And find hope when we falter

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