Posts Tagged ‘evangelism’

Isn’t God’s throne supposed to be Jerusalem? Yes, but still, Hebrew prophecy talks of God’s throne in Iran. Even though what used to be called Elam doesn’t cover all or most of Iran, this is still a significant prophecy that is worth thinking through a bit – while listening to the audio segment below where Joel Rosenberg outlines it as he interprets it.

and I will set my throne in Elam and destroy their king and officials, declares the Lord. “But in the latter days I will restore the fortunes of Elam, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 49:38, 39 ESV)

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Joel Rosenberg Podcast – Podcast #8: Joel addresses Iran Alive Ministries Banquet in Dallas, TX, on Jeremiah 49:34-39 and the future of Iran (9/13/13).. Listen to full audio here.

Interesting interview with famous Messianic worship artist & leader. He has ministered through his music in over 60 countries – including Muslim nations, where he was given a list of words not to sing. He sang them anyway – words like Israel, Zion & Jacob.

Have a listen.

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Line of Fire Radio – Interview with Paul Wilbur. Listen to full audio here.

An “illegal” graduation speech & prayer sparks roaring applause. Listen to audio below.

How many people (in several generations) has God raised up to bring about massive change in history? Think about it… Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus.


After the school district ruled that a prayer was no longer going to be performed at any school functions including graduation, (prayer was replaced with a moment of silence) valedictorian Roy Costner adds the Lords prayer into his speech, with the crowed showing tons of support.

Line of Fire Radio – 06.10.13 It Only Takes One. Listen to full audio here.

The video above is highly recommended before you read further. Context & understanding matters.

The gospel is the singularly most important communication of God to man.  In Jesus, who is God the Son, we have the revelation of God’s love and sacrifice that saves us from God’s righteous judgement upon sinners.

If you are not a Christian and want to know how to be forgiven of your sins and follow Jesus as your saviour, or are just curious to know what the Christian gospel is, then this is for you.

The Bible tells us what the gospel is in 1 Cor. 15:1-4,

Now I make known to you brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”

The Bible says that we are all sinners (Rom. 3:23).  This means that we have all offended God.  We have all broken His law & fall short of His standard of righteousness (more on this below).  Therefore, we are guilty of having sinned.  Because of this, we are separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), are dead in our sins (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:3), cannot please God (Rom. 3:10-11), and will suffer damnation (2 Thess. 1:9).  The only way to escape this judgement is by receiving Christ, by trusting in what Jesus did on the cross (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Pet. 2:24).

Jesus, who is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; 8:58; Col. 2:9), bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24).  He died in our place.  He paid the penalty of breaking the Law of God that should have fallen upon us.  He satisfied the law of God the Father by dying on the cross.

It is only through Jesus that we can escape the penalty that God will execute upon all who have broken his holy and perfect law. Consider that God’s Law is really perfect.  His judgements are really righteous.  Do you want to be saved from the righteous judgement of God?  If so, you must realize that you have sinned against God, and are under his judgement.  You must look to Jesus who died on the cross and trust what he did in order for you to be forgiven of your sentence and be saved from the judgement of God.  Consider also that the cross is where God’s perfect love and perfect judgement meets.  God cannot just forgive since there is a price to be paid – God has declared that is so & that cannot be changed.  God, Himself, however paid the price, though Jesus, His eternal Son, for you.  You cannot add any human works to what Jesus has done, but you cannot continue to live in wilful sin from this point on. You need to consider the truth claims made here & evaluate that for yourself – not if the message sounds ‘nice’ or not.  Truth is all that matters in the end. For help in that regard, ministries like Reasonable Faith might help. Don’t think that Christianity is only for people that don’t deeply consider the choices they make in life – especially where it comes to such a drastic decision as trusting & giving your life to Jesus – if anyone takes a decision like that lightly he/she surely doesn’t understand the personal impact or cannot be too serious about the personal cost involved.

Count the Cost

Jesus said, “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?”  (Luke 14:28). Jesus tells us to count the cost.  The cost of becoming a Christian can be quite high sometimes.  In some parts of the world it can cost you your life.  In the western world, it is not really dangerous, but that very likely produced a ‘flaky Christianity-lookalike’ in recent years – which is dangerous & does damage to the gospel if those that carry the name (i.e. they seemingly associate themselves with Jesus) don’t live according to His way.  Nevertheless, if you commit your life to Jesus, God will start to work in your heart and in your life to change you and make you more like Him.  Often this can be difficult, but this is what it means to become a Christian – a follower of Christ (‘Christ’ meaning ‘Messiah’) – to have God work in your life, through His Holy Spirit and to continue to work in your life after you have been saved to, every day more fully reflect the glory of God that we, as His representatives on earth are supposed to do.

Receive Jesus (aka Yeshua, the Messiah, the Deliverer of Israel & the World)

If you desire to give your life to Jesus as your Lord & source of life & deliverance we offer the following prayer as an example.  It is not a formula, but it is a representation of what it means to trust in Him. Read it, change it slightly to make it your own words and only pray it if you mean it.

“Lord Jesus. I come to you and confess that I am a sinner, that I have lied, thought evil in my heart, and broken your word.  Please forgive me of my sins.  I trust in what you have done on the cross and I receive you.  Please cleanse me of my sin and be the Lord of my life – take over the control of my live according to your will, not mine, from this point on.  Give me the strength to persist & hold me close to You from this day onwards.  I trust You completely for the forgiveness of my sins.  Lord Jesus, please save me.”

If you’ve prayed a prayer like this with sincerity, you have just started your walk of the rest of your life as part of the family of God!  Now tell others about your commitment to Jesus.  If you find it too hard to do, be somewhat suspicious of your commitment & keep at it until you shared it with several people – even if it takes you weeks or longer to do.  The Bible says, “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10).

Examine Yourself!

If you think you are saved, and this post is not for you, that you have been a Christian for a long time, …what does it mean to be a Christian? …and if you think you know, it would be best that you examine yourself, and be sure.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?2 Corinthians 13:5

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List of some scriptures referenced above:

  • Isaiah 59:2, “Your sins have caused a separation between you and your God….”
  • John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
  • John 8:58, “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”
  • John 14:6, “Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
  • Acts 4:12, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”
  • Romans 3:10-11, “as it is written,’ There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God…’”
  • Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
  • Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  • Romans 10:9-10, “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
  • Ephesians 2:3, “Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”
  • Colossians 2:9, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,”
  • 2 Thess. 1:9, “And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,”
  • 1 Pet. 2:24, “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”

Tim Tebow is known for often having the Bible verse John 3:16 painted on his ‘eye black’ & being very open about his Christian beliefs – so open, in fact that he makes lots of people uncomfortable and some of them frequent church on Sundays. Why would that be? Tebow is by all accounts & to our best knowledge, no fake – he’s says what he believes & lives by it. Why does it make people uncomfortable? Maybe for the same reasons Jesus made people uncomfortable? This is something that should be explored further.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Chicago Tribune: In a shocking upset Sunday, the Broncos heisted the Super Bowl dreams of the heavily favored Steelers, capping wild-card weekend with the wildest of wins — a 29-23 victory in overtime. Minutes after the game, Tebow recounted his memories of the final play as if they were snapshots in his head. “When I saw him scoring?” he said. “First of all, `Thank you, Lord!’ And then I was running pretty fast chasing him — like I could catch up to DT — and then I just jumped in the stands. First time I’ve done that. That was fun. Then just got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates.” Tebow threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, pumping new hope into a franchise that backed into the postseason while losing its last three games. Tebow became just the second Broncos quarterback, along with Hall of Famer John Elway, to both pass and run for a touchdown in a postseason game. What’s more, Tebow and Thomas joined Elway and Michael Young as the only quarterback-receiver tandems to connect on a pair of 50-yard completions in the same playoff game.




Line of Fire : Does Tim Tebow embarrass you? Why? Maybe because of how you would be embarrassed if you were in Tebow’s shoes. Are you as open as Tebow about your faith? Should you be? Why are you not?

Also, we understand God doesn’t care who wins the game, but the fact is that Tebow uses his sport as a platform to exalt Jesus & share his faith. Why would God not honour that? It could very well be that this huge attention directed to Tebow was to allow him to do just that.

Albert Mohler : The Tebow sensation the media doesn’t know how to handle!

Some videos – for those that has not yet seen Tim in action & hear him talk about his Lord & saviour.



Miracle “dreams and visions” accounts mentioned in the audio – “the old man & the books”.

Christian leaders in Iran are grateful to find new converts often arriving convinced of their new faith already. How did they come to faith? Yes, through dreams and visions. Unlikely? Well, the God of Israel tends to operate in scenarios where the likelihood of success by natural means is very low. Also…

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” Joel 2:28

Audio excerpt from Epicenter.


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