Who Will You Follow? A Response to the events in Kenya, Russia, Lebanon, and France
A Response to the events in Kenya, Russia, Lebanon, and France I was out running errands when I heard about the attacks in France. I was upset. Angry. I shook my head at the Arab world around me and said to myself, “So this is the fruit of Islam?”  Hatred began to bubble up in my heart. Heading home, I jumped in the backseat of a cab, hoping that that Pakistani driver would ignore me. Yet, 30 seconds into the trip, the cab driver realize I spoke his language and my hopes for a silent journey vanished. Feeling argumentative, and wanting to blow off some steam, I asked him if he had heard the news. He had, and like every other Arab I know, he claimed that those men weren’t real muslims. They weren’t following the way of the prophet. I disagreed by quoting some choice verses from the Quran, “kill them [the unbeliever]…Continue Reading
When faced with the choice of quitting or persevering, quitting can often be the harder, and braver, choice to make. Quitting cost us our pride. There are times we are chasing a dream, or achievement, skill that we just aren’t cut out to perform. There are times where we are striving to be someone God did not design us to be. Once, while in full time (40 hours a week) language school, I was frantically working to set up a company in order to obtain a business visa. Within a month of running around to different government buildings I had a nervous breakdown. After weeping in bed for three hours, I came to my senses. I was trying to operate outside of my lane of grace. I was trying to do something God wasn’t calling me to do, nor was He giving me grace. The weight I wrongly placed upon myself…Continue Reading
You Choose Your World Aden Wright
We can live in a world of Doom, Gloom, and Fear —or— Faith, Hope and Love. We can choose to believe that the world is going to hell in a handbasket and at any moment asteroids, earthquakes, and tidal waves will destroy the earth. —Or— We can risk everything in faith to change the world around us by expanding the Kingdom of our Father. We can choose to believe that God is weak, distant, and disinterested and Satan’s plans to kill, steal, and destroy are inevitable. —Or— We can believe that God has plans of new life, restoration, and reconciliation for those across the globe, standing on the truth that nothing is impossible with God. We can choose to live in a zero-sum game, poverty mindset where there isn’t enough, hoarding because there isn’t enough to go around. —Or— We can give of ourselves generously in love—free of fear, knowing…Continue Reading
Mohammed sat staring into the distance. His face was long. His eyes: concerned. “In Islam,” He spoke—almost to himself, “no one know if they will go to heaven or to fire . . . In Islam, God wants you to work so hard, not have fun, and do everything right for Him and maybe you can go to heaven. Christianity is so different . . .” His eyes searched for hope as he unconsciously shook his head back and forth. “It is so different. Christianity and Islam—they are not the same, they are so different,” he said yet again.  His hands rubbed his face and went through his dark hair as he tried to crunch the numbers. In silence, hopelessness settled in upon him. “In Islam,” he said, “No man can help you for your sins. Each man must do enough good for himself to pay for his sins. This…Continue Reading
I first heard of the Ekballo Project nearly three years ago, summer of 2012. Tyler Connell and I were sharing a cup of coffee along the coast of Turkey—one of the most unreached nations in the world with 77 million Muslims and only around 3500 believers. At that time it was nothing more than a idea—I’m not sure it has even been scribbled on the back of a napkin yet. Tyler and Jacob were just a rag tag couple of guys who had a word, had an idea to touch the world for the nations, and an idea of how to do it—but no money or clear path on how to fully execute their plan. I was doubtful. It sounded good—but I wasn’t sure if they would pull together, dig in, and labor to see their dream come to fruition. After three years of tireless work, Tyler and Jacob solidified…Continue Reading
In the Song of Songs, the Bride Groom, Jesus, woos His fair maiden (the Bride of Christ) confessing to her His love and affirming the beauty that He sees in her—despite her weakness.  In Song of Song 4, the bride professing to her lover that she will get up and go her way to the mountain of Myrrh (symbolizing suffering) and the hill of Frankincense (symbolizing prayer). After this confessing the Groom affirms her and His love for her saying, “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” (Song of Songs 4:7 ESV) He declares his pleasure over her even though she has not departed. He concluded His affirmation with a invitation and a charge—“Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; come with me from Lebanon. Depart from the peak of Amana, from the peak of Senir and Hermon, from the dens of lions, from the…Continue Reading
Jesus said to His disciples, as He was sending them out to preach the Good News, in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (ESV) The word “send,” in the Greek, is “Ekballo” which means to “Drive or cast out . . . with violence” (Strong’s Concordance). Jesus uses this same word when he casts out demons (Matthew 8:16; 9:33) and talks of throwing sinners into utter darkness (Matthew 8:12). He is a King who is willing to violently disrupt each of our lives so that those dwelling in darkness might see His light. Jesus is a King with an agenda: That all might hear and all might know. There are fields without workers, billions without access to the Good News of Jesus Christ and access to the eternal life…Continue Reading
Studies show that in the United States of America there are 5,110 “Christian Workers” per 1 million people. A Christian Worker is someone whose full time occupation is to, in the name of Christ, serve others and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Under this category are people like pastors, missionaries, youth pastors, etc. Each Christian Worker in the United States of America would have to reach around 200 people for all of America to come to Christ. Other statistics show that nearly one third of the American population would consider themselves “Great Commission Christians”, a Great Commission Christian is someone who believes in Christ, follows Him, and has accepted the command of the preaching the gospel to all creation and discipling nations (Matthew 28:16-20 & Luke 24:44-52). If each one of these believers reached 2 other people, all of America would be saved. The statistics go on to point…Continue Reading
Two hours after purchasing a ticket through an international discount airline, my manager informed me that our vacation days had changed. I immediately called the airlines to see if I could cancel or shift the dates of the tickets without a fee. After two hours of, “We care about our customers. . . but our policy says . . .” I realized they were more concerned with looking back at a policy and a contract that maximizes their immediate profits than having the foresight to ensure our future relationship—which has far more worth over the next 10 years than their over priced cancellation fees. At Mount Sinai, the Israelites wanted a policy. They said, “lets put it on paper that way we can be sure everything is even-Steven.” At Calvary, Jesus fulfilled the previous contract on mans’ behalf—and established a relationship between God and Man. Man wanted protection. Man wanted…Continue Reading
Producer or Consumer
The Industrial Revolution programmed the world to consume. Before the revolution it was common to only own one pair of jeans. Today it is common to have a dozen pairs. The Industrial Revolution programmed people to buy more things, thereby driving sales, which fueled factories. Factories demanded men and women sit on assembly lines and mindlessly endure the demeaning process. The prospect of creativity or producing something of their own was nowhere to be found. This consumer-drone mentality bled into many areas of life and has continued into the Information Age. We read, like, and consume anything that streams through our personal conveyer belt. Instead of critically producing information we passively consume hours of content-less media. We read, like, and consume anything that streams through our personal conveyer belt. Instead of critically producing information we passively consume hours of content-less media. This mindless thinking has spread even to the fabric…Continue Reading