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Crises sometime contain tests

Maybe because my major crises started in college, crises often seemed like tests. The good thing is that the questions were usually the same, and I learned, by grace, to ask for the right posture, if you will, to pass the test. I also learned to repent and return to God where I missed a question.

Here are the questions:

Where is your faith? (In what or who am I putting my trust/belief?)

In whom do you trust?

Faith or fear?

Wisdom or panic?

Compassion or judgment?

Focused or frazzled?

Eyes on the King and His kingdom (and associated tasks) or distracted?

Fretting or listening to Him? (Martha or Mary?)

How’d you do? The questions are a self-test, and the answers are between you and God.

Regardless of the answer, please read all of the referenced passage, which contains God’s call to come to Him so that He could give you rest (Matt 11:28-30)

He loves you and will always take care of you. Also, His way is always the best. When you feel unduly burdened, cast your care on Him because He cares for you.

My after-test (and sometimes in-test) prayers were often something along the lines of, “I’m sorry for doing this wrong, I don’t know how to change, but want to, and I believe You’ll help me. Please help.” Not a long prayer, but one that was always answered by our good God. The answer may have looked different than expected, and sometimes not quickly, but it always came.

Keywords: Discipleship, testing

44% of the unreached people groups in North America are Muslim

Interested in Muslim ministry but don’t feel led to go overseas? If you are in North America, you don’t have to. 44% of the unreached people (simply put, people who speak a certain language and have an indigenous population less than 2% Christian) in North America are Muslim and live in major cities.

Global Gates has an informative graphic that shows this and more. I recommend it to you. Please click on the link in the box below:

Keywords: Demographics, Global Gates, unreached people groups, Muslim

A temptation for the heart of the persecuted

The persecuted and MBBs often face rejection. The resulting pain presents a difficult temptation – closing their hearts. They may feel that closing their hearts will lessen the pain, but it actually causes an inability to feel. 

When they cannot feel, joys disappear, while wounding continues. In most cases, that wounding creates deep hurts that negatively affect behavior. That bad behavior seems to be random because the person’s closed heart cannot feel the pain nor discern its cause. Monitoring capacity is lost unless the persecuted re-open their hearts. 

How can an MBBs keep an open heart? It’s through trusting God and receiving His inimitable love in Christ. A part of that is being part of the local church, or even starting small groups and churches. God often uses others to bring healing, and then love can be felt again. 

Explanation of how to receive God’s love, healing, and how to evangelize, disciple and start small groups and churches can be found in my book, Discipling Muslim Background Believers, for sale on this site and also on Amazon. 

Keywords: Persecuted, MBB, keeping heart open

MBB identity is not based on performance

MBBs need to know that the extent of their obedience and performance, even good works from a pure heart, are not their identity in Christ. 

Christians are children of God, and their identity is a gift – given at salvation. What they do is different than who they are. God loves them because they are His. He does invite them to work with Him, but that is not why He loves them. 

MBBs, as well as all Christians, should ensure that they are doing the right things for the right reasons. To do so requires hearing the Holy Spirit, knowing God’s character and the new covenant. Learning how to do these three things, as well as many others, is covered in my book, Discipling Muslim Background Believers.

Keywords: MBB discipleship, identity, performance

Sharing the gospel with a Muslim skeptic

Muslims are taught that the Bible is not true because it was corrupted.  There are some Christians who enter into discussions that are essentially book-versus-book, and they can be very successful.  They have usually studied Christian apologetics for years, and have very strong foundations in discussing these matters.  They know how to show, through historical evidence, that the Bible is intact as it was spoken and that it is true. They also understand the Koran and Muslim thinking very well.

More often than not, when people without those skills try to do the same thing, a book-versus-book argument occurs and there is no good solution, just a useless argument.  When I was a Muslim, I got into many of these, and none of the arguments that the Christians were using made me journey any closer towards Christ because I already knew the gospel and rejected it because I did not believe the Bible.  I and many MBBs that I encounter have the feeling that it is better to not specifically reference the chapter and verse of the text that you were referring to if you get into an argument debating the relative merits of the Bible and the Quran.  It is often better to paraphrase it and give the Muslim the content of the Bible without specifically referencing it.  Then a discussion can occur about the content of the Bible without an unfruitful and often angry argument.

Discipling Muslim Background Believers discusses methodologies to use when encountering Muslims who seem unwilling to consider Christian ideas at all.  The methods have successfully been used by others. They include using specific analogies that are culturally effective, as well as reasoning that does not usually trigger book-versus-book arguments that prevent a Muslim hearing the Gospel. Please note that describing the methodologies — which are short when used — would make this post too long.

Keywords: Muslim ministry, objection, method, skeptic