High bail set for three imprisoned Iranian Christians

Three Iranian Christians, Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), who were arrested on May 13, 2016 in Rasht, Iran, remain in custody after exorbitant bail amounts were set for them. Christian Solidarity Worldwide says the three Christians from...

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Six more strategies for pastor burnout

According to a Lifeway study, pastors report experiencing a great amount of stress. The average pastor logs 50 hours a week, and 42 percent work 60 or more hours. Dr. Arch Hart of Fuller Seminary maintains: “A pastor must possess all of the skills of a corporate executive at one-tenth ...
May 24, 2016   Jim Farrer

What does aggressive ministry look like?

I am not an aggressive person by nature. I’m a conflict-avoiding, noncompetitive type who struggles to relate to the warrior imagery that frequently appears in Scripture. There are two verses in particular, words from our Lord, that challenge me to consider ministry in a way that doesn’t fit my natural ...
May 19, 2016   Allen Hamlin

3 Christians arrested in Iran for their faith

Iran’s fast-growing Christian church continues to face persecution and harassment from the Iranian authorities, with three believers being detained recently. Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor acquitted of apostasy in 2012, was arrested in Iran on May 13, 2016 along with his wife, Tina Pasandide Nadarkhani, Christian Solidarity Worldwide ...
May 16, 2016   Anthony Marr

Many new Iranian church plants thanks to the Internet

Every day, Iranian pastors and evangelists are sharing the gospel with people inside Iran via the Internet, says Elam Ministries. On Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, and many other platforms, pastors are talking about Jesus. By God’s grace, people are coming to Christ, says Elam, whose mission is to help grow ...
May 11, 2016   Anthony Marr

On religious freedom, “good news was scarce, but there may be hope”

Religion News Service reported May 3 that “religious freedom remains under ‘serious and sustained assault’ around the globe, according to a new annual report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom” and an official remarked that “at best, in most of the countries we cover, religious freedom conditions have ...
May 10, 2016   Ronald Keener

Imprisoned Iranian Christians need our prayers

Many Christians in Iran are paying a high price for their faith in Jesus, says Elam Ministries. They have lost jobs, homes or even custody of children. Some have been physically abused. Scores are rejected by friends and family. And some are unjustly detained in Iran’s notorious prison system. Your ...
May 09, 2016   Anthony Marr

We’re praying for revival, but we need this instead …

The Western church has lost its identity and its prophetic voice. Our specific voice to proclaim the gospel—to live within culture, but counter-culturally—unfortunately, the American church has become enculturated.[1] Instead of praying for revival, the church needs to earnestly repent and seek reformation. Let me give you three brief reasons ...
May 04, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

"You will be made to care," the progressive Left tells us

Very often we begin reading a book and find it so engrossing that we can’t put it down. Then again, there are books that are so alarming and compelling that we can only read four or six pages and have to put it down for a day or more before ...
May 03, 2016   Ronald Keener

The Great Commission: moving from “casual” to “devoted” prayer

Most churches pray. But, not all are praying churches. Churches do pause to pray during their activities. Sometimes, these prayers are offered out of ritual. Often, I think they are truly offered out of sincerity. My concern, however, is that many/most churches don’t hold prayer as the engine and fuel behind ...
May 03, 2016   Kris Eldridge

Iranians are coming to faith in Christ and requesting Bibles

Every day, more Iranians are coming to faith in Christ, and are asking for Bibles, says Elam Ministries. Years of suffering in Iran have created a deep thirst for truth in the hearts of most Iranians. As a result, there is an overwhelming demand for the Word of God in ...
April 27, 2016   Anthony Marr

God help the United States in this political ‘silly season’

Sometime in 2008 I began seeing lawn signs popping up where I lived in Mesa, Arizona, which read: “Jesus for President” with a website that referred people to “anewplatform.com” (no longer operational). No church name, only the website address. But what was really eye-catching was the tagline that read “advocating ...
April 22, 2016   Ronald Keener

Christian prisoner asks for prayer for church in Iran

Iranian Christian prisoner Ebrahim Firouzi has asked for prayer for the church in Iran and for strength for himself as he serves his sentence, Middle East Concern reports. He said he wants to stand firm for Christ in the face of the persecution he is enduring, but he needs support ...
April 18, 2016   Anthony Marr

Iranians are hungry for the truth

Iran is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians. Almost all public Farsi (Persian) speaking churches have been closed, and house churches are regularly raided, with their leaders and members arrested. Evangelism is illegal and can lead to prison sentences. But despite the most brutal efforts, ...
March 24, 2016   Anthony Marr

Evangelism during Persian New Year: your prayers needed

The Persian New Year (Norouz) falls on March 20 and the whole of Iran shuts down for two weeks. Nearly everyone is on holiday and thousands travel outside Iran to neighboring countries. This is a fantastic opportunity for Christians to share the Gospel, says Elam Ministries, whose mission is to help ...
March 18, 2016   Anthony Marr
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