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 Iran.


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 “” (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

The Great Commandment as a motive for evangelism

I personally believe that the greatest implication of the gospel on one’s life should be a focus on the Great Commandment. Too many of us take lightly, like a Christian cliché, that we should love God and love others. We intellectually assent to the fact that we should do it, but, ...
March 15, 2016   kris eldridge

How to find joyful, Spirit-filled ministry

Roughly 10 years ago, God pushed me out of the corporate workplace; and stirred a desire in my heart to help Christian leaders find joyful, Spirit-filled ministry. Of course, I wanted to know how He expected that to happen. He told me:  Surrender to My purpose; Sacrifice for My plan; and, Submit ...
March 14, 2016   Rob Streetman

The easy way to improve your ministry: take time to do nothing

Can you do nothing? That may seem like a crazy question to ask in the run-up to Easter. You may feel like you are running to catch up already.             I believe it’s important to do nothing every day, every week and every year. It will benefit your ministry. And it’s ...
March 02, 2016   Margaret Marcuson

New Iranian believers rejoice like ‘children at Christmas’ over Bibles

Twenty new believers in Iran have just received their first Persian-language Bibles, Elam Ministries reports. Their pastor wonderfully describes them as being ‘happy like children who have been given Christmas gifts.’ Elam’s mission is to help grow the church in the Iran region. The new believers were recently led to ...
February 29, 2016   Anthony Marr

3 prayers for the presidential primaries

"There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel." – Vladimir Lenin If you haven't been asked yet, it's just a matter of time. "What's your opinion about these candidates, Pastor? How should I vote?" ...
February 29, 2016   Bud Brown

Book review: The Recovery-Minded Church

If your church is looking to start an addiction recovery program you couldn’t do better than reading the book, The Recovery-Minded Church: Loving and Ministering to People with Addiction, by Jonathan Benz with Kristina Robb-Dover (IVP, 2015). It is an easy, yet informative read (165 pages) with resources of books, ...
February 17, 2016   Ronald Keener

Let's not hustle for a moment

I’m constantly watching friends like Carlos Whittaker and others, including Jon Acuff encourage others to hustle. I have no problem with that. I’m extremely driven, ambitious and have a stong work ethic. As a matter of fact, I just purchased and began reading my friend, Brad Lomenick’s book H3 Leadership: ...
February 08, 2016   Greg Atkinson

5 reasons why all Christians should observe Lent

The Church Lenten season begins next Wednesday. Lent is a period of 40 days. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (before Easter). Lent was designed as a time of reflection, repentance, prayer, fasting, and meditation on Scripture. It became a time when new believers prepared for ...
February 04, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

4 potent prayers to invigorate evangelism

These four, simple prayers will help solve a pastor’s most enduring and most important problem: motivating church folks to evangelism. They are more compelling than harangue, more persuasive than sermons, more energizing than admonition, and more biblical than any motivational gimmick you can imagine. If you teach your church these ...
February 03, 2016   Bud Brown

You are invited!

You are invited! David’s life is chronicled for us so that we also know of his weaknesses and failures, not just of his more honorable exploits or God-glorifying endeavors. If you read the Psalms written by David, he admits to a number of ineptitudes. He readily confesses to sin, to worry, depression, ...
January 30, 2016   Phillip Foster
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Silent, aloud, alone, in groups or meetings – prayer is conversation with God. Asking God for help, praising him, repenting for sin, listening for his direction, yielding to his will, and seeking his revelation in the Bible are all a part of prayer.