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  1. John Patton on Being Killed

    John Patton on Being Killed

    Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    John Patton was a missionary to cannibals living on the Pacific island of Vanuatu in the mid-1800s. Below is how Patton reflected on constantly imminent death. “[Once] when natives in large numbers were assembled at my house, a man furiously rushed on me with his axe but a Kaserumini Chief snatched a spade with which I had been working, and dexterously defended me from instant death. Life in such circumstances led me to cling very near to the Lord Jesus; I known not, for one brief hour, when or how attack might be made; and (Continue reading…)

  2. Mid-Term Field Report: "Utilize the Time"

    Mid-Term Field Report: “Utilize the Time”

    Posted on September 19th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    As many of us are leaving summer behind to return to school or get back into a regular routine at work, Matt is doing no such thing. Life is different for him. Matt lives in Central Asia and was sent out to serve mid-term by The Church at Brook Hill. Mid-term is described as a period of anywhere between two months and two years. For him, school looks more like learning a foreign language, and monotonous routine . . . well, there’s not much of that. We asked Matt some questions about his life in Central Asia. Our hope is that (Continue reading…)

  3. That Muslims May See Christ's Surpassing Beauty

    That Muslims May See Christ’s Surpassing Beauty

    Posted on September 12th, 2014 by David B.

    Kevin DeYoung posted the following prayer by Samuel M. Zwemer (1867-1952), an RCA minister and Princeton professor known as “The Apostle to Islam”: “Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, who hast made of one blood all nations and hast promised that many shall come from the East and sit down with Abraham in thy kingdom: We pray for thy prodigal children in Muslim lands who are still afar off, that they may be brought nigh by the blood of Christ. Look upon them in pity, because they are ignorant of thy truth. Take away pride of intellect (Continue reading…)

  4. New Resource: Secret Church 14 Small Group Discussion Guides

    If leading others through Secret Church material seems intimidating, or if you’re looking for a Bible study to do with your small group, we’ve designed a simple resource to help. Check out the new Small Group Discussion Guide for Secret Church 14: The Cross and Everyday Life (SC 14). The Small Group Discussion Guide breaks down 4.5 hours of teaching from SC 14 into a 6-week study that is designed to be used along with the video and Study Guide for SC 14. The Discussion Guide is free for anyone who purchases 5 or more SC 14 Study Guides (Continue reading…)

  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: 2014 International Day of Prayer Interactive Webcast

    ANNOUNCEMENT: 2014 International Day of Prayer Interactive Webcast

    Posted on September 8th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    ISIS overrunning Iraq and Syria. Church buildings razed in China. Boko Haram bombings and kidnappings in Nigeria. Labor camps in North Korea. Imprisoned Christians in Iran. The persecution of Christians is on a tragic rise, but it is not a new phenomenon. In fact, each Fall, the International Day of Prayer has highlighted persecuted Christians, encouraging churches to pray for them as well as for their persecutors. Such prayer has always been important, but as this year’s headlines makes clear, the need for such prayer has never been more urgent. In light of this,  Open Doors  is hosting a (Continue reading…)

  6. 7 Reasons Why We Boast in the Cross

    7 Reasons Why We Boast in the Cross

    Posted on August 27th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    The following is from  Secret Church 6: The Cross of Christ . We should boast in the cross . . .   1. Because the cross confronts us with who we once were. (Eph 2:1-5) The cross reminds us of how horrible sin is. The cross reminds us how humbling grace is.   2. Because the cross comforts us with who we are now. We are alive to God. (Rm 6:8-14) Sacrifice: He died our death. We were dead; now we live! We have an advocate before God. (Rm 8:33-39; Heb 7:23-25) Propitiation: He endured our condemnation We were afraid; now we are (Continue reading…)

  7. "Survey of the New Testament" from the Olden Days

    “Survey of the New Testament” from the Olden Days

    Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Have you ever thought something along these lines? “I wish I had an overview of (insert New Testament book) so that I didn’t have to jump into studying it blindly.” Our vault may contain just the remedy. Way back before people used the term millennial to refer to a generation, when iPods and cellphones were separate, and before simulcasts were in vogue . . . there was Secret Church 2: Survey of the New Testament. The aim of the study was simple, but not easy: complete an overview of the entire New Testament in mere hours. The (Continue reading…)

  8. The Danger of Simplistic Evangelism

    The Danger of Simplistic Evangelism

    Posted on August 19th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    The urgent physical and spiritual need in the world calls for us to be urgent in proclaiming the gospel and mobilizing others to do the same. However, in our efforts to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible, we must be careful not to mistake being clear and to the point for simply dispersing a few simple, “cure-all” gospel facts. Being obedient to the Great Commission involves continual teaching in light of the whole counsel of God. Will Metzger speaks to this in pages 33-35 of his book,  Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People . So often we are told (Continue reading…)

  9. ISIS Inmates Threaten Pastor Saeed's Life... but Not God's Love for Him

    The fact that Pastor Saeed Abedini has been wrongfully imprisoned in Iran for nearly two years is plenty cause for concern. But concern is now growing even more for the American pastor due to recent death threats from ISIS inmates being kept in the same prison. In true and dreadful ISIS fashion, the inmates “are now targeting Pastor Saeed because he is a Christian and an American” ( ACLJ ). Their recent aggression toward Pastor Saeed has accomplished at least two things. 1) They have made the already-imprisoned Abedini a virtual double prisoner as he is (Continue reading…)

  10. A Prayer for the Afflicted Saints of Iraq

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    A Prayer for the Afflicted Saints of Iraq

    Posted on August 12th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    The following prayer was originally posted by Rick Phillips on Reformation 21 . Our Father in heaven, the sovereign and almighty God, the faithful covenant-keeper and Savior, we plead to you on behalf of our suffering fellow believers in Iraq.  Cast your eye upon them and have mercy to uphold and defend your flock.  Overthrow the evil of their persecutors and strengthen the faith of those suffering tribulation for the name of Jesus. Father, as of old you caused the enemies of your people to destroy one another in answer to the plea of Jehoshaphat ( 2 Chron. 20:23 ), (Continue reading…)