Posted on December 6th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
Ronnie Smith, chemistry teacher at the International School Benghazi in Libya, was shot and killed yesterday morning while going on a jog. He was a member of the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX. Below is an open letter regarding this tragedy, posted to the church on Austin Stone’s website. Let us join them in grief and prayer as we are inspired to emulate the example of sacrificial service Ronnie gives us, to the glory of God among all nations. Dearest church, It is with a very heavy heart that we write to you today about
Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Jonathan L.
This is the first of three posts examining the relationship between unreached people groups and persecution, represented respectively in the maps above. It doesn’t take an expert eye to see outstanding similarities in the two maps above. In fact, one could easily assume that, with a slightly different color scheme, each map measures the same thing. But this is not the case… at least not primarily. The first shows unreached people groups (UPGs), red representing areas in which people groups are least reached. (“A people group is unreached when the number of Evangelical Christians is less than 2% of
Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
This post originally appeared as an Open Doors prayer update. *Representative photo used to protect identity. In light of the plight of Iraqi Christians after American troops left, the impending withdrawal of the international military presence in Afghanistan in 2014 raises new concerns for the small community of believers in Afghanistan as the country transition into a “new Afghanistan.” With more than 30 million Afghan Muslims and only several thousand Christians, these faithful followers of Christ and the country of Afghanistan are in great need of prayer. Join Afghan Christians as they pray daily for God’s church in Afghanistan,
Posted on November 18th, 2013 by admin
Our theme for SC14 on Good Friday will be The Cross and Everday Life . How does the cross affect the everyday moments we experience? We’re looking for those everyday moments and we need your help! Would you grab your smartphone (or your video camera) and capture some of those moments for us? We’re not looking for anything professional, just you and your phone will do! You can email your video(s) to us or you can upload them right on our video site. Go to ShareYourVideo.net for more information. Amanda used her phone and sent us a few moments from her
Posted on November 12th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
The following excerpt is taken from a Washington Post blog post. Though months ago such a move was threatened as Iranian officials pressured Pastor Saeed to recant his faith in Christ and convert to Islam, the transfer, which occurred Sunday, was abrupt and unexplained. Pastor Saeed’s family in Iran who had been regularly able to visit him once a week was told he had inexplicably been transferred and was denied the ability to see him. This deeply disturbing development not only cuts him off from contact with his Iranian family but poses a severe danger to Pastor Saeed’s
Posted on November 11th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
We still need your help with a video project for the next Secret Church Gathering . Our topic for SC14 is “The Cross and Everyday Life.” So, during the month of November we’re collecting videos, slices of life, from all over the world. Grab your phone or video camera and capture a 1-2 minute video that is an example of an ”everyday” moment of your life AND tell your friends to do the same! It can be anything from sharing a meal with friends, hanging out at a book store, driving to school, playing soccer with your kids in
Posted on October 31st, 2013 by Jonathan L.
This post, by Joe Carter , originally appeared on The Gospel Coalition blog . Christians are the single most widely persecuted religious group in the world today. As we pray for the persecuted church, here are nine things you should know about the plight of believers around the globe: 1. Christian churches around the world have set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) . 2. According to the U.S. Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in
Simulcast registration for SC 14: The Cross and Everyday Life is now open! Make plans to join us on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, as we dive into the Word. Pastor David Platt will lead us through how the cross affects our day-to-day life, and we’ll petition God together for Him to make this life-transforming gospel known in an area of the world with few believers and much opposition to Christ. Remember, you can simulcast in your church building or in your home. It’s simple: a computer + a good internet connection + registration = SC 14 on
Posted on October 24th, 2013 by Jonathan L.
… and then send those videos to us! In the upcoming Secret Church, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” Pastor David will delve into what the Bible says about honoring Christ with our daily activities. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, we are told to “do all to the glory of God.” Whether that be eating, drinking, shaving, playing, cleaning, working, praying, talking, texting, exercising, resting, studying, or driving… all should glorify Him. In light of this, we are in the process of creating a video that reflects these kind of day to day things, the goal of
Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Jonathan L.
Those of you who have participated in past Secret Church gatherings know that each year, we highlight a specific group of people to pray for. This area of the world is usually void of gospel influence and, as a result, a costly place to follow Jesus. We make sure to lift up both lost people and persecuted believers. We hope to announce the Secret Church ’14 prayer focus in the next couple of weeks, but currently need your prayers. Right now, we have a team on the ground in an area of the world that,
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