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    Does the Gift of Tongues Exist for Believers Today?

    Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    In this clip, from Secret Church 5: Exploring the Holy Spirit, Pastor David Platt explores what the bible teaches about the gift of tongues. To view that study in its entirety, click HERE . Also, make sure you peruse the Radical resource library for all sorts of free teaching.

  2. ANNOUNCEMENT: Secret Church 15 Date and Topic

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    ANNOUNCEMENT: Secret Church 15 Date and Topic

    Posted on July 8th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    It may seem like Spring is a long way off, but we want to give you plenty of time to make plans for the next Secret Church gathering / simulcast . Secret Church 15 will take place on April 24, 2015, two weeks after Easter. Tickets to the live gathering will go on sale this January, and simulcast registration opens on October 1, 2014. The topic will be “ Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action .” Here’s the synopsis: The culture around us is constantly changing, and successive changes are often accompanied by significant challenges. So how does the call of Christ compel us (Continue reading…)

  3. Persecution: The Basics

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    Persecution: The Basics

    Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Every once in a while, it’s good to get a refresher on concepts we generally think we understand. When’s the last time you’ve heard a good explanation of persecution? Below, you can listen to a good overview of what persecution is, how it may look, and why it occurs. Jonathan is the (well-traveled) Pastor of Global Disciple-Making at The Church at Brook Hills. When it comes to the persecution of Christians, Open Doors is also a great resource. They have a good general overview of persecution as well as country-specific information . ~ The goal of persecution is to (Continue reading…)

  4. Another Way to Respond to Persecutors with Unwavering Faithfulness to God

    Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become (Continue reading…)

  5. The High Cost of Following Christ in One Muslim Family

    The High Cost of Following Christ in One Muslim Family

    Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    “Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” Matt 10:21-23 Josef’s home is in Pakistan, but he is no longer welcome there. In fact, (Continue reading…)

  6. Believers in Iraq

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    Believers in Iraq

    Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    If you’ve been keeping up with the news over the last few weeks, you know that the situation in Iraq is quickly worsening at the hands of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). The al-Qaeda offshoot is  one of the most extreme Islamist organizations in the world , and they are rapidly overtaking cities throughout the country; the most recent to fall under their control–Baqouba–is only 40 miles from the capitol city, Baghdad. Currently, ISIS also occupies Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. That siege induced 500,000 of Mosul’s 1.8 million residents to flee . Among those who fled were Iraqi troops and up to 1,000 Christians  (almost emptying Mosul (Continue reading…)

  7. One Way to Respond to Persecutors with Unwavering Faithfulness to God

    Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, (Continue reading…)

  8. [VIDEO] Growth With Prayer – China’s Revival

    Posted on June 10th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Open Doors Acts 4:23-31 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the (Continue reading…)

  9. Open Doors Releases Ten Most Violent Countries Toward Christians

    It almost seems inappropriate to label it a “top” ten list. As a believer, you’d never want to see your country come in at number one. Over a 17-month period, the World Watch List team set out to specifically research which ten countries were most violent toward Christians. Different than the World Watch List–which takes into account political restrictions and social pressures–the new list is  based only on the number of persecution acts. Such incidents include physical abuse, destruction of property, and killings. North Korea, because it was impossible to collect data from the country, is not included. Four (Continue reading…)

  10. A Day in the Life

    A Day in the Life

    Posted on May 30th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Throughout May, we’ll be reposting information and stories from  HopeForTurkey.com  to guide your prayers as we focus on praying for the Peoples of Turkey this month.  Join us  in praying for this spiritually dark area of the world, and as you do, be sure to take advantage of the  31-day prayer guide . In some ways gospel conversations in Turkey can be easy; in other ways, they can be incredibly frustrating. Unlike the US, religion is a natural topic of discussion here. People talk freely of their faith without hesitation or reservation. This aspect of the Turkish culture allows ample opportunity (Continue reading…)