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Islamic View of Jesus

I recently read an editorial that said that Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Christ. It is true; chapter 19 of the Quran describes the birth of John the Baptist, the Annunciation of the birth of Jesus by the angel, and the birth of Jesus. Even some so-called Christians would dispute the virgin birth! However, that is where the similarity ends. In the Quranic account Jesus speaks from his cradle, denies his deity and in an attempt to deny that he was the Son of God declares, “It is not befitting to (the majesty of Allah that He should…

Forbidden Questions

Just the other day I had the privilege to listen to a Christian couple, formerly from Muslim background (CMB), share their testimony. One concept shared stuck out. It reinforced my understanding of the dilemma faced by many Muslims as they develop questions regarding Islam, its practice, beliefs and teachings. What was supported through the recounting of their personal experiences is that Islam is truly a religion of forced submission. A Muslim is one who must submit. Christians often think that Muslims willfully follow Islam. Yet, with the proliferation of electronic media and current societal events, Muslims are having questions arise…

The Case of Ali

This update has been submitted by Global Initiative colleagues working with refugees in Europe. Names and details have been sensitized to protect those involved. Please join us in prayer for these refugees and those ministering to them.  This is the case of Ali, a 22 years old young man. Ali was brought to us by Mohammed whom we helped with legal information. Mohammed found Ali after he had been sleeping on a bench for a week. He took him to his house that was rented for a few days. When Ali was brought to us, we saw that he was suffering from severe depression and suicidal…

That’s Not What Simple Means: My Recent Visit to a Mosque

Humans are inherently complicated. Even rules that should be simple (stopping at a stop sign, for instance) can somehow become fraught with complications. “Well, a rolling stop is okay, right?” “There’s no traffic coming, so I’ll just keep going.” “That car hesitated for 3 seconds longer than I think is necessary, so I’m going. I don’t have all day.” “I reject your arbitrary societal structures! STOP SIGNS MEAN NOTHING TO ME.” Any concept that is simple can, and usually will, become more complicated when humans are added to the mix. Now, full disclosure, the town where I live is known…

The Refugee Journey – Open Heart, Open Hands, Open Home

– first published on January 29, 2016 Abra su Corazón, Abra sus manos y Abra su casa. “Has God been speaking to you on this refugee journey? What would it take…?” To smile at someone from another country when you meet him or her in the supermarket, at school, in your community? To say hello to a refugee you meet? (sayhelloinfo.com) To pray for refugees? To start a Jumaa Prayer Fellowship at your church to pray every Friday for Muslims? (jumaaprayer.org) To donate household items? To give food for a refugee family To listen to a refugee’s story? To learn…

The Refugee Journey – Bridging the Cultural Divide

– first published on January 28, 2016 Cerrando la Brecha Cultural Consider these cultural differences for a Muslim coming into a Christian church. In the mosque, people take their shoes off at the door. Men and women do not sit together. Women, in fact, are in a separate area secluded from the men. Muslims wash before prayer and pray in the direction of Mecca. They stand side by side; men with men and women with women, with a series of synchronized movements that include bowing, bending, and touching their heads to the floor in submission to Allah. They treat their…

The Refugee Journey – A Quick Overview Of Muslim Beliefs And Practices

– first published on January 27, 2016 Una descripción rápida de las Creencias y prácticas Musulmanas Many of the refugees coming from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are Muslim. It is important to understand what they believe. ALLAH is the name for God. There are 99 names depicting Allah’s character. He cannot be known personally. MUHAMMAD, the last prophet, is a descendent of Abraham through Ishmael. He was born about 600 years after Jesus. The QURAN is a compilation of recitations given to the prophet Muhammad over 23 years. The HADITH is a compilation of the sayings and actions of Muhammad….

The Refugee Journey – How Can The Local Church Welcome Refugees?

– first published on January 26, 2016 ¿Cómo puede la iglesia local dar la bienvenida a los refugiados? Former Muslim Background Believer (MBB) Fred Farrokh suggests 7 ways that the local church can welcome refugees: MBBs can be a gift to the local church since many MBBs are familiar with overcoming persecution. So, the local church should see MBBs as people who can contribute to the life of the church. In many cases, the MBB may have lost family connections through immigration or being disowned for his/her faith in Christ. The local church needs to create a sense of family…

The Refugee Journey: Coming Home

– first published on January 25, 2016 Regresando a Casa FIVE WAYS MUSLIMS COME TO FAITH IN CHRIST Most common is the love of a Christian friend. (See Intercede November/December 2013, “Her Hope For Heaven”, by Lynda Hausfeld) Dreams and visions. Reading the Bible. Miracles, answers to prayer and supernatural healings. “When Muslims experience for themselves the healing power of Jesus, then often their faith is ready to expand to accept Jesus as the healer of the heart-the Savior in whose name there is forgiveness of sins.” (See Intercede March/April 2013, “Jesus the Healer”, by Harry Morin) Disillusionment with Islam,…

The Refugee Journey – “How Do I Know That My Neighbor Is Not a Terrorist?”

– first published on January 22, 2016 “¿Cómo puedo saber si mi vecino no es un terrorista?” Obviously, not all people in the world are people of good will. Radical Muslims are convinced of their ideology and are willing to kill and die for it. The Paris attackers and the San Bernadino, CA couple prove this. Tension exists between the need for security and the desire to show compassion. This takes wisdom and discernment from the Holy Spirit. Saul of Tarsus was on the road to Damascus (Syria), breathing out murderous threats against Jesus’ disciples. Jesus spoke to Ananias to…

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