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Donna Krstulovich

Sharing the Christmas Journey Through the Eyes of Mary and Elizabeth (Part 3)

Mary and Joseph had to travel 90 miles to Bethlehem to register for the census as they were of the line of David. While they were there, the time came for Mary’s child to be born. Can you imagine how inconvenient and uncomfortable it was for Mary to give birth away from home in a barn- not even a hotel? Did Mary wonder if she had heard the angel right. My child is supposed to be the Son of God whose kingdom will never end and he is born in a stable? Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to…

Sharing the Christmas Journey Through the Eyes of Mary and Elizabeth (Part 2)

For three months Mary and Elizabeth shared this journey together as their pregnancies progressed. Mary told Elizabeth of her visit from Gabriel and shared all that he had said. Elizabeth told Mary what had happened the day that Zachariah was chosen by lot to offer incense at the temple as he was going about his priestly duties. Suddenly the angel Gabriel appeared at the right side of the altar of incense. He was startled and filled with fear.  The angel told him not to be afraid and that his prayer had been answered.   Zachariah wondered which of all his prayers…

Sharing the Christmas Journey Through the Eyes of Mary and Elizabeth (Part 1)

Sharing the Christmas Story with Your Muslim Friend Muslims are often curious about the customs surrounding Christmas. Who is Santa Claus?  What is the significance of the reindeer? What is the meaning of the Christmas tree?  Why do we give gifts? Who is Jesus?   Christmas is a wonderful, festive, joy-filled time to invite your Muslim friend to your home. My friends have enjoyed the decorations and the lights on the tree.  We have had a good time decorating Christmas cookies together.  They have listened to the Christmas story as I explained the significance of each piece of the manger…

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…

The Refugee Journey – Welcome or Rejection

– first published on January 21, 2016 Bienvenida o Rechazo In this time of terrorist’s attacks, gruesome ISIS videos, heated political debate, rising radical Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric, Dale Fagerland, Director of Training for Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples describes the attitude necessary to respond to Radical Islam: “Christianity, as established by its founder and example Jesus Christ, is first and foremost a religion of love and compassion. Jesus said, “All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:35). Since Muslims are our neighbors, the call from our Savior is, “Love your neighbor…

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