Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Iranian BIBLE Launched As God Is At Work in Iran

Elam Ministries has unveiled a new Persian (Farsi) translation of the Bible. It is the culmination of a meticulous 20 year translation project.
I was so joyful as I read the email I received from Elam celebrating the London dedication of their new Bible, known as the 'New Millennium Version'.

According to an article by Evangelical Alliance, "Elam's goal is to print 300,000 copies of this new Bible in the next three years, helping to evangelize and disciple hundreds of thousands in Iran."

This is welcome news. 

According to the Operation World website, Iran has the fastest growing Evangelical population in the entire world! (Afghanistan is 2nd)
Iran Alive's website states, "more Persians have come to Christ in the 33 years since the Islamic revolution of 1979, than in the 1400 prior years…combined! 
The majority of these have come in the last 10 years, since the launch of Christian satellite TV broadcasts."  
By some estimates there are at least 350,000 believers in Iran as compared to 500 in 1979.

You may ask "how has this happened?"
In my view, clearly God is at work in Iran.

Christians have responded to God's leading in many ways such as Elam Ministries new Persian Bible and by producing Christian content then broadcasting it via Persian Christian satellite TV. In Iran, it is estimated that over 30 million people have access to satellite TV and over 300 million in the Middle East. Elam's Media Ministry produces programs for both seekers and believers. Iran Alive Ministries, based in Dallas, also provides such broadcasts as does SAT-7 and other organizations.

The vision of Dallas based Iran Alive Ministries, founded by Dr.Hormoz Shariat, is to "transform Iran into a Christian Nation, in this Generation",in accordance with Jeremiah 49:38 I will set my throne in Elam," declares the LORD.
(Elam was an ancient Pre-Iranic civilization centered in what is now far west and southwest Iran. Note- Elam was one of the sons of Shem, whose father was Noah.)

Elam Ministries mission is to "strengthen and expand the church in the Iran region and beyond" including church planting, leadership training, TV & Internet outreach, women's ministry & the new Persian Bible. 
Their website states: 
"Years of suffering in Iran have created a deep thirst for truth in the hearts of most Iranians. As a result, there is an overwhelming demand for the Word of God in Iran. Wherever the Scriptures reach, people are turning to Christ."

Clearly there is a great need for these new Persian Bibles to bring scripture to Christian population that is increasing dramatically in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. 
God will bless the brave and visionary efforts of all those working in the Middle East for His kingdom.

In the email I received from David Yeghnazar, USA Director of Elam Ministries, he writes about the Persian Bible dedication event.
"The Bibles - which are beautifully bound - were handed round the whole auditorium. There was then an intense time of intercession for the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who will soon receive this new translation"
"We believe that when a country receives a new translation of the Bible, the church is always strengthened."

He asks Christians to Pray
1. God's protection on the Bibles as they flood Iran.
2.Thank God for this first printing of the new translation.
3. God's blessing on the lives of all those involved in the translation.

Please join me in the privilege of praying.

To God be the Glory, always.
-Julie

LINKS:
Elam Ministries -based in London with an office in the U.S. (Georgia). Learn more about all of their work in Iran.
It is amazing.  

Elam's Satellite TV Ministry and Internet Ministry

Article by Evangelical Alliance on the New Persian Bible

Operation World Chart - Countries wtih the Fastest Growing Evangelical Population

Iran Alive Ministries - based in Dallas

SAT-7 - Christian Satellite TV to Middle East and N.Africa

Evangelical Alliance - based in the U.K., the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

God is Always with You For All Eternity

We just took our oldest son Alexander to college, an oftentimes unsettling change 
for parents and their children. In transitions such as this, God comforts each of us in
different ways. Today he used a devotional to remind me that we are His forever and he is always at our side.

In a rare move, I am posting a Jesus Calling devotional I sent to my husband and my boys. God put it on my heart to share it with You...


I am Yours for All Eternity.

I am the Alpha and the Omega: the One who is and was and is to come. 

The world you inhabit is a place of constant changes—more than your mind can absorb without going into shock.

Even the body you inhabit is changing relentlessly, in spite of modern science’s attempts to prolong youth and life indefinitely

I, however, am the Same yesterday and Today and Forever.

Because I never change, your relationship with Me provides a Rock-Solid foundation for your life.
I will Never Leave Your Side. 
When you move on from this life to the next, My Presence beside you will shine brighter with each step.
You have Nothing to Fear, because I am with YOU for all time and throughout eternity.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
-Revelation 1:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. -Hebrews 13:8

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end 
-Psalm 48:14

And here are a few additional verses I felt led to include:

So do not fear, for I am with you; 
do not be dismayed for I am your God;
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. - Psalm 46:11

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

The Lord replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" Exodus 33:14

As believers, we can trust that God is always with our children near or far.
May you be blessed by this post and may God give you His peace!
To God Be the Glory, always
- Julie

SOURCES: 
Jesus Calling Aug 14,2014
The Bible -NIV

Monday, July 14, 2014

God's Blessings Are Available

God desires to bless us. Today I read this prayer and had to share it. Candid, thankful and hopeful, it represents what I believe and seek. May you be blessed.

Dear God,
"Thank you for a new day. I know that everything I am and everything I have is a result of what you have allowed in my life. Sometimes life is very hard;
other times it is full of happiness.

I know you are always there and your blessing is available...if only I will listen and obey.

Please help me to recognize the gifts you send and the doors you open each and every day.
Give me wisdom to see and do your Will.
Thank you for the spiritual gifts you have given,also.
I pray that you will use those gifts to work in and through me to minister to the world and draw people to you.
In Jesus' name I pray and give you praise." Amen.

You may wonder, what is a "blessing" according to the Bible?
Click here for a further explanation from a post on the Aaronic Blessing.

Gods primary and greatest blessing is His forgiveness given only to those who believe and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Read How to Receive Eternal Salvation - Say YES to God

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 
 he Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
-Numbers 6:24-26 

Have a Christ centered day - Julie

Resources
GotQuestons.org offers a good explanation of the Biblical meaning of "blessings". Click here to read it .

Source of the Prayer:
Os Hillman with Ephesians Four Ministries from their daily devotional, TGIF - Today God is First

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day The American Soldier and Jesus

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul and both died for your freedom.
On this Memorial Day let us give thanks in remembrance of all the brave men and women who died while serving in our Armed Forces. And let us thank God for Jesus who died for all mankind to free us from sin, judgment and eternal separation from God.


To learn more about Jesus read How to Receive Eternal Salvation

If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, you will have eternal life.

"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:40

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 

"In him (Jesus) and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." -Ephesians 3:12

"For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--" Romans 6:6

The good news is the God loves us and wants a relationship with us. God in his mercy sent Jesus to live a life free of sin and die on the cross for our sins, so we may freely approach the throne of our Holy God.

Jesus is the way to God. 
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6

On this Memorial Day remember Christ and His love for you.

(Acknowledgments- thank you Beth B for the inspiration from your photo)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Abba Father I Pray

Abba Father as I watch a cloudless sky begin to awaken,
the bunnies hop, the birds' chirp mixed with crickets' song.
It is serene. It is lovely. It is good.
The sun innocently breaks the horizon, softly lighting the hilltop. 
A summer breeze is cool, not hinting at the heat to come,
yet there are no birds in flight.
The morning innocent and calm.
I lift my eyes skyward. I seek your face and pray.
Father of all mercy and tenderness, patient and kind
You have been good to me thy servant. 
All the years of my life you have guided me, although I was often unaware.
You saved me from harms way so many times.
I see your hand in all things.
I don't deserve your love yet you lavish it upon me.
Forgive me and cleanse me with the precious blood of Jesus. 
Use me as a vessel through which You bless others.
Light my path. 
Teach me Your ways, for I am prone to selfishness. 
Give me Your wisdom for surely my own is riddled with flaws.
Show me Your will, for I desire to do it. 
I want to serve you well, according to your plans for me. 
I am yours, yet sadly I am prone to wander.
I allow myself to be enticed away.
Keep me on the straight and narrow path to you.
Open my heart fully to you. 
Open the hearts & minds of those I love who are far from you,
so they may know You and accept Jesus as Lord.
Let me be about your business.
Here I am. Send me! 
* * * * *
What does ABBA mean? 
It is an Aramaic word. Jesus used it 3 times in the New Testament of the Bible. Most notably in the garden of Gethsemane.
"Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." - Mark 14:36
´Abbā´ is an intimate word like "daddy", a term of endearment used by Jesus, the only son of God to his Father.  This Jews of the time would not have addressed God in such an informal way for their relationship with Him was not the same as the Son of God.
Today through Jesus, all Christians can have a deep, personal relationship with God. As a child of God, I love to pray Abba, Father. It warms my heart and I feel such joy and peace. 
If you do not know God and want to know him, love him and be his child
read How To Receive Eternal Life
Here are some verses that relate to my post:
My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
-Psalm 27:8
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
-Lamentations 3:25
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
-Psalm 25:4-5
My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,
-Proverbs 5:1
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
-Isaiah 55:9
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge
and understanding.
-Proverbs 2:6
Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away 
and worship other gods and bow down to them.
-Deuteronomy 11:16
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
-Psalm 27:14
I lift up my eyes to the mountains---where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
-Psalm 121:1-2
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my Salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.
-Isaiah 51:6
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners---of whom I am the worst. 
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
-1 Timothy 1:15-16
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
-Luke 24:45
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us? ” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!-Isaiah 6:8
-To God be the Glory! - Julie

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Real Truth Real Quick Biblical Answers to Everyday Questions

Do you have questions about life, our culture in America, parenting, the Bible, leadership, God, faith etc?
Your good questions have good answers.

A new 5 minute weekly podcast called Real Truth Real Quick 
provides just such a resource for you.



Get quick and insightful Biblically based answers for topics
you are discussing at home, in the office, with your friends or at school.
Ask anything that is on your mind.There are no wrong questions.

Watermark Community Church produces the podcasts. Senior Pastor Todd Wagner answers your questions one topic at a time. Their website states:
"On Real Truth Real Quick we're committed to answering your questions not based on people's opinions, but from God's Word"

In the inaugural podcast,Todd Wagner's prays for this endeavor and it's audience including the following 2 quotes: 

..."Be noble minded and listen to it objectively and then study God's word to see if it is so….hold it up to the test of reality. Does this fit?
Is it congruent with the world that I really live in?"....Todd Wagner

"If it ain't in The Word you forget what you heard" -Todd Wagner

Prior Podcast Topics have included:
Is Christian Hip-Hop UnChristian? 
(Updated June 8, 2015)

The Website = Real Truth Real Quick  You can Submit your questions on the website or via Twitter @RealTruthRQ , Facebook or email.

Subscribe on iTunes to the weekly 5 minutes podcast. 
Learn more at their website.

Learn about The Bible and great Bible Resources

BLOG and Further Resources
Real Truth Real Quick also has a Blog so you can dig further into these topics.
You will find Notes from each podcast and Links to Resouces for your further study.

We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, as well as the final authority in doctrine and practice.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 17:17)"

Podcast ARCHIVES  

To God Be The Glory- Julie

Friday, December 20, 2013

Top 10 Christmas Bible Verses and the Christmas Story

Celebrate and cherish the birth of Jesus. 
The Messiah.  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Immanuel.

Enjoy these Bible verses, a few of my favorites, to commemorate the birth of Jesus.

I pray these verses bless you and that you may know the source of all true Peace, Love and Joy-- JESUS

1) For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal life. 
-John 3:16 

2) 
 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son,
and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with Us”).
-Matthew 1:23,
 fulfilling Isaiah's prophesy- see Isaiah 7:14 

3) But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you are to call him JESUS.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
-Luke 1:30-32,  see also Luke 1:35

4) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news
that will cause great JOY for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to You;
he is the Messiah, the Lord.
-Luke 2:8-11

5) And suddenly there was with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth PEACE among those with whom he is pleased.”
- Luke 2:13-14

6) For to Us a child is born, to Us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
-Isaiah 9:6 

7) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name JESUS,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
-Matthew 1:21
(note - Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.

8) This is how God showed his LOVE among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might Live through Him.
This is Love: not that we loved God, but that He Loved Us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
-1 John 4:9-10

9) Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God.
-John 1:12

10) The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you:
the Lord turn his face forward you 
and give you peace.
-Numbers 6:24-26

Additional Bible verses

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,
born of woman, born under the law,
to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying, “Abba! Father!”
-Galatians 4:4-6

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace 
as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
-Romans 15:13

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined
all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

-1 Corinthians 2:9

And this is the testimony:
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
-1 John 5:11

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind….
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 
-John 1:1-4, 14

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.
-1 Timothy 3:16

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what He has done.
-Psalm 105:1

And being found in human form, he humbled himself 
by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him
the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
-Philippians 2:8-10

Do you not know? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God.
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
-Isaiah 40:28-29

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with JOY in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
-Psalm 16:11

If you don't know Jesus but you are ready to learn more
or
If you desire to have a relationship with him but you don't know  where to begin,
then read

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THE CHRISTMAS STORY

The story of Jesus birth, the Christmas story, can be found Luke 2:1-21 and again in Matthew 1:18-25, both typed below. 
Read this to your children, study it for yourself. May God bless the reading of His Word. 

Luke 2:1-21
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son.
And he gave him the name Jesus.

THE BIBLE
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
--2 Timothy 3:16-17

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
-2 Peter 1:21

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth- John 17:17