Posts Tagged ‘Iran’

They are precious in His sight!

They are precious in His sight!

My decision to become a follower of Jesus has a rather peculiar beginning.

For starters, I believe I was called to be a minister of the gospel even before I submitted my heart to become a Christian.  Through the kindness of friends and effectiveness of bus ministries, I gained exposure to the message of Jesus at an early age.  I was inspired to share this good news and bring life to those who were broken even before I had personally received it.

The second peculiarity follows close behind the first– the fact that I gave my life to Jesus while on a youth group mission trip in Mexico.  It was on foreign soil after a strenuous day of construction projects and leading children in Vacation Bible School that I became overwhelmed by the realization that although I knew Jesus as a “nice guy,” I had never received Him as my personal Lord and Savior.  I went to Mexico to tell others about the cross and, by the grace of God, I discovered it for myself.

Maybe those strange beginnings are the reason that a passion for Missions burns deep in my heart.  I believe Jesus is the hope of all mankind and that it is the birthright of every follower of Christ to share the love of God in a culture foreign to their own.

And so we reach the title of today’s blog.  I felt like a kid in a candy store as we had the privilege of hosting a brother of Persian descent in church yesterday.  His words kept me on the edge of my seat, and the beautiful story of his salvation placed yet another log on the Missions fire.

What is it about Jesus that makes your heart come alive?  What is the fire that burns in your heart?  I encourage you to let the breath of the Holy Spirit fan the flame that burns inside of you.  Let it burn until even those around you are warmed by the fire of God’s call on your life!

For those of you who would like to know more about how you can pray for the people and nation of Iran, I have included a bonus post, “My Prayer For Iran” that I encourage you to check out.

On a personal note, I ask you to please pray for my 12 year old son, Keegan, and I as we take a mission trip together in November to Eastern Europe.  Pray that this exposure to the mission field will fan the flame God has placed in his young heart. 


Due to the sensitive nature of yesterday’s message, a podcast of the sermon is not available.


Want to know more about how you can change the shape of your world?  Check out “Five Ways to Pray for World Missions.”

On the Radar

Week two of “Beauty of the Bible” was an absolute home run!  I encourage you to join us next Sunday at 6:00 p.m. as Peter leads us through another remarkable exploration of the treasures in God’s Word.

We have a Freedom Retreat coming November 6 – 7 at EFC.  If you have not attended a Freedom Weekend yet, prayerfully consider joining us for this remarkable weekend .  For more information, a schedule, and registration information, click here. 

You  Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “We Cry Out” by Kim Walker
  2. “Your Love Is Everything” by Chris Quilala
  3. “Healer” Kari Jobe version
  4. “Where You Go, I’ll Go” by Brian and Jenn Johnson

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, September 27, we will be back in the rhythm of “Live Like You Were Dying.”  Join us as we explore what it means to Love Deeper.

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IranIran is a nation of mystery for Americans.  An older generation may have different memories, but those of us who came of age after the Islamic Revolution only know the intrigue of flowing black robes, long beards, and nuclear ambitions.  We are perplexed by a nation that can be in turmoil over the recent election of Ahmadinejad over Mousavi, and still be ruled by a supreme leader.

But there is much more to the people of Iran than what we see on the evening news.  Under the heavy hand of the Islamic Republic, there is the beauty of the Persian culture, there is the majesty of a mountainous landscape, and there is the unstoppable growth of the Christian church.

The estimates of the Christian population in Iran in the 1980s were around the one thousand mark.  Current statistics indicate the Body of Christ in Iran is over one million strong.

Although the Christian church in Iran may be loosely connected and heavily persecuted, it has become an unstoppable force.

After a wonderful encounter with a Christian brother of Persian descent, I offer up my prayer for Iran:

  • I pray for the Lord to strengthen the resolve of our Christian brothers and sisters in Iran.
  • I pray for leaders of the Christian church to be united and develop strategic ways to disciple the Body of Christ in Iran.
  • I pray for the eyes of the nation to continue to be opened to the corruption of the Islamic regime, and that the threads which are currently unraveling would rip away the veil of darkness that covers the land.
  • I pray for the Lord to bring an end to the evil regime that currently oppresses the people of the region.
  • I pray for the beautiful culture of the Persian people to be preserved and find its fullness in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • I pray for Iranian refugees who have fled in search of asylum to find comfort, shelter, and favor among the international community.  I pray they will encounter Iranian Christians who are scattered all over Asia and Eastern Europe. 
  • I pray for the Christian church worldwide to make room to receive our Iranian brothers and sisters into their fellowships.
  • I pray for a steady flow of the Word of God to continue to pour over the borders of Iran through print, satellite, radio, and the internet.

Ask our Lord what part He would have you continue to play in the healing and restoration of an entire people group.  How is He leading you to change the shape of your world?

Here are some additional resources to assist you in your prayer for Iran:

You can catch up on your history and current events of Iran by checking out wikipedia

Discover more about Iran and how you can pray at the Voice of the Martyrs website.

Click below to catch a brief glimpse of the landscape of Iran.

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