Monday, November 23, 2015

Missionary killed in India. Iranian Christians are murdered.

Hindrances to prayer for the persecuted church.

R├ęsultat de recherche d'images pour "people of faith being hanged"I. Apathy - This is a neglecting of God's command to pray for those who are in the body of Christ.This is what is called a sin of  Omission.
  Cure - Read the Bible through in a year and you will be brought face to face with people who have suffered because of persecution and trials and tribulations. For instance read this from   Hebrews 11:35-40:

 "Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;and others experienced  mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect."

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2. Ignorance - A failure to understand the doctrine of the church universal. The analogy in the Bible God often uses is the body. You have a connection with every born again believer who is a Christian in the world. You will meet every one of those true believers in Heaven.

You will also stand before the judgment (bema) seat of Christ and give an account of why you prayed or why you did not pray for our brothers and sisters who are in horrible pain and suffering.

3. Cure -   Ephesians3:3-6) (NIV) Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called-one Lord, one faith, one baptism;   one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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Nov. 20, 2015 | Iran

Pray for Christians Arrested at Church

Iranian security agents raided a house church in Tehran province on Nov. 1, arresting at least 14 Christian converts from Islam. Another Christian connected to the group was arrested at his home the next day. Many members of the house church are former members of the Emmanuel Protestant Church in Tehran, which was forced to stop its Farsi-language services in 2012. Farsi is the most widely spoken language in Iran, so government officials have tried to limit religious services to the Assyrian language, which is spoken by a small minority. After the Emmanuel Church was disbanded, its former members formed several house churches. The families and friends of those arrested have not been told where they are being held. To be continued.
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Local officials dismantled a building used by a Hmong house church in rural Laos earlier this year. One of the Christians took a video of village officials as they removed the building’s roof. “Today is August 2,” he narrated. “We are believers in this village. We got our house destroyed by our relatives, the head of the village and the village officethey destroy our house just because we are believers in Jesus.” The 60 Hmong families that attend the church had moved to the village after being persecuted for their faith in other villages.

In August, Maoists brutally murdered a missionary serving in Odisha state. The leader of the Maoist group came to Jeejo’s home one evening, set his house on fire and took Jeejo into the forest. The next day, villagers found Jeejo’s body, along with a note forbidding future evangelism in the area. Jeejo had been shot multiple times. “The main reason he was killed,” a VOM contact said, “is that through his ministry 44 Maoists have received Christ as personal Savior and turned away from their Maoist activities.” Maoists are active in several eastern Indian states, including Odisha, where they are waging a guerrilla war in favor of communist rule.

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