Saturday, May 27, 2017



Angka tujuh penting bagi umat Islam. Menurut tradisi, ada tujuh sorga, tujuh derajat dunia, tujuh pintu ke neraka, dan tujuh api neraka. Tujuh adalah jumlah tawaf keliling Ka'bah saat naik haji. Al-Fatihah menerima nama As-Sabu'ul Matsani, "Tujuh yang Diulang" karena memuat tujuh ayat. 
Nomor Tujuh dalam Injil
Ada kejadian menarik dalam Injil yang memuat nomor ini. Satu waktu, sekitar 4,000 orang mengikuti Isa Al-Masih karena ingin mendengar pengajaran-Nya.
Ia ingin memberi mereka makan karena lapar. Murid-murid-Nya menyesal karena mereka hanya mempunyai tujuh bungkal roti.  Orang banyak itu disuruh duduk di tanah.
Isa Memperbanyak Roti
“Sesudah itu Ia mengambil ketujuh roti dan ikan-ikan itu, mengucap syukur, memecah-mecahkannya dan memberikannya kepada murid-murid-Nya. Lalu murid-murid-Nya memberikannya pula kepada orang banyak. Mereka semuanya makan sampai kenyang" (Injil, Rasul Matius 15:32-38). 
Semoga dengan menyelidiki tujuh ayat Al-Fatihah dalam terang Injil kita akan mendapat roti bagi jiwa.
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Staff, Isa dan Islam
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Luoluopo, Central in China

Luoluopo, Central in China
The religion of this group is polytheism, believing in many gods. They are also animists, worshiping the spirits of their dead ancestors, as well as spirits of the hills, trees, water, earth, sky, wind, and forests. Magic plays a major role in their daily lives. Surprisingly, they believe in a creator God who is both near and accessible. They also believe in heaven and hell.
Ministry Obstacles
The Luoluopo have a culture of worshiping what has been created rather than the Creator.
Outreach Ideas
Pray the Luoluopo believers will mature in the faith such that they can accurately carry the Gospel message to the remainder of their people group. They also need to grow in numbers.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Christian believers among this people group. Pray they will live lives that are pleasing to the Lord, and that they will grow in numbers and in maturity in the faith. Pray they will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord will open the eyes of the Luoluopo community to see their opportunity to trust Christ for an abundant and eternal life.
Scripture Focus
"Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession." Psalm 2:8


People Name: Luoluopo, Central
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 447,000
World Population: 447,000
Language: Lolopo
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles
“God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders,
with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.”

When people are healed and delivered it gives us a taste of what conditions are like when Christ has preeminence over all things. Miracles give us a glimpse of a future time when He will make all things new and there will be “no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). What we consider miraculous in this Age will be commonplace in the Age to come.

Source: “The Irresistible Kingdom” by Chip Brogden

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Chip Brogden 


by Andrew Strom

Over the years I have ministered many times in Africa - especially
Nigeria. The heat and the neverending cloud of dust, smog and
diesel fumes were ever-present, but spiritually it was always a
fantastic trip.

I know a lot of people on this List have had invitations to Third
world countries to minister. I want to encourage you to take
these opportunities, my friends - even if you have to pay your
own way (-quite likely because they are so poor).

I have come across many Repentance preachers in the USA and
the West who have been frustrated and discouraged here with the
lack of response and/or openings. We need to realize that there
is a wide world out there that is hungry and desperate for sound
preaching and biblical truth.

I remember once hearing David Servant make an analogy of a
fisherman with two fishing-holes to choose from. In one fishing
hole he caught virtually no fish at all. In the other fishing hole
the fish were so desperate to be caught that they were clinging
onto the line and he was hauling them in as fast as he could get
his pole back in the water! Which fishing hole should he choose?
Of course it was the second one. (Equating to the Third World).

A lot of us think it is the "spiritual" thing to do, to wait and wait
and wait right where we are, but as David Servant points out,
Jesus clearly told his disciples that if they were not received in
one town, to leave that place and go on until they find a receptive
place. This is actually a commandment of God. Otherwise all of
God's servants are left wasting their time in unresponsive
environments. Jesus commands us to "GO!"

Personally, for many years I focused my attention almost
entirely on the West. But God changed that. He redirected my
gaze to the Third Wolrd, and I am so glad He did. Such is the
need and the hunger there. Sadly, it is the exact opposite of
what we so often find in the comfortable apathetic West.

I strongly encourage every preacher who is on this List to consider
the Third World - and soon. It may be time to think "outside the
box", my friends. You won't regret it.

God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.

3 Powerful Lessons from a Ministry Affair That Almost Happened

3 Powerful Lessons from a Ministry Affair That Almost Happened

I knew it could happen to anyone, but I also knew it wouldn’t happen to me.
I knew it wouldn’t because I had heard the stories growing up and because I knew the statistics. It wouldn’t happen to me because I’d watched a friend and fellow pastor wreck his life. It wouldn’t happen to me because I read articles like the one you’re reading now and sagely nodded my head to its advice, hoping those reading it would listen because it could happen to anyone.
Except not me, because I knew better. Except I didn’t, and it almost did.
A friendship with a fellow co-worker turned into a mutual attraction. I tried to pray it away. I tried ignoring it. I even told a couple of friends about it for accountability. But the attraction and danger only intensified. Eventually, I faced a choice between wrecking my family, ministry and pastoral calling or telling my boss what was going on. By the grace of God I did the second, and it’s only because of that decision the word “affair” isn’t part of my story.
But there have still been consequences.
I have had to go through the long and painful process of re-earning my wife’s trust. The unhealthy relationship I formed shattered the trust of the team I led, and I ended up losing my job. I had to stand before a ministry I loved and announce I was leaving. I became one of the stories I’d heard growing up. I was a statistic.
There’s a lot of hope in the middle of the sadness. Because God is who he is, things are being made new. My marriage has never been stronger, I’ve never been more emotionally or spiritually healthy, and not only has God not given up on me, but he is also using this terrible last year to do necessary surgery on the deeply wounded recesses of my soul.
But I wish so badly I had done some key things differently. If I could go back and do things over again here are three key things I would change. I’m writing these down because while it’s too late for me, it might not be for some of you who are currently reading this.


When my first child was born, I didn’t respond well. He was up for hours a night screaming, he had eczema, wasn’t breastfeeding well and wasn’t responding to any of the ways we were trying to fix these things. My wife and I were constantly fighting, so I emotionally withdrew. I didn’t realize this at the time but I had substituted connecting with my work over connecting with my wife. Of course, she noticed. She said we were fighting too much and that she wanted to read marriage books and go to counseling. I told her this was just a stressful season, that this was completely normal, and we’d get through it.
I was wrong.
What I realize now is I had authentic emotional and relational needs, but I’d cut myself off from their legitimate fulfillment. When I stopped being vulnerable with my wife I dammed up the river of my heart, but all that water was going to flow somewhere.
Over the past year, I’ve learned what true emotional vulnerability with my wife looks like. I’ve learned how important it is for us to sit on the couch after the kids go to bed and talk about life. I’ve learned how to hear her anxiety, fear, and frustrations not as an extra burden to either carry or avoid but as an opportunity to connect and say “me too.” I’ve discovered that while I chase false intimacy and run from vulnerability I can unlearn that.
I wish I could go back a year and tell myself “your wife is right. You’re emotionally disconnected, and you’re neglecting her and putting yourself in danger. Focus on your family.”


Feeling a strong connection to someone who’s not your wife isn’t a sin, but hiding that connection is. When I realized my feelings had turned a strong and dangerous corner, I felt deeply ashamed. There was something wrong with me. I was broken. To feel something so strongly meant I had already cheated on my wife in my heart. Of course, none of that was true, but the feelings I had were so strong they felt true. The most painful and ugly thing to admit now is that on some level, all this felt good. I wanted to hold on to this inappropriate relationship I had developed because the emotional waters I mentioned earlier were being redirected and it made me feel alive.
Because of this, I was slow to give the honest version of what was happening to other people. When I initially told a couple of close friends what was going on I minimized the intensity of what I was feeling. When I told my wife I did the same. And when I eventually told my boss what was going on I didn’t lie but left out embarrassing details that would have helped him realize how serious the situation was. Looking back I think there’s a scenario where if I had been brutally, painfully honest right away – if I had pulled the band-aid off in one tug – I could have saved my job and put my wife through a lot less pain.
But because I was ashamed I only told part truths. I’m still paying the consequences for that choice.


Affairs, much like smoking cigarettes, aren’t about a lack of knowledge. Both wreck lives and yet people know that and choose them anyway. Why?
What I have realized in the past year is there are huge reservoirs of buried pain in my life. I grew up in a family dynamic that didn’t know how to express anger or hurt. I had very little emotional connection with my mom. And I was sexually abused by a camp counselor in 6th grade, something I’d never told anyone other than my wife.
Until this past year, I barely knew how all this affected my interior world. I was reading my Bible, praying, and trying to follow Jesus as best I knew how. But because there were enormous, undealt with wounds from my past I was blind to my deepest vulnerabilities and unaware of how little I knew how to receive God’s love.
Over the past year, I have seen a counselor every week and a spiritual director every month. On multiple occasions I’ve sat on the floor of my living room at night, crying from the deepest hurting places of my heart, asking God to heal the wounds from my past. In Isaiah and then again in Luke we are told a crucial part of God’s kingdom work is to heal the brokenhearted. I get what that means now.
It’s so tempting for pastors to live out of the outer layers of their heart while bubbling underneath is fear, fear, and more fear. This shows up as pride, lust, anger, insecurity and emotional exhaustion but so much of it comes down to this: we are afraid we are unlovable. We’re afraid we really are failures. We are afraid the wounding words from our past are true. We don’t believe we are children of God, accepted freely and wholly by the death and resurrection of Jesus. We say these words to our church communities every week but we don’t believe them for ourselves.
To accept God’s love in the deepest parts of our soul means letting God do the deep work, to let him speak into our fears and free us. It involves accountability, a wise mentor, and a counselor who loves God and is skilled in their profession in equal measure. This is ultimately what ends affairs before they begin: learning how to accept the infinite love our Father has for us.
There’s one last thing I would want to tell myself a year ago: you’re going to be okay. Tear off the band-aid. Do the deep work. Come out of hiding and embrace the painful journey of healing. If you do that, God is going to take care of you.
I say this now because while I would never again want to go through this last year, I wouldn’t trade the new life God has birthed inside me for all the ministry success in the world.

3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves

3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves

3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves
After David committed adultery and murder and the Lord regarded all of it as evil, the Lord sent a prophet named Nathan to confront David in his sin (2 Samuel 12). Like any good preacher, Nathan set up David with a killer illustration:
“David, there were two men in a certain city. One was filthy rich. He had tons of cattle, tons of sheep, lots of money and could afford anything he wanted. The other guy was poor. He only had one lamb and he loved it. He treated the lamb like a daughter, fed the lamb from his own plate, and even snuggled with it. One day the rich man had a guest visit, and instead of slaughtering one of his many animals, he killed the poor man’s lamb for his dinner party with his guest.”
When David heard the story, he burned with anger. He did not want that type of ridiculous, selfish and evil behavior tolerated in one of the cities under his watch. He wanted justice and restitution, so he fiercely declared: “As the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb.”
David missed the point of the illustration. Like David, in our blindness we can be angered by another’s sin but hardened to our own. We are often the same way. We can be exponentially more disgusted with the sin in other people’s lives than we are with our own. Our own sin can fail to anger us the way someone else’s sin does. Here are three common examples of this:

1. We can abhor laziness in others while being addicted to our jobs.

Laziness is sin, but so is finding our worth in our jobs. If we bemoan laziness in others, we must be careful that the plank of workaholism isn’t in our own eyes.

2. We can bemoan sins in our culture while being uncompassionate.

God regards our failure to love others and share the good news of the gospel as sin. He is displeased with our lack of compassion, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Yes, He is full of truth. But He is also full of grace.

3. We can bemoan materialism while being stingy and ungenerous.

If we bemoan materialism because we would rather hoard, our sin is no less offensive to God. While using money in attempts to gain status or comfort is empty, so is using money to build a false sense of security.
In our sinfulness, we can easily hate the sins of others more than we hate our own. We need His grace to overcome this.
This article originally appeared here.

Government of Terrorists

Children and rubble

Government of Terrorists
Note: This is the eighth in a series of nine emails examining major Islamist groups currently persecuting Christians around the world. Read each informative email, and request your free prayer guide to learn how you can pray more specifically for persecuted believers facing Islamic extremists.
On a Sunday afternoon two weeks ago, members of the Sudan Church of Christ gathered for worship as usual in the Khartoum suburb of Soba al Aradi. But before the service could begin, a bulldozer rumbled toward the church and proceeded to demolish the building, the last church still standing in the area. When the government bulldozer left, all that remained was a pile of rubble.

In 2011, the Sudanese government demolished 12 churches in the same suburb as part of its announced plan to destroy 27 churches.

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Sudan's president, Umar al-Bashir
Sudan’s president, Umar al-Bashir, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes. Nevertheless, he continues his campaign to rid Sudan of Christians, demolishing church buildings around Khartoum and routinely bombing Christian villages in the Nuba Mountains to the south.

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Drought in Kenya Creates Staggering Crisis

Drought in Kenya Creates Staggering Crisis

May 25, 2017
 Native missionary preaching outdoors in Kenya.
Drought has displaced church members in Kenya, but indigenous missionaries preaching Christ are planting new congregations.
Drought in Kenya has quietly hit millions of people suffering debilitating hunger, say indigenous missionaries with ministries already in place to help.
While the World Food Program (WFP) and partner agencies have planned a $30 million program of supplementary food in northern Kenya, reportedly only 10 percent of the funding has been pledged. At the same time, indigenous ministries have the contacts, distribution channels and shared cultural history to provide immediate help — if they had more funding.
The needs are staggering in northern Kenya and the Rift Valley, and under-funded native missionaries wonder if Western media have paid any attention.
"Have you been able to see this about Kenya in the news?" asked Justus Okoth of Evangelistic Outreach Africa. "Right now hunger is a national disaster; many people are starving to death because of lack of something to eat. It is so sad to see these nomadic people dying, and you cannot afford a meal to help save their lives."
"Both the livestock herds and the people who are pastoralist in the Rift Valley have been affected so much," the ministry director said. "Several people have died of hunger."
Some 3.5 million people in Kenya are at risk of famine and starvation, said the head of another indigenous ministry that Christian Aid Mission assists, the Rev. Elijah Wafula of Life Missions Ministries.
"Both the livestock herds and the people who are pastoralist in the Rift Valley have been affected so much," he said. "Several people have died of hunger."
More than 2.6 million people in Kenya were reportedly in urgent need of food aid when the government declared the drought a national disaster in February.
"About six of our church plants in the Rift Valley and western Kenya are affected in the midst of this famine," Wafula said. "We are trusting God for $1,500 to buy beans and rice for this emergency relief and pray that the Lord will sustain children and mothers who are severely affected by this crisis."
Life Missions plans to buy seeds and farm equipment for the rainy season, which is supposed to begin in June, in a long-term effort to mitigate the effects of the drought, he said.
Turkana woman.
Amid a national crisis, a Turkana woman receives prayer in Kenya.
Experts say recent flooding in Kenya may leave some people with the mistaken impression that the drought has subsided. Doing nothing to alleviate drought-related malnutrition among children, the flooding only reflected a lack of vegetation and soil degradation that sent water flowing away rather than seeping into the soil. The drought continues, and it is expected to continue after "short rains" later this year.
About half the country is suffering from drought, with many families reportedly surviving on just one meal a day.
"The drought in the country is displacing people from their homes, especially in northern Kenya," said the director of another indigenous mission, Timothy Kinyua of Cornerstone Evangelistic Ministry. "Some churches have been left with no or few members. We thank God that some of team members are making follow-ups."
Cornerstone recently dug two new wells that will help hundreds of people to access clean water, many of them migrating in search of the precious resource, he said.
While the drought has drained some churches dry, Cornerstone evangelists have recently established three new churches in two undisclosed areas, Kinyua said.
"We have been able to reach new groups of people called Pokot, Ichamus and Njemps living in the Rift Valley," he said. "First we had engagement with elders, and they allowed us to minister to them. The terrain is difficult because of the rocky valleys of the Rift Valley, but praise God that during our visits 163 souls have been saved."
The teams are praying that men and women coming to Christ in those areas will help them plant churches and proclaim Christ in villages.
"Pray for God to open more doors to reach many from those communities, because they are neglected," he said. "We have been praying God to enable us get those tribes, and He has done it this year. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers."
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Creator and Creation

Samburu women praise Christ in Kenya.
Ethnic Samburu women praise Christ in north-central Kenya. Related to the Maasai people, the Samburu are nomadic cattle herders who for decades were difficult to reach with the gospel but are now about 12 percent evangelical. The indigenous ministry that introduced Christ to these women seeks to establish Christian communities among unreached peoples in the Marsabit area and needs assistance to buy Bibles, tents and motorbikes for traversing the harsh landscape. “Pray for God to restrain all in authority who restrict and oppose the gospel among the unreached and unchurched regions where we are preaching in Kenya,” said the director of the ministry, which also runs a children’s school, micro-finance projects and leadership and evangelism training. “Pray for the movement of God. We appreciate your faithfulness and prayers in standing with us in every areas of our ministry.”