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Battles or Harvests, Swords or Seeds?

swords or seeds flat-2So many of us know that we need to “fight the good fight of faith” (I Tim. 6:12). We heed the admonition to “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:11) and “war a good warfare” (I Tim. 1:18). But I know times when this analogy, that paradigm is not the best one.

I’ve written a lot recently about the current refugee crisis in Europe and the West. Many of you know that I spent years in Islamic countries and I don’t accept the hatred and fear of Muslims that’s so often heard in our times. And when I think about or write about my interaction with those people, I believe I’ve gotten a strong check from the Lord that the terms of “battle” are not the ones that should be used.

crusadorsWhy? If you know history, you’ll know that the interplay between Christianity and Islam has been fraught with conflict, almost always violent. When we in the West think of the Crusades, it brings thoughts of virtually ancient times and Catholic at that. We just don’t relate to it. But for Muslims, the history of the Crusades is almost like still a living memory. And all bad.

For me at least, and I think it’s true for many of us, I just need to draw back, way back from all this. I’m not an ethnic Christian, I’m a born again Christian. There should be no race, people or nationality that I think of as my enemy. I do want to have the attributes of a soldier of the Lord, that dedication, that sacrifice, that character. But when it comes to wining people to the Lord, approaching my interaction with lost souls is not best helped if I go at it with the mindset that I’m a solder going to defeat an enemy.

Jesus gave us a much better way of looking at this. He spoke of harvests, of sowers, reapers and vine-dressers. And I find that a much better mindset to approach all this with. Let me say it again, Muslims are not my enemy. They are individuals who need the love and truth of Jesus Christ , just as much as the Jews do or any other people on earth.

sowerJesus said something so rich and poignant in Luke 8:15. “That on the good ground are they which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it. And bring forth fruit unto life eternal.” That to me describes very many people who have been born into a Muslim culture and religion. Many people who minister to Muslims are finding very “good ground” among these people.

So what is needed? Sowers of the seed which “is the Word of God” (Luke 8:11).” That’s you and me. That’s our job, to be sowers. There’s no harvest without a sowing and sowers. While we hear of many Muslims coming to the Lord now, for the most part it’s more a time of planting, rather than harvesting just yet.

If you’re concerned about all that we’re told to be concerned about, and you want to know what you can do, I implore you to take on the mindset of a sower of the seeds of God. He wants His love and truth to be planted in fertile, tilled, broken ground. And many Muslims are that fertile broken ground right now.

As so often happens, we come back to the simple words of Jesus in the Gospels. multitudesThink about these verses again and keep in mind the plight and challenge of these millions of Muslims who God has allowed to come from their lands to ours.

But when He saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion upon them. For the fainted and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38)

This is a whole lot more fitting an analogy to use that anything having to do with warfare right now. In the Spirit, if you can see it, this can be an incredible springtime of sowing precious seeds in a fertile field of people eager to learn of Him.

He that goes forth, weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6)

Obi-Wan Kenobi In His Cave

Obi WanThere he is, Obi-Wan Kenobi in his cave. Remember him? When you first saw him there in that movie, what did you think? “Hmm. Old has-been. Failure, washed up, driven into the wilderness.”

But as we watched further, we found that he was an incredible guy. He had supernatural powers. He was extremely wise but also good. He was a survivor, a warrior, a master. Maybe he was in the wilderness but he still had some life in him, some purpose, fight and even destiny ahead of him.

But I think there are a lot of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s in caves nowadays. Maybe that’s not you but on the other hand, maybe you’re one of a few I know who are. Seasoned disciples of Jesus Christ, years of Christian service in faraway lands, crowns already laid up for them in heaven from just what they’ve done with their lives already. But some are now in “caves”, for one reason or the other.

“Oh, it’s all over!” “That was then!” “I’ve made mistakes!” or “Others damaged my life.” “So I’ve retired; the war is over! God can’t really use me anymore. And besides, there’s not really anything to do anymore. Those fields are now harvested so I’m back home now and just taking it easy till I die. That may be 20 or 30 years from now. But I’ve gone as far as I want to go.”

no discharge flatObi-Wan in the cave. But along comes a new day, a new generation, a new need for Jedi masters. I’m convinced that this is the situation for perhaps quite a few people. I believe it was Solomon who wrote “There is no discharge in this war.” (Ecclesiastes 8:8) Or, another way of looking at it is what Paul said, “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” (Romans 11:29) When Obi-Wan Kenobi met Luke Skywalker, he seemed to come out of retirement. And from what I am seeing, there are a lot of Luke Skywalker Christians around nowadays who could really use some Obi-Wan Kenobi’s.

When you’ve had a call of God in your life, when God has gifted, called and trained you for His purpose, He doesn’t take that away. He needs every worker He can find. It’s another thing for those who “put their hand to the plow and look back”. (Luke 9:62) But even then some return to that plow and return to that field because they know it was “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

These thoughts came to me today on a phone call with some dear friends in Western Europe. They presently are very engaged in trying to do what they can to minister to the hundreds of thousands of refugees in their country. And you’d probably be surprised how well it’s going and how receptive and thankful they are finding these refugees to be. They themselves are not really physically young. But their spirits are just tingling with excitement and expectation at the amazing things that are happening where they are. They aren’t Obi-Wan Kenobi’s in caves. They are fully energized Jedi Masters for Jesus, if you know what I mean.

We talked about ones we know, folks who have incredible gifts, experiences and unquestionable callings as disciples and servants of the Lord, some of whom are not really active or engaged in the things of the Lord in the way they were before. But for many that we could think of, they seem to be like Obi-Wan Kenobi in his cave. Alone, away from the arena of Christian discipleship where they spent years. They are gifted, inspired, anointed people but many are hardly using their spiritual gifts at all anymore.

The story is told that Alexander the Great died of a broken heart because he thought there were no more worlds to conquer. Of course he’d gone so far to the east but towards the west, he had hardly ventured and it wasn’t too many more years before the Roman empire of the west conquered the Greeks.Esther flat When we think there are no more worlds to conquer, that’s not good. And when we lose the vision of God for our place and calling in this world, that’s not good.

Mordecai told Queen Esther, “You are come into the kingdom for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) Esther recognized the truth of this; she saw the reality of how important she was to His work. She seized her calling and crown and was the instrument God used for a mighty deliverance for her people at that time.

What can I say? God needs every one of us, but perhaps especially the ones who have served him for so many years, who ben & Luke skywalkerhave so much experience, so much they could teach and use and put to His service right now in the events we see unfolding here in Europe. Can you please pray with me that if there are any Christian “Obi-Wan Kenobi’s” who have retired to their caves, that they will hear the calling of God again and get back on the wall of His Will, to “die daily” (I Corinthians 15:31) in this incredible hour here in Europe when the need for experienced, grass roots Christian leadership in the field is very great. Thanks so much.

Bucharest Tragedy

nightclub fireI just got off the phone with a dear Christian sister here in Bucharest. She’s not only been the faithful Romanian translator of the videos I’ve been doing, she’s a real friend and someone I greatly respect. She called to tell me that her oldest son was at the club in Bucharest late last night where the fire happened that took the lives of 27 young people.

She told me that her son had phoned her to tell her that he was ok, that he had been in the club until 10 minutes before the fire broke out but that he’d wanted to leave as he didn’t like it. After the fire blazed and then was contained, he was back there at the scene to identify bodies, many of whom he knew. The son of my translator friend’s sister is a teenage musician here; he and his band were scheduled to play at that club last night but it didn’t work out.

My friend here, let’s call her “Patricia”, said it was a big Halloween party at the place and it was full of plastic decorations that burst into flames. 500 people were there and around 300 got out. Buch tragShe said it’s being said that a number of the ones who were injured are not expected to make it. Also, the song that the band was playing when the fire broke out is called “This Is The Day You Die”.

Needless to say, this is a tragedy and traumatizing on many levels. I couldn’t stop crying on this call from my friend as I know her and her kids very well, as do probably some of ones reading this blog. And since “Patricia’s” teen age son, let’s call him “Ernest”, may perhaps later read what I write here, I want to respect his privacy and to be circumspect in what I write.

But the thought that came to me is that, as they say, “God has no grandchildren.” It can’t be your parents’ faith and experiences that you build your life on. Each individual ends up having their own experiences that are the formative ones in their lives. That certainly is true with how I came to faith in God from an atheist background. It’s often the deepest, darkest, most overwhelming experiences of our lives that are the crucibles in which we are shaped and molded.

Death for a Christian should be a different experience from that of an unbeliever and we who are the people of faith should really view it differently. communion-fixedIt’s like what I wrote in “Tales from Trondheim”, about the young man in Norway who was getting Christian training with my wife and I who went to be with the Lord around 48 hours after he left us. It was very traumatizing for us, very sobering, but we had peace and joy to know that he went to be with the Lord.

I don’t know how it is for those young people who died here last night. This is a very Christian country in many ways and most of the ones I’ve met here have a deep reservoir of faith in God and in Christ. This country had a strong wave of Christian revival here during the 90’s, after the fall of Communism.

I guess it’s just hard to talk about right now. Emotions are raw and these are the children of people here in this city, some of whom were laid out of the sidewalks for identification as the hospitals were overwhelmed.

But I would like to ask you to please pray for my translator friend, “Patricia”, and perhaps especially for her 17 year old son, “Ernest”. There’s a lot I won’t share here about them as it’s their personal life and the things they’ve already gone through in the past which have bordered on the unique. And now this. Please pray for them that the foundation they both have in the Lord will sustain them through this time as never before and that this tragedy, this darkness, will be a time when the light of God’s truth and love will be more evident than ever before. Please pray for Bucharest and my friends here at this time. Thanks so much, Mark


भविष्यवाणी के इतिहास का एक परिचय (Hindi)

[यह इंग्लिश विडियो “An Introduction to Prophecy in History” का हिन्दी संस्करण है.]

मेरे पास आपको बताने के लिए कुछ है जिसने मेरे जीवन पर अत्यधिक अच्छा प्रभाव डाला है. यह एक बड़ा बिषय है. सिर्फ भविष्यवाणी शब्द लोगों के मन में अलग विचारों को लाता है. opening shotअत: मैं इसे थोडा सीमित करने जा रहा हूँ. परन्तु मैं पहले अपने विषय में कुछ कहना चाहूँगा ताकि आप इस विषय पर मेरी दिलचस्पी के बारे में समझ जाएँगे.

मेरा पालन-पोषण टेक्सास में हुआ और मैं आत्मिक जानकारी के पहले विश्वविद्यालय में था. उस समय मैं एक नास्तिक था जो और उन लोगों को उनके विश्वास से हटाने में लगा रहता था जो परमेश्वर पर विश्वास रखते थे. लेकिन सिर्फ अनुभवों के द्वारा मैं यह विश्वास नहीं कर सका कि एक आत्मिक संसार नहीं है. मैं “धार्मिक नहीं बनना चाहता था. परन्तु मैंने दोनों अच्छी और बुरी आत्माओं के संसार का अनुभव किया. और मैंने अच्छी आत्माओं के साथ रहना चाहा.

मेरी खोज मुझे अलग-अलग समूहों में ले गई और अंतत: कुछ जवान लोगों से मिला जोकि वास्तव में मसीही थे और यीशु के सनकी कहलाते थे. shot of me at firstउन्होंने मुझे बाइबल कि सच्चाईयों को समझने में मेरी सहायता की. परमेश्वर ने मेरे जीवन में एक नई शुरुवात की और वास्तव में मैंने अपना जीवन उसे समर्पित कर दिया. अभी मैंने ३६ वर्षो से अधिक का समय विदेशों में व्यतीत किया और यह एक अदभुत जीवन था लिसके लिए मैं धन्यवादी हूँ.

अत: जब मैं “भविष्यवाणी” कहूँ तब मैं बाइबल में कि भविष्यवाणी के लिए ही बोल रहा हूँ. और यही हमारी विषय वस्तु है. हम लोग दानिएल भविष्यवक्ता के बारे में अध्धयन करने जा रहे हैं. वास्तव में जब यीशु से भविष्य के बारे में पूछा गया तब उसने विशेष रूप से दानिएल भविष्यवक्ता के लिए उल्लेख किया. उसने कहा “इसलिए जब तुम …….(भविष्य की घटनाएँ)….जिसकी चर्चा दानिएल भविष्यवक्ता के द्वारा …….(जो पढ़े वह समझे). …. (मत्ती २४:१५)

मैं समझता हूँ कि आप में से बहुत से लोग इसके बारे में जानते होंगे और विस्तार में जानने के इच्छुक होंगे. और आप में से कुछ लोग ऐसे भी होंगे जो इस बारे में कुछ भी नहीं जानते हैं. और यदि मुझे इन दोनों समूहों में से चुनना होगा तो मेरा उद्धेश्य उनसे होगा जो इस विषय में नए हैं. क्योंकि लगभग इसी प्रकार मैं आगे बढ़ा. और शायद यह एक कारण है कि मैं यह चाहता हूँ कि परमेश्वर के वचन के सत्य के रोमांच और सच्चाईयों को जाने.

आप में से कई यह आश्चर्य कर रहे होंगे कि “संसार में भविष्यवाणी क्या है”? और आप सोचते होंगे कि एक दिन संसार का अंत हो जाएगा. मैं भी इसी प्रकार सोचा करता था और यह सब मुझे बकवास और विचित्र प्रतीत होती थी.

Bethlehem for blog postठीक है अब हम देखेंगे कि क्या सचमुच ऐसा कुछ है जोकि लगभग सभी लोग जानते है जिसकी घटित होने के सदियों पूर्व भविष्यवाणी की गई. यह कहना आसान होगा कि जो भी इसको पढ़ रहा है वह क्रिसमस को जानता होगा. और जैसा कि आप जानते हैं कि क्रिसमस पर बहुत से लोग प्राय: क्रिसमस करोल गाते हैं. यह यीशु के जन्म का मनाया जाना है, और आपने युसूफ और मरियम की बालक यीशु के साथ फोटो देखा होगा.

और शायद आपने यह पुराना क्रिसमस करोल सुना होगा जिसे मैं गा नहीं सकता पर जिसके बोल लगभग ऐसे हैं ““Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie…”.  यह क्रिसमस करोल यरूशलेम के निकट उस शहर के बारे में है जहाँ यीशु पैदा हुआ था. शायद आप पहले से ही यह जानते होंगे कि वह वहाँ पैदा हुआ था या शायद आपको यह याद होगा कि पहले कहीं सुना है.

Bethlehem map for blog postकम से कम कुछ तो है है जो आप जानते हैं. तब आइये हम बाइबल में देखें. आइये हम पुराने नियम में मीका भविष्यवक्ता कि पुस्तक को देखें. यह लगभग ७०० BC की है. हम अध्याय ५ के २ रे पद को देखेंगे. इसमें परमेश्वर कि आवाज के समान कोई गाँव बैतलेह्म को बोल रहा है.

यह कहता है “ हे बैतलहम एप्राता, यदि तू ऐसा छोटा है कि यहूदा के हजारों में गिना नहीं जाता, तौभी तुझमे से एक पुरुष निकलेगा, जो इस्राएलियों में प्रभुता करने वाला होगा; और उसका निकलना प्राचीन काल से वरन अनादि काल से होता आया है.” (मीका ५:२)

Micah 5 2 shotयहाँ परमेश्वर बैतलहम से कह रहा है कि यद्धपि बैतलहम (उस समय इजराइल का एक राज्य) यहूदा के क्षेत्र में एक छोटा स्थान है, फिर भी बैतलहम से एक जन निकलेगा जो अंतत: परमेश्वर के लोगो पर राज्य करेगा. और वह प्राचीन काल से अनन्तकाल तक राज्य करेगा.

पुराने नियम से यह एक सीधी भविष्यवाणी है जोकि यीशु के जन्म के सैंकड़ो वर्षो पहले, यह घोषणा करते हुए कि मसीहा, वह राजा जिसे परमेश्वर भेजेगा कहाँ जन्म लेगा की गई थी. और इसी प्रकार बहुत सी भविष्यवाणी की गई.

जब यह विषय मेरे लिए नया था, तब मुझे यह स्वीकार करने में समय लगा कि वहां स्वर्ग में एक शक्ति है, बाइबल के परमेश्वर कि शक्ति जोकि इस संसार के हजारों वर्षों के बारे में भविष्यवाणी करती है. और ये भविष्यवाणी अक्षरश: पूरी होती हैं. यह मेरे लिए आश्चर्यचकित कर देने वाला था. और कुछ मायनों में अभी भी है. यही वह सब है जिसका हम अध्ययन करने जा रहे हैं: भविष्यवाणी जो पूरी हो चुकी और भविष्यवाणी जो पूरी होने वाली है.

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