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Below you will find a plea for Christ’s Word to be spread in Iran. I support this action, after reading this. I supported it before, but what these people say strengthened my faith in this area. Please read the whole thing. Thank you.

A pastor in a city in the south of Iran receives a few copies of the Scriptures from some visitors and simply says, “These are like gold-dust here;” a lady comes to faith in Christ through a program on satellite TV and has to write down verses shared during the program to comile her own “Bible;” two students watch the film, “The Passion of the Christ” being shown on an inter-city bus and one is overheard saying, “The Koran says Jesus never died on the cross, but this film says did. How I wish I could have a New Testament to know what really happened.” A pastor, a new believer, and an enquirer–all want the New Testament.
These true stories highlight the urgent need for New Testaments in Iran where there is unprecedented spiritual hunger. Well over 85% of the population are deeply disillusioned with the hard-line fundamentalist regime which, in the name of Islam, has given them war, totalitarianism, and economic chaos. But though tired of the government’s religion, there is still great interest in spiritual things. And it is especially the children of the 1979 revolution, over 50% of the total 70 million population, who are seeking for answers beyond Islam.
Some are turning to Eastern religion, others to Zoroastrianism, the ancient faith of Iran, and there is tremendous openness and interest in Jesus Christ.
The Christians in Iran, both from the above-ground and under-ground church, are keen evangelists and are more than ready to share Christ with the people, despite the risks involved. Before any evangelistic effort, they will first pray and fast, sometimes for days, asking God to supernaturally guide them to people who are open. They then find that the Lord leads them in miraculous ways. After much prayer one lady felt led to visit the sick in the hospital. When she arrived in the reception area she saw a lady sitting on the stairs, covered in her traditional black robes, her body shaking with grief. The evangelist started to talk to her and found out she was crying for her sick son. The evangelist then asked if she could pray for the lady’s son in the name of Jesus. When the lady heard the name Jesus she looked shocked.
“Jesus, did you say Jesus?”
“Yes,” the evangelist replied. “Jesus loves you and can heal the sick.”
The crying lady then explained that the night before she had had a dream. She had seen Jesus and He had told her that the next day his prophet would come and visit her.
“So, you are the prophet of Jesus.”
The evangelist now knew for sure that she was exactly where she was meant to be. She prayed for this lady – and went on that day to pray for two other families. We know that at least one of the sick was definitely healed.
It is these obedient servants who are pleading with the international church to send more New Testaments to Iran. They are willing to risk their lives to share Christ with those they are sent to – but they know they must leave people with Scriptures.
These servants are particularly keen to have supplies of the pocket size New Millennium New Testament published by Elam Ministries. They like the size as it slips easily into a bag or a coat pocket; they like the quality, the print is exceptionally clean and clear and it has a beautiful soft imitation leather cover, and they like the translation. It is accurate, modern and elegant. The old version is now very difficult for young Iranians to understand. They also love the fact that at the end of this slim New Testament there is a “Help Section” which shows the reader where to find passages that will answer his or her particular questions or needs, and right at the end there is a clear explanation of the Gospel.
The urgency for these New Testaments in Iran is not just reflected in the stories coming out of the country and the pleas of the church’s brave and faithful evangelists. There is also a sense among many mission leaders that this is a very special time for the nation of Iran. Never before has this Muslim nation shown so much openness to the Gospel of Christ, and it is a fact that more Iranian Muslims have become Christian since the 1979 revolution than in the last 1,300 years. And not only in Iran are people coming to faith, but you will find that from New Zealand to New York there are new fellowships of Iranian Christians.
In our generation Iranians are open, and that lends urgency to the need to take the Gospel to these people. Nobody knows how long this openness will last, but let it not be said that the international church missed one of the most extraordinary opportunities in the history of mission to let the New Testament change the character of a nation.
For it is the Christ found in the pages of the New Testament who changes entire nations. As Tyndale gave his life so his people could have the Scriptures in their own language, so the English responded and through the Puritans and the Evangelicals an entire nation was changed. It was this same New Testament that crossed the Atlantic and has stamped its teachings on so much of the American way of life.
And this same Christ, found in the same New Testament, can change Iran.
Elam Ministries has recently printed 50,000 copies of the pocket New Testament, but such is the demand that they have to immediately send in another order to the printers. The question is – how many should be printed? At the moment the ministry is planning to print 100,000, but perhaps the international church should be thinking bigger. Iran has a population of 70 million – would it be over-ambitious of the church to want to print at least one million? That would still leave 69 million without any Scriptures.
Elam Ministries believes it is right to be at least dreaming about sending one million New Testaments to Iran as soon as possible, but ultimately this depends on funding. As it is illegal to print any Christian material in the country’s national language, Persian, in Iran, let alone New Testaments, they have to be printed in Europe and then taken in. This means that as well as the cost of printing there is also a lot of freighting and courier costs. This brings the total price of making sure an Iranian can have a New Testament to $10.
Can you help us cover that cost? Your gift of $10 can pay for putting a New Testament in the hands of an Iranian; $50 would cover five Bibles; $100 would pay for ten copies of the Scriptures; $250 would cover the cost of twenty-five New Testaments… The blessings would be enormous!
Many have been praying for mission to Iran for years – and their investment is bearing fruit beyond expectations. Iran is ready for unprecedented church growth that would have an impact across the troubled region. Now, more than ever, your partnership in reaching the Iran region matters and will make a difference.
Elam Ministries is a faith mission and is dependent on the financial support of Christians around the world. To reach more in the Iran region for Jesus, we need more people to partner with us. Every partner makes a difference, and so we thank you for prayerfully considering investing in this mission. By partnering with Elam, you will help to deliver these much-needed New Testaments to spiritually hungry Iranians.
To donate online, CLICK HERE
If you’d like to donate by check or money order, send to:
Advancing Native Missions
Farsi Bibles For Iran Project
Post Office Box 5303
Charlottesville, VA 22905
Thank you, and God bless you!

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These verses can also be known as Mistaken Identity. This is the title of Bible.org’s only service I could find for these verses. Have a blessed day!

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

My prayer is that everyone who reads these words, hears what Christ is saying. Build that foundation.

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Matthew 7:15-23 A Tree and Its Fruit

The introduction and passage message are here. The intro is to Matthew, and the service is about some of the mistakes we tend to make. It is a very good read. Here we go into another journey.

15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious worlves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the  fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

21“Not everyone who says to me; ‘Lord, ord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evidoers!’

I pray, Lord, that You know me. I also pray for our Military and our Coalition partners and the families and loved ones of these brave people. Lord, please watch over them. Keep them all harm and all evil. I also pray for the Iranian people. Please help them to know You and Your love. Help spur the revival that is happening in Iran. In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen.

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The introduction and passage message are here. The intro is to Matthew, and the service is about some of the mistakes we tend to make. It is a very good read.

13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and ony a few find it.

This is one of the smallest passages, but it is so huge to me. I often question whether I am on the right path. I know. I am not supposed to doubt, but I do. If anyone says they do not, run away from that person! They are possessed, and it isn’t by God.

It isn’t that I doubt my Father in Heaven, it is myself I doubt. (Yes, sometimes I struggle with my faith, also. Later.) I wonder why this is? Could it be that I don’t want to miss the mark? Yes, it could be that. Could it be that I don’t believe God loves me enough? Sometimes I do. Only because I cannot forgive myself for some of my sins, not because He cannot. I know He can. What a conundrum!

If anyone else struggles with these issues, I would like to hear from you. I would appreciate understanding how you deal with it. Thank you, and have a blessed day.

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Matthew 7:7-12 Ask, Seek, Knock

You will find the introduction and passage message here. Have a bless day. 😉

7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

9“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Wow! This is very interesting. Am I the only one who noticed that people who claim not to believe in God will often use the Golden Rule as their corner stone? Hmm. Sounds as if they do not understand the basis of their arguement!

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I have found a great introduction to Matthew at Bible.org. I love to read these, because they give much background. This way, I am not wandering in the dark through the Bible. I hope you will enjoy it as well.

I have also found The Fatal Failures of Religion: #1 Secularism, (Matthew 5:1-16); The Fatal Failures of Religion: #2 Legalism, (Matthew 5:17-48); The Fatal Failures of Religion: #3 Externalism, (Matthew 6:1-18); The Fatal Failures of Religion: #4 Materialism, (Matthew 6:19-34); The Fatal Failures of Religion: #5 Misdirected Effort, (Matthew 7:1-12); and this brings us to The Fatal Failures of Religion: #6 Mistaken Identity, (Matthew 7:13-27).

We will start today with Matthew 7:1-6. Let us begin our journey.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

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Mt. 6:1-4 “Giving to the Needy”

We shall now return to the Sermon on the Mount. Bible.org also has a sermon with explainations on Matthew 6: The Practice of Righteousness. We shall look at each section as an individual lesson. Have a blessed day!

Givng to the Needy

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

This one troubles me some. These days, most things are done by check or credit card. It is very difficult not to let others know. Besides that, doesn’t the government want to know also? Hmm. I must study this one some more.

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