Muslim with a Gun

I attended a seminar on the beliefs and practices of Islam by Rev. Mateen Elass, Ph.D.  It was held in a local church and widely advertised.

Upon arriving at the church, I was surprised to see a security guard at the entrance.  There was a gun in his holster and he wore a bullet-proof vest.  Hmm.  Has it come to this?

I decided to get acquainted during the break.   I learned he was from the Middle East and indeed, was a Muslim–a Muslim with a gun!   Oh dear!  The thought crossed my mind: fox? hen-house?

Later I noticed that while standing guard at the entrance, he was also listening to the presentation!  When it was time for lunch, I drove the short distance home to grab a DVD of the Jesus Movie in his language.  When I returned I presented it to him explaining it was about the life of Jesus.

He seemed overjoyed. “I have always known that Jesus is important, but I’ve never known much about His life.  Thank you.  I am happy to receive this.”

The seminar was most informative ending with an emphasis on ways to demonstrate love to our Muslim neighbors.  Dr. Mateen is the author of several books, including Understanding the Koran and The Teachings of Jesus and Mohammad. You may read his blog at:

Please pray for the young security guard, that he will soon come to know and love Jesus.

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Donate His Organs?

What a blessing to hear a family member share her testimony before an audience of Bible students.  After many years, Lauri’s story remains a vivid memory in our family’s history.

During a large holiday gathering, her 3-year old son Jack was found at the bottom of the pool, purple and lifeless. CPR was started immediately.  The paramedics were able to get his heart beating, but not his breathing.  He was put on life-support at the hospital. His parents were told his chance of recovery would diminish if he did not awaken within 24 hours.

Three days later there had been no change.  He was still on life support when the doctor asked Lauri if she would consider organ donation.   What?  Lauri was not ready to give up hope!

When the doctor left the room she took hold of  little Jack’s hands and poured out her heart to God, begging Him to restore his life.  Seconds later Jack opened his eyes and tried to talk. The respirator was quickly removed and the next day they took him home, recovered!

I praise God when I look at Jack today, now grown, healthy and raising a family of his own. He is living proof that God is still a God of miracles.

Yet what about Emily, the precious 7-year-old who succumbed to cancer despite countless prayers? Little Emily loved the Lord Jesus.

I believe she is in His arms today, perhaps more alive than any of us still walking the earth. Moreover, her parents are still able to praise God and trust Him.

Why are some healed and some taken?  I don’t know.  There are many mysteries God has not yet revealed to us.  Must He?

What we do know is that God is holy and just.  He desires that we know Him, love Him, obey Him and trust Him to be faithful.  I want to do that.

  •  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…   Philippians 3:10
  •  If you love me, keep my commands.    John 14:15
  •  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.    Romans 8:28

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Teenage Girls Incarcerated

Nine incarcerated teenage girls walked into Bible study cursing and acting obnoxious. I raised my voice,  “If you don’t want to be here, you may leave NOW!  Who wants to be excused?”  They quieted down.

I avoided eye contact with two girls who appeared angry and also manly.  Little by little I’d glance at each of them and smile.  Little by little they began to soften—and then smile back.  They were both pretty girls;  after awhile they even began to look more feminine!

I explained that when we surrender our lives to Jesus, His Holy Spirit then comes in and transforms us. He changes our desires so that we begin to want what He wants. Some of the girls said they have addictions they cannot break unless they’re incarcerated.

I talked about the importance of letting God know you are serious about wanting help.  Show Him by letting Him see you spend time reading His Word–and let Him speak to you as you read. You might even get down on your knees and spend time just praising and thanking Him for what He’s already done for you. The Holy Spirit wants to come in and transform lives. That’s what He does!

During the last 30 minutes they seemed to hang on every word.  I talked about the dangers of pornography, that it’s addictive and progressive. “What goes in through our eyes and ears can remain inside and cause disturbing thoughts for years.”

The deputy stood outside the door, glancing in every few seconds to make sure there was no disorder.  Later I thanked her for her diligence and invited her to come inside and join us next time.  She said she would.

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Pray for the Waitress

A couple eating in a restaurant asked their waitress if they might pray for her.  I thought it was a lovely idea, but never thought to do it myself, until this week!

A friend and I were having lunch and the waitress had just taken our order.  I said, “We are just getting ready to pray.  May we pray for you?”

She put her hand to her mouth and her eyes became tear-filled.  “Yes. Right now I need peace. Thank you so much.”  Off she went.  We immediately began praying, asking God to comfort her, meet her needs and fill her with His peace.

When she brought our meals she said she’d been touched by our offer to pray.  She explained that she was a Christian and attends a good church that teaches the Bible. Yet she’s been going through a difficult season in her life.  She really did need God’s peace. We talked at length and I happened to have a booklet in my purse I thought would bring her comfort. She was happy to receive it.

When we finished our meal she returned with the bill, but it was empty.  She said, “Your bill has been paid–by me.  You girls made my day!  I’d be happy if you just paid it forward.”

We ended up leaving her a hefty tip and told her we’d be happy to “pay it forward.” She was pleased. We were blessed.

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Doing Church for the Old Folks

A friend and I were doing a church service for the old folks in an assisted living facility. Most were quite elderly.

We opened by singing three songs of worship, followed by prayer.  I then shared an interesting statement our pastor had made. He said there are two types of people who attend church. There are true Christians and then there are churchgoers. They are not necessarily the same.

One lady spoke up in a loud voice. “If you are going to church then you are a Christian! I was born a Christian and went to church all my life.”

Before I could respond another woman in the group shook her head and said, “Nobody is born a Christian!  Everyone must decide for themselves.”

I said, “Jesus once said in John chapter 3,  that no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.  I wonder if there is anyone here who has surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and then afterward experienced God making changes in your life.   You know you were born again.”  Hands went up. “Who would like to tell us about the difference God has made in your life.”

Several people shared sweet testimonies of true transformations.

Then the same woman with the loud voice again spoke up. “Jesus has never made a change in my life!  Like I said before, I’ve gone to church all my life.”

I said, “When we make a decision to turn away from our sin and surrender our lives to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us.  He begins to change us on the inside. There may be someone here today who has never before asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life.  If you would like to give Jesus your life today, you can simply pray and call on Jesus to save you.  Romans 10:13 says that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

I then prayed aloud a simple prayer she could repeat.  She was not interested.





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Conversation With a Muslim

We were attending a large birthday gathering of friends, mostly Muslims.  Knowing my Christian beliefs, Ahmad said he wanted to talk with me. This fine gentleman holds a Ph.D. and teaches at a major university.  He came and sat next to me on the sofa.

“As you know, I have been a Muslim all my life;  I love my religion.  However, most of my extended family members are no longer true Muslims.  They’ve become atheists and are Muslim in name only.  When we came to this country, we were family oriented, committed to marriage, fidelity and to traditional values.  That has changed.  Not only is this true for Muslims, but the entire Western culture is becoming increasingly amoral.

“I tell my students to wait until marriage before moving in together.  The immorality of today’s culture is destroying America.

“Islam has changed.  No longer do Muslims respect Jesus.  I don’t know why there’s been this change.  You see,  the Quran teaches that Jesus was born of a virgin and was a Spirit from God. It teaches Jesus was the Word of God, that He worked miracles and that He is going to return!  Yet Muslims rarely discuss Jesus anymore.

“One more thing, many of the mosques in the U.S. are encouraging terrorism. I know this as fact!  Yet Muslims don’t speak out. They’re silent!”

I mostly listened.  Then I suggested that perhaps HE should speak out.

“They won’t listen to me.  People don’t want to hear the truth.”

I had brought with me some DVDs, just in case I might have an opportunity.  I opened my purse.  “I have something I’d like to give you. It’s a DVD on the life of Jesus.  It’s in your own language.”

“He began reading the label.  Wow!  There are several different Middle Eastern languages on the same disc!  I would love to watch this!  Thank you.”

“Perhaps after you watch it, we can talk again.  I’d like to get your opinion.”

  • For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.    1 Timothy 2:5
  • Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.     1 John 4:1
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What? This is a Yoga Class?

Today I arrived early for my Pilates class and was surprised to discover that for some reason I was actually late!  Moreover, there seemed to be a male substitute teaching the class.

I quickly unrolled my mat and began doing stretches with the group. But these stretches were different.  I said, “Excuse me! Is this the Pilates class?”

“No, this is Yoga—you’re early for Pilates. But stay with us. You’ll find it’s very similar.”

I was hesitant because I have always been suspicious of Yoga.  Once we had a former guru from India speak at church.  He said, “There is no Hinduism without Yoga, and no Yoga without Hinduism.”  I once read an article about the required training for Yoga instructors. It was indeed spiritual and confirmed what the former guru had warned.  It definitely had some Hindu and New Age influences.

I decided I’d stay for the remainder of the class, even though I felt some of the positions we were forcing our bodies into could not possibly be good for anyone!

Suddenly the entire group loudly sang a one note “OMMMMM” for what seemed like a minute. Then they placed their hands in a prayer position and began reciting in unison several sentences in another language.  That ended the class and everyone picked up their mats and headed out.

I was curious and stayed to talk with the instructor. I asked him if they were speaking in the Sanskrit language. He said they were.

“But isn’t that the language the Hindu people use for prayer?”
He said, “Yes it is, but it’s also used for Yoga—Yoga is very spiritual and peaceful.”

I smiled,  “I’m spiritual too. I wonder if this facility would permit an exercise class that ended its sessions in a Christian prayer language?    It’s very peaceful, as well.”

He said, “I really don’t know.”
I smiled, “Just a thought. Thank you for letting me join your class.”

  •  For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.     2 Timothy 4:3-4

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How Can I Get God in My Life?

One Sunday afternoon at the beach a man came to our Bible table and asked, “How can I get God in my life?”

I gave him the simple message of the Gospel—how Jesus came to live a sinless life so He could then purchase our salvation on the cross. If we want forgiveness of sins, all we need to do is be willing to turn away from our sins and then give our lives to Him. The Holy Spirit will then come to live inside us and will begin to make new changes in our thinking and in our lives.  He said this was what he wanted.  He was eager to pray with us to receive Jesus.

Afterward he told us his story:  He said his wife had left him six weeks ago, taking the children.  He had become so depressed he was considering suicide.

Then last night a thought came to him:   “Perhaps I need God in my life.”  However, he did not know one person who attended church, who could give him some counsel.

He opened the phone book and discovered so many churches he was afraid he’d pick a bad one,  so he closed the book and prayed for the first time:  “God, if You’re out there, show me how to find You.”

“Today I came down to the beach and there you were!”

We gave him a Bible and invited him to church.

  • Those who diligently seek Me will find Me.    Proverbs 8:17                                                         
  • You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.                   Jeremiah 29:13
  • SONG:  I LOVE THE LORD by Kathleen

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Jesus Save Me!

I  was asked to visit a very ill 90-year-old woman.  She was hard of hearing and I knew her time was short.

I asked her if she knew Jesus and she yelled her reply, “No! But I’d like to!”

I asked if she were to die, does she know where she’d go?
She yelled again, “Probably hell!”

I loudly explained, “Jesus loves you and wants you to be with Him in heaven someday.  If you are willing to turn from your sins and follow Jesus, the Bible tells us that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Would you like to do that?”

She yelled so loudly, I’m sure she was heard outside: “JESUS SAVE ME!”

That was it. I don’t know what’s in her past. Only God knows her heart. But according to Scripture I believe she is saved. The Holy Spirit is now free to indwell her and make changes in the way she thinks and acts.  It’s never too late.

Have you ever prayed with someone to receive Christ?  Would you have handled this situation differently?

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Nightmares in Fourth Grade

When Matt was in public school fourth grade, he began having nightmares.

He said his bad dreams were about the scary stories he had to read in school!  They were not in a textbook, but were handouts that he brought home.  I looked them over and discovered they were stories about the occult!  They were about witches, magic and casting spells.

I wrote a letter to Matt’s teacher explaining that in my opinion the stories were inappropriate, and why.  The next day I hand-delivered the letter to the teacher and asked him to read it while I waited outside.

He apologized when we talked later.  He said he’d never thought of the stories as improper, or unsuitable, but rather fascinating and exciting.

I explained that as Bible believing Christians the occult is something we believe is evil and harmful.  I assured him that I am not alone in this matter,  that many families in this school share our faith and would be equally alarmed if they were aware of what their children were reading.  He said he appreciated me coming to him and assured me that he would change to another curriculum!

I came away quietly praising God that Matt’s teacher did not appear threatened or angry at my concern.

A few days later Matt said his teacher had asked him where we attend church.  The following Sunday we were introduced to his wife.  They were sitting across from us in church!  A short time later they joined our church and were baptized!

“Thank You Precious Lord,  for using me to influence not only a change in curriculum, but a change in a teacher’s life.”

  •  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.    2 Timothy 2:15
  •  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.    Colossians 2:8
  • As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.                           1 Peter 1:14-15
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