In a place called Burkina Faso (which means “Land of Honest Men”), approximately three people have gone missing, with muslim terrorists to blame. Burkina Faso is a poor country with many natural gold mines, and it has undergone many droughts and terrorist attacks since it is so close to Niger and Mali. Continue reading
Sometimes, it is hard to find good news. Continue reading
I am very, very sad to report that Nabeel Qureshi, a Christian apologist and Ex-Muslim who came to Christ, passed away of stage 4 stomach cancer yesterday, Saturday, September 16th, 2017. He was 34 years old.
Nabeel was taught the Q’uran early on in his life. He was a Muslim apologist, until Christ placed a man named David Wood into his life.
As David and Nabeel discussed, argued over, and debated Islam and Christianity, Nabeel quickly realized that Islam did not stack up. Jesus also came to Nabeel in three seperate dreams, according to CBN News. He went on to write Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, No God But One: Allah or Jesus?, and Answering Jihad.
This amazing man of God shared his grim diagnosis of stage four stomach cancer on August 30th, 2016 on his Facebook page. All throughout his long battle with stomach cancer, Nabeel never gave up on Jesus– and firmly believed that Jesus was able to, and even at times believed He would, do a miracle and cure Nabeel. Fellow Christians and fans of Nabeel prayed hard for a miraculous healing here on Earth, but our merciful, loving God wanted to heal him another way, through death. He is now totally healed in the arms of Jesus.
While we are grieving, and we don’t understand, I firmly believe Jesus is GOOD. Tears pour from my eyes as I never ever wanted to write something like this, but like Nabeel, and ultimately like Jesus as He hung on that cross dying for our sin, I will trust the Sovereign Hand of God the Father, even now.
Would you please be praying for Michelle, Nabeel’s wife, and their daughter who is a toddler, Ayah?
Writing this post right now, I went to look at Nabeel’s YouTube vlogs chronicling his life and struggle with cancer. Christ Jesus– being SO good, SO merciful, and SO present and REAL– led me, through YouTube, to watch this video of Nabeel speaking at IPC Hebron Houston. It was on June 25th, 2017, one of the last times he ever spoke before a congregation. He spoke on exactly what my heart was experiencing as I grieved: the “Why, Jesus? Why would you allow this to happen?” questioning and struggling. It’s about under an hour long; please watch it if you can.
It made me laugh. It made me cry. A lot. But more than anything, it made me, truly now more than ever, want to live my God-given days on this Earth well— all to Jesus’ glory, and close by Jesus’ side.
Please pray for his family, as said before… and for the Muslims who believe this was brought on Nabeel as a curse from “allah” for leaving the Muslim faith. May they doubt their allah, and come to know the Loving, Daily Presence of Jesus.
It blesses me to know that we serve a great God, who both mourns with His children on Earth for their loss, but also is with His children in heaven, the very Believers people in Earth are mourning for (I hope that makes sense.).
The gift of Nabeel’s life has been both given and taken away by Jesus, for what seems like is too soon… But blessed be Jesus’ Name.
We love you, brother Nabeel. See you in Heaven. ❤
Do you know Jesus?
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.“
(1 Corinthians 11:1, NIV)
There is no doubt in my mind that many will seek to imitate the faith of my brother, Nabeel Qureshi. But Nabeel was not just a great man, or even a good man. To put it simply, Nabeel Qureshi was a man who sought the Truth– and found Him (John 14:6).
Are you looking for Truth? Do you think that the Truth is relative?
I implore you to read Nabeel Qureshi’s books– and uncover the very rational reasoning for why Jesus IS God, and for why the Gospel IS real. Learn more about this Jesus– and about why He did what He did for you and I– here.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for the 34 years You gave to Nabeel– and for the gift Nabeel has been to all who have known and love him. Please hold them and show them Yourself, even in grieving his passing.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
As discussed in this article, the Chibok girls’ abduction has become a symbol of fundamentalist Islam’s fear of educating women. This fear stems from the fact that educated women are harder to control– and in a religion like Islam, where it’s success is based upon how much oppressive control it has on it’s people– the idea of women being less dependent upon the controlling men in their lives is hugely threatening. Continue reading
It was reported on December 13th that the Nigerian military, traditional hunters and vigilante groups won back the town of Mubi over a week ago. After weeks of rumors that the Nigerian military fled the fighting, for fear of the Boko Haram, this development is welcomed with joy! God is good, and He is moving!
Yet, as noted by the fact that the muslim Emir (ruler) of Mubi, Abubakar Isa Ahmadu, was escorted back into town by the military, there are many in the town of Mubi who still do not know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Many are still acknowledging Allah as the god responsible for their victory; yet, this is the very same Allah that the Boko Haram mercilessly slaughtered men, women and children in the name of.
Many muslims disagree; many will tell us that the Allah they believe in is a god of peace and love. I do not know everything about Islam, and I will not pretend to be well-versed in apologetics. However, I do know that there are many passages in the Qur’an which blatantly deny that Allah and Muhammad are a god and prophet of peace and love, as this website’s Qur’an passages will show you. Even in light of this, many muslims still believe in Allah and his prophet, Muhammad, nonetheless.
How is one supposed to react when they see people around them who worship such a false god as Allah? Are we to hate muslims, “guarding” ourselves against them while casting curses upon them?
The truth of the matter is, “No.” Just as any other nonbeliever, we must love muslims, not judging them for their religious or cultural affiliations but getting to know them on a personal, one-on-one level. Muslims are not just muslims, just as those who claim to be right-wing, conservative, American “Christians” have more to them than their religious and political beliefs. Every single person on this earth has a unique story, and a need to have Jesus’ saving grace be apart of that story. Every single person on this earth has a need for a saving relationship with God, not just mere religion “about” God.
This relationship-encounter with Jesus can be seen in the interaction Jesus had with the woman at the well in John 4.
“…Now [Jesus] had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’
‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?’
Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’
The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.’
He told her, ‘Go, call your husband and come back.’
‘I have no husband,’ she replied.
Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.’
Sir,’ the woman said, ‘I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.’
‘Woman,’ Jesus replied, ‘believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.’
The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah’ (called Christ) ‘is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’
Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you—I am he.'”
(John 4: 4-26, NIV, “Jesus” mine)
Jesus, God-in-Man, did not refuse to speak to her because her walk of life was different than His own. He did something remarkable, even scandalous; He reached out to her, crossing and shattering the earthly dividing lines of religion, class, gender, reputation and ethnicity to share the good news of Himself with her. In Christ, none of these differences between ways of life lines exist; there is only those who are In Christ, and those who are Without Him (Galatians 3:28, NIV). For every knee and every tongue will confess His name as Lord, no matter their background– even death doesn’t keep them from bowing before the Lord (Philippians 2:10-11, NIV).
This concept of loving the unlovable can also be seen in the book of Jonah. Jonah, a man picked by the Lord to warn the wicked town of Nineveh to repent, ran from God’s call on his life because he didn’t want the city to experience repentance or God’s compassion. When he finally did obey the Lord, he saw all of Nineveh saved when they repented. This only goes to show that there is no one who is outside of God’s ability to love and save when they do repent and come to know Him as their Lord and Savior.
While we are called to befriend the “unlovable” and the non-believer, the only line we are called not to cross is where we compromise our love for Jesus, becoming “unequally yoked” with a nonbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14, NIV). Our friendships are supposed to show others the light of Christ (Ephesians 5:8-9, NIV); if we are hiding our lamps under a basket, refusing to shine out to our friends, there will only be more darkness.
This line between loving those that our culture may hate and compromising our beliefs can be hard to not cross. But with constant, prayerful reflection, getting to know and love others who may be called unlovable– those who may not know Christ– can reap a bountiful harvest. This is needed now more than ever in Northern Nigeria, and truly, all over the world.
Because of all this, we pray.
Please pray that Christ would continually show Christians in Mubi (and all over Northern Nigeria) how to better love and serve those non-believers around them.
Pray that our brothers and sisters would find comfort in Christ, the God of All Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, NIV). Pray that this comfort would overflow out of our brothers and sisters and into the hearts and lives of non-believers, so that Christ may be known as the God of All Comfort for them, too.
Pray that believers in Nigeria would reach out in friendship to those in the surrounding community, so that they may come to know Him as their Lord and Savior.
Pray that the dividing lines of humanity would be crossed in the name of Christ, not only in Northern Nigeria, but all over the world and in our own lives as well. Pray this so that all people may know just how loved and valued they are by Christ, no matter who they are or where they come from.
In Christ, there reason for true joy– because in Christ, both the Muslim and the Christian are worth dying for.