Archive for February, 2011

The Bible

The Bible reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are holy, its precepts binding, its histories are true, its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.

It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.

Here, Heaven is opened and the gates of hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good is its design, the glory of God its end.

Pray for the ministry of UNI as we continue to serve our Lord!

It should fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide the feet.

Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.

It is given in life, will be opened in the judgment, and will be remembered forever.

It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all those who trifle with its sacred contents.

Owned, it is riches; studied, it is wisdom; trusted, it is salvation; loved, it is character; and obeyed, it is power.

Pray for the ministry of UNI as we continue to serve our Lord!

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Anti-government demonstrations in Egypt began two weeks ago, calling for the ouster of long-time president, Hosni Mubarak. The protests are over high unemployment, rising prices and three decades of authoritarian rule. Mubarak, who has led Egypt the past 30 years, announced last Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election in September. One day after Mubarak’s announcement, demonstrations turned violent in Cairo as anti-government demonstrators clashed with those loyal to Mubarak.

Earlier in the week, President Obama called on the Egyptian government to work toward a greater democracy. “What’s needed right now,” said the President, “are concrete steps that advance the rights of the Egyptian people, a meaningful dialogue between the government and its citizens, and a path of political change that leads to a future of greater freedom and greater opportunity and justice for the Egyptian people.”

The World Evangelical Alliance is among a number of faith groups issuing an urgent call for prayer in Egypt. The WEA noted that evangelicals in Egypt know that God is in control. Although a small minority, the WEA said that Egypt’s evangelicals are praying for wisdom for both the present government and future leadership of the country, in the hope that positive outcomes will benefit Egypt as a whole, and bring glory to God.

Paul Estabrooks, with Open Doors International, says that Egypt’s Christians are looking to the future, despite the current unrest. “Christians are hopeful,” he said, “asking us to pray, and trusting that positive things will come out of this, as opposed to the potential for an even worse scenario for them. But, I think that they seem to be hopeful; and, their deep desire is that we join them in prayer for peace for their country.” Egypt is ranked 19th on Open Doors’ 2011 World Watch List of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians.

Meanwhile, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, says that a lot is at stake, with regard to Egypt. “I think there is a lot of opposition to the regime,” he said, “and a lot of opposition by the Muslim Brotherhood that’s determined to bring down this secular military government and install one of very harsh Sharia law, which would have enormous implications for the United States, for Israel, for other Arab governments in the region.”

Egyptian-born pastor and radio host, Dr. Michael Youssef, in Atlanta, is concerned over what might happen if militant Islamists gain more power in Egypt. “If that happens,” said Youssef, “their best and the closest friends and ally is Hamas; and, imagine the border opening with Hamas and what will happen to the future relationship with Israel, if any.”

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