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“I didn’t choose to be a Muslim…”
Meeting a secret believer
by Julia Fisher
As a broadcast journalist, for almost 20 years I have travelled frequently to Israel to record the stories of both Jewish and Arab/Palestinian believers, so Christians in the West can hear news of what God is doing despite political tensions in the region.
Recently I was taken to meet ‘A’, a recent convert from Islam. My friend, who lives in the area, understands the precautions necessary when arranging such sensitive and dangerous rendezvous. We cautiously drove to an area of ‘no man’s land’, pulled into the side of the road and ‘A’ slipped into the back of the car. We drove off thankfully; nobody had noticed and we weren’t being followed.
Members of different faiths at the Together Stronger event organised in Ilford by the British Pakistani Christian Association
Once again death and destruction have come to our streets, but still we are not getting to grips with the real issues, says lawyer Philip Quenby
If ever we questioned the need to recover our Christian heritage, the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London should surely dispel any doubt once and for all.
Sadly, however, the Church is not getting to grips with the real issues. Widespread ignorance within the Church allows ill-informed platitudes and a spirit of appeasement free rein, so there is little difference between what the Government or the Church are saying about Islam.
As churches plan their summer outreaches, evangelist Tony Anthony says there’s nothing to fear. Just don’t call your ‘outreach’ evangelism unless you’ve clearly shared the Gospel Good News.
Here he offers HEART readers some highlights of his ‘evangelism masterclass’ which were shared at the ‘Engage’ conference put on by the Great Commission Society (GCS) this June, of which he is chairman. The GCS works in 130 countries and one of its main leaders is Sussex-based former gangster John Lawson whose book ‘If a Wicked Man’ featured previously in HEART
By Andrew Halloway
Prayer leader David Borlase is lamenting the Church’s apathy in the fight against abortion, as the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion looms.
The Director of the Intercessors for Britain prayer alliance told HEART: “The 50th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act in October this year stands as one of the biggest stains on our nation’s history. Why is it that governments have been and are considering extending abortion rather than restricting it? Because the nation’s moral conscience – the Church – has been silent on the issue!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry can be proud that it’s now a year since they launched Heads Together to raise awareness of mental health issues. But why did it take the royal family to say ‘You don’t have to suffer mental torment’?
Our headline “Dressed and in their right minds”, like so many daily idioms, comes from Mark’s Gospel (5:1-20). Jesus dealt with ‘mental health’ by casting out demons with a word or speaking the truth in a way that set people free (“My words are Spirit and they are life”).
Yet non-churchgoers like Prince Harry who are suffering mental torment and feeling desperately hurt and misunderstood, don’t seek out Christian help.
While Londoners were recovering from the Westminster terror attack, many will have gained hope from a major campaign that used London buses to advertise the words of Jesus. Starting from 10 April, Routemaster buses carried huge banners quoting directly from the Bible.
Although it’s probably an exaggeration to call London’s familiar red buses ‘iconic’, this time they carried the words of a real icon.
People are crying out to be heard, to express their pain and anger – and Christians are keeping the keys in their back pocketJune 2, 2017 | admin
Andy Stevens, a HEART Partner Pastor, has counselled many people together with his wife Margaret, and says the Church has the answers to today’s mental health issues
These days the term ‘mental health’ seems to relate to people with defined and diagnosed illnesses such as bi-polar, schizophrenia and depression.
We say they show signs of unusual behaviour or thinking that it is away from ‘normal’.
But what is ‘normal’ anyway?
Ryan Hofman, 30, is an Australian-born civil engineer and a passionate follower of Jesus. He and his wife Hayley have a young daughter, and serve in leadership at Coastlands Church, Worthing. Ryan recently had a remarkable experience, which he shares here:
Earlier this year, I become desperately aware how the Church today is not seeing the glory of God that we read about in the Bible, so in my prayer times I began crying out to see that glory.
One morning in early March I woke at 6am, made a coffee, and went to the sitting room. I played music on my headphones then started worshipping – my usual routine. I felt an urge to kneel, which sometimes happens. So I knelt, and said “OK God, here I am.” I closed my eyes, and lay down flat. I felt as if I was preparing for something.
How evangelical Christians shaped the modern Middle East
By Nick Gray
Later this year Jews and Christians will commemorate 100 years of the Balfour Declaration which paved the way for the Jews to return to their ancient homeland
There are many centenaries to be marked at the moment, as we progress through 100 years since the 1914-1918 “war to end all wars”.
By Werner Oder
Once upon a time the battle for Britain was fought on the battlefields of Europe. Endangered by Nazi invasion Britain’s Premiere Winston Churchill rallied the nation to fight for her survival:
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
Today’s battle for the survival of Britain is not fought with tanks or Spitfires, it is fought in the prayer meetings of the world.