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The Bible is a thick book.  Always has been.  In the first century, an expert in the Old Testament Scriptures asked Jesus to summarize all of the commands in the Bible into the greatest commandment, to slim down that thick book into something easy to remember.  Jesus tells him the greatest commandment is to love God with all your being and he throws in a close 2nd, to love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:35-40)

In a different conversation, another expert in the Old Testament Scriptures wanted to press Jesus further on this issue.  He asks Jesus, Who is my neighbor?  These experts in the Law would be the equivalent of a modern day seminary professor and pastor rolled into one.  The expert in the Law in Luke 10:25-37 was testing Jesus as well as seeking to justify himself.  Jesus’s answer is no less astounding 2000 years later as it was when it came off his lips.  But we so often miss what makes it so astounding… Continue Reading…

I posted on Friday about an ex-Muslim friend of mine who has become a Christian.  My friend lives in Lansing.  Three days after the post, he received a phone call from a 517 (Lansing) area code threatening to kill him.  The caller was speaking in Farsi, my friend’s native language.  The caller specifically told my friend they would kill him like the Qur’an says because my friend was disrespecting it.  Yesterday another ex-Muslim friend of mine who became a Christian and also lives in Lansing received a Google Plus message from a Muslim threatening to kill him because of his association with my friend I interviewed.  This is obviously very disturbing.  We’ve reported these things to the police, who honestly haven’t done much with them besides file a report and tell us to call back if anything else happens.  Please pray for my friends and pray that the light of Jesus will shine, especially to Muslims, that they will see how much Jesus loves them.  I’ve taken out my friend’s name and photo and would like to keep the post available to be read because I think it’s an incredible story and a chance for Muslims to be drawn to Jesus’ love, grace, mercy and forgiveness the way my friend was and millions of other former Muslims are during these times.

My friend is 32 years old and has lived in Lansing, MI for the past seven months as a refugee from Iran.  He grew up as a Muslim for the first 23 years of his life.  In 2006, he became a follower of Jesus and began attending a secret basement church in Iran, where Christianity is illegal.  Continue Reading…