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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Population: 30,000

Language: Cham, Western

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.00%

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Population: 20,000

Language: Turkish

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.00%

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In God’s sovereign and undeserved grace and providence, I have the joy to serve as a pastor.   I got to choose this path in life (with the affirmation and call of a local church).  My wife got to choose this path in choosing to marry me and support me in being a pastor.  But, my children are simply born into this life.

Barnabas Piper, the son of Pastor John Piper, writes a very insightful and helpful article on the unhelpful, but real pressures pastors kids (PKs) face as they grow up going to church most of their lives.

Please read and please Pray for my Children to truly hear the Gospel, understand the Gospel, and believe the Gospel.

And please pray for my wife and I as parents that we would know how to shepherd their hearts, not simply seek to make them “look like Christians” when they are not.   Please pray that our identity would be rooted solely in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we would simply long for our children to submit to Christ in the Gospel, not just hypocritically play the part to perfection to “maintain our reputation.”

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Idols of the Heart

David Powlison’s article, “Idols of the Heart and Vanity Fair” has been and continues to be one of the best articles I have read on the issue of how and why we struggle with sin in our lives.  Then, just yesterday, David Powlison wrote another article giving a fresh look to his first one published in 1991.

I would highly, highly recommend you to read both articles.  The first article is linked at the bottom of the new article.

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Joshua Project!

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Population: 6,973,000

Language: Hindi

Religion: Hinduism

Evangelical: 0.00%

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I have been praying for the unreached every day using the resources of Joshua Project.

I have tried to follow the instructions to add it to this blog, but my technological brain is pretty bad.  So will just try to post daily to encourage myself and you to pray for the unreached.  May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples!

Please pray for the …

Population: 1,534,000

Language: Arabic, Chadian

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.03%

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Recently, God has reminded me a crucial component of fighting sin.  We must fight sin by actively building spiritual muscles, not simply seeking things that restrict us from outwardly sinning, because these things that simply restrict opportunities for sin do not address the core issue of our hearts being prone to wander and prone to leaving the God we love.  AND, I realized that if I am depending on these negative, restricting devices in the fight against sin, I am actually getting weaker and weaker in the fight against sin.  My spiritual muscles are not being worked out and getting stronger.

For example, I was thinking of the internet software “Covenant Eyes.” It is a really good program that monitors internet usage and has options to do filtering to help fight against lust.  You have accountability partners who receive all the sites you visit, and the program rates all the sites, the higher the rating, the more likely inappropriate material is on it.  So it is a good program that negatively guards against lust from the internet, one of the easier portals from which to lust.  However, Scripture tells us to have “not even a hint of sexual immorality.” And if we are only depending on Covenant Eyes to refrain us from looking at lustful images on the internet, but we are not guarding our eyes walking on the street or passing by magazine racks at the grocery store, then we are getting weaker in the fight against sin.

Negative guards are helpful, but I pray that we will always remember that they do not replace actively fighting the sinful idols of our hearts and building spiritual muscles through regular times in the Word and in humble prayer.   Let’s not let our spiritual muscles atrophy by depending on human devices other than the Gospel of Jesus Christ and active hatred and fight against sin.

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