Just before He ascended into Heaven the Lord Jesus gave His disciples a reminder of His "Great Commission" to take the Gospel to the whole world! (Acts 1:8; see also: Matthew 28:18-20) Then an angel told the disciples that Jesus would return the same way He left the earth (Acts 1:9-11). Christians are not supposed to abandon this missions mandate and retire to a mountaintop to wait for His return. Instead, they should "occupy," or "do business" until He returns (Luke 19:13 - in a parable about faithful stewardship).

We are living at the end of the greatest period of missionary activity in history. This was foretold in the message to the Church at Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13). During this time missionaries have followed Jesus' own example of meeting people's needs in order to earn the right to be heard. They have improved the living conditions of people around the world, fed the hungry, built hospitals, and established schools. Then they have given the Gospel, the best of all gifts.

Unfortunately, the spirit of the apostate Church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) is rapidly growing stronger, threatening to merely provide assistance without faithfully giving the life-changing Gospel message that Jesus is God's only provision for salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

Ultimately, there will be representatives in Heaven of "every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9). The Bible says, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). So far, the missionary enterprise has only been the privilege of human disciples of the Lord, but at a certain time during the Tribulation period God will allow angels to finish the work (Revelation 14:6-7).

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Here's What Protestants in 18 Latin American Countries Believe and Practice

Nov. 18, 2014 - Among the findings of an extensive survey by the Pew Foundation, Protestantism is flourishing in Latin America. About one out of three Protestants share their faith with others weekly. About half of them pray daily and attend church weekly. Protestant attendance at church is growing at the expense of the Catholic church.

[Unfortunately, from our point of view], the report also found that:

"Prosperity gospel" theology is widespread in Latin America, but not always the dominant view among Protestants.
The prosperity gospel affirms that “God will grant wealth and good health to believers who have enough faith."

Source: Christianity Today
Sorry, Pope Francis: Protestants Are Converting Catholics Across Latin America - Christianity Today

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Southern Baptist president calls 46,000 churches to “extraordinary prayer” for Great Awakening.

Nov. 13, 2014 - Dr. Ronnie Floyd, The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has issued a call to intense prayer for revival in all Southern Baptist churches, devoting an entire month of messages on the subject in each church and a providing extraordinary prayer gatherings. His message is available as a short free book that can be downloaded directly. He says,
The time is now for us to come together before God in clear agreement, visible union, and in extraordinary prayer for the next Great Awakening, and for the world to be reached for Christ.
Source: Joel Rosenberg
Free Download of the book: Pleading with Southern Baptists To Humbly Come Together Before God in Clear Agreement, Visible Union, and in Extraordinary Prayer for the Next Great Awakening and for the World to Be Reached for Christ.
Ronnie Floyd's Blog

Millions of former Muslims will celebrate Easter this year. Meet one, Hormoz Shariat, the “Billy Graham of Iran.”

Apr. 19, 2014 - In Joel Rosenberg's 2009 non-fiction book, Inside the Revolution, he told of “MBBs,” Muslim Background Believers in Jesus. One example of the movement was Dr. Hormoz Shariat, who in 1979 had been a Shia Muslim shouting “Death to America!” on the streets of Tehran. He later became a Christian, along with his wife, and they started planting churches of Iranian believers. Eventually they founded a satellite TV ministry. Today, there are over one million Iranians who love Jesus Christ, and millions of other former Muslims throughout the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia who are celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Source: Joel Rosenberg - Flashtraffic
The Billy Graham of Iran - Charisma Magazine

Report: Jesus More Popular on China's Twitter Than Chairman Mao

Apr. 9, 2014 - Chinese censors are allowing more Christian terminology to be talked about on Weibo, China's version of Twitter. A study last week revealed:
- "Jesus," received more than 18 million mentions while Chinese President Xi Jinping received 4 million mentions.
- "Bible" receuved 17 million mentions while Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-tung's "The Little Red Book," received fewer than 60,000.
- "Christian congregation" was mentioned more than 41 million times, while "Communist Party" yielded just 5.3 million mentions.
China’s 100,000 censors, evidently continued to ban the term "underground church."
Source: NewsMax

A Little GOOD NEWS Today!

Feb. 10, 2014 - In the midst of too much bad news, today's headlines trended toward encouraging events and stories! It reminds us of Anne Murray's song from the '80's, "A Little Good News."
A Little Good News - Anne Murray - YouTube
For God and Country: Christian Athletes to Watch in Sochi - Christianity Today
Alaskan Evangelicals Converge on Sochi to Spread Gospel During Winter Olympics - Christian Post
Hollywood films a testament to renewed interest in Bible stories - Merideth Somers - Three Bible-based movies set to open in theaters this year - Washington Times
Seriously ... there's hope for Hollywood - Bob Unruh - WND - About Joni Eareckson Tada's Oscar-nominated song “Alone Yet Not Alone”
White House reaffirms Obama support for Kerry peace push - Jerusalem Post
Whoa! Christians get 'encouraging' sign from Obama - WND

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