Grace in trial

According to Hebrews 12:3-11, trial and affliction are a part of the Christian life. Christ faced them, and every believer experiences them as a ‘sign’ of sonship. Here is a little prayer I wrote while reflecting on this truth early this morning. Lord, thank you for affirming, through my suffering, that I am your son;…

Our persecuted Northern Nigerian brethren

Living in the relatively calm southern part of Nigeria often makes us oblivious to the terrible suffering and persecution faced by fellow Christians just to the north of the country. Hostility, starvation, rape, and forced conversions are the fare of so many. And yet we often do nothing. My friend, Pastor Femi Osunnuyi, recently brought…

Praying in the Name of Christ, by Thomas Boston

For many of us, it is something of a tradition to close our prayers with ‘In Jesus name’. But what really does it mean? And what exactly are we doing when we make our petitions or thanksgiving in the name of Jesus Christ? The post below was a sermon by Thomas Boston (1676-1732), who was…

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Revival

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899 – 1981) was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor who was influential in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement in the 20th century. He was the minister of Westminster Chapel in London for almost 30 years. For more on his life and ministry, please visit http://www.mljtrust.org. *”It seems…

A Call to Prayer, by J.C.Ryle

This is an extract from a sermon by J.C.Ryle (1816 – 1900), a nineteenth-century preacher and Anglican bishop of the city of Liverpool. I ask again whether you pray, because a habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian. All the children of God on earth are alike in this…

In Focus: Syria

        The violence keeps worsening and neither side is giving up. So many lives lost, yet no end to the strife. The crisis in Syria has been on for several months now and the whole world seems unable to resolve it. The United Nations peace efforts have been repeatedly ignored. And the…

In Focus: Bahrain

      Name: Kingdom of Bahrain Area: 691 sq km A group of one larger and 32 smaller barren islands in the Arabian Gulf, between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabian mainland – linked to the latter by a causeway. Population: 807,131    Annual Growth: 2.10% Capital: Manama Urbanites: 88.6% HDI Rank: 39 of 182 (UN…

In Focus: Bahamas

      This popular tourist destination needs a revival. It is surrounded by beauty, but may the youth learn to set their hearts on the One who made all things for us to enjoy. Name: The Commonwealth of the Bahamas Area: 14,000 sq km An archipelago of 700 coral islands between Florida and Cuba….

In Focus: Azerbaijan

      Pray for the establishment of God’s kingdom in this largely Muslim nation. Name: Republic of Azerbaijan Area: 86,600 sq km Caucasian republic on the Caspian Sea, including a 5,632 sq km enclave, Nakhichevan, between Armenia and Iran, and the disputed 4,400 sq km region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Population: 8,933,928 Annual Growth: 1.11% Capital:…

In Focus: Austria

      The land of Mozart, Freud and Drucker, Austria is a beautiful country. There is, however, a deep vacuum in the hearts and lives of the people that the cultural achievements and lovely scenery cannot satisfy. Please pray that God will reveal Himself anew to Austrians. Name: Republic of Austria Area: 83,855 sq…