Thursday, June 22, 2017

Best Friends:
Palestinian Habib - Beloved);
and Danny -  Israeli soldier.

The soldier at the Bethlehem checkpoint opened the back door and crouched close to the wounded man’s head.

“Habib, don’t tell anyone about this.” He pulled a card from his vest pocket. “You have to take my military ID and head straight to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. You and I are about the same size and look similar, so they won’t ask questions. You have to do this.”

Habib grabbed the hand holding the soldier’s identification. “You’ll be dismissed from the IDF and disgraced for doing this, Danny.”

It doesn’t matter. Just go, my friend.

Minutes later, surgeons at Hadassah Hospital believed they were operating on an Israeli soldier who was a victim of an accidental shooting. Only when the real owner of the ID showed up the next morning to visit their patient did details of the story begin to circulate.

Habib’s hatred of Jews was undermined further when, far from disgracing Danny, the Israeli government branded him a hero because of his sacrifice and commitment to peace. And perhaps most troubling of all to his long-standing attitude, the medical staff continued their kindness and humane treatment even when they found out Habib was Palestinian.

Throughout weeks of recovery, one question dominated Habib’s thoughts. Why would God save me from certain death? Surely it was not so he could join a militant group like Hamas and fight to destroy Israel.

The question wandered through his mind as he drifted to sleep one night during his third week in the hospital.When a light flashed from the doorway of his room, he assumed one of the nurses was making her rounds. But then Habib realized the place he lay was not the hospital room in which he had gone to sleep, and the light was coming from a . . . man. Something profound passed between them as the person spoke four words: “I love you, Habib”

Habib awoke to his room at the medical center and knew the man in his dream had been Jesus. Spurred by several recurrences of the same visitation, Habib found a Bible and read the New Testament all the way through the next week.
Now Habib had a new question. How have I missed Jesus all this time? It seemed especially ironic given that he and his newfound Savior were born in the same town.

Today Habib has embraced Christ completely. And Danny?

“Danny is like a brother to me”, says Habib. “I have been threatened because of our friendship, and I finally had to leave the West Bank. All because I am friends with a Jew who saved my life.”

Habib has also joined forces with people quite different from the Hamas combatants who attracted him before his conversion. Part of the reconciliation movement of Jews and Palestinians. Habib now risks his life to bring down walls not made of concrete.

Dreams and Visions - Tom Doyle pp 192,193

Please help us provide Bibles for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon when we go there in a few months. A gift as small as $6.00 can provide one Bible.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Despite the increasing conflict we see intensifying in places like Syria and Egypt, and all over the Middle East, God is at work in a powerful way.

Thousands of Muslims are coming to Christ!

And when a Muslim is seeking to know about Jesus, they come to us in search of a Bible.

A gift of $6.00 or more, will put a Bible in the hands of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon.

A team of us are going to Lebanon in September, and we look forward to distributing 5000 Bibles to those who do not have one, have no access to one, and want one with all their being.

Phil Leng

Saturday, June 17, 2017

After encountering the Bible, I have changed

Ahmed made a decision for Christ the night our team had a baptism!  He encouraged our church the next day with this text, “Up until now, I have been a conservative, stuck-in-the-mud Muslim.  However, after encountering the Bible, I have changed.  The Word of God has deeply affected me, and last night I believed! Praise the Lord for how He has changed my life!”

Please help more Muslims encounter the life changing words from the Bible in Arabic.

Would you please give $6.00 (or more) to buy a Bible to put in the hands of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon?

Thank you

Phil Leng

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I am back!

Here it is 2017.

I am back. The same subject from a different angle.

We are heading to Lebanon to work with the Two million Syrian Refugees who have fled across their nearest border.

What do they need? Everything. There are governments and big NGOs supplying food water and other physical needs.

I am more moved by their longing to have the Bible, the Word of God, in their mother tongue Arabic, in their hands.

If you start following this blog again, you will be reading a lot more about that.

Welcome back!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Whole Lot of Angels

A Whole Lot of Angels

God was up to something.

He was going to send His Son - Jesus Christ - to be born on earth.

It caused quite a stir in heaven!!!

The account includes a whole lot of angels.

Before Jesus was born, an angel appeared to his earthly uncle.

8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

Just before Jesus was born, an angel appeared to Joseph, who would stand in as his earthly father.

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Before Jesus was born, an angel appeared to his earthly mother - Mary.

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Just after Jesus was born, angels appeared outside Bethlehem

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

There are a whole lot of angels in the Christmas story!

Jesus' birth caused quite a stir in heaven!!!