Ed Cole Caused the Iraq War...Continued

Two Afghan Christians pray publicly for Afghan neighbor

Here are but just a few examples: Campus Crusade International, working with underground churches in Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan and Tajistan have distributed millions of Jesus Videos in audio form in the 49 languages of Afghanistan and are reaching the 70 people groups of Afghanistan. Gospel for Asia is now blanketing the region with the Good News through radio.

The Power of the Gospel in Iraq & Afghanistan

Iraqi Christian Women in Church

The underground churches in nearby countries are composed primarily of former Muslims and are themselves sending missionaries into these regions. One report shares that "a new survey found that about 5.3 million Iraqis, or about 19 percent of the population, watch the Christian satellite programs." And God is moving powerfully, despite persecution, in Northern Iraq where there is a significant number of Christians.

Iraqi Christian Women Read the Scriptures & Pray

Iraqi Christians celebrate Christmas publicly now

Large populations, not by the hundreds of thousands, but by the millions, are being seeded with the message of the Gospel. And an increasing number of Afghans and Iraqis are coming to Christ. This is the real headline and story of the moment: That God's Spirit is moving through this region in a powerful way and saving lives amidst and despite the various motives of men.

Regardless of whether it was good or bad politics, both the Iraq and Aghanistan Wars, opened the door for millions to hear the Gospel. Men will aim for their goals, but God always has His goals. Edwin Louis Cole didn't directly start the Iraq War, but he played an indirect, yet significant role in world affairs through his obedience; As we all do, for better or for worse. John Donne said: "No man is an island." Of course, we could then blame Ed Cole's mother, because she gave birth to him and prayed for him to come to Christ, and then those who prayed for her growing up and trace an unbroken line of prayer all the way back to Jesus. The truth is, "the" War started in Eden and was won at Calvary. The final spiritual skirmishes continue with each heart choosing whether or not the Jew crucified on a Cross has been raised from the dead and is worthy that we should sit as His feet every day and live for Him every moment.

The world is in chaos because we are fallen; But it is an ordered chaos because the Lord is sovereign. Choose the right side. Choose Him. The weight of the Chief Cornerstone should offend and crush our hard hearts; Then raise us to new life.

"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. Matthew 10:34-36 (The Sword of Truth is Wielded by the Prince of Peace)

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * ...how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***