Wave after wave of violence has threatened to extinguish the light of Christ in Iraq as the country has been vacated of over two thirds of its Christian population since the early 2000s. And yet, at least one pastor and his congregation can be highlighted as having stood firm in the face of the temptation to flee and chosen to shine as bright lights in the impending darkness.
After two weeks of mass demonstrations, road closures and a resigned Prime Minister, the fate of Lebanon hangs in the balance as the country faces the unknown.
In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus teaches us to ask God for our daily bread. And yet when He is tested during His time in the desert, it is bread that Jesus refuses, stating that “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
When we consider the second statement of our Lord’s Prayer, we may ask, “How does God establish His Kingdom on earth?” He is the omnipotent, self-sufficient Lord of Hosts, and yet He wills to use ordinary, finite people so that the name of our Lord Jesus is glorified in us.