Bibles for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Arab Luth.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.. 55: 10-11

Brothers and sisters in Lebanon are giving out Bibles to Syrian refugees. 350 copies were distributed last quarter. Salam is raising $ 1000 for the next quarter. 500 copies are needed. A copy costs $ 2. Please send any donations (tax-deductible) payable to Salam Christian Fellowship (21W500Butterfield Rd., Lombard, IL 60148) or to Lutheran Church Charities at 333 W. Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101

Note that Gulf states are distributing copies of the Quran to Syrian refugees with a lot of provisions and cash.

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Please prayerfully donate generously in order to spread the Word of God to a much un-reached frontier. For more info on what Gulf states are doing, see the link below:
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=359408

Our Shame On The Cross

Friends in Christ,
Converts from Islam go through a painstaking, and may be endless state of shame in their communities. I was meditating this morning on how Christ took our shame when I came across this wonderful sermon by Rev. Terry Cripe. If you have some more comforting thoughts, please share them:
“The Old Rugged Cross, describes the cross as “the emblem of suffering and shame.” I can’t tell you how many sermons I’ve heard about the suffering of Christ on our behalf. But I don’t know that I’ve heard any sermons on the shame that Christ endured for all people, and its implication for us.
You can blame part of that omission on most artists and some sculptors. Understandably, they don’t like to picture Christ naked. It is embarrassing. Shameful. Yet think how much more shameful it was for Him! He was not only stricken, smitten, and afflicted. He was stripped naked, too. Hands that instinctively try to cover nakedness are restrained by nails. The second Adam is stripped of the last vestiges of human dignity. And not just naked, but naked in front of people who know him. Forced to perform bodily functions in public that are normally done in private.
Why is it important to proclaim a Christ who suffered shame for us? Because we have devised a whole host of ways to alleviate the shame that is rightfully associated with our sinful state. Shame is uncomfortable. We don’t like to see other people suffer shameful situations, especially if they are close family or friends. So the shame of bearing a child outside of marriage has been alleviated. (Eons ago, a high school classmate of mine less than three months pregnant had to leave school during the final week of class. She was not allowed to march in the graduation exercise, and was deprived of her college scholarships.) We lessen the shame of gluttony by assuring people that their overweight condition is a matter of genetics and so beyond their control. (Oprah has announced that she is “comfortable” with her current body weight.) Alcoholism is only a sickness. Homosexuality is simply an alternative lifestyle. Divorce is a casualty experienced by over a third of married couples, so that can hardly be worthy of a raised eyebrow. Gossip is a minor character flaw. Uncontrollable tantrums are to be solved by anger management classes. Girls make pornographic films simply to finance their college tuition.
Now the point is that everyone who should feel shame at these things is grateful for how society has tried to remove shame associated with them by viewing these things simply a part of life. Well, they are half right. These acts or conditions are a part of life – the life we’ve been stuck with since our first parents tried to alleviate their shame at seeing themselves naked. But society offers the wrong answer to shame by making light of it or by trying to lessen it. Our ways are no more successful than Adam and Eve’s attempt to resolve shame by sewing fig leaves for themselves. We have a God who identified with our shame by enduring it for us. To make light of our shame makes light of his. Not to take our shame seriously forces us to discount his as well.
So, brother pastors, can you proclaim the better way that shame has been dealt with? Can you proclaim in Christ a release from shame that is truly liberating? Not to do so would, in my opinion, be a shame.” AMENshame cross

From the Muslim Brotherhood to a Christ Follower

Come hear the story of Jesus Christ in my life at Faith Lutheran Church at 1124 Westchester Blvd, Westchester, IL 60154, 7 pm this Friday.

Isaiah 55:10-11
English Standard Version (ESV)
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout, (B)giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty,but (C)it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

In the 1980s, when I was in college, I heard the Word of God from the mouth of a secular professor, and Jesus transformed my life from a member of the Muslim Brotherhood to an evangelist, and used me to plant Salam Christian Fellowship and a student ministry in Chicagoland.arab Luth.

“What is Islam?” Course Schedule, Wednesdays Morning at 9: 30 AM- 11 AM at Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville, IL and at 7 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Elgin, IL

Biographical Notes on Rev. Hicham Chehab:

Rev. Chehab is a native of Lebanon, born into a Muslim family. Through our Lord’s sovereign grace, Rev. Chehab was brought out of

the Muslim Brotherhood into a relationship with the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Chehab earned a Masters degree on the history of Islam from the American University of Beirut, and wrote a Ph. D dissertaion on the early sources of Islam. Chehab worked in Lebanon as a journalist specialized on international issues, Middle East affairs, and adjunct professor of history at the American University of Beirut (2002), as well as Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI, 2008. Chehab shares the love of Christ with people from the Middle East through his work at Salam Christian Fellowship in the Midwest.

Course Description:

With the tragic events of 9/11, America awoke to find itself

engaged in a new kind of war following the collapse of the Soviet Union. While the

previous threat had come from a well-defined enemy, this time, the challenge to

America is an elusive foe at their doorsteps or inside their communities. It is a foe that

hides under the cloak of the second largest religion in the world: Islam. Reactions to

this challenge have ranged between confusion to political correctness.

How do we respond to this new challenge? There are two organized groups among

Islam who have clear-cut agendas. The first Islamic group strives to destroy the

American way of life by employing terror. The second group endeavors to transform the

social fabric of today’s America through converting people to Islam as well as political

and social activism, with the long-range objective to Islamicize the West. There is a third group, which is the largest: Muslims who come to the West dreaming of a better life. What-is-Islam-design_logofeature_Islam_And_West As followers of Christ, how do we respond to these challenges?

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand realistically the exact nature of the challenge to American.

2. Have a grasp of the core tenants that drive the passions the Islamic faith.

3. Learn to act in the manner of Jesus with those of the Islamic faith with whom we

work and live near.

Schedule and Topics:

The root causes behind the attacks of September 11: Viewing of the documentary “The Road to 911,” with comments and analysis.

First Session (Yorkville): Hicham Chehab; from the Muslim Brotherhood to a Christ Follower. \

Salam Christian Fellowship;  A Mission to Muslims.  How Salam was planted in

Chicagoland.

Session 2 : “The Life of Muhammad, His Successors, and the Legacy of Jihad”

Session 3 : “Qur’an and Hadith (Mohammad’s Sayings)”

Session 4 :“Islamic Diversity: Sunni and Shi’a Islam, Sufism, Wahhabism, the Muslim

Brotherhood, Splinter Groups, Al Qaeda”

Session 5: “Cultural Barriers between Christians and Muslims, Women in Islam”

Session 6 : “Theological Barriers and Islamic Spirituality”

Session 7 : “Approaches to Muslims”

Session 8:  The Road to 9/11 a viewing of a documentary with comments

 

Coming to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Elgin, IL The Road to 9/11

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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 7 p.m.

This one-hour documentary traces the historical roots of the current conflict

between the West and the Muslim world.

Americans have wondered how their nation had become such an anathema in the Muslim

world. What fostered the rise of Islamic extremism? What do the radicals want? Why are

the jihadists so angry with the West?

Rev. Hicham Chehab will answer questions and lead a discussion following the viewing.

Hicham, once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a journalist of Middle East affairs, and professorof history, before his dramatic conversion to Christ and now a Lutheran

missionary pastor, will help us understand the Middle Eastern world view.

bring your neighbors and friends. Supper will

be served at 6 pm.