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Christian Living in a Muslim Home? - Tim Conway

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    So here's the last one.
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    Last question.
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    Now this question could easily involve
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    a young man,
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    but it does happen to involve a young lady
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    and I actually think you'll see
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    by the nature of this question,
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    I really believe that this situation
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    probably impacts young ladies
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    in a tougher sense,
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    in a harder sense,
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    in a more difficult sense
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    than it does young men.
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    And you'll probably see why as I give it.
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    She doesn't even give her name.
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    She just comes across with this:
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    "God's girl."
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    She says, "Dear Pastor Tim,
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    I'm a 21 year old girl
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    who used to be a Muslim.
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    God had mercy on me
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    and opened my heart to His truth.
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    I currently live with my parents
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    who are strict Muslims.
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    I have no way to fellowship
    with other believers
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    since I have to practice
    my faith in secret.
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    I know that the Lord had geared me
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    towards biblical teaching
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    during the past few years..."
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    And I'm imagining that
    came over the Internet.
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    "...My heart's desire is
    to be able to move out
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    and not hold back as a Christian.
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    I hold back due to the strict
    environment I live in.
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    It is an extreme taboo
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    and I'm looked at as an evil person
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    by my parents for even questioning Islam.
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    I've tried to tell them,
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    but I was threatened with being disowned.
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    I just don't know what to do.
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    I get aggravated, because when they
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    talk about Islam,
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    they debase Christians and Christianity.
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    I feel angry a lot
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    because of their religion
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    and that they pressure me to practice it.
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    I resent their authority
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    because they pressure
    me to practice Islam.
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    Is my resentment unbiblical?
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    Should I act differently?
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    Thanks."
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    Tim: Look, you know one thing I realize,
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    when James puts stuff on I'll Be Honest,
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    I don't know - this girl
    doesn't say where she is,
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    but I know this,
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    I suspect that people in Muslim countries
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    that understand English are coming across
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    some of these.
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    And so I'll speak to those
    Muslim young people
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    that may be in Saudi Arabia.
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    They may be in places like Pakistan
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    or Indonesia or Turkey.
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    Many places.
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    Many Muslim countries.
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    Iran.
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    What do we say?
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    This girl's 21.
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    If she was in this country,
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    obviously, that scenario
    might look different
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    than if she was in Saudi Arabia, right?
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    I mean, I think this question
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    that she's asking -
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    I think just the scenario -
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    it's different if you're a boy
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    than if you're a girl.
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    I can tell you this,
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    boys are typically more high esteemed
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    in those countries than girls.
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    They'll tolerate more in boys
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    than they'll tolerate in girls.
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    Age has a lot to do with it.
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    Obviously, she's 21, but
    if you're 10 years old,
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    that's a different scenario, right?
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    The country you're in -
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    so the gender, the age,
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    the country,
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    obviously, the strictness of the parents,
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    if somebody is genuinely converted
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    in these families, all those factors
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    are going to come into play.
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    To simply give a blanket answer
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    is very difficult, but I would say this:
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    If there is any Muslim young person
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    that is likely to be disowned
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    and thrown out of a Muslim family
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    in the United States of America,
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    contact us.
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    We will see to it that
    you are given housing;
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    that you are taken care of entirely.
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    We will take care of you.
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    If you'll contact us,
    we will send somebody
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    to get you if that's the case.
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    If you're in Maine,
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    if you're in Washington,
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    if you're in Hawaii -
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    or if you're in another country,
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    and it's possible somehow for us
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    to even get you here,
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    but obviously there's visa issues
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    when that kind of thing takes place.
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    If somebody already had a visa,
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    somebody already had a passport,
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    they were able to get here,
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    we would harbor somebody like that.
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    We would do whatever is in our power
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    to help people.
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    To a young lady like this,
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    even if she's in Saudi Arabia,
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    the truth is this young lady
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    has access to the Internet.
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    In this day, if a young
    Muslim has that access
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    and they understand English
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    like this young lady obviously does,
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    then the sky is almost the limit
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    as far as the teaching you can get.
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    Obviously, that's restrictive as far as
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    meeting with other believers.
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    Brethren, I guess we just have to say this
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    to people like this:
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    There's several principles
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    that young folks in Muslim families
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    need to consider.
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    One is that as a follower of Jesus Christ
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    your commitment needs to be to Him
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    above all else.
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    Matthew 10:21, "Brother will
    deliver brother over to death,
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    a father his child,
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    and children will rise against parents
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    and have them put to death."
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    The truth is -
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    the truth is this:
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    we cannot tell Muslim young people
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    that they will not suffer
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    if they come public to their families
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    as being Christians.
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    We cannot offer you words
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    from our Lord Jesus Christ
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    or anywhere from the Bible
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    that would be words that would lead us
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    to believe that there
    won't be any suffering.
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    In fact, what Jesus said
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    is there is very likely going to be,
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    and in fact, they may
    even put you to death.
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    But I would say on that note
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    exactly what Jesus said.
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    "Blessed are you when others revile you."
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    He said this in Matthew 5:11.
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    "...And persecute you,
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    and utter all kinds of evil against you
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    falsely on My account,"
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    He says, "Rejoice and be glad
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    for your reward is great in Heaven,
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    for so persecuted they the prophets
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    who were before you."
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    And so I would say this,
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    to suffer even at the hands of your family
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    for the namesake of Jesus Christ,
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    He would tell you rejoice
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    and be exceedingly glad,
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    for your name is written in Heaven.
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    And I would say what Paul said.
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    Even though they might martyr you,
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    even though they persecute you
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    for the next ten years,
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    Paul called it momentary light affliction
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    in light of an eternal weight of glory.
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    But I would say this,
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    I would say this as well.
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    If you are a child of God,
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    He knows you.
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    He has promised never
    to leave or forsake you.
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    He promises that He will provide for you.
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    He promises to be with you.
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    He promises to take care of you.
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    He promises that.
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    If your family throws you out,
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    go to Him.
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    He will not abandon you.
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    Even if you were ten years old
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    and your family put you on the streets.
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    I just read last night, I think,
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    in devotions to my children
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    about a young Sicilian man
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    who was Roman Catholic.
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    And in the courtyard of
    his Roman Catholic school,
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    he found a Gospel of John.
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    The teachers were outraged.
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    And they took it.
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    And the priest there in his school
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    burned it in front of all the kids.
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    Well, you know what that did to him.
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    That made him all the more
    wondering what was in it.
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    Well, he came to faith,
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    and his family put him out.
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    And God provided him a cave to live in,
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    and then gave him a job
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    so that he was able to support himself.
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    Listen, isn't that what Hebrews says?
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    Some of them wandered
    about in this world.
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    Some of them lived in caves.
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    There's the true cave man, right?
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    We find it in Hebrews 11.
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    But you know what it says?
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    People of whom the world is not worthy.
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    And you know what Samuel Rutherford said?
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    He said that when they threw him
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    in the Anwoth Prison,
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    they meant to make
    it a living hell to him,
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    and God made it heaven.
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    If God can make a dungeon heaven,
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    if your parents throw
    you out on the street
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    and you have to live in a shack
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    or in a cave,
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    God can make it paradise.
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    And so, trust the Lord.
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    Listen, Jesus said very plainly
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    that we should not deny Him.
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    In Matthew 10, He says,
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    "Whoever denies Me before men,
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    I also will deny before My Father
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    who is in Heaven."
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    I call upon every young person,
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    if you're in a Muslim family,
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    do not deny Christ.
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    Stand for Christ though
    it cost you your life.
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    Do not deny Him.
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    Now, just like the women
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    that we just talked about
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    in the last question who sometimes live
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    before lost husbands,
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    who can win those husbands without a word
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    by their godly conduct,
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    that may be the way you testify to Christ
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    in the midst of a Muslim family.
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    You seek to honor and reverence
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    your father and your mother
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    every way possible
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    without dishonoring Christ.
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    Don't dishonor Christ.
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    Jesus Himself said you need to love Him
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    more than your parents
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    or you're not worthy of Him.
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    But I would seek to honor them
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    and reverence them every way possible
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    that by your holy conduct,
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    show them that Christianity
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    is radically different than Islam.
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    Show them that there is truly
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    a God who transforms sinners.
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    Show them by the joy in your life;
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    the joy in what Christ accomplished
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    for you on the cross.
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    Show by that that Christianity
    has so much more,
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    infinitely more to offer
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    than what Islam has to offer.
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    But don't be ashamed of Him.
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    I guess the other thing
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    that came to my mind
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    is pray.
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    Pray.
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    If you're a child of God,
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    you have His ear.
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    You may seem all alone
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    in the situation you're in,
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    but you're not alone.
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    And I would say pray.
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    Listen, if God did not hold
    back His Son for you,
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    but gave Him up for you,
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    pray.
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    Though you be in Iran;
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    though you be in Saudi Arabia,
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    there are other Christians there.
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    I doubt anybody could possibly,
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    even in a situation like North Korea,
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    very unlikely anybody
    would ever hear these,
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    but you never know with the Internet today
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    and with God all things are possible.
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    But whether it's Vietnam,
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    whether it's North Korea,
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    whatever country we
    might be talking about,
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    there are underground churches there.
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    Pray.
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    Pray.
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    I mean, it is not impossible for God
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    to lead you though you be ten years old
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    in a Muslim country like Saudi Arabia,
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    that God leads you to cross the path
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    of other Christians that are right there
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    in the same city where you live.
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    Even in the same block where you live.
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    So pray.
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    You guys have anything else you'd say
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    to a person like that?
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    Those are the things that came to mind
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    that I would tell somebody
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    if I could get through that camera
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    through the Internet
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    and be able to put words of encouragement
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    in their ears.
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