Here is a guest post informing us of an opportunity to join together as the body to pray. Our guest writer is Matthew Friedman who is one of our newest additions to the Oak Hills faculty.
This year, from about July 20 until August 18, the more than one billion Muslims worldwide will engage in fasting and celebration, both as a challenge of overcoming the flesh as well as a celebration of the Qur’an, their revered scripture, through the month of Ramadan on the Islamic calendar. From dawn until dusk, religious Muslim people abstain from all eating, drinking, smoking and marital relations. In the evenings, however, Muslims often gather with family and friends to break the fast, and for many Muslim people it is the most special time of the year.
For the past 20 years, hundreds of thousands of believers in Jesus around the world have spent the month of Ramadan interceding with God for these Muslim people, crying out to God to reveal himself to them in Jesus. This year will mark the 21st year of the annual publication of the booklet, 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World. Each year a new guide is published with information and pictures of Muslim people groups worldwide and issues for prayer in the Muslim World, coordinating the prayers of these many thousands of believers in many languages. There is also a simplified version of the prayer guide available for children.
Join us this year in prayer and intercession for the glory of God and the name of Jesus among Muslim people: There is much information on the website for the 30 Days guide, and it can now be downloaded in PDF (including the PDF children’s version of the Prayer Guide), Kindle, and HTML formats – all free!
On May 5th, 2012 we celebrated our 2012 graduates of Oak Hills Christian College and Mokahum Ministry Center.
It is an old cliche, but we laughed and we cried. It was a fantastic celebration of God’s work. We even had a guest decide to surrender their life to Christ after being moved and challenged by the speakers and events of the ceremony.
Here is the Ceremony in its entirety. I hope that you enjoy it, and are challenged by it. I would also encourage you to pray for these graduates as they are heading out and taking the next steps in their lives.
Due to copyright regulations we did have to remove the times of corporate worship lead by our OHCC worship team.
If you like books you will like this. Relevant Magazine has their $5 book sale going on right now. 34 great books available for only $5. I browsed through them and three thoughts continually went through my mind:
1) “Ooh, I have that book…it is so good, I should read it again.”
2) “I’ve heard that book is awesome, I should buy it.”
3) “Never heard of it, but that looks like a fantastic book”
There were not many books that didn’t get one of these thoughts. And there a variety of books; from a book on the spiritual journey of U2, to a christian culture survival guide (a hilarious satire), to books about social justice, to relationships, to spiritual growth, and even a collection of Charles Spurgeon sermons. There is something for everyone.
So go check it out, I’d go as far as to say that I guarantee you will come across at least one book that you want, and probably a lot more. “But you don’t have to take my word for it.” (to quote the great champion of reading LeVar Burton) The link at the bottom will bring you to the site.