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From Addiction to Freedom in Christ

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

Bruce Pearson was an addict until God used a Gospel of Matthew booklet and a Leading The Way radio broadcast to change his heart. The transformation in his life is nothing short of a miracle, and I want you to see his story with your own eyes.

Recently our team met with Bruce to hear the testimony of how God grabbed hold of him in the darkest moment of his life. To see the faithfulness of the Lord throughout his testimony is truly incredible. I hope you are moved to praise God for Bruce's life, for one friar's willingness to be used by God to reach him, and for the role Leading The Way plays in reaching people like Bruce every day.

As you see the impact Leading The Way has had in strengthening Bruce in Christ, I hope you will consider giving a gift to help us continue broadcasting the Gospel to millions of people who need the daily nourishment of God's Word. In the darkest of places, in the most isolated of countries, God is using this ministry to lead people out of darkness and into the light of Christ.

Continue to keep us in your prayers and in your giving, so that we may reach many more people like Bruce Pearson.

In Christ,

Signature

Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Leading The Way


Rock Solid Faith: Running to God and Away from Trouble

King David called God his “Rock.” Whenever David found his security, his family, or his reputation under fire, he ran to the cleft of the Rock and found a never-failing source of aid and protection.

In the Bible, a rock symbolizes the invincible, immutable and changeless character of God. Therefore, David did not pray feeble prayers. Even when circumstances seemed out of control, David overcame some of life’s worst situations by making confident requests of God, calmly reasoning with God, and acknowledging he had cause for rejoicing because God would certainly answer his prayers.

What has failed you in your life? When your world collapses before your eyes, do you turn to God, the Rock, or do you wonder how God allowed this to happen to you? David’s proven method of running to God will help you find direction for and protection from the difficulties you are facing right now.

David was a great king and warrior, but in Psalm 28, we meet him when his world is crumbling around him. His subjects have turned on him, his family is at war with him, and his security has melted. We hear him cry out to the Lord from the depths of spiritual, personal, and career failure.

David begins by confidently making his requests of the Lord. His is not the self-confidence promoted by the thought leaders of today. In fact, a humbled David prays, “Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help” (Psalm 28:2).

David understood that God wants to hear from His children before, during, and after times of trouble. He understood that God is just and fair; He will always do the right thing. Instead of praying vaguely and timidly, David calmly reasoned with God, presenting his case against life’s injustices in specific detail (see Psalm 28:4-5). Bold, persistent prayer aligned with the will of God will receive an answer.

David is so confident that God will answer his prayer that he has cause for rejoicing even before he finishes praying. He says:

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped (Psalm 28:5-7).

 

God eventually restored David’s family and his throne, but David thanked him while he was still running for his life.

Have you earnestly called out to God for help? Pray as David did, by confidently bringing your requests before God. Begin now to rejoice because He is your Rock, your unfailing refuge in times of trouble.

Testimonies from Listeners Around the World

Where were you when you first heard Leading The Way? What circumstances were you facing when Dr. Michael Youssef first came on your radio? We are always encouraged by stories of how our listeners and viewers found Leading The Way at just the right time.

Vijay, listener in India

Vijay found no peace fasting, praying, and worshiping the traditional gods and goddesses of his culture. "When I first heard the Word of God on your program, I cannot explain the joy and peace that flooded my heart," Vijay says. "I continued to listen with deep interest, and every episode spoke into my life. Before long, I had surrendered my life to Jesus, and He became the Savior of my soul."

Vijay began to attend church and had the opportunity to publicly testify to his newfound faith in Christ. "Pray that I continue to grow and experience His mercy and grace in my life. It is my prayer that God's divine intervention will touch the lives of my family members."


MaryAnn, listener in Rhode Island, USA

"My life has been changed ever since I first heard you on the radio over a year ago." MaryAnn says. After hearing the program in her car, MaryAnn rushed home to find Leading The Way on the Internet. "I now listen to your messages throughout the week, and I am learning so much from you. Most importantly, I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and I'm growing in my faith every day through His Word."

Berna, listener in Turkey

Berna is a university student in Turkey who comes from a very conservative Muslim family. Berna heard a Leading The Way program while riding in a cab.

"I was so surprised by your program that I forgot to get out of the cab," she says. "After a few days, I remembered your program and searched the radio to find the station again."

After finding the station, Berna became a regular listener and started to study the Bible.

"After three months, I decided to give my life to Christ," Berna says. "I read the Bible in secret. I'm afraid that my family will find out that I have changed my beliefs. Please pray for me."

The Journey of Faith

Many times when we hear the word journey, we imagine time spent along broad vistas with restful pastures. The word even sounds poetic. But in reality, the journey of faith that God requires us to take through this life can lead up steep, emotional mountain grades; out across vast, lonely plains; and, without warning, down into dark valleys, where we face some of our greatest challenges.

Through it all, however, we can have a tremendous sense of hope and determination because our faith is founded in an unshakable God who is not frustrated by the rise and fall of the world’s economy. Nor is He alarmed by daily news reports or changed in any way by the shifting of governmental powers. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is faithful and true, and we can be sure of this: God is just as concerned about your needs as He is about the nations of this world. No request is too small for Him and no problem is too great for Him to solve.

When we are tempted to feel hopeless, He comes to us as our strong and mighty advocate, proclaiming His care and plan for our lives (see 1 John 2:1).

Will You Trust Him with Your Life?

Abraham could have remained in Haran the rest of his life, but he knew that there was something far greater that God had for him. A gnawing sensation deep within his heart pulled him on to something else—something greater than he had ever known. This is when God spoke to Abraham, “Leave your

 

 

 

 

 

country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1-3).

Within the context of these words, Abraham’s life changed. It went from a life on a journey to nowhere, to a life on a journey of faith with an eternal destination.

Travel the road of life through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the One who brings light to our darkness, hope strong enough to shatter our greatest fears, and peace deep enough to calm our anxious hearts.

Obedience Without Hesitation

Abraham did not hesitate to obey the Lord. He packed up everything and headed for the land of Canaan, no questions asked. God had spoken, and Abraham obeyed. Are we willing to do the same and step out obediently without hesitation?

There also will be times when the Lord instructs us to wait, and we must be willing to do just that—be still and wait for Him. Waiting is a form of faithful obedience.

Abraham was not perfect. He panicked and took matters into his own hands as he took his family to Egypt. What made sense from a human viewpoint was folly from God’s viewpoint.

When we feel threatened, many of us do the same thing—we become fearful and run for cover. However, in times of crisis, we must remain steadily focused on Christ—watching and listening for His leading.

Fear always challenges faith. When we divert from God’s plan out of fear, we end up in a foreign land, fighting a foreign enemy with our own resources. Like Abraham, we will make mistakes. We will take a wrong turn and end up in a place other than the one God has for us. However, the journey of faith begins at the Cross where Jesus died for our sins and where we can find eternal forgiveness for our souls. When we stray, the Cross reminds us that we can always turn to the Lord, asking Him to forgive us and to lead us on from that point.

No matter where you are on your journey of faith, look to the Lord for guidance and trust that He will always lead you in paths of righteousness for your ultimate good and His glory.

The Time is Right to Reach Iraq

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

When ISIS took over the major Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Christians were given three options: convert to Islam, pay a penalty to remain in the city, or be killed in accordance with Islamic Law. Seeing no other choice, thousands of families fled as the second largest city in Iraq was claimed for the Islamic State.

Since 1996, Leading The Way has been blanketing the Middle East—including Iraq—with the Gospel. Starting with our very first Arabic-English dual-language broadcasts, which continue to air in the region today, we also proclaim Christ on our 24/7 satellite TV channel, THE KINGDOM SAT, and provide personal follow-up for our viewers in the region. And now, as many of our brothers and sisters face persecution for their faith, we are directly meeting their needs through our Help The Persecuted ministry.

In the past year, as the situation in Iraq has worsened, we have seen an overwhelming response to the broadcasts and personal ministry we provide. In this current crisis, our Help The Persecuted coordinator, Admon—a former Muslim who came to Christ through our broadcasts and personal follow-up—is now helping others as our on-the-ground coordinator in Arbil, Iraq. He has taken over 70 displaced Christians into his home.

Through partnership with him and other local pastors in the area, we have been able to help hundreds of Christian refugee families who have fled the ISIS takeover, providing food, mattresses, blankets, baby formula, hygiene kits, and portable bathrooms. The cases are growing, and we are still responding.

I know you're asking, "What can I do?" Today, I ask you to partner with us in the following ways:

  • Pray with us. Pray that doubting Muslims see the light of Christ. Pray for persecuted Christians and for those who seek to harm them.
  • Give to Leading The Way's work in Iraq. To our brothers and sisters in crisis and to the millions in the region who do not yet know Christ, we are providing an immediate response—over the airwaves and on the ground. If you’d like to support our work in Iraq, please click the link below to give online, and specify IRAQ in the designation line along with your donation.

The time is right to reach Muslims who are disillusioned by the barbarism of ISIS. The time is right to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq. Will you partner with us as we reach them?

The needs are overwhelming, but we know the ultimate answer is Christ. Together, we can continue to shine His light in this region.

 

In Christ,

Signature

Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Leading The Way

 

 

P.S. For the most recent updates about our work in Iraq, you can visit www.LeadingTheWay.org/Iraq for new videos and resources.

 

 

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