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Responding to Radical Islam

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

 

When I place the headlines of global news alongside of God's Word, I see startling parallels. Within the last 50 years, many have begun to ask, "What is the Biblical significance of today's turbulent events in the Middle East? Is radical Islam a true threat to the Western world?" This week's attacks on a French satirical newspaper office at the hands of three men—all in the name of Allah—have only served to reinforce these questions.

Many leaders in the West display a frightening ignorance about Islam, falling for the propaganda that Islam is a "religion of peace" or that Allah and Yahweh are one and the same. As a ministry, I believe God has called Leading The Way to unmask these myths, to preach Christ and Christ alone, and to shed light on today's events with clear, concise, Biblical answers.

I was raised as an Egyptian Christian in a Muslim culture. I have seen firsthand how Muslims struggle to earn Allah's mercy, yet they have no promise of salvation, no peace, no assurance that they have done enough. My heart breaks for Muslims living under the curse of spiritual uncertainty and fear.

Yet today, many Muslim hearts are open to the Gospel as never before. We recently heard from a young former Muslim named Abd, who was raised to fear Allah as a harsh judge. One day, Abd found our Christian programs on THE KINGDOM SAT, our 24/7 satellite TV channel. He was amazed that all of his spiritual questions were answered on these programs. Every show had a common theme: the forgiving love of Jesus. Abd prayed and received Jesus as Lord and Savior, and he now prays daily for this ministry.

Abd's testimony is one of the many stories we hear of Muslims coming to Christ through the ministry of Leading The Way. We are uniquely positioned to reach the Muslim world around the clock, both over the airwaves and on the ground. In addition to broadcasting the Gospel there, our follow-up teams are staffed by committed believers with Muslim backgrounds who know how to relate to Muslim people.

I believe the spreading wildfire of Islamic ideology is one of the greatest challenges of our time. That's why I wrote my most recent book, Jesus, Jihad and Peace—to confront the core beliefs and motivations of Islam and to share how God has called Christians to respond.

This month, I want to offer you a copy of Jesus, Jihad, and Peace for your gift of any amount to Leading The Way*. The book does not release until February 17, but we want to make this special pre-order offer available to you this month. Your generous gift to Leading The Way will help us proclaim uncompromising Biblical Truth here in the Western world and reach many more Muslims around the world like Abd with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Now is the time for all believers to declare to a warring world that Jesus is the only way to peace. I hope you will join me in sharing this message with the world.

In Christ,

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Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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P.S. When you pre-order Jesus, Jihad and Peace, be sure to provide us with your email to receive a free digital download package including a downloadable chapter excerpt from the book, an audio download of my newest teaching series, and a PDF of the Insights into Islam guide. Don’t forget—your copy of Jesus, Jihad and Peace will ship the week of February 16.

*Note: Gift of any amount offer available in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. only.

January Notes from Our Inbox

Each month, we hear joyful reports of how the Lordhas moved in the lives of our listeners, viewers, and readers through the Gospel teaching of Leading The Way. As you read their stories, we hope these testimonies will guide you in your prayers for Leading The Way and fill you with faith in God’s mighty power.

Mauritania:

“I have received the Lord as my savior and I am experiencing a joy that I never had before. I need help in learning how to practice prayers. All the people around me are Muslims. I went to the church in my city but I could not understand the language. Please help me know more.”

Indonesia:

“Please pray for me so that Jesus will forgive all my sins. I confess that I have done a lot of things that displeased His heart. Please pray that I will return to His ways, because I am easily tempted. May God give me strength and forgive my sins. Amen.”

Canada:

“For months, I have been watching the rich sermons that opened my mind more and deepened my understanding of the Word of God. Wonderful! May our God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ bless all who work in this blessed ministry that truly leads and feeds the sheep of the Lord.”

Albania:

“I’m a young Christian and I’m amazed by Dr. Youssef’s teachings. I have heard the program on the radio and now I’m listening on the Navigator I got as a gift from the radio station. I’m so thankful to God for all the lessons I’m learning. Everything is so new to me. Thank you for your ministry.”

United States:

“I just watched Leading The Way as Dr. Youssef started a new series called To Know Jesus Is to Love Him. I’m deaf so I use closed captioning and I’m so grateful for that. As Dr. Youssef presented the beginning of this series, it just totally consumed me! It brought me to tears. It’s beautiful and I can’t wait until next Sunday to continue this series. Even though I can’t hear, I see and feel the deep passion Dr. Youssef has as he delivers these powerful messages. I look forward to Sunday evenings to watch and learn as I continue on my spiritual journey. Thank you for helping me along the way!”

Pakistan:

From one of our TV partners in Pakistan: “One of our viewers told us that he was so fed up with his life and wanted to commit suicide because all sorts of evil thoughts and plans occupied his brain. But when he listened to Dr. Michael’s message, his life changed and he is now leading a happy life. Praise the Lord.” 

Last Chance to Give in 2014

 

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

As we are in the final hours of 2014, I want to ask you to consider making a generous year-end gift to Leading The Way. If given by tomorrow, December 31st, it will be tax-deductible and will still qualify for the amazing $500,000 Gift Challenge opportunity that God has given us this month.

All Gift Challenge funds will go toward our three key areas of ministry: growing a global broadcasting network that shares the life-affirming Truth of Jesus Christ with those who need it most; providing personal follow-up and discipleship to new Christians; and helping the persecuted with their most urgent needs as they risk their lives to follow Christ.

If you haven't already, I hope you will join with me in this vital work and help Leading The Way finish the year strong.

At Leading The Way, we're uniquely positioned to minister God's Truth in hard-to-reach places. You are too. Together, we can be the hands and feet of Christ to the lost and to Christians in need of spiritual hope and practical help.

I am so grateful that you choose to invest in God's work through Leading The Way. Thank you for your faithful partnership in helping us to advance His Kingdom around the world.

May you and your family have a blessed New Year.

In Christ,

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Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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P.S. Please note that gifts sent through the mail must be postmarked by December 31st, 2014, to qualify for the Gift Challenge.

Experience Israel with Dr. Michael Youssef

2015 Holy Land Tour | June 4-13, 2015

Have you ever wanted to walk where Jesus walked or pray where Jesus prayed? From the birth of our Lord to His glorious resurrection, many of the world's most significant historical events point to one place: Israel.

This June, Dr. Youssef invites you to join him on an unforgettable journey through Israel from June 4-13, 2015, with an optional extended tour to Jordan.

On the 2015 Holy Land Tour, Scripture will come to life as you walk through significant Biblical sites like the Mount of Olives - the place where the Lord Jesus taught His disciples, prayed for Jerusalem, and ascended into heaven - and enjoy enriching teachings by Dr. Youssef at select locations.

Whether you're reflecting on the prayers of Christ at the Garden of Gethsemane or celebrating His victory at the Garden Tomb, your experiences on the 2015 Holy Land Tour will take your faith in Christ to a whole new level.

Engage with God's Word, walk through history, and allow God to challenge the boundaries of your faith on Dr. Michael Youssef's 2015 Holy Land Tour.

To learn more, visit LTW.org/Tours for full itinerary, pricing, and registration details - and be sure to sign up before February 19 to secure the best rates for the trip. You won't want to miss this trip of a lifetime.

Share the Gift of the Gospel This Christmas

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the region where our Savior was born—the Middle East—has exploded in violence. In 2014, the Islamic State (ISIS) shocked the world, conquering much of Iraq and Syria while committing horrifying atrocities. In Israel, where angels once proclaimed “peace on earth, good will toward men,” the peace is shattered by ongoing conflict.

Yet the Good News is going out across this troubled region. We recently heard from Muhammad, who was flipping through the channels on his satellite TV when our KINGDOM SAT channel caught his eye. Day after day, he watched Christian programs in Arabic. Soon he wanted his wife and children to know Jesus, so he invited them to watch with him, and they all received Christ.

Muhammad contacted our follow-up team, who met with him and helped him find a church where his family could be baptized. Despite the risks of witnessing in a Muslim culture, Muhammad is so passionate about His faith in Jesus that he cannot stop sharing the Good News with everyone he knows. He found Christ thanks to your support of Leading The Way.

There is good news coming out of the Middle East because the Good News is going into the Middle East. The Gospel is the only force powerful enough to oppose Islamic expansionism. I love the Muslim people, and I want them to know the fullness of life that comes from a personal relationship with Christ. That’s why, in addition to broadcasting to more than 190 countries, we are specifically saturating the Middle East, North Africa, and Arabic-speaking populations in America with the Good News.

This month, generous ministry partners have committed $500,000 to Leading The Way—and they are challenging you to match their gifts in our December Gift Challenge. There’s no greater gift you can give at Christmastime than the Gospel—and that’s why I’m excited to share this special giving opportunity with you. With your participation, their $500,000 can become $1 million for the advancement of God’s Kingdom into places like Iraq, Syria, and beyond.

With all the bad news we hear today, you’ve probably wondered, “Can one person make a difference?” Yet there’s never been another time in history when one person could reach so many for Christ. Your faithful support enables Leading The Way to reach thousands more like Muhammad in the world’s most critical hotspots.

God has done amazing things in 2014. I can’t wait to see what He will do in the year ahead as a result of your partnership!

Your fellow worker for Christ,

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

P.S. Please remember that gifts of stock are a tax-efficient way to give to the ministry, as you will receive a full market value tax deduction and forego the capital gains tax. You must transfer shares from your brokerage account to Leading The Way’s brokerage account by December 31st to secure your deduction for 2014. To take advantage of this opportunity, please call 1.800.538.7677 or visit the Strategic Gift Planning page at LTW.org.

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