Love God, Love People
|Matthew 22 (NKJV™)|
|1||And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:|
|2||"The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,|
|3||"and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.|
|4||"Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding."'|
|5||"But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.|
|6||"And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.|
|7||"But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.|
|8||"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.|
|9||'Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.'|
|10||"So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.|
|11||"But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.|
|12||"So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.|
|13||"Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'|
|14||"For many are called, but few are chosen."|
|15||Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.|
|16||And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.|
|17||"Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"|
|18||But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?|
|19||"Show Me the tax money." So they brought Him a denarius.|
|20||And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?"|
|21||They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."|
|22||When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.|
|23||The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,|
|24||saying: "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.|
|25||"Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother.|
|26||"Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh.|
|27||"Last of all the woman died also.|
|28||"Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her."|
|29||Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.|
|30||"For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.|
|31||"But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,|
|32||'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."|
|33||And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.|
|34||But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.|
|35||Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,|
|36||"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"|
|37||Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'|
|38||"This is the first and great commandment.|
|39||"And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'|
|40||"On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."|
|41||While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,|
|42||saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, "The Son of David."|
|43||He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying:|
|44||'The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"'?|
|45||"If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son?"|
|46||And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population. Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news.
Calvary Albuquerque is regularly host to special guest speakers. This series includes messages from many great Bible teachers including; Pancho Juarez, Mike Finizio, Don McClure, Bill Welch and others. These messages can be purchased as CDs from our online store, or by calling 1-800-922-1888.
Video: According to research, in order for a culture to maintain itself for more than 25 years, there must be a fertility rate of 2.11 children per family. With anything less the culture will decline. Historically, no culture has ever reversed a 1.9 fertility rate. A rate of 1.3, impossible to reverse because it would take 80 to 100 years to correct itself and there is not economic model that can sustain the culture during that time. In other words, if two sets of parents, each have one child, there are half as many children as parents. If those children have one child, then there are 1/4 as many grandchildren as grandparents. If only a million babies are born in 2006, it's hard to have 2 million adults enter the workforce in 2026.
As the population shrinks, so does the culture. As of 2007, the fertility rate in France was 1.8, England 1.6, Greece 1.3, Germany 1.3, Italy 1.2, Spain 1.1. Across the entire European union of 31 countries the fertility is a mere 1.38. Historical research tells us these numbers are impossible to reverse. In a matter of years, Europe as we know it will cease to exist. Yet the population of Europe is not declining. Why? Immigration. Islamic immigration.
Of all population growth in Europe since 1990, 90% has been Islamic immigration. France, 1.8 children per family. Muslims, 8.1. In Southern France, traditionally one of the most populated church regions in the world, there are now more Mosque than churches. 30% of children ages 20 and younger are Islamic. In the larger cities such as Nice, Marseille, and Paris, that number has grown to 45%. By 2027, one in five Frenchman will be Muslim. In just 39 years, France will be an Islamic republic.
In the last 30 years, the Muslim population of Great Britain rose from 82,000 to 2.5 million, a 30-fold increase. There are over 1,000 Mosque, many of them former churches. In the Netherlands, 50% of all newborns are Muslim and in only 15 years, half of the population of the Netherlands will be Muslim. In Russia, there are over 23 million Muslims, that's one out of five Russians. 40% of the entire Russian army will be Islamic in just a few short years.
Currently in Belgium, 25% of the population and 50% of all newborns are Muslim. The government of Belgium has stated 1/3 of all European children will be born to Muslim families by 2025. Just 17 years away.
The German Government, the first to talk about this publicly, recently released a statement saying, "The fall in the German population can no longer be stopped. Its downward spiral is no longer reversible. It will be a Muslim state by the year 2050." Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya said, "There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquest. We don't need terrorist, we don't need homicide bombers. The 50 plus million Muslims in Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades."
There are currently 52 million Muslims in Europe. The German Government said that number is expected to double in the next 20 years to 104 million. Closer to home, the numbers tell a similar story. Right now, Canada's fertility rate is 1.6. Nearly a full point below what is required to sustain a culture. And Islam is now the fastest growing religion. Between 2001 and 2006, Canada's population increased by 1.6 million, 1.2 of those, immigration. In the United States, the current fertility rate of American citizens is 1.6. With the influx of the Latino nations, the rate increases to 2.11, the bare minimum required to sustain a culture.
In 1970, there were 100,000 Muslims in America. Today, there are over 9 million. The world is changing. It's time to wake up.
Three years ago, a meeting of 24 Islamic Organizations was held in Chicago. The transcripts of that meeting showed in detail their plans to evangelize America through journalism, politics, education and more. They said, "We must prepare ourselves for the reality that in 30 years, there will be 50 million Muslims living in America." The world that we live in is not the world in which our children and grandchildren will live.
The Catholic Church recently reported that Islam has just surpassed their membership numbers. Some studies show that in Islam's current rate of growth, in five to seven years it will be the dominant religion of the world. As believers, we call upon you to join the effort and share the gospel message with the changing world. This is a call to action.
Samy Tanagho:Hello everybody. Thank you. I love how that DVD ended. I have a few copies of that DVD in my table, if you want to pick one. But do you remember how the DVD ended? This is a call to action. And that's why I believe God allowed me to come here to share with you, give you what he gave me. So, together, we can take more action and we can win more Muslims to Christ.
So, the first point that the DVD helped me to communicate is, Muslims are growing very rapidly all over the world, it's about time that the church in America wakes up. Three, we must take action.
Every four persons living in the world today, one of them is a Muslim. Muslim population doubles every 20 years. In America, we have about 20 million Muslims. Now, most of these Muslims don't know what we are talking about.
You Christians say, "Jesus is a son of God." How can God have a son if he does not have a wife? Hello! And you say God loves his son and watch him being murdered? If you are a father and you saw a bunch of criminals killing your child, wouldn't you go rescue him? Don't you love your child? That's what the good loving Heavenly Father would have done if Jesus is his son.
In other ways since they are your children, Muslims are taught a certain way. They are given certain logic, certain reasons to accept Islam and reject Christianity. They were never been introduced to the beauty, the power, the depth of the Christian faith. The logic behind the Christian faith was never been communicated to them effectively because many of us know that communication takes place not only in the words of the speaker but also in the understanding of the listener. I know that very well. I changed my culture from Egyptian -- Middle Eastern culture to American culture. I have a culture shock for five years.
Let me give you an example. I used to be very lonely, so I would to go to church. I see a beautiful American girl worshiping Jesus and then I see her next week and the week after and then I say, "Wow! She's awesome."
I go to her. "My name is Samy Tanagho, nice to meet you." And she looked at me and said, "What's up?" "Up? Nothing. All I want is your parents' phone number." "What for?" "My parents are coming in the summer. I want my parents to call your parents." "Why?" They talk like that in Orange County.
"Because you are beautiful and you love Jesus. Maybe our families can talk with us and maybe we can pray together and think and meet with each other in your home and maybe we can see if it's God's will. I don't know. Maybe we get married." "Married!? It's the first time I saw you." I told her, "No. I saw you last week and the week before. I know you love Jesus, I know. And you are beautiful. I like you. Maybe we can talk. I think it is good." She said, "No. This is weird." "No, I'm not weird. I am normal. I am normal man. I love Jesus. I am good. My parents are good people." And the more I try, the more I'm rejected and they always wonder why. I have a great sense of humor. I look good. I'm so humble.
To me, this is the most honorable way to approach a girl and it's still is. To her, this is the most ridiculous uncool way that any man can approach her. So, I discovered that I get rejected simply because I miscommunicated. And you know something? I believe that God wants us to communicate the Gospel, the most important message in the world, His love and salvation and the most effective understandable way to Muslims.
So, communicating Jesus to Muslims is different than to Atheist. And here comes a commandment, "Love God with all your might. Use your mind in the most possible way." And that was my calling to present Jesus, the Biblical teaching in the most understandable convincing way to educate Muslims.
So, when we give the seed, we give the seed on good grounds or in a heart and the mind that understands. So the seed will produce the fruit. Still, God, the Holy Spirit is going to use the word of God to penetrate the Muslim heart and mind. And the Muslim needs to repent but at least we are giving the seed, we are giving the world of God, the most favorable context and the best chance of being understood and to accept it. And I believe God wants us to do that. God wants us to answer their questions in the most effective way and we penetrate their heart, engage their feelings through using stories and parables. And we not only deal with their objections, actually we love their objections. We use their objections as a stepping stone to the Gospel.
My friend Pastor Brian Nixon wanted me to talk a little bit about some something in my book. So for example, we tell a Muslim, "How about if you saw me one day taking my son in one hand and a knife to butcher him with the other. Wouldn't that even be far worst than just watching him being murdered?" The Muslim will agree. We tell them him, "Well, how can you explain that the prophet Abraham, the father Abraham who Muslims are commanded to follow his faith and to imitate his lifestyle and the Mohammed has commanded to follow the religion and the faith of Abraham. Abraham was one day about to do that. Was he a good father? Was a good prophet? Muslims would tell you, "Of course he was." We tell him, "Well, how can you explain that he was about to butcher his son?"
The Muslim will agree with us that if Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son for God then, he proved that he has sacrificial love for God. And we tell him, "Wow! That is exactly what God wants us to discover from the story of Abraham, his command to Abraham." In Romans 5:8, "God manifested his love of us. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." And then we can go on and on and on. I have a couple of chapters about Abraham. Why God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son not his money or his cattle or his land? Even the commandment doesn't look good. Sacrifice your son?
Well, the Muslim will agree with you that if Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son for God, then he proved that he is willing to give God everything and anything he has because his son is the most precious thing to his heart.
And tell him, "Wow! That is exactly what God wants you to discover from the story of Abraham. His commandment to Abraham mentioned in the Koran and they explained in the Bible." Romans 8:32, "He who did not spare his own son but delivered him up for us all -- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" So now, we are using his objection to build a bridge and to use it as a stepping stone to make a far more effective presentation of Jesus than any normal presentation would have achieved and so forth.
Now, why this is important? It's important because most of the Muslims never heard the message communicated to them, the message of the Gospel effectively. And for so many reasons, of course Satan wants to stop the church from being equipped, to witness effectively to Muslims. Satan wants to stop us from helping Muslims understand God's love and salvation.
Let me give you example. I spoke at Biola University a couple of years ago. One of the speakers was Richard Vera. He's the Director of the Multiethnic Evangelism to the Southern Baptist Convention in California, Ethnic Ministry. He oversees a few states now. He asked me to speak in his conference, I told him, "I can't. I'm already committed to speak someplace else." But I gave him everything God gave me, the books, CDs, DVDs. And I told him, "Well, you do it. You get the job done."
And then he sent me a few e-mails. One of the e-mails, he said something so true. He said, "Most of the Christians who respond to Muslims in either one of two ways. One, they keep a distance from them because they feel inadequate witness to them. They don't know how. Or two, they keep them at arms length out of suspicion, fear, or anger."
Now, I discover that Satan used 9/11 terrorist attack. Satan used the war between Muslims and Americans. Iraq, Afghanistan and the American soldiers are killed and of course all of us pray for our American soldiers and all of us pray for the American Government and Satan used our love and the support to Israel most of the Christians in American. And Satan managed successfully, the deceiver, to penetrate our hearts and mind and put negative feelings and thoughts towards the Muslims. He managed successfully to rob the church. Most of the Christian leaders from the greatest motivation to share Jesus effectively to Muslims which is –- talk to me. Love. Love. Because we always want to share Jesus with somebody that we love or somebody that like me or somebody that admire me and respect me or my friends. But our enemies, they can go to hell. That is exactly what the church has done for example in America. Let me give you evidence.
The church in America, church leaders spend billions of dollars every year on so many things, nice things but they don't spend the 2% of their budget or time to communicate the Gospel effectively to Muslims who never heard it, communicated to them one time in their lifetime. And we are praying passionately that God will change this picture and we'll put it in the heart of Christian leaders to have a desire to equip their people, to witness effectively to Muslim.
You know, I prayed for five year that God will open the door for me to come here. And God answers prayers. And I sent Pastor Skip many letters, many phone calls, many rejections, many more prayers, many more prayers and the doors opened. Nothing is impossible for God. You keep at it. You keep doing what God wants you to do. You keep praying. You keep trying to serve God the way he called you to serve him and God will open the door and God will use you.
Now, let's move on to the second point which is God's heart and mind before we run out of time. So, the first line we have is Genesis 12. God made choice of Abraham and God told Abraham, "I will bless you. And through you, all the families of the earth will be blessed." You know, God is telling us Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque the same thing. God is telling you, "I bless you. I put you in the greatest country in the world, America.
I gave you one of the most awesome pastors in America, Skip Heitzig" I mean this man is a brilliant Christian teacher and with an awesome character and just have the balance and have the personality and you just fall in love with him the first minute you talk with him. And not only you but all the pastors we just love Skip and we love the gift that God gave him the leadership and the teaching and all that.
We are sinful people. We fall sort unfortunately, God forgave all of our sins because of Jesus, His grace and mercy. Life is short, God gave us eternal life. You know how short life is? It can end just like that. Boom! Life is over. Maybe 15 more years, half of us here will be either dead or very old and sick and about to die and the other half, most of them will be old and sick and will die soon, too. This is the good news I came to share with you tonight. You will get sick and die soon. I am serious kind of.
Life is unpredictably short but God gave us eternal life to enjoy his presence here in his Kingdom and glory forever. And God promised to be with us here every minute. And God promised to reward us big time for everything we've done for him. God is saving all of us as He chose Abraham and blessed him so I can use him as a blessing to all of the families of the earth. I chose you, and you, and me, and you, and you, and you. God picked us up and blessed us because he loves you but don't ever forget because he has big plans to use Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque as a blessing to multitudes of families.
You know, one of the secret of the Christian life, the successful one, the happy life is that the more you let God use your life as a blessing, the more he's going to bless you. Why? Because God knows that your ability to be a blessing is very limited and God want to use you. If you cooperate with him, He's going to bless you more so you can be more of a blessing. Why? Because this is His plan.
Now we know from Genesis 17 that God promised Abraham to bless Ishmael. Ishmael is the physical and the spiritual ancestor to the Muslim people. They came from Ishmael. When God gave circumcision to Abraham as the sign of the covenant, Abraham and Ishmael were circumcised together. The Bible record God was with Ishmael as he grew up.
In Genesis 16, God promised Hagar to multiply her descendants exceedingly. Next verse, God himself named Hagar unborn son Ishmael which means God hears. The same verse, God heard Hagar's affliction. Hagar was called Abraham's wife one time in the Bible. Genesis 21, God heard Ishmael crying. It's like God want to tell us, "I want you to hear the cry of Muslims." Do they cry? Oh, do they cry? You've seen what's happening in the Muslim world. That Muslims are killing each other all over the Muslim world. That Muslims are rebelling against their bad Muslim Government. Muslims are demanding human rights. They are discovering that their Muslim leaders are bad leaders. They are discovering that they are in a horrible dysfunctional family and they are looking for good family. They are looking for answers to life's most important questions. And don't forget, most of the Muslim people have a sincere desire to have a good relationship with God and to please God, different than the Westerner people. European, Australian, Canadian, non-Christian Americans, they don't really care much about God but most of the Muslim people they are God conscious people. This is something in their culture, in their blood. The name of God, the thought about God is in their mind all the time. They remind of Cornelius.
You remember Cornelius in the Book of Acts? Men who feared the God -- and actually the Bible record a very interesting statement, "The alms of Cornelius were accepted." Wow! Cornelius was neither Jew nor Born Again Christian but his effort to fest, to pray, to help with the poor.
His effort to live with a good conscious and to please the creator who's accepted by God. God was saying, "I'm impressed." "Peter, go tell him about Jesus." But before God can use Peter, God needed to help Peter overcome his prejudice towards a God-fearing man from a different color of skin and different background, and that's what God is trying to do with the church. Trying to make the church go to Muslims, go to Arabs, communicate Jesus effectively to them, love them like we love the Israelis or the European or the blue eyes and so forth. God is making progress. God is making progress.
You remember in Genesis 21 when Hagar and Ishmael were dying from thirst, God intervened. He told Hagar, "Do not be afraid. I hear Ishmael crying. Lift up Ishmael by the hand. I will make into him a great nation." Wow! And God personally saved their lives. You know, this story proves that Ishmael birth was not just merely, simply a mistake Abraham did. You will agree with me if it were just a mistake, God could have let them died. Just let them die. Please somebody agree. Thank you.
But when God intervened and open Hagar's eyes and she saw a well of water, a miracle, and saved their lives. And He said these gentle words to Hagar. Aha! God proved that he has marvelous plans from the birth of Ishmael and a special love for him.
Isaac 21 -- no, not yet. 1 Chronicles, Chapter 1. A thousand years after Ishmael's death. His name and his first two son's names Kedar and Nebaioth were carefully recorded in the genealogist of the holy text. Isaac 21 tells us that Kedar is the father of the Arab people. So, in 1 Chronicle, Ishmael's first two sons are Kedar and Nebaioth. And Isaac 21, we know that the Arab people came from Kedar.
This is very important, why? Because in Isaac 60, God told us, "All Kedar's flocks will be gathered to God." Wow! "The realms of Nebaioth will serve God." "They will be accepted as offerings on God's altar." This is extremely exciting. You know why? Because they are one of the most significant verses, prophecy in the Bible, you know why? I made my research. I discovered that the time God gave these words to prophet Isaac and told him to say these words, Kedar and Nebaioth already had been dead a thousand years ago. Are you with me? Aha! Clearly, forget about my picture, bring me that verse again. Clearly God was not referring to Kedar and Nebaioth but he was referring to? Talk to me. Their children. Their descendants. Arabs and Muslims will be gathered with their families. They will be saved in the day of harvest.
Let me give you a personal testimony. You know, we've done Ministry to Muslims since we were in Egypt in 1976. But about four years ago, God spoke to me and my wife and told us, "Stop trying to reach Muslims by yourself. You're not going to be able to reach many of them. You need to start a ministry, non-profit ministry, GLAD NEWS FOR MUSLIMS and take this ministry to the churches.
I will open the door and I will give you the message and I want you to do two things. To motivate, equip the believers, witness –- the Muslims gave them what I gave you." But when God spoke to us that day, the first question we had is, "Which Bible verse are we going to put in our letterhead?" As soon as we asked the question, God gave us John 10:16. Jesus said, "I have other sheep that are not of this sheepfold. I must also bring them and they will listen to my voice and there will be one flock, one shepherd."
God wants the church in America to know that multitudes of this sheep are the flocks and the realms of Kedar and Nebaioth. You know, if I have $20,000 right now, I will go into all the Christian radio stations. If I have $100,000, I will go into all the satellite stations in America and Europe and I will share the message that I'm sharing with you tonight.
Next verse is Jeremiah 49. Iranian Muslims will come to Christ. I spend the $7,000 of my financial partners' money to translate my book to Farsi, why? Because God is going to bring the Iranian Muslims to Christ that he's looking for people to take action. Isaac 19:21, God promised to save Muslims in Egypt, my country, about 60 to 65 million Muslims. Isaac 19:25, God said, "Blessed be Egypt, my people, your people." That's what God said, "My people" Assyria, the work of my hand. Israel, my inheritance and so Arab people would evangelize. People in heaven will come from all over the world and the Muslims are growing all over the world, that's good. Let them grow. They're going to come to Christ and we have prophecies that many Muslims and Arab will come to Christ. The conclusion is multitudes of Muslims will be in heaven. The only question that remains to be answered is who will God use to tell them about Jesus?
Let me give you one more evidence that God is working. You remember the Passion of Christ movie? You remember before the movie was released, a big rumor got out there. The movie is anti-Semitic? Again, it's the Jews. Because they chose that they crucify Jesus. Now, you and I know the reason Jesus was crucified was not the Jews, this is the fulfillment of the prophecies. Jesus came to die to pay the penalty for our sins. All of you know that because you are Wednesday night committed believers.
Usually Sunday morning, I share the Gospel but I don't need to do that with you. If you are not Born Again Christian, I want to give you a free copy of my new book as a gift, The True Love. Now, God used that these rumor that the movie is against the Jews, against the Israelis to do what? To get most of the Muslim leaders very excited about the movie. I'm glad you are laughing. I was jumping in my home. As soon was the movie was released, most of the Muslim leaders bought the movie, put it in their theaters and told their people, "Go watch what the bad Jews have done to the good prophet Jesus." I was jumping. I said, "Yes, go watch what they've done." You're talking about at least 700, 800 million Muslims all over the Muslim world that ran to the theater. I got an e-mail, for example, from one of my good friend, missionary in our countries for 20 years. He told me, "Samy, I could not believe my eyes. I went to seven, eight theaters. I saw thousands of Muslim weeping when they saw Jesus crucified." The talk of the Muslim towns for weeks and months is about whom? You can say, "Jesus" in a church.
The Muslim leaders said, "Enough talk about Jesus. Get the movie out of the theater. Throw it in the garbage." It was too late. They started getting more dreams, more vision, they start thinking about Jesus more. God is preparing the Muslim world. Muslims are emotional people. Our culture, the Middle East culture, the Muslim culture is emotional, different than the Western Culture. So God used the most extreme emotional method, The Passion of Christ to penetrate their heart and make them feel His love and salvation.
Muslims are not like American trained to control their feelings. Nine years ago while working for the County of Orange, a government job. My boss told me, "I'm going to send you to take a good class." I told her, "Thank you. Computer?" She said, "No. The class title is, 'How you control your feelings.'" I thought she was kidding. I told her, "Why? What's wrong with my feelings? I am normal. Do you see me screaming or raising my voice?" She said, "No, you are okay." I told her, "So, why are you giving me? I want to take computer to be smart like Americans." She said, "No, you're going to take that class." I told her, "Why?" She said, "You express your feelings so much." I told her, "I thought this is good in communication." She said, "No, actually no. You came here to do a job, office work. We are not interested of knowing how you feel about many things." I cried. I cried for a few days when she told me that.
Americans are very good in controlling their feelings. I used to work as a waiter in a company from Denver, it's called Le Peep, and I was doing a great job and one day I ate with my boss and he was a Christian. And next day, he told me "Samy." I told him, "What, John?" He said, "We decided to let you go." I told him, "Thank you. Where are you sending me?" And then I discovered that he was firing me and he did not tell my why. I had a hard time for two months and then I went back, I told him, "Why did you fire me? We just ate together at lunch yesterday and you're firing me the next day. Why?" And I told him I was doing a good job. He said, "It's not that. You talk about Jesus with the waitresses and they did not like you. They did not like to work with you. They did not like to talk with each other around you and we discovered that you are not in harmony with the team, we decided to let you go but please do not take that personally." Don't feel sorry about me.
A few months later, God got me a job in the government. You never lose when you lose for Jesus. You lose only temporary. This is my experience. And the company closed and they went back to Denver. Now, what's my point? My point is Muslims are emotional so God used emotional method. Good news is, God already started to bring Muslims to Christ. Start fulfilling the prophecies. How do I know that? I know that from my ministry.
I can give you a few example, I998 before 9/11 I spoke at Horizon School of Evangelism. A Muslim women came and the pastor, Chris Olson – I spoke for eight hours. Pastor Chris Olson, he's still on the staff there was Mike Maclntosh. Horizon Church sent me a letter. He said, "Thank you for speaking for eight hours and answering the Muslim questions." She came to Christ, the Muslim lady that came to the seminar, came to Christ.
Here is Antioch Calvary Chapel in Philadelphia. After I spoke, I got an e-mail from the Senior Pastor, Arron -- He's still the Senior Pastor. He said also, it was amazing to find out with that Leo(ph). One of the members of our worship team actually gave his life to Christ and God saved out of Islam five years ago literally after reading a copy of your book. Also the same day you came to share, a Muslim man by the name of Arron gave his life to the Lord after hearing you speak as well, Antioch Calvary Chapel.
After -– wait a minute. We don't have much time. I have so much to share with you. But thank you. Obviously, it is not the one minute I spoke about Jesus. Obviously God was preparing him. Calvary Chapel Ridgecrest in California. I got an e-mail from the secretary, Andrea. She is still working there in Calvary Chapel Ridgecrest. She said, "In 2001, my parents bought a truck from a Muslim sales man. They gave him a copy of your book. He sent us an e-mail a week later. He said, 'I read the book. I believe in Jesus.'"
Calvary Chapel Chattanooga. I spoke there and after the second service. Same day, a Muslim woman from Libya was visiting the church. Somebody invited her and she went crying at the front after the second service. She grabbed the Senior Pastor, Pastor Frank. I just saw him in the Pastor's Conference the past couple of days. And she grabbed the Mission Pastor, Pastor Eric, and she told him, "I can't believe what I heard. God really loves me. Jesus really died on the cross for my sins. I need to surrender my life to Jesus right now. You pray for me. You are the Senior Pastor. You are the Mission Pastor. They told me. Pray with me." She became Born Again and she attends the Sunday Night Seminar. Calvary Chapel Chattanooga. Call Pastor Frank or Pastor Eric.
Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. One of the pastors, John Chubik, he was a missionary overseas. We sent the book to as many countries as we can. Thank God for the financial partner. And he sent me an e-mail and he said, "We gave your book to a very dedicated Iraqi Muslim lawyer. Here read the book, he came to Christ." You can call John Chubik. As a layer, I'm just giving you evidence that Muslims are coming to Christ. And I am glad God gave me this evidence.
Calvary Chapel Corona, another e-mail. Jack Hibbs, the church has a few thousand members at Calvary Chapel. I got an e-mail from Jaquery a missionary supported by the church and he told me, "I know Daniel wanted you to know how your book is being used in Morocco. We send the book to Morocco." That's a letter from Chuck Smith
That's a letter from the California Southern Baptist Convention Director, Randy McWhorter. He told me, "You spoke in my church. Two Muslims came to Christ." I got an e-mail that's a letter from a ministry. He told to me, "I was able to send them one Arabic Glad News to share with the MBB, Muslim Background Believers in North Africa. This was a good encouragement to the worker in that area. Our MBB contact e-mailed us a month the letter saying that this one book had traveled the nation and two Muslims had accepted Christ as Lord and savior." Now, they are requesting 500 copies.
This is Calvary Chapel Corona, Calvary Chapel Louise evesbook, I can keep you the whole day by reading testimonies to you of Muslims coming to Christ. Actually, Brent, if we can listen to my pastor testimony that will be great. Pastor Chuck Smith.
Male: I have a coworker, I can consider somewhat of a friend who was Muslim and we talk here and there. I'm not as knowledgeable as I should be about the Bible and I would love to be more knowledgeable to try to help him because I'm concerned. But it's hard to answer some of his questions concerning the Old Testament and the New Testament. And I would love to know what to do and what kind of format to go through whether giving him a book. I have given him a Bible so I just hope -- hopefully he still has that in his house.
Male: Okay. We do have a fellow here in our church who is an Egyptian and he probably knows more about the Muslim faith and what they know.
Samy Tanagho:That's me.
Male: He is very, very versed in the Muslim religion and he has written a book titled "God Loves You My Muslim Friend". And many Muslims have been converted after reading this book. So I would suggest that if you want to give your friend something that would really help him because it takes the Muslim beliefs in it sort of takes the Bible and sort of shows comparisons and so forth. And I would highly recommend that you give him this book by Samy Tanagho and God Loves You My Muslim Friend.
Samy Tanagho:What does that proves to you? It proves to you that there is a huge number of Muslims out there that are thirsty people drinking from salt water. They don't really believe in Islam. They know Islam does not work. They know the problems. They know that they are living in a leaky roof house. They know the problems of Islam. However, they say living in a leaky roof house is better than living in the street. We don't understand Christianity either. We don't understand the trinity. We don't know if there are answers to our questions and we don't know if the Christian family is going to welcome us as brothers and sisters of not. Maybe they only love Israel. Maybe they don't love us. They don't know because there is war also between Muslims and non-Muslims. So Satan is working the widen the gap of separation between Muslims and the Americans and to stop the giant the most powerful church in America to communicate God's love to manifest God's love and communicate Jesus effectively to Muslims. See there is working, you better believe it.
I get attacked almost every week, I'll be happy when I go to heaven. My wife tells me, "This ministry brought us a lot of like that." Anyway, let me go back to the PowerPoint. The good news is, when you communicate the Gospel effectively to Muslims, when you answer their questions, seven says, "No" but three says, "Yes, we take Jesus. We ran to Jesus. We need him."
One of those Muslims is my wife. My wife -- I don't have time to share her testimony but I brought some of her DVD outside, you can pick up a copy even if you don't have money you can pick up a copy.
My wife was born and raised as a Muslim. Majoring in Islamic study, Arabic language in one of the most prestigious Islamic university in Egypt became Born Again. Before they threw her in prison, one of the PhD Muslim professor believed her story. He start talking to Jesus, he got Born Again. In prison she met ex-Muslims and they start praying and singing Christian songs. They attracted the Muslim prisoners and they ask them, "Why are you singing?" The place is filthy. The smell is horrible. The food is awful. And one day they told them, "We read in one of the newspapers, you could be executed. There's nothing to think about. Who are you? Why are you here?"
And they told to them, "Listen, we are doing fine. We are happy. We are fine. We have peace. We enjoy God's presence when we put our faith in Jesus. And if they kill us, God is going to reward us for sacrificing our lives for him. Don't worry about us but you got problems with the government you need talk to Jesus." Many of the woman prisoners started talking to Jesus. Many got Born Again.
And before they do anything bad to them, God used the best government in the world, America to put pressure on the Egyptian government. Threaten to reduce the American aid to Egypt if they don't set them free and they set them free. I want to bring to her next year on a Sunday to share her testimony with everybody.
Now, why God is working and the Muslim world? Because God is love, very simple. God loves the people, all the people including Muslims and he knows that people who do not enjoy his presence are suffering. And because God loves the people, he longed to enter as many people's lives as possible to give them the best life possible on earth. That's why Jesus said, "I came that they may have life and they have it more abundantly."
Now we suffer too as believers in Jesus but we have a lot of help. We have the Holy Spirit to give us peace, joy, hope. We have the word of God. God is going to use all things work out together for our good because we love him. And we have the family of God but people in the world, Muslims when they, suffer they got no help. And God wants to enter their lives to give them the best life possible on earth. And God enjoys spending time in heaven when more people go there. You remember what Jesus in Luke 15, there is a celebration in heaven when one sinner repents. Party time, the angels are dancing. Alleluia, one sinner repented over there, yes! That's what excites heaven and God more than anything else. And actually that's why God came.
God took edition in nature a human nature came in the person of Christ but strip naked, punched, slapped, whipped,. God suffer, why? Because he saw love, who? The world. And you notice the greatest commandment is to "Love God with all your heart, soul and mind." Have you notice what Jesus said about the second greatest commandment, you noticed? You are right, "Love your neighbor as yourself." But Jesus said before that the second the greatest command is, your right, like exactly like the first one. Why exactly like? Why loving God is as important to love our neighbor? They are different. Love my neighbor as I love my self is exactly important as loving God? Yes. Why? Because I can't love God. I can't go to celebrations in heaven. I can't make people benefit from God's suffering without loving my neighbor and helping my neighbor to enter and to worship with God. They are the same.
That's why Jesus said, "This is what the Bible is all about love God and love your neighbor" that's it. And now I have a book for your neighbor, your non-Christian American neighbor. I have a book, "The True Love" and I want each one of you to establish a good relationship with one non-Christian person. Manifest God's love to one non-Christian person. American, Spanish, I don't care. Find a non-Christian person. Manifest God's love to him or her. Pray for hat person and give him this book.
And you don't have to pay for that book. My financial partners pay for that book. I take advantage of this because I never -- I always take money from Americans and give free materials to Muslims. But a couple of months ago God changed my heart and God told me, "Don't discriminate against Americans. They are the one that's supporting you."
So take advantage of it because next time I might change my mind. I just don't like to give Americans free stuff. I want them to pay for Muslim evangelism. However, you can take a free copy and give it to a non-Christian neighbor and invite that person to church. Now Muslims also are our neighbors according to Disneyland, "It's a small world after all," right?
I can't complete my presentation. I have to finish. But before I finish, I want to ask you to pray and think about what kind of action you can take?
My hobby is reading Christian books. C.S. Lewis said, "One of the demons complained to Satan and told them, 'Look at these Christians, thousands of them getting together every week. They think and they study the Bible. They look scary.'" I told him, "No, don't worry about them. As long as we can stop them from picking action, they can be no threat to our kingdom. And the more they study the Bible and the more they sing and the more the feel without taking actions, the less they will be able to feel in the future and to take action in the future. Don't worry about them."
And I want to encourage you to be a Christian who takes action. And I'm going to give you a few actions that I know has been used by God in my ministry to bring Muslims to Christ. I'm going to give it to you and I'm going to tell you what God uses to bring Muslims to Christ but you connect to God and you do what God tells you to do.
The first thing is Muslims come to Christ when people get these materials the book, the CD, the DVD and then be equipped and then give them to Muslims. And by the way, if you want to pay a check, if you want to pay money for the materials, you write the check for Glad News for Muslims, and you write in the memo what did you get? Is that clear? I don't want anybody to take anything without writing in the memo. But I will be in trouble with the accountant. So take whatever you want to take. Pay whatever God put in your heart and write in the memo one Glad News book this DVD, CD and so forth.
Okay, this is one course of action that brings Muslims to Christ. Two, introduce our ministry to more churches and -- why? Because the more believers are equipped, the more Muslims come to Christ. See, I know how Muslims come to Christ. I have a very good idea. At least I know some of them come to Christ. The more churches are equipped, the more Muslims come to Christ. So introduce our ministry to more Muslims.
Three, you have a missionary go to Afghanistan his name is Jerry. If God is blessing you financially and you can support him, support him. Use some of the money is giving you to support missions to Muslims because there are not too many Muslims people that are rich.
You know, I have to keep my government job since I came for 20 some years to be able to support myself. So if God is blessing you financially and above your tiding, you can help Glad News for Muslims and ministry help my ministry or help the missionary mission. Do that. Invest your money. But it has to be above your tiding like extra, some extra money. And instead of spending that money on Starbucks, spend it on getting the Gospel to Muslims. Be smart. Invest your money in a place that will bring you eternal fruits.
There is two way to support my ministry. One way is to make one-time donation to Glad New for Muslims or to fill this form and to become a financial partner.
Now, God gave me the calling, God gave me the education, God gave me the experience, God give me the passion, God gave the evangelistic tools but God also gave me financial partners to enable me to distribute these materials to thousands of Muslims. And now I'm going to share with you a very exciting opportunity Arabic Christian satellite. Brent if you can put that on please it will be good.
Christian Arabic satellite station is operating from California, broadcasting the gospel to couple of hundred million Muslims in the Middle East.
So now I have done one satellite program and this station -- I was in Israel a few weeks ago teaching at Calvary Chapel Bible College and I spoke in seminaries, as I told you and I spent the night in one of the professors in the seminary. And I saw in his house, this is another seminary, I saw in his house three Christian Arabic satellite. So now the idea is raising more support so I and my wife can communicate this information and instead to 10, 15,000 Muslims every year, to communicate to tens of millions of Muslims. I don't know how many watches but I was in Israel and I watched this program. This program that they did went to the Middle East and we got phone calls from Egypt and from many parts in the Middle East.
So now, if we were able to win hundreds of Muslims to Christ maybe thousands through satellite maybe we can win a few millions and that's my prayer. So you pray and you find out what God wants you to do. Maybe you are not gifted speaker. Maybe God did not call you to travel. Maybe God did not to call you to write or to record but maybe God blessed you with a good mind and you know how to make good money. That's great. Keep working and keep making money. And keep giving money to your church. Keep giving money to Jerry. Keep giving money to our ministry. Invest your money and your life whatever talent God give you to get the Gospel out.
Now lastly, we need a center for the ministry. We need a home for the ministry. Do you believe that right now the ministry is based in my home, 904 square feet one bedroom for my family and one bedroom as an office for the ministry? Imagine the 904 square feet is jammed with files, papers, books and we are praying that God will put it in the heart a rich American to donate a house or a building or $200,000. So pray that God will do that, give us center so we can invite volunteers to help us, now that I am full-time, and we can train believers and train ex-Muslims and we can have a storage area. We can have a home. We need a home for the ministry. And if a Muslim came to Christ and doesn't have a place to stay maybe he can stay with us for a few months until he gets his feet on the ground strong.
So you pray what kind of action God what's you to do. Maybe God wants you just to pray. Pray. We need prayer. I need prayer. So whatever God is guiding you to do, do. And now I want to end by a prayer because we are out of time and we just want to thank God for blessing us.
Thank God for blessing America. Thank God for blessing Christians in America. Thank God for blessing Calvary Chapel Albuquerque. Thank God for forgiveness of sins, for Jesus Christ. Thank God for eternal life. Thank God, He is with us everyday no matter what happens He is faithful everyday in every situation. And today God, we want to tell you we love you. Help us God to love you more. Help us to love you with all of our heart, all our soul, all our mind God.
God today we want to tell you help us to love our neighbors non-Christian Americans and to give them the message of your love and salvation. Give them the true love and invite them to church.
Help us to show them how much you love them through our lives God, help us to prove it to them. God, today we want to ask you help us to love our enemies. Help us to love Muslims. Help us to love Arabs. Help us to love Palestinians and help us to tell them how much you love them God. Help us to go to them in action and help them enjoy your love and salvation.
Today God, we believe in you that you bless Calvary Chapel Albuquerque big time not only because you love this church God, but you have big plans, eternal purposes from blessing this church is to use the church as a blessing to multitudes of families including multitudes of Muslims, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.
I want to also give you a chance if you never accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior it's a good time to open your hearts and to invite Jesus to come into your heart and to tell Him, "I believe in you that you died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins."
And you know sitting among us here is my friend Gabriel Strott. He came to visit us. You know Gabriel is a Christian American. He worked with me in this book perhaps hundreds of hours. A few years we prayed, him and a Christian American editor, we prayed and we worked, we labored, we revised the books so many times. He is a Christian American. He is genius in the computer. He could have said, "No, I'm going to live for my self." But he donated his expertise to serve Jesus. And the book now in nine languages and in many parts of the world and winning Muslim to Christ all over the world and God used a simple Christian American, a single dad like Gabriel Strott.
So I wrote in the book that I acknowledge all the Christian Americans that helped our ministry and I placed his name and your name can be placed in heaven that God used you -- I don't know how whatever God is guiding -- that God used you to get the Gospel to so many Muslims. But I want to again say, if you never received Jesus in your heart, let's pray for a seconds for those who are watching us.
Jesus thank your for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Want to invite you to come into my heart, come into my life. I believe that you are my savior and my Lord, help me to walk with God everyday. Amen.