Happy BD Karen… Throw one back bro..
I’m in Florida on vacation and today we celebrate Karen’s birthday. She’s the woman of my dreams – so this is a day to have a party! If you comment on this blog, please post her a birthday wish below and I’ll pass ’em on to her at the end of the day. We’re having a blast. Vacation is a time when we get to look at the big picture of life and consider what God is doing in the world. Here’s a recent report from the middle east:
“We had the opportunity to
meet with a community of Muslim believers and encourage them as they shared
their testimonies, burdens, and needs. Mustafa,
a Muslim journalist, shared his story with us.
“He had wanted to investigate the
Christians in that country and to report on their involvement in terrorist activity,
according to the religious leaders there.
He started to attend a secret church, learned the Bible, and pretended
to be a Christian. He was even
“However, at the same time he was
betraying the new converts through the news and the secret police. Several months went by and as he studied the
scriptures, he realized that his holy book was not making sense, and the Bible
had the truth.
“So after months of struggling,
confused, he asked God to manifest Himself.
One night the Lord appeared to Mustafa and spoke to him in a dream. Mustafa immediately knew the man in his dream
was Jesus. When he awoke he did not have
any doubts in his heart and gave his life to Jesus. Mustafa went before the church and confessed that
he was the one who betrayed them. The
brothers forgave and restored him.
“Now Mustafa is one of the leaders
in that particular church. We met him
and his wife where he shared his testimony.
We were able to pray with them and encourage them. Mustafa’s family has rejected him, he has
lost his job, but he rejoices in his salvation. It was a privilege to meet
There’s a story that makes you say, “WOW!” But it’s just one of many that we hear. God loves Muslims and wants to see them encounter this Jesus whom they revere as a prophet. He wants them to meet him as a person and to follow him as a Lord. He’ll use any means necessary to break through to those who are persecuting him.
Happy BD Karen… Throw one back bro..
Happy Birthday Karen!!! Enjoy your vacation and have fun celebrating!!!
I think the muslim religion is a perfect set up from God for a major revival!
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Barnes, you are an amazing example to the world of a Proverbs 31 women!! I know best because I have had most your kids for months at a time in my living room! Thanks for the life lived so far, with many more adventures to come!!
Happy Birthday, Karen!! Celebrating you today, and hope it is filled with joy and peace.
Great blog and story.
Seth and Karen, you guys are such an example to me. Karen, thanks for being the loving mother you are… and not just your own children. Blessings on you guys on your vacation.
Happy birthday to Karen!
That is an amazing trend God is good.
happybday mom love lots leah
Hap-pee bearthday, Kareen…..may eet be a bee-u-tea-ful one….maybe with a ben-yeah? Or anee theeng franch….
Anyways, Happy Birthday! 🙂
Happy birthday Karen!!!!
your California buddies
Great blog. After reading Secret Belivers by Brother Andrew (I think), I’d agree with Gary that the Muslim world is being brought to God in ways we don’t even appreciate here. God bless you Karen and have a great birthday and a fantastic next year.
mom, you’re a rockstar in my book. if i could grow up to be just like you – i’d have lived a worthwhile life. i love you!
also – good blog dad.
Seth and Karen, your has changed many lives and I imagine a broad smile on the Jesus’ face bcos of you guys. Thanks to God for giving you to us. You deserve more than a mere happy day today Karen. May God make today a very memorable one for you and yours in Jesus name!!
Happy Birthday Karen!
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