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Jerusalem Dateline: 7/7/17 Christian Aid Worker Under Fire Saves Young Iraqi

Christian aid worker risks his life under fire to save a young Iraqi girl; plus, India's PM pays historic visit to Israel and Netanyahu visits the largest US aircraft carrier; and author Tom Doyle talks about ‘Christians Standing in the Fire.’ Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON "JERUSALEM

DATELINE," A CHRISTIAN AID

WORKER RISKS HIS LIFE TO

SAVE A YOUNG IRAQI GIRL.

SO I JUST SAID, LORD,

HELP US.

I THOUGHT, IF I DIE, MY

WIFE AND KIDS WILL

UNDERSTAND.

IT IS TO SAVE A LITTLE

GIRL.

Chris: THE INDIAN

PRIME MINISTER PAYS AN

HISTORIC VISIT TO ISRAEL,

AND BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

VISITS AN AIRCRAFT

CARRIER.

> HELLO, AND WELCOME TO

THIS EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

> THREE YEARS AGO, IRAQI

TROOPS HAVE NEARLY TAKEN

THE ENTIRE CITY OF MOSUL.

IN THE MIDST OF THE DEATH

AND DESTRUCTION, A

CHRISTIAN AID WORKER,

INSPIRED BY A VERSE FROM

THE BIBLE, RISKED HIS OWN

LIFE TO SAVE A LITTLE

IRAQI GIRL.

GARY LANE HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: THE BATTLE

TO LIBERATE IRAQ'S SECOND

LARGEST CITY FROM THE

CLUTCHES OF ISIS IS IN THE

FINAL STAGES, BUT THE

GOING IS A BIT SLOW.

THE FEW ISLAMIC STATE

FIGHTERS THAT REMAIN IN

THE CITY ARE USING HUMAN

SHIELDS TO SAVE THEMSELVES

FROM THE OVERWHELMING

MIGHT OF IRAQI AND

COALITION FORCES.

ONE IRAQI COMMANDER SAYS

IT IS IMPORTANT HIS TROOPS

KEEP PEOPLE SAFE.

WE'VE BEEN ADVANCING METER

BY METER TO A AVOID ANY

PROBLEMS WITH THE

PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS.

NOW WE MOVE ONLY 50 TO 100

KILOMETRES A DAY TO

PROTECT THE PEOPLE HERE.

BLOWN UP BY ISIS, THE

GRAND al-NURI MOSQUE IS

IN RUINS.

THE U.S. DEFENSE

DEPARTMENT SAID

APPROXIMATELY 2,000

JIHADISTS REMAINED IN

MOSUL.

MANY HAVE RECENTLY FLED

THE CITY OR HAVE BEEN

KILLED, AND THEIR NUMBERS

NOW DWIN DWINDLED TO JUST A FEW

HUNDREDS.

BUT IT WAS THE AMAZING

RESCUE OF A LITTLE GIRL IN

EARLY JUNE THAT BROUGHT

ONE AMERICAN TO HIS KNEES

IN THANKFUL PRAYER.

IT'S THE VIDEO AND STORY

THAT HAS GONE VIRAL.

PINNED DOWN BY ISIS

GUNFIRE, DAVID EUBANKS

MOVED IN TO SAVE A YOUNG

IRAQI GIRL.

ISIS FIGHTERS HAD KILLED

MORE THAN 70 PEOPLE ON THE

STREET THE PRIOR DAY, AND

SOME WERE STILL ALIVE

AMONG THE DEAD BODIES,

INCLUDING THE GIRL, WHO

WAS CLUTCHING THE BODY OF

HER DEAD MOTHER.

UNDER FIRE, HE SAYS HE RAN

BEHIND A TANK AND STARTED

PRAYING THE WHOLE WAY.

HE MOTIONED TO THE

TRAUMATIZED GIRL, BUT SHE

WOULDN'T COME TO HIM.

HE TOLD CBN NEWS HE KNEW

HE HAD TO RUN 150 YARDS TO

BRING HER TO SAFETY.

BUT WATCHING HER WAS

HORRIBLE.

FOR A WHOLE DAY, TRYING TO

FIGURE OUT A PLAN AND A

WAY TO BE ABLE TO HELP

HER.

THE LITTLE GIRL WAS JUST

HOLDING ON TO HER DEAD

MOTHER AND WAS TERRIFIED.

I SAID, LORD, HELP US.

I THOUGHT, IF I DIE, MY

WIFE AND KIDS WILL

UNDERSTAND IT IS TO SAVE A

LITTLE GIRL.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

WAS AFRAID, BUT ONE BIBLE

VERSE KEPT COMING TO HIM

AND BROUGHT HIM

ENCOURAGEMENT: JOHN 15:

13: "GREATER LOVE HAS MAN

THAN TO LAY DOWN ONE'S

LIFE FOR ANOTHER."

I CONSIDER MYSELF

BLESSED TO BE SAVED BY

JESUS, AND IT WAS GOD'S

POWER TO RESCUE THAT GIRL.

Reporter: THE LITTLE

GIRL SPENT THAT FIRST

NIGHT AND NEXT DAY WITH

THEM.

AND SHE SENT A PICTURE OF

THE GIRL SITTING ON A BED,

WATCHING CBN'S "SUPERBOOK"

ON A LAPTOP.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Chris: THAT'S AN

INCREDIBLE STORY.

CBN NEWS HAS HAD THE

PRIVILEGE TO BE WITH DAVE

EUBANKS AND HIS FAMILY ON

THE FRONT LINES.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE

INFORMATION ABOUT THIS

GROUP, YOU CAN GO TO

freeburmarangers.org.

> WHAT WILL HAPPENED

AFTER THEY ARE FREED IN

NORTHERN IRAQ AND SYRIA.

I DISCUSSED THAT WITH GARY

LANE AND GEORGE THOMAS.

George: GARY LANE IS

OUR CHIEF INTERNATIONAL

CORRESPONDENT, AND CHRIS

MITCHELL IS OUR MIDDLE

EAST BUREAU CHIEF BASED IN

JERUSALEM.

THEY JOIN US NOW FOR MORE

ON THIS STORY.

GARY, LET ME BEGIN WITH

YOU.

SURE.

George: THE IRAQIS

SAY THE ISLAMIC STATE

CALIPHATE IS OVER, BUT WHY

NO BIG CELEBRATION?

BECAUSE IT IS OVER

TERRITORYLY.

THEY'RE NOT HOLDING

TERRITORY IN IRAQ.

THEY ARE STILL IN

EXISTENCE IN SYRIA.

AND THEIR FIGHTERS HAVE

GONE ELSEWHERE.

SOME HAVE BEEN KILLED, BUT

OTHERS HAVE FLED MOSUL.

AND THEY STILL EXIST AND

THERE IS STILL AN ISSUE.

BUT AS FAR AS HOLDING

TERRITORY, THE IRAQI

MILITARY NOW HAS CONTROL

OF MOSUL.

George: CHRIS, THE

RUSSIANS SAY THEY ARE

PRETTY CERTAIN THEY KILLED

ABU BAGHDADI, AND ALSO THE

ISIS GRAND MUFTI.

AND SO DOES THIS MEAN THE

END OF ISIS?

Chris: NOT AT ALL,

GEORGE.

IN FACT, THEY'RE FIGHTING

IN THE PHILIPPINES.

THEY MAY NOT BE THE KIND

OF CALIPHATE THEY HAVE IN

THE PAST THREE YEARS,

SINCE al-BAGHDADI

DECLARED THE CALIPHATE IN

2014.

BUT THEY'LL CONTINUE BOTH

IN IRAQ AND SYRIA.

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY

NUMEROUS SUICIDE ATTACKS

IN BAGHDAD, AND THEY HAVE

CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR

ATTACKS IN ENGLAND,

EUROPE, AND THE UNITED

STATES.

SO ISIS IS NOT GOING AWAY,

UNFORTUNATELY.

THEY WON'T BE THE SAME

CALIPHATE THAT THEY HAVE

CONTROLLED TERRITORY, BUT

ISIS, SADLY, IS WITH US

FOR THE FORESEEABLE

FUTURE.

George: GARY, THE BIG

QUESTION THEN IS: WHAT

COMES NEXT?

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WEEKS

AND MONTHS AHEAD?

WHAT HAPPENS NOW IS

YOU'LL SEE AN INSURGENCY.

AND THEY SAY, ONCE ISIS IS

DONE, THAT ISN'T THE END

OF THIS PROBLEM.

BECAUSE THEY'LL BE CALLED

SOMETHING ELSE.

BEFORE THEY WERE ISIS, IN

IRAQ THEY WERE al-QAEDA

IRAQ.

SO THEY'RE NOT GOING AWAY.

THEY'LL HAVE THIS

INSURGENCY, AND YOU'LL SEE

MORE CAR BOMBS AND ATTACKS

AND TERRORISM IN IRAQ AND

ELSEWHERE.

AND THERE IS STILL A

THREAT IN PLACES LIKE

LIBYA.

CHRIS TALKED ABOUT THE

PHILIPPINES, BUT LIBYA IS

A BIG PROBLEM AS WELL.

THEY'RE NOT GOING AWAY.

George: CHRIS, TO YOU

IN JERUSALEM, I'M

WONDERING HOW THE

NEIGHBORHOOD VIEWS THE

IMPENDING VACUUM THAT ISIS

IS GOING TO LEAVE.

AND WHEN I TALK ABOUT THE

NEIGHBORHOOD, I'M TALKING

ABOUT THE IRANIANS, THE

SYRIANS, AND BY PROXY, THE

RUSSIANS, AND THEN IF YOU

INCLUDE THE SAUDIS AND THE

UNITED STATES.

IS THERE A POSSIBILITY

THAT WE COULD SEE STATE ON

STATE COUNTRY VERSUS

COUNTRY CONFLICT NOW THAT

ISIS IS NOT IN THAT SPACE

ANYMORE?

Chris: I WOULD SAY

VERY MUCH, GEORGE.

I THINK THAT'S THE BIG

CONCERN FOR MOST PEOPLE

HERE IN THE REGION, IS

STATE ON STATE CONFLICT.

ONCE THE VACUUM THAT ISIS

IS GOING TO LEAVE, ONCE

MOSUL IS FULLY TAKEN CARE

OF, AND RAQQA AND EASTERN

SYRIA, AND NORTHERN IRAQ

IS ERADICATED BY ISIS, YOU

HAVE THE RUSSIANS, THE

AMERICANS, THE IRANIANS.

THE IRANIANS WANT TO HAVE

A LAND BRIDGE ALL THE WAY

FROM TEHRAN TO DAMASCUS.

THAT MAKES THE POSSIBILITY

OF CONFLICT BETWEEN THE

UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA

AND IRAN VERY POSSIBLE.

THAT WAS A WARNING BY ONE

OF THE U.S. COMMANDERS

JUST A FEW DAYS AGO.

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?

THEY HAVE COMPETING

AGENDAS.

IRAN WANTS THAT LAND

BRIDGE.

AND ALSO THE ISRAELIS ARE

VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE

POSSIBILITY THAT IF THAT

LAND BRIDGE IS CREATED

BETWEEN IRAN, IRAQ, SYRIA,

THEN HEZBOLLAH MAY HAVE

ITS OWN AMBITIONS TO SET

UP A BASE, A FORWARD BASE,

ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS ON

ISRAEL'S BORDER THERE WITH

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IN

SYRIA.

I THINK THAT IS REALLY THE

CONCERN FOR MANY PEOPLE

HERE, THAT THE CONFLICT

AFTER ISIS COULD GET

ACTUALLY MUCH BIGGER AND

MUCH MORE DANGEROUS.

Chris: UP NEXT, HOW

THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF

AMERICA LOOKED TO ANCIENT

ISRAEL.

ISRAEL WAS THE

BEGINNING OF THE CONCEPT

OF, QUOTE, QUOTE,OF EQUALITY ON PLANET

Chris: THIS WEEK

INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER

NARENDRA MODI PAID AN

HISTORIC VISIT TO ISRAEL.

IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THE

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE,

MODI AND BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU WENT BAREFOOT

INTO THE MEDITERRANEAN

SEA.

THEY DID SO TO DEMONSTRATE

A NEW MOBILE DESALINATION

PLANET THAT CAN PROVIDE

DRINKING WATER TO 22,000

PEOPLE A DAY.

THE VISIT STRENTHENED THE

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN

ISRAEL AND THE WORLD'S

LARGEST DEMOCRACY.

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU ALSO PAID A

VISIT TO THE U.S.S. GEORGE

W.H.BUSH, THE LARGEST AIR

AIRCRAFT CARRIER, AND HE

STRENTHENED THE TIE

BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE

UNITED STATES.

THIS IS A MIGHTY

AIRCRAFT CARRIER OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

AND A FEW MILES HERE,

ACROSS THE SEA, IS ANOTHER

MIGHTY AIRCRAFT CARRIER OF

OUR COMMON CIVILIZATION.

AND IT IS CALLED THE STATE

OF ISRAEL.

ISRAEL HAS NO GREATER

FRIEND THAN THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA, AND THE

UNITED STATES HAS NO

GREATER FRIEND THAN

ISRAEL.

THIS IS OUR BOND.

THIS IS OUR FRIENDSHIP.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA.

Chris: THE CONNECTION

BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE

UNITED STATES GOES BACK TO

THE VERY FOUNDING OF

AMERICA.

CBN'S PAUL STRAND IN THE

UNITED STATES, AND MYSELF

HERE IN JERUSALEM,

COLLABORATED ON THIS STORY

THAT EXPLAINS HOW THE

FIRST AMERICAN COLONIES

LOOKED BACK TO ANCIENT

ISRAEL FOR MANY OF THEIR

BASIC PRINCIPLES.

Reporter: IN

WILDERNESS LIKE THIS, SOME

100 PURITAN SETTLING, LED

BY THOMAS HOOKER, MADE

THEIR WAY IN 1636 TO WHAT

BECAME CONNECTICUT'S

CAPITAL, HARTFORD.

WHAT HE PREACHED MAY 31,

1638, SO RECEIVED A FREE

CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT

IN AMERICA.

THE MAIN IDEA IN HIS

SERMON WAS THIS: THE

FOUNDATION OF AUTHORITY IS

LAID FIRSTLY IN THE FREE

CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE.

THAT'S THE IDEA THAT

HELPED SHAPE THE

CONNECTICUT CONSTITUTION,

AND MANY DECADES LATER

HELPED SHAPE THE AMERICAN

CONSTITUTION.

IT IS WHY MANY CALL HOOKER

THE FATHER OF AMERICAN

DEMOCRACY.

BEHIND THE HARTFORD

STATUE, THE PLAQUE SAYS:

"HERE THEY ESTABLISHED THE

FORM OF GOVERNMENT UPON

WHICH THE PRESENT

CONSTITUTION IS MODELED."

WHICH STARTS OFF HOW?

"WE THE PEOPLE."

Reporter: WILLIAM

FEDERER AUTHORS "THE

AMERICAN MINUTE."

AND HE SAID THIS

REVOLUTIONARY IDEA OF

DEMOCRATIC RULE CAME AFTER

KINGS AND EMPERORS.

THEY BELIEVE IN A

TOP-DOWN GOVERNMENT.

Reporter:

COLONIALISTS LIKE HOOKER

TURNED THAT ON ITS HEAD.

AMERICA'S FOUNDERS,

WHEN THEY GOT THE CHANCE,

THEY WANTED TO RUN AWAY

FROM A KING AND THEY

THRIPPEFLIPPED IT AND MADE THE

PEOPLE THE KING.

ALL OF US HAVE THE SAME

ULTIMATE SOVEREIGN, GOD

ALMIGHTY.

BUT GOD ALMIGHTY DOES NOT

APPOINT AND DESIGNATE

CROWNED HEADS OVER US.

THE PEOPLE COMES FROM THE

PEOPLE.

JOHN JAY, THE FIRST

CHIEF JUSTICE, SAID THE

PEOPLE ARE THE HEAD OF THE

COUNTRY.

YOU MAKE A FIRST

AMENDMENT, WHICH SAYS,

CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW

RESPECTING ESTABLISHMENT

OF RELIGION.

THEY DIDN'T WANT A FEDERAL

WAL-MART TO COME IN TOWN

AND PUT OUT OF BUSINESS

THEIR LOCAL MOM AND POP

DENOMINATION.

Reporter: THEY DID

SEEM BOUND BY A COMMON

FAITH DENOMINATION.

THE IDEA OF PROVIDENCE,

THE IDEA THEY WERE DOING

GOD'S WORK.

Reporter: BUT THESE

FOUNDATIONS AND PRINCIPLES

DIDN'T FORM HERE IN THE

COLONIES.

THEIR ORIGIN WAS A LONG,

LONG TIME AGO, IN A PLACE

FAR AWAY.

WE TURN TO CHRIS MITCHELL

FOR THAT PART OF THE

STORY.

Chris: MANY PILGRIMS

AND PURITANS CRUSHED UNDER

EUROPEAN KINGS WANTED THE

GOVERNMENT THAT GOD GAVE

TO THE ISRAELITES.

WHEN MOSES TOOK THE

PEOPLE OUT OF EGYPT, THAT

WAS THE FIRST TIME OF AN

ENTIRE NATION WITH NO

KING.

Chris: THE TRIBES

ELECTED THEIR OWN LEADERS,

AND THAT ALL PEOPLE WERE

TO BE TREATED AS EQUALS.

ISRAEL WAS THE

BEGINNING OF THE CONCEPT

OF EQUALITY ON PLANET

EARTH.

Chris: THE HEBREW

REPUBLIC WAS THE FIRST

NATION WITH NO STANDING

KING.

IN ISRAEL, EVERY MAN

WAS IN THE MALICIOU MALITIA AND

ARMED AND READY TO DEFEND

HIS FAMILY AND HIS

COMMUNITY.

Chris: IT WAS THE

FIRST NATION WHERE

EVERYONE WAS TAUGHT TO

READ SO EVERYONE COULD

KNOW THE LAW.

ISRAEL HAD NO PLACE --

NOT ONLY DID EVERYONE GET

TAUGHT THE LAW, EVERYONE

WAS RESPONSIBLE TO HELP

ENFORCE THE LAW.

Chris: MICHAEL MEDVED

WAS QUICK TO POINT OUT

THEY DIDN'T ADOPT OLD

TESTAMENT WHOLESALE, LIKE,

FOR INSTANCE, THE ANCIENT

LAW THAT WOULD PUT WAYWARD

TEENAGERS TO DEATH.

A REBELLIOUS SON IS

GOING TO BE STONED.

HE IS GOING TO LOSE HIS

LIFE.

Chris: FEDERER

AGREES, THOUGH HE INSISTS

MOST COLONIAL CHRISTIANS

SHARED THIS BELIEF: THERE

IS A GOD WATCHING

EVERYONE, WANTING THEM TO

BE FAIR AND HOLDING THEM

ACCOUNTABLE IN THE FUTURE.

THAT CREATES A CONSCIENCE.

IF EVERYBODY IN THE

COUNTRY BELIEVES THIS, YOU

CAN MAINTAIN COMPLETE

ORDER WITH NO POLICE.

MAXIMUM LIBERTY.

THIS IS WHAT THOMAS HOOKER

AND OTHER NEW ENGLAND

PASTORS AND LAWMAKERS WERE

LOOKING AT AS A MODEL.

AND THEN THIS BECAME

THE MODEL FOR THE OTHER

CONSTITUTIONS OF THE

STATES, EVENTUALLY THE

U.S. CONSTITUTION.

AND THAT ALLOWED AMERICA

TO BLOSSOM INTO THIS

AMAZING EXPERIMENT OF THE

PEOPLE GETTING TO BE KING,

AND EACH INDIVIDUAL

CITIZEN ACCOUNTABLE TO

GOD.

Chris: AND THAT'S HOW

ANCIENT ISRAEL AND

COLONIAL AMERICA ARE

LINKED MORE THAN MOST

PEOPLE WOULD EVER KNOW.

> COMING UP, AUTHOR TOM

DOYLE EXPLAINS HOW MIDDLE

EAST CHRISTIANS ARE

STANDING IN THE FIRE.

WHAT I'VE SEEN WITH

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST IS WHEN YOU'RE

DESPERATE, YOU'RE GOING TO

PRAY.

Chris: EARLIER IN THE

PROGRAM, WE SHOWED HOW DAY

EUBANKS RISKED HIS OWN

LIFE TO SAVE A 6-YEAR-OLD

IRAQI GIRL.

IT IS ONE OF MANY STORIES

OF CHRISTIANS HERE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST RISKING THEIR

OWN LIVES TO SAVE A LIFE

OR SHARE THE GOSPEL.

EARLIER, WE INTERVIEWED

AUTHOR TOM DOYLE, WHO

WROTE THIS BOOK CALLED

"STANDING IN THE FIRE."

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT BY

THE WAY.

ITS CHAPTERS READ LIKE

SCENES OUT OF A MOVIE, AND

TELLS OF REMARKABLE

STORIES OF FAITH UNDER

FIRE.

TOM, ONCE AGAIN, IT IS

GREAT TO BE WITH YOU HERE

IN JERUSALEM.

IT IS GREAT TO BE WITH

YOU, CHRIS.

Chris: YOU HAVE

WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED

"STANDING IN THE FIRE:

COURAGEOUS CHRISTIANS

LIVING IN FRIGHTENING

TIMES."

WHY DID YOU WRITE THE

BOOK?

I WROTE IT BECAUSE I

WAS ON A BOOK TOUR WITH

OUR PREVIOUS BOOK CALLED

"KILLING CHRISTIANS."

AND I WAS IN CHURCHES, WE

WERE PROBABLY IN MAYBE 30

CHURCHES IN AMERICA, AND

THERE WAS SOMETHING I SAW

UNIVERSAL AMONG

CHRISTIANS, AND THEY WERE

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH

FEAR.

ELECTION, THE ECONOMY,

THREAT OF TERRORISM.

BUT THEN YOU KNOW US,

WE'RE BACK AND FORTH IN

THE MIDDLE EAST, AND I

WOULD BE WITH OUR SYRIAN

LEADERS, AND THEY WEREN'T

LIVING IN FEAR.

BUT THEY HAVE THE ISLAMIC

STATE CRUCIFYING BELIEVERS

ON CROSSES AND HORRIBLE

THINGS HAPPENING, BUT THEY

WERE LIVING FREE AND BOLD

AND PASSIONATELY.

THEY WEREN'T BANKING ON

TOMORROW, BUT THEY WERE

LIVING TODAY ALL OUT.

I THOUGHT, WE NEED TO HEAR

THEIR STORIES.

WE NEED TO SIT AT THE FEET

OF THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

TO HEAR HOW THEY'RE DOING

IT BECAUSE THEY'RE BOLD

AND SO I WANTED TO TELL

THEIR STORIES.

Chris: WHAT INFLUENCE

IS HAPPENING ON THE CHURCH

IN THE WEST THAT IS NOT

HAPPENING TO THE CHURCH IN

SYRIA?

YEAH.

I THINK FOR THE MAIN PART,

I THINK BELIEVERS ARE

GETTING THEIR WORLD VIEW

FROM SECULAR NEWS.

THINK ABOUT THAT.

THEY'RE WATCHING THE NEWS

24/7, SECULAR STATIONS.

WE'RE NOT SAYING THOSE

TERRORISM THINGS AREN'T

HAPPENING -- THEY ARE

HAPPENING.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE BOMBARDED

WITH THAT 24/7, AND THE

MAJORITY OF THOSE NEWS

STORIES ARE NEGATIVE AND

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE

MUSLIM WORLD AND THAT,

PEOPLE START TO RETREAT.

THEY START TO LIVE IN

FEAR.

I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, THE

GOSPEL IS NEVER IN

RETREAT.

JESUS NEVER TELLS US TO

SLIP IT INTO NEUTRAL AND

BE PASSIVE AND SIT ON THE

COUCH.

AND BELIEVERS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST THAT HAVE COME

OUT OF A MUSLIM BACKGROUND

ARE NOT EVEN DOING THAT.

Chris: IT SOUNDS A

LITTLE LIKE THE BOOK OF

ACTS, BEFORE THE CHURCH

WAS BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY

SPIRIT, THEY WERE LIVING

IN FEAR AND THEY WERE

FIGHTING.

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME

UPON THEM, ALL OF A SUDDEN

THEY WERE JOYFUL AND

FEARLESS.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Chris: THAT HAPPENED

JUST OVER THERE --

THAT'S RIGHT.

Chris: SO IS THIS THE

KIND OF DIFFERENCE YOU

SEE, AND MAYBE NOT SO

DRAMATICALLY, BUT MORE

SENSE OF FEAR FOR

CHRISTIANS IN THE WESTRS WEST, AS

OPPOSED TO THOSE LIVING IN

GREAT DANGER?

ABSOLUTELY.

I HAVE NEVER HEARD

BELIEVERS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, MUSLIM BACKGROUND

BELIEVERS, SAY, PRAY THAT

THE WAR STOPS, THAT THE

PERSECUTION STOPS.

I DON'T HEAR THAT.

WHAT I HEAR IS THAT THEY

ARE ASKING THEY WOULD

LEARN FROM EVERYTHING

THEY'RE GOING THROUGH.

THAT THEY'LL LEARN THROUGH

THE TRIALS.

THAT THEY'LL BE BOLD AND

BE WILLING TO SUFFER AND

WILLING TO DIE FOR JESUS.

Chris: WHAT ARE THE

LESSONS THAT THE CHURCH IN

THE WEST CAN LEARN FROM

THE BELIEVERS HERE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST?

OR THE SUFFERING CHURCHES,

WHEREVER THEY ARE?

I HAVE THREE LESSONS,

THREE SPIRITUAL TAKE-AWAYS

AT THE END OF THE BOOK.

ONE IS: CHOOSE WHAT VOICE

YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO.

IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A

24/7 STREAM OF NEWS THAT

IS GOING TO SHAPE WHAT WE

THINK, I THINK AS

BELIEVERS, WE'VE GOT TO

BLOCK OUT ALL OF THE

NOISE.

OUR WORLD VIEWS SHOULD

COME FROM GOD'S WORD.

WE NEED TO PRAY FOR THE

PERSECUTED BELIEVERS.

WE CAN LEARN A LOT FROM

THEM.

SECONDLY, I THINK WE NEED

TO MAKE FAITH OUR FILTER

AND NOT FEAR.

WE WERE UP IN LEBANON, AND

THERE WAS A BIG EXPLOSION

IN DAMASCUS.

WE HAD LEADERS THERE.

AND WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT

THE EXPLOSION -- AND THEY

HAD CHILDREN THERE AND

THEIR WIVES.

IMMEDIATELY, THEY DIDN'T

GO LOOKING FOR THE NEWS OR

GET OUT THE PAPER.

THEY IMMEDIATELY SAID, GOD

IS GOOD.

GOD IS GOOD.

HE IS GOING TO TAKE CARE

OF THEM.

WE'RE GOING TO BE OKAY.

AND THEY HIT THEIR KNEES

IN PRAYER, AND THEN THEY

FOUND OUT THE DETAILS.

I THINK FOR MANY IN THE

WEST, IT IS EASY TO JUST

WORRY FIRST AND KICK IN

FAITH LATER.

AND THE LAST THING WOULD

BE, WHAT I'VE SEEN WITH

PERSECUTED BELIEVERS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST IS WHEN

YOU'RE DESPERATE, YOU'RE

GOING TO PRAY.

AND WHEN YOU'RE REALLY

DESPERATE, YOU'LL ACTUALLY

GET ON YOUR FACE AND

PRAYER.

WE TALK ABOUT FACE TIME AS

AN APP ON A PHONE, BUT THE

REAL FACE TIME HAS BEEN

AROUND FOR ABOUT 20

CENTURIES.

AND EVEN IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT, WHEN HEZEKIAH

LAID OUT THAT BEFORE THE

LORD, WHAT DO WE DO --

WHEN WE'RE DESPERATE,

WE'RE GOING TO GET ON OUR

FACES AND PRAY.

SO MAKE FAITH YOUR FILTER,

CHOOSE WHAT VOICE YOU

LISTEN TO, AND DESPERATION

PRAYING.

BOY, I'VE LEARNED SO MUCH

FROM THEM.

Chris: THOSE ARE

GREAT LESSONS WE CAN

LEARN.

THANKS FOR WRITING THIS

BOOK, "STANDING IN THE

FIRE: COURAGEOUS

CHRISTIANS LIVING IN

FRIGHTENING TIMES."

THANKS, CHRIS.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Chris: UP NEXT, WOULD

YOU BELIEVE THE HEBREW

WORD FOR FISH SOUNDS LIKE

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

WE'D LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO

CHECK OUT OUR Facebook

PAGE.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK,

WE HAVE SOMETHING CALLED

"HEBREW WORD WEDNESDAY."

THIS WEEK THE WORD IS

FISH, OR IN HEBREW, DAG.

THE WORD IS DAG, FISH.

AND PLURAL IN HEBREW IS

DAGIAN.

THIS IS CALLED THE ISRAEL

AQUARIUM, AND WE'RE

WATCHING ALL OF THE

DAGIAN'S SWIM AROUND.

DAG, THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE.

Chris: THAT'S JUST

ONE EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU

CAN SEE ON OUR Facebook

PAGE, BUT THERE IS MUCH,

MUCH MORE.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS

EDITION.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FOLLOW

US ON Facebook, TWITTER,

ININSTAGRAM, OR YouTube.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL, AND

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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