Posts by Crescent Advance

Open Doors In Azerbaijan

I didn’t understand a word the pastor said. Everything in Azerbaijan was different, including how they take the Lord’s Supper. Everyone goes to the front and uses a communal cup. I took the cup and bread that the pastor and the assistant pastor extended to me and I returned to my seat with my friend.…

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An Unexpected Muslim

I prayed that God would allow me to meet a Muslim and make friends with him. I specifically prayed that He would allow me to make friends with an Iranian Muslim. I have been studying the Persian language and prayed that God would allow me to use it for Him. Before last Thursday I thought…

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A Meditation on Medieval Muslim Painting

Even though paintings depicting people and animals are not allowed in Islam, during the Middle Ages, illustrations for holy books and books of legends were popular among the upper classes in the Ottoman Empire and among the Persians and Uzbeks. During the golden age of manuscript illustration in the Islamic world a set rule was…

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A Night in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Embassy

As I exited the parking garage of the Watergate Hotel with my companion, I breathed a prayer. In a few yards I would be leaving Washington D.C. and entering Saudi Arabia. I prayed that God would do two things for us on this evening. First that He would guide our steps and open doors for…

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On the Decision to Move the Embassy

Recently, President Trump announced the decision to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We are grateful for those who have expressed their concern and prayer for our family and others in the region. Please allow me to share a few things: First, we will most definitely deal with some backlash. President…

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A Free Kurdistan…

Longing for a nation—this is the heart of every Kurdish man, woman and child. No matter the differences in politics, religion, tribe or language this is the one desire all are agreed on. They love their flag, their soldiers, and their cultural heritage. Although they were promised a country of their own after the break-up…

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First-Century Faith

Mid-May, 2017 brought one of the most tragic events in years to missionaries in Afghanistan. The news sent shockwaves through both the expat community in Kabul and the local, Afghan believers. One missionary worker had been killed, a second had been drugged and kidnapped, and the Afghan guard on duty had died at the hands…

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“We love Death…”

“We are men who love death more than you love your life.” These words from ISIS propaganda have continually haunted me. It seems they have touched on something that God’s people have largely forgotten—we are eternal beings and not of this world. While I wholeheartedly reject the ideology and the actions of ISIS, I am convicted…

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We Love Muslims

Because God loves Muslims. Often, it is said that God loves everybody in the world. But, do we actually stop to think of what we are actually saying—that means everyone! God loves Muslims in the same way that He loves us. Muslim children are just as precious in the sight of God as our own…

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ISIS Needs a Jonah

“So the people of Nineveh believed God…” Jonah 3:5 •             •             • The beginning of June, 2014 dawned beautiful and full of life in the Middle East. Only a few short days later, the world would hear of a reign of death and terror in…

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