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Radio Interview 2
20 April 2010, 3:39 pm
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I recently had a few radio interviews about the launch of Voice of the Martyrs’ new youth initiative Thirteen Three.

This is a link to the audio of the second interview. Click here to download it.

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Radio Interview Audio
13 April 2010, 3:34 pm
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Last week, Voice of the Martyrs Australia launched its new youth initiative, Thirteen Three. It’s inspired by Hebrews 13.3 which says “Remember the Lord’s people who are in jail…don’t forget those who are suffering”. Our vision is to equip Australian youth to support persecuted Christians.

Check out our new website at www.thirteenthree.org.au

Since our launch, I’ve been busy promoting this new ministry in preparation for our BOUND WITH THEM Youth Event. On Monday, I had a Radio interview with 106.5 Rhema FM on the Sunshine Coast.

Here is the audio.

I had another interview today with the Vision Radio Network. I’ll put the audio for that online as soon as I get it.

In the meantime, connect with Thirteen Three through facebook and twitter and get connected with our BOUND WITH THEM CAMPAIGN.



Update: Persecution in India
25 February 2010, 8:07 am
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I put up a video yesterday of Francis Chan’s reflections on the persecution of Christians in India’s Orissa state. It has been questioned whether those being beaten in the footage are actually Christians, so the video has been pulled until this is confirmed. Persecution of Christians today is a horrible reality. This is not being questioned, just the accuracy of the footage used by Cornerstone Community Church.

Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds comments:

I’ve been in touch with the folks from Cornerstone Community Church, and the videos are being pulled until their accuracy can be verified.

The question is not, as one commenter thought, about whether or not we doubt that severe persecution is occurring in India or in other parts of the world. The question is whether or not the footage in these videos is depicting Christians being persecuted for their faith. If it’s not, we don’t want to show it, as doing so knowingly would be both misleading and manipulative.

I apologize for my contribution to any confusion. I hope this doesn’t distract from the fact that such persecution is real and terrible, requiring prayers for our brothers and sisters. Again, I commend to you Voice of the Martyrs for ways to get involved and informed.

Please continue to remember our persecuted brothers and sisters as if you were bound with them.

Hebrews 13.3



Persecution in India
24 February 2010, 8:38 am
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This video is too powerful not to watch.

How do you respond to this?

“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God” – 2 Timothy 1:8

Click here to watch the unedited footage of this terrible persecution in Orrisa.

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Apolo Ohno: How He Trains
19 February 2010, 11:29 am
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If you’ve been watching the Winter Olympics then you’ve probably heard of Apolo Ohno – the short track speed skating champion from the US. This five minute documentary from TIME shows how intensely this guy trains for his sport. I train with some guys on Mondays for our own Monday Morning Mayhem, but it’s nothing compared to this.

Check it out!

‘…physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things…’

Thanks Take Your Vitamin Z.



Following Jesus is Not Safe
16 February 2010, 12:05 pm
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Last Friday, I spoke at a combined youth event at Casula in south-west Sydney. The event was called Elevate and it was awesome. There were a number of youth groups there, over 100 youth and I had the privilege of speaking to them from God’s Word. I spoke from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 – ‘following Jesus is not safe’. I used the testimonies of persecuted Christians from Vietnam and Colombia to illustrate the points below. There was a lot of enthusiasm from the event and I received good feedback. I’d love you to have a listen for yourself:

Following Jesus is Not Safe

SUFFERING SHOULD NOT TAKE US BY SURPRISE

DEATH IS NOT THE END, SO DO NOT LOSE HEART

DEATH IS NOT THE END, SO RISK EVERYTHING

Thank you to everyone who was praying for this event and for me. I trust that God is answering your prayers in the lives of the youth who were there on the night.



Elevate: Please Pray
11 February 2010, 2:52 pm
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I’m speaking at Elevate tomorrow night at 1930. Elevate is a youth event that started in 2008 in Liverpool and grew steadily through 2009. It’s about youth groups getting together as the body of Christ to hear God’s Word taught and to declare the praises of King Jesus. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to speak to hundreds of youth from God’s Word and to challenge them to risk everything for the gospel.

In preparation, I’ve been spending time in 2 Corinthians. It’s one of my favourite books. I particularly love what Paul says about the place of weakness and suffering in the Christian life. I’m speaking from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 with a particular focus on suffering and the resurrection. Here is my outline:

SUFFERING SHOULDN’T SURPRISE US

DEATH ISN’T THE END, SO DO NOT LOSE HEART

DEATH ISN’T THE END, SO RISK EVERYTHING

I’ll post the audio up here after the event. But for the time being, I value your prayers and support.