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Franklin Graham: Pray for Boldness Amid Opposition in Blackpool, England ^ | August 6, 2018 | Franklin Graham

Posted on 09/11/2018 3:25:22 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Dear Friend,

Blackpool, a city in Lancashire on England’s northwest coast, desperately needs a message of hope. But some in Blackpool are determined to prevent that.

For a large portion of the city’s population today, hopelessness is part of everyday life. A number of churches in Blackpool and the surrounding Lancashire area have been praying for their community for several years and extended an invitation to me to come hold evangelistic meetings in September.

I’m going to share the Gospel—a message that is the only hope for the world—that God sent His Son to take our sins, that Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross for those sins, that He died and was buried, and that God raised Him to life again. If people in Blackpool, or anywhere else, put their trust in Him, they will have eternal life.

Despite the desperate spiritual need, a small but influential group of activists hostile to the authority of God’s Word are protesting the evangelistic event in Blackpool and taking steps to undermine or derail it if they can.

They know that I will call sin what God calls sin in His Word, and they object to that. Most recently, ads for the event were ordered removed from city buses after activists persuaded the bus system’s management that the ads might lead to “distress or upset.”

Regardless of the hostility, I plan to preach the Word of God in Blackpool September 21–23, and we need your prayers. Pray for our partner churches and for me. It is through the power of prayer that we will have “boldness in our God to speak … the gospel of God amid much opposition” (1 Thessalonians 2:2).

The Bible tells us that the Apostle Paul visited the ancient European coastal city of Ephesus where he began preaching and teaching the Word of God. Opponents rose up who resisted Paul’s ministry and spoke strongly negative things about the Gospel (see Acts 19:9). Nevertheless God did a great work there, many believed, and “the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily” (Acts 19:20, ESV).

Will you join us in asking God to do the same in Blackpool?

Secularism is what the Bible calls “following the course of this world” (Ephesians 2:2, ESV), a way of life and system of government that seeks to leave God out. John Stott, who was an evangelical scholar from the U.K. and a longtime friend of my father’s, said a secularized society is characterized by repudiation of God, repudiation of moral absolutes, bureaucratic tyranny, and materialism.

Join us in praying that lost souls will be saved in Blackpool. Ask Him to open a “door of hope” (Hosea 2:15) for people in both the Pacific Northwest and northwest England. Your prayers and gifts help bring that hope.

We could not carry out this work that God has given us without you, and we are grateful.

May God richly bless you,

Franklin Graham President

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: christianity; jesus; mission
Oh, friends and believers of Free Republic. Imagine the world when God's Holy Spirit ignites the hearts of the lost in Blackpool England and on the west coast of these United States.

A revival of the remnant there and an influx of new believers would brighten the world exponentially.

Please pray as Franklin and the churches there spread the Gospel of Jesus in this hostile place. May even the hearts of those who hate the Good News be changed!!


1 posted on 09/11/2018 3:25:22 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

These were the advertisements for the preaching of the Gospel that were apparently disallowed. God's truth can still reach the lost!

2 posted on 09/11/2018 3:27:00 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Good prayer!

Amen! May the Lord grant Graham strength and peace to carry out the message of hope found only in Christ Jesus!

England needs Him badly!

3 posted on 09/11/2018 3:27:35 PM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Like Enoch, Noah, & Lot, the True Church will soon be removed & then destruction comes forth.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Europe is characterized by low levels of church attendance and irreligiosity.

Lazy state churches have made that possible. And saving Europe from itself is the task of the ages.

4 posted on 09/11/2018 3:33:23 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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You can bet that there is a behind the scenes effort underway to ban Franklin from the UK (I am surprised he hasn't already been banned).

Islam has taken over the UK.

This is a top down move by billionaire Muslims who have purchased large estates and prominent businesses and gained positions in Parliament and the House of Lords.

It is almost impossible to tell the truth about Islam in the UK.

5 posted on 09/11/2018 3:39:43 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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You can bet that there is a behind the scenes effort underway to ban Franklin from the UK (I am surprised he hasn't already been banned).

From a few days ago:

6 posted on 09/11/2018 3:48:44 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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Thx. I missed that.

Islam is operating peddle to the metal when it comes to eradicating Judeo/Christian culture (which is the foundation for Western civilization).

The UK is gone but it is still worth spending time evangelizing the country side.

I read something in a liberal article earlier today (can't remember where) in which the author was perplexed as to why rules for living pronounced by Jesus/Yeshuah 2000 years ago and by the Old Testament/Tanakh (for millennia prior) could foresee our time and prescribe workable (if conservative) rules to live by.

Da Jooz had the Truth to begin with because the were told by God what the Truth was.

Jesus/Yeshuah never moved one millimeter from the Tanakh as recorded by the Jooz.

Islam and American and European Communists/Post-Modernists are working day and night to remove God's culture from this planet.

Perhaps we who see the power of God's culture should get together...and fight to save it.

7 posted on 09/11/2018 5:52:33 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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