I Must WARN You: “Every Bridge To Paradise Is Out. . .Except One!”

Dear Muslim and Christian friends,


Imagine yourself driving alone on an extremely cold, rainy night – the rain is pouring down, the visibility is low, the road conditions are slippery and dangerous.

Imagine that you near a large bridge ahead but somehow, some way, you are able to see that the bridge is not there! It has collapsed.

Miraculously, you are able to slide to a stop just at the edge of the collapsed bridge or you and your car would have plunged into the icy waters below. You would have surely been killed by the impact, drowned, or frozen to death. But somehow by the mercy of God you saw that the bridge was out.

What would you do then? Surely you would breathe a huge sigh of relief and thank God for saving you from dying. Right? But. . .what then?

There are people who are traveling behind you. Many people. Some of them you know. Some of them you don’t. But they are coming and if you don’t find a way to warn them, they will certainly plunge to the horrible doom you were rescued from.

In your mind you picture the horrible images of carnage and destruction that await them!


Your mind races.

How can you warn them that the bridge is out?

1) Call 911 and leave it all up to someone else – the professional rescuers – to save people?
2) Quickly make a sign and hold it up for oncoming drivers to see: “Danger – Bridge Out Ahead!”
3) Stand on the side of the road and wave kindly – but timidly – to oncoming cars?
4) Stand on the side of the road and wave frantically – yelling and screaming at oncoming cars of the danger ahead?
5) Stand in the middle of the road – refusing to move – risking your life to stop traffic to save people from dying?

Or. . .would you do nothing because of what people might SAY to you if you tried to warn them about the bridge being out:

“Who do you think you are?”
“You shouldn’t be here!”
“You’re intolerant!”
“I know where I’m going and how to get there!”
“Mind your own business!”
“Get out of my way!”

Would you do nothing because of what people might DO to you if you tried to warn them about the bridge being out:

laugh at you. . .
mock you. . .
curse you. . .
throw things at you. . .or even. . .
beat or kill you.

What would determine how you would act on that cold, rainy night?

Fear of what people would think of you?

OR. . .

Concern for what would happen to them if they kept going?

The prophet Solomon (Sulaiman) said we must do something! God Himself is watching:

Rescue the perishing;
don’t hesitate to step in and help
If you say, ‘Hey, that’s none of my business,’
will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know —
Someone not impressed with weak excuses.”
(Proverbs 24:11-12, The Message)


Rescue. . .
don’t stand back and let them die.

Don’t try to disclaim responsibility
by saying you didn’t know about it.

For God, who knows all hearts, knows yours, and he knows you knew!
And he will reward everyone according to his deeds.”
(Proverbs 24:11-12, The Living Bible)

My dear readers – whether you call yourself a “Muslim” or a “Christian” or something else – I love you. I care about you. That is why it is my absolute duty before God to warn you that every spiritual “bridge” you are trusting in on the Day of Judgment is out except for one.

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The only “bridge” you can trust to cross over into Paradise is the person and work of Jesus.

God looked down upon you and me and knew that we cannot do enough good things in this life to cross over safely into Paradise. He sent the Prophets to warn us. They were mocked, laughed at, rejected, even killed. Then He sent Jesus. He sent him to die. To be sacrificed. In your place – and mine. For the shame and punishment of your sins – and mine. How do we respond? By accepting the free gift of that sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. By giving our life to Jesus in humble, loving gratitude and then becoming his lifelong followers.

This is the bridge that God Himself has built to save us.

There is no other bridge. There is no other way:

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (the Injil, the Good News according to John, chapter 14, verse 6).

Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one” (the Book of the Acts of Jesus’ Apostles, chapter 4, verse 12).

My dear friends, I WARN you because I LOVE you.

I warn you because I CARE.

Every bridge is out.

Every bridge except one. . .

That bridge. . .is JESUS.



To my “Muslim” readers, please note that I am not trying to “convert” you to “Christianity” or becoming a “Christian” – at least not in the way most of you think about those terms. No! But what I am trying to do – boldly and unapologetically – is to plead with you to examine the claims of Jesus in the Injil. To read about his life and yes, his death and resurrection. To see that no one loves you like he does. To see that no one else has given their life for you like he has.

You can trust your good works to get you to Paradise but I warn you. . . that bridge is out. Jesus is the bridge to Paradise and he is calling your name. He is calling you to follow him. Will you answer that call?

To my “Christian” readers, I fear for so many of you. Why? Because you are trusting in your good works to get you to Heaven. Maybe you said a “sinner’s prayer” but let me ask you, “Are you living for Jesus?” “Are you following him?” “Have you given him your life?” Or did you just pray at one time long ago for “fire insurance” but without real commitment to Jesus? It won’t work. I warn you. . .that bridge is out.

It’s time to quit playing games with God, with yourself, with your eternity. Jesus is the bridge to Paradise and he is calling your name. He is calling you to follow him. Will you answer that call?

Do You Have Freedom To Choose – Or Even Change – Your Religion?


Dear Muslim & Christian Friends,

I have been thinking a lot about this question: “What is freedom of religion?”

I mean, what does it really mean?

Is it freedom granted by the government where you live to practice your religion (as long as it does not harm others)?

Is it freedom for mosques to built in Europe and the United States but also churches to be built in Saudi Arabia?

Is it freedom to believe differently than your family, friends, or even your religious leaders?

Is it freedom for a Christian to study Islam, to read the Qur’an, to visit a mosque – in a search for truth?

Is it freedom for a Muslim to study Christianity, to read the Bible, to visit a church – in a search for truth?

Is it freedom for a Muslim to engage in dawa with a Christian or a Christian to engage in evangelism with a Muslim (as long as there is no pressure but rather sincere dialogue based on mutual respect, love, and honesty)?

Here is the really BIG question: is freedom of religion the freedom to choose your religion. . .to even change your religion?

Let’s take it a step further.

Should you have the right to choose. . .or to change. . .your religion without suffering negative or harmful repercussions from:

your family
your friends
your community
your government
your religious leaders
your mosque or church?

Freedom: no rejection, hatred, arrests, interrogation, torture, or imprisonment because of your choice or change in what you believe and practice.

Freedom: no one saying, “What?! You have become a ______________? You are not my son/daughter, wife/husband, brother/sister any more! You have shamed us. You must leave. Don’t ever come back!”

Freedom: no loss of property, job, education, spouse, children, personal freedoms or even. . .your life. . .because of your choice of what faith to follow.

This is one of my great passions for all people: freedom of religion.

Freedom to choose. . .freedom to change.

Everywhere. For every person.

My Muslim & Christian friends, what do you think about this kind of freedom?


Identity Theft: When Sheytan (Satan) Tries To Steal Your Identity


Today, because of all the e-commerce and the widespread use of credit cards, identity theft has become a huge concern. People find our key identification numbers and then take over ‘our identity’ and charge up enormous bills in our names – stealing our money, using our credit.”


Satan, however, is the greatest identity thief. When he gains control over a human heart, that heart can lose its identity – the values, the commitments, the purposes of that person become lost as a new ‘evil’ personality begins to display itself.”

For one unfortunate demon-possessed man, identity theft is complete. (His story is found in the Injeel in Mark 5 and Luke 7). He lives alone in the place of death spending countless hours in sub-human behavior harming himself. He can’t even give his name. His identity has become fused with the evil presences that now live inside him. Let’s never forget Satan’s intentions for us. He longs to rob us of our character, our will, and our identity. Yet we can resist and overcome him by God’s power. The key to doing so, however, is a commitment to vigilance and passion for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.”

O LORD, Sovereign God of all the earth, come and rule over my heart and drive out from me the influence of the Deceiver and his demonic angels. Purify my heart and remove from me any residue of sin that would open the door for Satan to invade my heart and influence my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
(from website, Heartlight, http://www.heartlight.org/wjd/mark/0321-wjd.html).

Jesus – Isa al Masih – said:

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Here is a song about this man who lived in the tombs, cut himself, tore off his clothes, and broke chains meant to hold him.


This man was possessed by Sheytan’s (Satan’s) power. . .until Jesus set him free.

Bob Bennett

© 1989 Matters Of The Heart Music (ASCAP)

Man of the tombs
He lives in a place where no one goes
And he tears at himself
And lives with a pain that no one knows

He counts himself dead among the living
He knows no mercy and no forgiving
Deep in the night he’s driven to cry out loud
Can you hear him cry out loud?

Man of the tombs
Possessed by an unseen enemy
He breaks every chain

And mistakes his freedom for being free
Shame and shamelessness equally there
Like a random toss of a coin in the air
Man of the tombs, he’s driven to cry out loud

Underneath this thing that I’ve become
A fading memory of flesh and blood
I curse the womb, I bless the grave
I’ve lost my heart, I cannot be saved

Like those who fear me, I’m afraid
Like those I’ve hurt, I can feel pain
Naked now before my sin
And these stones that cut against my skin
Some try to touch me, but no one can
For man of the tombs I am

Down at the shoreline
Two sets of footprints meet

One voice is screaming
Other voice begins to speak
In only a moment and only a word
The evil departs like a thundering herd

Man of the tombs, he hears this cry out loud

Underneath this thing that you’ve become
I see a man of flesh and blood
I give you life beyond the grave
I heal your heart, I come to save
No need to fear, be not afraid
This Man of Sorrows knows your pain
I come to take away your sin
And bear it’s marks upon My skin

When no one can touch you, still I can
For Son of God I am

Dressed now and seated
Clean in spirit and healthy of mind
Man of the tombs
He begs to follow, but must stay behind
He’ll return to his family with stories to tell
Of mercy and madness, of heaven and hell
Man of the tombs, soon he will cry out loud

Underneath this thing that I once was
Now I’m a man of flesh and blood
I have a life beyond the grave
I found my heart, I can now be saved
No need to fear, I am not afraid
This Man of sorrows took my pain
He comes to take away our sin
And bear it’s marks upon His skin

I’m telling you this story because
Man of the tombs I was

Dear Muslim Friends: Do You Fear Hell? You Don’t Have To. . .

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Dear Muslim friends,

“Do you fear hell?”

I usually don’t start out my blog posts with such a serious kind of question. But this is a subject that is really on my mind today and is incredibly important. I wanted to get right to the heart of the matter.

Please allow me to share a few brief experiences I have had with some Muslim friends regarding fear of hell.

A few years ago, I was with a dear Muslim friend from Bangladesh, enjoying a meal together. We were having great conversation about life and faith and at some point I asked him, “Do you fear hell?” His answer really impacted me (and hurt me on the inside). He looked down and said with real seriousness and a sadness in his voice and facial expression, “Every day.”

Another time, I was driving with a Muslim friend from Yemen and I asked him the same question. He replied with surprise, “Who wouldn’t fear hell? Can you imagine burning your hand in a fire? Then try to imagine your whole body burning. Can you imagine that? Of course I fear hell.”

While taking Christians on a tour of another mosque in Michigan, a very kind and well spoken imam said, “Your good deeds can outweigh your bad deeds and you can still go to hell.” When I asked him why, he said, “Because God is King. He can do whatever He wants.” (Wow, I have to admit, that answer shocked me.)

Dear Muslim friends, may I share with you why I don’t fear hell?

First of all, let me say that it’s not because I am such a good person. It’s not because my good deeds will outweigh my bad deeds on a scale on the day of judgment. It is certainly not because I never sin, because I sin every day – against the Lord and against people. I sin every day – either in my actions or in my thoughts. I sin every day – in what I do or in what I should have done. And I am not alone. The Injil says that we all have sinned and that we all have fallen short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23).


No, the reason that I don’t fear hell has nothing to do with my goodness. It has everything to do with God’s goodness. And just as importantly, with God’s promise. You see, God has promised that anyone who puts their faith in Jesus and his sacrifice will be completely, totally, and forever forgiven. Imagine it. All sins forgiven. Washed away. Every single one. All shame removed.

I have followed God’s way, His path. I have chosen to follow Jesus as my Savior. Because of this – and only this – I have God’s incredible, amazing, stunning promise of forgiveness in my heart:


And because of this – and only this – I do not fear hell.

God. . .is a promise maker.

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And God. . .is a promise keeper.

He can change His mind.
But He won’t.

He promised.

This is my hope and prayer for every man and every woman: that they not be plagued by a constant anxiety about hell but that they might know an incredible peace in the deepest part of their soul. That they might know that heaven can be their eternal home and that their sins can be completely and eternally forgiven.

This is God’s amazing promise to all who put their faith in Jesus and His sacrifice of love.

Dear Muslim friends: “Do you fear hell?”

If you do, please hear these words: “You don’t have to. . .”

Do You Have A Shepherd To Save Your Life? (A Story Of Hope From Afghanistan)


In the midst of death, a story of hope from Afghanistan. . .

I met Abdul early this year. Abdul is an Afghan. A few years ago while still in Afghanistan, his English was good enough to be hired as an interpreter for American troops fighting the Taliban. An American soldier became a friend and gave him a Bible. Abdul was particularly struck by something written 3,000 years ago by King Dawood in the Zabur, Psalm 23:

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Abdul read those verses over and over for many months.

Later, he worked for the British troops fighting the Taliban. As they were out on a mission, an Afghan man came running toward the British soldiers, waving his hands and yelling something.

Was he trying to protect the soldiers from danger ahead? Or. . . was he, in fact, the danger?

As he got closer to the soldiers, a shepherd suddenly appeared from the side and stopped Abdul to talk. They talked briefly, which kept him from advancing with the troops toward the man running at them. Suddenly, there was a horrible explosion. The man who was running toward the British troops had blown himself up, tearing apart the bodies of several of the soldiers and killing them.

Abdul was shaken by this. He had personally seen the Taliban behead interpreters. He was not unaccustomed to real, terrifying danger. But this was different.

That night, Abdul spoke to the other soldiers about the shepherd who approached him that terrible day and spoke briefly to him. To his shock and amazement, none of the surviving soldiers had seen the shepherd.

Who was this shepherd?

Abdul was baffled by this question but then he remembered the words of Psalm 23 about the One who protects His sheep with His rod:


The shepherd. . .was. . .Jesus who said in The Injil (John 10:11, 14):


That night, he crossed over a line. He gave his life to Jesus, the Good Shepherd who had saved his life.

A good news story of hope. . .from Afghanistan.

Do you have a Shepherd to save your life?

Sunni Vs. Shia, White Vs. Black – A Problem. . .Of The Heart?

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Where does hatred come from? Violence? Murder? Where do they originate?

The Prophet Jesus said the words in the graphic above. Like other sins, he said, hatred, violence, and murder come. . .from the heart.

Ben Watson – a professional American football player – writes below regarding the horrible racial divide and recent racial violence in America.


I wonder, could his words – this is “a sin problem” – also relate to the Sunni-Shia conflict as well?

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I know the Sunni-Shia conflict is complex. I know it is very, very old. But could it be that this often bloody Sunni-Shia conflict is not just a religious or a political problem but something that all of us have – a sin problem? A problem. . .of the heart.

Please read and see if you believe that any of Watson’s words below about racial tension, hatred, and violence in America apply to the current Sunni-Shia situation in the Middle East.


I’M ANGRY, because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

I’M FEARFUL. because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

I’M EMBARRASSED, because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.

I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.

I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.

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I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.

I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn.

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BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the. . .tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”

Have You Had A Dream (Or Vision) Of A “Man In White”?

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To all my dear Muslim friends around the world,

Have you ever had a dream or a vision of a “man in white,” especially during Ramadan?

The Injil describes such a vision:

“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.” (Matthew 17:1-2)

Dear Muslim reader, maybe you have had a dream or vision of Isa – of Jesus. Many Muslims around the world have seen Him this way and they say that they have never known such love. If you see Him, I pray that you will respond to His amazing love – for you!

If you have a dream or vision of Jesus, seek out a follower of Jesus to talk to. Look for an Injil to read and learn more about the Prophet Jesus and his love. And then pray that you might know, “Is this truth?”

As always, I love you, my Muslim friends. . .

A 4th Of July Prayer For American Muslims

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Dear American Muslim Friends,

Today is a big day in American history. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

Now, 240 years later, our nation is a nation of more and more immigrants from all over the globe. And now, though our country began with Judeo-Christian roots, many of these immigrants are Muslims. For this, I am glad. I am glad because I want to be a reflection to all Muslims of the love of Jesus in my heart.

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And so, dear Muslim friends, here is my prayer for you on July 4, 2016:

“Almighty God in Heaven,
I thank You today on Independence Day that You have brought Muslim people here to America from all over the world. I thank You for the many American Muslims that I know and love and count as friends.”

“Almighty God, I pray for Muslims in this time of horrific terrorism. Extremists seem to be rising up everywhere. I ask that You would stop them and help them to see who You really are – a God of love. I ask that Americans would not allow the media to stereotype all Muslims in their minds. I ask that they would not be prejudiced or even racist toward American Muslims (or Muslim international students and refugees) during this time of our upcoming presidential election.”

“Lord, I ask that American Christians would befriend American Muslims and show them kindness, hospitality, and generosity. That Christians would go the extra mile in helping, serving, giving. Almighty God, when it comes to Muslims, I pray that Christians would become more like Jesus (compassion, grace, and truth) and less like Jonah (running away because of fear and hate).”

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“O Father in Heaven, I pray that churches would reach out to mosques and have sincere, respectful, heart-to-heart dialogues about their faiths – both the similarities, as well as the differences. I ask that love would rule over those times of Muslim-Christian conversation. I ask that no one would try to ‘win,’ but all would try to learn.”

“Lord, I ask that all of us – Muslims and Christians – would see clearly who Jesus is. I ask during these last few days of Ramadan that my American Muslim friends would have dreams of ‘the man in white’the Prophet Jesus. I ask that he would speak to hearts and minds through these dreams and visions.”

“Finally, great and merciful God in Heaven, I pray that You would help the relatives of American Muslims in these countries especially: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya (and also those affected by terrorism most recently in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia). The people of those countries have suffered so greatly! Come, Lord, and heal. Come, Lord, and bring Your mercy to the suffering.”

“This is my 4th of July prayer today, O God, for American Muslims.”

“And as a follower of Jesus, I pray all these things in His name.”



After Terrorism In Orlando, I Choose Love


Dear Muslim Friends,

We have all heard of the latest act of terrorism – the mass shooting in Orlando this past weekend. 49 dead. Over 50 more injured. Tragic. Heart-breaking.

But my Muslim friends, I feel so badly for you too. You who love peace. You who must cringe every time you hear of another shooting attributed to a “Muslim extremist. . .”

Today, I wrote this piece below and put it on my private Facebook page as well as my I Love Muslims Facebook page. I hope it lets you know that no matter how many attacks like this take place, there are Christians who sincerely love you.

I choose love. . .


In times like today (the tragedy in Orlando), I am challenged all the more to love like Jesus. His is not a naive love. It does not bury its head in the sand in trying to be politically correct about the reality of terrorism, of radical jihadists. But neither does it stereotype all Muslims and spread more fear and anger.

Others differ but I believe there is a time for waging war on the battlefield to stop evil and there is also a time for waging peace in our interpersonal relationships with those who are Muslim but hate ISIS and the kind of violence done in Orlando.

How would you like to be a truly peaceful Muslim today and be lumped together with this deranged shooter? Or with ISIS? To hear Donald Trump repeatedly call for steps to be taken against you? How would you like to be a Muslim parent whose child came home from school today with tears because he or she was treated with contempt because of Orlando?

It’s a fact: there are Muslim extremists. Jihadists. Terrorists. Evil, evil people. No doubt about it. And they must be stopped.

But let me tell you. My Muslim friends hate this violence. And because of all the stereotyping, they need love tonight.

I choose love. I choose to love Muslims in a time that is difficult for them.

I choose to love. . .like Jesus.