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From: "Robert Tolliver" <lifeunlimited@...>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 23:52:36 -0400
Standing Shoulder To Shoulder Together As
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Shoulder To Shoulder #606 ---- 7/20/09

Title:  "Hardships -- Escaping Them or Enduring Them"



Dear Friend and Pilgrim Partner:

Today I begin writing to you on a quiet morning from the gigantic porch of a three-story mountain cabin overlooking the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Jo Ann and I have enjoyed nearly a week of travel to amazing places like the one-of-a-kind Corn Palace in Mitchell, the Lewis and Clark Exhibition Center near Chamberlain, Wall Drug in Wall, the Crazy Horse monument, the 1880 Train trip from Hill City to Keystone, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, and a cluster of other places that slip my mind.  We've traveled more, eaten more, and slept less than anytime in recent memory, but have enjoyed it all as our children and grandchildren served as our hosts, cooks, and drivers.  We have been royally pampered . . . and we've taken full advantage of it.

It was hard to leave such an area, but necessary.  By the time I finish my letter, we will have traveled another 300+ miles southward to North Platte, NE, where we spent the night Sunday before moving on to Lincoln to visit our friends, the McPike's, tonight.  Brian and Chris were charter founding board members for Life Unlimited Ministries when we officially incorporated in 1981.  Tomorrow we drive to Wichita, KS to visit long-time friends the Berwick's and spend the night with the first pastor under whom I served following seminary, Gordon Dorian and his wife, Doris.  Then it's onward home Wednesday to prepare for our oldest daughter and her family's arrival on Saturday.



ODDS 'N' ENDS:

I'm still trying to decide whether to keep these little tidbits at the beginning of my letters, or move them to the end.  I'm fearful they might be more easily overlooked at the end, so at least for now they remain near the beginning where you can glance at the lead lines and decide whether or not you want to do further investigation.  So, for what they're worth, . . .

+  Teach Both Sides of Evolution:  A recent Zogby Poll showed that the majority of Americans polled want both the strengths and the weaknesses of Darwin's evolutionary theory taught by teachers in public schools.  The highest preference came from Democrats.  See the article at http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=50607.

+  Gore Says Cap-and-Trade will bring about World Government:  Here's a thought-provoking article in which Al Gore says the proposed Cap-and-Trade bill now in Congress will result in global agreements and world government.  Read it at http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/gore_global_government/2009/07/13/234995.html?s=al&promo_code=833F-1.

+  Atheists Are At It Again:  The Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a law suit trying to stop the "In God We Trust" insignia on the new Capitol Visitors' Center in Washington, D.C.  Read the article at http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/us_congress_national_motto/2009/07/14/235499.html.

+  What the FOCA will do:  Many people are gravely concerned and alarmed over the proposed "Freedom Of Choice Act" while others tout its benefits with great energy.  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee recently wrote a summary of some of the devastating effects FOCA will have on family values and Here's what he wrote.  The FOCA will . . .
    >  Establish abortion as a "fundamental right," elevating it to the same status as the right to vote and the right to free speech -- going beyond any Supreme Court decision in enshrining unlimited abortion-on-demand into American law.

    >  Eliminate every restriction on abortion nationwide -- including 44 states' laws concerning parental involvement, 40 states' laws on restricting later-term abortions, 46 states' conscience protection laws for individual health care providers, 27 states' conscience protection laws for institutions, 38 states' bans on partial-birth abortions, 33 states' laws on requiring counseling before an abortion, and 16 states' laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion.

    >  Compel taxpayer funding of abortions through state and federal welfare programs, federal employee insurance plans, and in military hospitals.

    >  Force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions [no matter what their moral, ethical, or religious beliefs may be].

    >  Force doctors and nurses to provide counseling and referral for abortions [no matter what their moral, ethical, or religious beliefs may be].

+  NEA Officially Supports "Same Sex Marriage":  During its recent national meeting in San Diego, the National Education Association expressed full and complete support of "same sex marriage".  You can read the article at http://www.onenewsnow.com/Education/Default.aspx?id=603580.

+  San Diego Invaded By Giant Squid:  Associated Press carried an article Thursday about giant aggressive squid normally found in deep waters off of western Mexico have shown up along the shores of San Diego.  The article describing squid five feet long and 100 pounds in weight can be found at http://apnews.myway.com//article/20090716/D99FNTO81.html.  You can see the video mentioned in the article by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?vlcKQt5hHDXg&fmt22.

+  A Freedom of Speech campaign for Christians:  Last Thursday, Chuck Colson's "Breakpoint" article featured a number of students whose right to free speech in school was refused.  The article, to be found at http://www.breakpoint.org/commentaries/11902-religion-in-schools, introduces an outstanding campaign I would personally encourage every Christian to participate in.  The vast majority of school administrators and teachers are either uninformed as to a student's rights, or they are intimidated by organizations such as ACLU, usually threatened with law suits.  This campaign can help expose educational leaders to the truth.

+  Fetuses Have Memory:  A most interesting story found at http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/fetuses_have_memories/2009/07/16/236295.html?s=al&promo_code=8378-1 indicate that fetuses weighing less than three pounds have memory.  This is further evidence of human life beginning at conception.

+  Israeli's View of Our President:  The Jerusalem Connection recently carried a pointed commentary on the traditional Israeli view of President Obama.  It certainly reveals the diametrically opposite positions conservative and secular Jews have toward him.  Read it at http://support.tjci.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5475.

+  The World's Cross Carrier:  Arthur Blessitt is a household name to most Christians because of his life-long commitment to carry a cross on his shoulders to every part of the world.  For thirty-eight years, Blessitt carried the cross a total of over 38,000 miles, sharing the Gospel with people of every color and race including people such as Yassar Arafat.  Read an ASSIST News Service about him at http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2009/s09070091.htm.  A movie entitled "The Cross" is being produced by TBN and is due for release in major theaters fairly soon.

+  Don't Forget Iran:  Several Iranian friends of mine periodically send me reports about what's going on in Iran.  Contrary to the assumption that the government has squelched the struggle for freedom and has cut off almost all forms of communication, reports and tapes continue to find their way to the internet and to news media.  Even though the American media chooses to ignore most of the reports because the subject is no longer revenue generating, there is still much global support.  The following video clips at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj4sbhgT_Ak , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssXRotwtnis , and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UnXP89jlcc are but a few examples of the continued struggle for democracy and freedom.  Jo Ann and I currently have friends now there who need your prayer, along with all the people of Iran.  Please do all you can to pray for them, pray for the Church in Iran, pray for safety to all, pray that governmental policy change will allow freedom of expression, assembly, and religion.  Pray that the cause of Christ will prevail during these days.  Finally, do all you can to see that the issue doesn't slip into the shadows of time like Darfur, Somalia, and other situations have.



THE REALITY OF HARDSHIPS:

More than once last week I mentioned to one of my sons-in-law how struck I was by the hostility toward life that seemed to be so prominent in western South Dakota.  I'm an absolute "scenery and vista freak", and my imagination runs wild when I view any panorama of any kind.  It doesn't matter if it's Croatia's coastal mountains of the Adriatic Sea, the rolling plains of Kansas and Nebraska, or the towering Alps of Switzerland, I'm awed by it all.  I can stand (or sit) for hours and simply gaze . . . and think . . . and wonder.

God has blessed Jo Ann and me with totally unpredicted opportunities to travel to numerous countries and every State east of the Mississippi south of New York, and every State west of the Mississippi except two (Montana and Alaska).  We've been blessed to travel to every country in western Europe except Spain and Portugal, several Central and Eastern European countries (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Ukraine, etc.), Israel and Cyprus in the Middle East, several Caribbean countries, as well as countries in Central and South America and as far south as New Zealand.  Such travel blessings were completely foreign to our thinking as we began our lives together some fifty years ago.  Though not nearly as traveled as many others, we are two of the most blessed people in the world to have seen what we've seen and experienced what we have.

In almost every circumstance, however, I thought of what life must have been like for those who had lived there before our visit . . . or even those residents of our day.  I still remember vividly driving between Karlovac and Blata in Croatia just two years after the war and wondering what it was like for the people there as the Serb armies swarmed the hills and mountains and charged along the roadways.  I felt the same way when Jo Ann and I stood on more than one occasion at the site of an abandoned Serb gun emplacement from which mortars rained down like a devastating hailstorm on Sarajevo.  As we passed through the checkpoint into Israel's West Bank last October, I wondered what it was like to live under "lock down" for the Arabs and Jews in and around Bethlehem, or for the Jews living within easy range of Hezbollah's rockets.  As we sat in a restaurant in Medellin Colombia several years ago with our oldest daughter and her family, I wondered how the people endured the pressure of FARC rebel soldiers less than five miles away and others in barrio's even closer who planted bombs in the middle of the night.

As I sat on the porch last week and looked at the indescribably beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, I couldn't help but imagine what it was like for the Sioux Indian tribes as they faced the hardships of weather, terrain, strange immigrant settlers, and U.S. government military advances.  I thought of the French fur trappers as they blazed trails and relationships with groups and tribes.  I wondered about the pioneers and early settlers trying to make their ways through this vast territory to the west.  The thought of the railroad workers, particularly the Chinese immigrants, who had to deal with the challenges they faced crossed my mind.  I wondered about the gold seekers who ended up stuck and broke, and how they fared the elements and their enemies.  Then there were the soldiers caught between the demands of Washington and the resistance of the Sioux Indians.  The scenarios of survival and hardship flooded my mind.

 The Sioux are made up of three large tribes that share a common language (with only slight dialect differences) and culture. The three divisions are the Dakota, the Nakota, and the Lakota (named here for their dialects). The Dakota, or Eastern Sioux, living primarily in western Minnesota and the eastern Dakota's, are made up of four bands, the Mdewakantonwan, the Wahpekute, the Sisseton, and the Wahpeton. The Nakota, or Middle Sioux, consisting of the Yankton and Yanktonai, primarily inhabit central North Dakota and north-central South Dakota. The Lakota, or Western Sioux (also known as the Teton Sioux), were the largest Sioux tribal group, made up of seven bands who inhabit a vast area from the Missouri River west to the Bighorn Mountains and from the Platte River north into the extreme southern parts of the Canadian Plains.  We're well familiar with events like the Battles of Wounded Knee and Little Big Horn that took place in this area.

As Jo Ann and I traveled to our family vacation destination, we drove primarily through the lands of the Nakota and Lakota people. Try to imagine with me what it must have been like to live in a place where most travel was over steep ranges of rocky, forest-covered mountains or along rugged boulder-strewn rivers and streams.  To the East were the "mako sika" as the Lakota called them, or the "les mauvaises terres a traverser" as called by the French trappers.  They both meant "the bad lands", and they are certainly just that.  No wonder outlaw gangs and renegade Indians used them for safety and protection.

Consider the challenges of frigid winters out in the wind-swept plains or hostile mountains where gale-force winds forced their way down every canyon and around every precipice.  Think of what it must have been like to start a new life and begin a new adventure in a place where both nature and native were hostile to your presence.  Imagine yourself being a person unfamiliar with and unprepared for such a life, surrounded by others who were seasoned and experienced in such a lifestyle.



ESCAPING HARDSHIPS:

The Apostle Paul refers to hardship and suffering for the inconvenient cause of Christ at least nine times in his books to the Corinthians (II Cor 11:27), Thessalonians (I Thes 2:9; 3:8), and the Philippians (Phil 4:12).  In addition, he addresses the issue four times to his young protégé, Timothy (II Tim 2:3; 2:9; 4:5; II Tim 1:8).  Peter and James also mention the reality of suffering for the cause of Christ (James 5:10; 5:13; I Pet 2:19; 5:19).  Jesus, Himself, made it clear that to follow Him meant dealing with the hardships accompanying forsaking everything and following Him.  There is no doubt that the Bible clearly indicates that following Christ faithfully will involve difficult times, places, conditions, and events.

Why, then, is it that so many Christians today try to evade or escape hardships?  The Lord only knows.  And, of course, if we're totally honest, those of us who try to escape hardships know the reasons, too.  Some of them could include . . .

+  A superficial commitment:  Tragically, our commitment to Christ is far too often built on convenience rather than a total abandonment to Christ.  If our commitment to Christ is conditional, namely dependent on comfort, minimal cost and strain, the response of Christ, and assured benefits, it is purely superficial.  There's no depth . . . no inner strength.

+  An inappropriate loyalty:  Hardships frequently strip away the facade and expose the fact that our loyalty is Not to Christ, but to our own agenda, a human leader, an idea, or an opportunity for personal advancement.  Such things will not support the weight of hardships and suffering.  More often than not, a person with this type of inappropriate loyalty will turn away and latch on to something else, or will simply quit altogether.  It is only a "head over heals" love of Christ and an abandonment to all He is that will prove to be a sufficient loyalty to get one through difficult times.

+  A refusal to abandon the world system and its comforts:  Too often we want to keep one foot in the kingdom ventures and the other foot in the world system.  Even when we face suffering and hardship, it's too easy for us to turn to the world's resources to get us through.  We turn to logic instead of revelation, to the visible rather than the invisible, the temporal rather than the eternal, and the transient rather than the permanent.  We must put our money where our mouths are . . . when hardships come, the world has no lasting solution . . . only temporary relief.

+  An inconvenient circumstance:  By nature we are always looking for an escape hatch . . . an easy way out.  So, whether consciously or unconsciously, we are wired to take advantage of any "inconvenient" circumstance or condition as a means of side stepping, evading, or simply bailing out of difficult times.  Hardships are never enjoyable, so if our commitment to Christ is not strong and unshakeable, we will look for the earliest possible opportunity to escape them.

+  The Absence of a cause:  Have you considered the idea that there needs to be something of value . . . an end result, a reward, a benefit . . . to cause a person to endure hardship?  Sometimes it is hope, sometimes it is a champion's award, sometimes it is an idea.  Think about it . . . if there is no reason to endure hardship, then let's find a way to get out of it.  For a believer, if he has forgotten the reason Christ came, the reason Christ called him, or the motivation to share God's love and mercy, there are few causes that will be sustainable for enduring hardship.

+  The lack of a goal:  Likewise, if there is no attainable "visible" objective or outcome, the temptation to escape hardship will quickly become overpowering.

+  The weakening or loss of love:  Perhaps the most heartbreaking condition that will tempt one to escape hardships and suffering is when our love for Him becomes presumptuous, or becomes so commonplace that it loses its pull.  Just as the Laodicean Church departed from their first love, you and I can find ourselves so wrapped up in good and righteous activity that we don't even realize the same thing has happened.  Paul, one of the greatest examples of enduring hardship and suffering, reminds us in II Corinthians five that "the love of Christ compels me".

There may be other factors that contribute to our desire to evade hardship and suffering, but these are clearly enough to make us think twice before we try to figure out some gimmick that will release us from perhaps one of the most important and valued opportunities in our lifetimes to be further conformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ.



ENDURING HARDSHIPS:

Frankly, most of us as believers don't have a clue how to deal with difficult times or hardship.  We are, generally speaking, a generation of spiritual "couch potatoes", complainers, and cowards.  We are an embarrassing generation to those who have gone before us as followers of Christ.  We must leave these shores and travel to other places such as India, Indonesia, Somalia, Iraq, or Iran, to find the real modern-day heroes of biblical Christian discipleship.  So, maybe we need to take a look at the pilgrims of old, the pioneers of early America, or the examples of modern Asian, Middle Eastern, or North African Christ followers.  In doing so, we might learn the principles of enduring hardship . . . including things like the following ----

+  Recognize that hardships are part of the package.  This is a pretty simple but often forgotten truth.  Every human being since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden has faced hardships.  It's not a sign of failure, sin, or spiritual weakness.  Hardships are part of life.

+  Rejoice extravagantly when hardships come.  This won't make the hardships any easier, but it will clearly do three things.  First, it will lift your own spirits and make you feel better.  Next, it will honor the Lord as you express your confidence in Him through your rejoicing and praise.  Finally, it serves notice on the powers of darkness, and it dislodges them from trying to take advantage of the hardships.

+  Keep your love, loyalty, and allegiance both focused and fresh.  One of the most difficult challenges a Christian has is that of keeping his relationship with Christ fresh.  If your commitment is to a place, a project, or something else, it will be difficult to maintain during times of hardship and struggle.  You will simply be no more than a "fair weather friend" to Christ, and not a true follower.  His path always leads us through, rather than away from, hardships.  He Himself made it clear that abiding in Him and maintaining a fresh daily fellowship with Him is essential, especially difficult times.

+  Use Creative Adaptation.  Just as the early pioneers learned to be creative, we, too, must learn to turn what would be a hardship leading to a setback into an advantageous tool to move you further along in God's plan and purpose.  In other words, turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

+  Take Advantage of Conditions.  Normally when hardships come, we tend to retreat, detour, or delay . . . or simply give up.  However, every challenge offers an opportunity that might otherwise never be there for you.  Learn to use the conditions of hardship to your advantage and to further your progress in following the Lord.  When it gets real muddy, take time to test out your new boots rather than using it as an excuse to go back to the porch.

+  Make Hardship Work For You.  If you take time to think it through, hardships can serve as the leverage pivot of a fulcrum.  Every single time you face a hardship of go through suffering, you have an choice . . . either enter into defeat and discouragement, or use the hardship as leverage to accomplish what God has called you to do.  How to do that will come through prayer, fasting, and searching God's Word for appropriate principles.

+  Use Hardship to Build Your own Strength and Character.  Paul deals with this concept in Romans chapter five where he tells us that when we enter into temptation, it will build patience, which generates character, which bears the fruit of endurance, which increases confidence.

+  Remember the power of your testimony to others.  The last thing you'll want to do is shy away from those challenges that could have been a lasting testimony to others of the faithfulness of God during such times.  We often forget that others are watching us and the way we handle difficult times.  Often times our awareness that the way we handle hardships can affect the spiritual destiny of others who are watching us will be the one thing that will keep us going.

+  Minister to and Share With Those Nearby, whether hostile, fearful, or friendly.  It has been said that we minister best when we minister from within our own pain.  There is great truth there.  It is easy to become self absorbed in our hardships, forgetting that others have their own share of difficulties.  When we concentrate on serving other people, no matter whether they are friends or enemies, God graciously and supernaturally steps in, lightens our own load, puts a spring in our step, and carries us through our own problems.



FINALLY:

I know I've written about hardships in the past, but simply felt this was something I needed to share with you again.  It's my prayer that you and I will both learn the Christlike way to handle hardships and suffering.  There is great benefit in doing so.  Let's be reminded of a few simple passages of scripture that will helpful encourage us:

+  John 16:32-33 ---- "Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.  These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

+  James 2:1-5 ---- Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

+  Rom 5:1-5 ---- Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

+  II Tim 2:3-6 ----  Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.  The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.

+  II Tim 4:5-8 ---- But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

In His Bond, By His Grace, and For His Kingdom,

Bob Tolliver -- Romans 1:11
Copyright July, 2009
Life Unlimited Ministries
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REMEMBER ---- "Service before the Cross is what man can do for God; service after the Cross is what God can do through a man" ---- T. Allen Robburts

It's our desire to provide you links to helpful resources.  However, the contents of these sites do not necessarily represent the views we personally hold.  These are sites we have found helpful in the past for various topics, and want you to know about them.  Use at your own discretion.

Websites Crucial For Today:
Consider these special websites that are particularly important in light of world conditions.

Resources and News from balanced and Family Friendly Perspectives:
  www.onenewsnow.com -- an excellent news website giving you more thorough news reporting.
  www.cnsnews.com for daily world news without a liberal, godless bias.
  www.voa.com -- Voice of America in many languages.
  www.christianmonitor.org -- a good source for global news from a Christian perspective.
  www.assistnews.net -- Another excellent news source for things the western media never reports.
  www.foxnews.com -- a balanced news source with generally moderate-to-conservative editorial and opinion spots.
  http://www.wnd.com/ -- an excellent news website for news from a family-friendly Christian perspective containing news the liberal media will never report.
 http://www.leadershipletters.com/ -- an outstanding resource for anyone wanting to become or help raise up a great leader.
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page -- excellent on-line encyclopedia on almost every topic, usually unbiased.
  http://prayercentral.net/baghdad/today -- to pray for troops in Iraq.
  www.wallbuilders.org -- Tools for understanding and responding to America's moral decay.
 http://www.faithandevolution.org/ -- Good resources for evolution and creationism.
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ -- Secular but conservative source of news, blogs, and twitters.

Resources on Middle East, Israel, Bible Prophecy:
  http://www.aish.com/search/article_search_results.asp?article_author=Rabbi+Ken+Spiro&title_text=&date_amount=&date_option=year -- one of the most COMPREHENSIVE HISTORIES of Israel I've ever seen, written from a Jewish Perspective.  A Profound resource for those interested.
  www.livingwaters.com -- Ray Comfort website.  Outstanding resources on evangelism and ministry.
 http://www.persecution.org/suffering/index.php -- Outstanding website on persecution of Christians.
  www.bible411.com/nationofmiracles/index.htm -- excellent website on Israel
  http://favorminded.com/pray/3300israel.html -- excellent website on Israel
  www.sidroth.org -- excellent website on Israel, especially evidences of God's supernatural intervention
  www.hallindsey.org -- current events as relating to Bible prophecy
  www.christiantrumpetsounding.com -- excellent source of articles on Israel and Bible prophecy and other topics
  www.levitt.com -- strategic newsletter, reports, resources, particularly on Bible Prophecy
  www.jewishsoftware.com excellent Jewish sources on Hebrew language, Jewish history, beliefs, practices.
  http://www.4922trust.org/ -- an excellent site on Christian relationship to Israel.
  http://www.ajhs.org/ American Jewish historical society.
  www.israeltoday.co.il Israel today news and resources.
  www.jpost.com  Jerusalem Post newspaper.
  www.jewishvoice.com Jonathan Burness ministry with excellent info and resources
  www.jerusalemconnection.org good Jewish culture/beliefs source
  www.favorminded.com good source for those supporting Israel
  www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org exceptional sour of information on Israel, ancient and modern
  www.aish.com comprehensive site on Jewish history including famed "Crash Course In Jewish History"
  www.israelimages.com hundreds of excellent photos, old and new, of Israel and her people.
  www.jerusalemshots.com/en another great source of pictures.
  www.technorati.com/tag/antisemitism a sobering source of anti-Semitic photos.
  www.yadvashem.org martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust
  www.favorminded.org excellent historic and contemporary information on Israel

Helpful General Resources
  www.biblos.com -- EXCELLENT Bible study tools and resources.
  www.bibletraining.com -- EXCELLENT pastoral training global opportunity source.
  www.dota.net -- AMAZING Bible training materials via PDF downloads and radio programs in several languages.
  http://www.impactapologetics.com/default.asp?cookiecheck=yes& -- Great source for information on Christian apologetics.
  www.sermonindex.net for access to over 3900 downloadable audio sermons.  Exceptional site.
  www.bible.christianity.com an excellent general source for quality Bible study tools and other things.  Links to other great sites.
  www.illustramedia.com a great site for video on creation and evolution.
  www.livinit.org a super source for Christian extreme sports witness to youth
  www.creationscience.net an excellent source for dealing with evolution and creation
  www.crosstv.com a great site for video on creation, evolution, and apologetics
  www.onechurchsource.com a good site with links for many resources.
  www.biblemaster.com for great Bible resources and downloads.  Exceptional site.
  www.e-sword.net ---- one of the best free download Bible study sites I've ever seen!
  http://www.discipleshipdirect.com/ for new and fresh evangelism & discipleship materials.
  www.multilanguage.com -- a great source for resources for language ministries.
  http://www.answersingenesis.org/ ---- one of the best Creation websites I've ever seen.
  http://frangipane.org ---- for excellent brief words of encouragement from
    one of America's premier evangelical writers/thinkers.
  www.worldprayerteam.org ---- A world-wide network for praying together.
  www.watchword.org ---- excellent resources on revival, prayer, missions.
  www.waymakers.org ---- resources on prayer, evangelism, etc.
  www.missionvisionnetwork.org ---- resources on prayer & missions
  www.global-prayer-digest.org ---- resources on world-wide prayer
  http://www.nppn.org ---- "National Pastors' Prayer Network" newsletter.  ~
     email: phil@....  Register your PPG: http://www.nppn.org/ppg/ .
  www.LifeAction.org ---- "Life Action Outreach".

Valuable Resources on Islam:
  http://khanepedar.com ---- a NEW evangelistic website for Muslims.  Please share this with others, especially those who know Muslims or have a ministry to Muslims.
  www.muslimjourneytohope.org filled with testimonies and resources.
  http://bibleprobe.com/islamapostates.htm ---- fantastic website on ISLAM (amazing testimonies and excellent resources)
  www.johnankerburg.org ---- excellent resources of facts, testimonies, and tools
  http://cbw.strang.com/c.cgi?ProdID=8847&Source=CNSITE
  www.elam.com ---- source of testimonies and resources
  www.ethnicharvest.org ---- resources
  www.answeringislam.de/main/farsi  ---- resources
  www.persianchristianity.com ----
  www.farsibible.org ---- Bibles
Bob Tolliver
Life Unlimited Ministries
lifeunlimited@...