Friday, November 23, 2012

The Insanity of God

I have been waiting for the release of the story of Nik and Ruth Ripken for over three years now since I first sat under the teaching of Nik. It was a life changing week for me as I sat in awe at the stories and at moments I was left in tears at hearing stories of the global church. I promise you that this will be one story you will want to read.

Nik Ripken and his wife, Ruth, continue to work amongst believers in very high-risk countries. This documentary tells the story of how God led the Ripken's to Somalia na├»vely expecting (while feeding thousands of people each day) to partner with Jesus to see light overcome darkness. Instead, after seven long, hard years they exited Somalia asking faith-shaking questions such as, "Is Jesus who he says He is? Does He have both the love and power needed to overcome the entrenched evil in places like Somalia? Or is Jesus just for the Western countries where resurrection has become so celebrated, but crucifixion has been forgotten?"

Accompanying the documentary, Nik Ripken's book, THE INSANITY OF GOD: A True Story Of Faith Resurrected, explains how he traveled to more than 72 countries and interviewed more than 600 believers who live, or have lived, in the midst of persecution. By reading this book, you can sit at the feet of the Ripkens and learn from them whether one can say in the places of severe persecution, "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world."

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1 comment:

  1. I have often thought that we in the West do not often understand the full import of 1 Peter 4:12ff because our experience, false as it may be, is that people are doing it right have the type of success that Corrie ten Boom did when faced with difficult situations. When things don't go that way, we tend to fall into the Job trap without realizing it thinking "I've done all the right things; why isn't God rewarding me with success?" The way we handle death is as much a testimony as the way we handle life. And it's a testimony of the God who we should know from his indewlling to a world who doesn't know him, even those who haven't learned much from his indwelling.