A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

In one of the greatest passages written on the subject, the author of Hebrews writes:

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; . . . For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10)

An old Norwegian story says, “God our Father called us aside one day in the home palace of heaven and sent us out to this ‘island colony’ called the earth.” Certainly, one of the greatest dangers we will face is the temptation to fall in love with this “island.”

Many people live as though they will never leave this earth. They amass a large amount of wealth and material possessions without giving serious thought to how they can contribute to the Kingdom work of God on earth. Their minds and hearts are “island-bound” or simply earthbound. They have fallen in love with this temporary abode.

Jesus told His disciples, “[W]here your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Abraham was not in love with this world. His heart was set on the city of God, and his quest was to live as though he was one step away from seeing it.

Have this world’s passions and desires captured your heart? Or are you living as though you are on the brink of experiencing God’s holy dwelling place—the city of God?

Prayer: Lord, I want to live only for You. Let my heart be Yours, and this earth only my temporary dwelling place. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“[M]any live as enemies of the cross of Christ. . . . Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:18b-20).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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