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The cycle of unfaithfulness, exile, repentance, and deliverance goes all the way back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. They chose to go the wrong way, and they set in motion this cycle of rebellion and suffering that has echoed down through history. Now we in the Christian church, in Western civilization and throughout the world, are experiencing significant suffering as a result of centuries of spiritual compromise.


Western civilization was founded by the Christian Reformation--a movement that brought light and life to a world emerging from the Dark Ages. But Western civilization has fallen away from its founding principles. So we need a new Reformation to awaken the West from its slumber.


We who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are not without hope. We have the greatest hope of all. That hope is the God-Man who hung on a cross to redeem humanity and who rose again to prove His divine power. Today, His arms are open wide, and He calls to us, “Repent, come to Me, and I will deliver you from your enemies and restore you to wholeness.”


The cyclical pattern that began with Adam and Eve, that continued throughout Old Testament times, and that remains in effect today can yet be broken. We are not doomed to destruction--but we haven’t a moment to lose. It is time to answer the call of our Redeemer.


Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the tremendous hope we have in You--a hope that does not fail. Open the eyes of Your church, Father, and may You restore us to our roles as faithful disciples who point people to the Gospel of Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).

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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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