Brunei is a small country enclave within the area of Malaysia.  It has some interesting facts.  It is one of the riches states in Asia due to their oil and gas reserves, and has free education and health care, no income tax for most, and heavily subsidized housing, fuel and food.  The Sultan rules as an absolute monarch and maintains the traditions of a Muslim monarchy that dates back to the 15th century.  The Christian church does exist there, but under difficult conditions.  Evangelism is illegal, no foreign Christian workers are permitted, and importing Bibles or Christian literature is illegal.  Religious instruction in all schools, including Christian schools, is only Islam. Brunei gained their independence from Britain in 1983.  In […]
This is the question a co-worker asked me a few weeks ago.  It is an important question, and honestly, a difficult one to try to answer.  My friend was having difficulty reconciling what she saw around the world with her Christian beliefs.  “There are a billion muslims,” she said, “I can’t see how God will send a billion people to hell when they are only following the only culture and traditions they have ever known.” She asked this question a few days before the Paris terror attacks.  I don’t know if our conversation would have been different if it had taken place after the attacks, but I do know that the day before any tragedy seems to be a normal day […]
Muslims say you cannot know God.  He is unknowable and unreachable.  Unlike the Christian God, Allah is a distant supreme being that cannot be known.  At best, all one can do is hope to gain Allah’s mercy when they die.  But it is not a guarantee.  Even then, their paradise is not considered to be a fellowship with God. But as I was reading in the book of Psalms today, I came across this beautiful poetry from Psalm 139 that describes a very different God.  We can know Him!  Listen to these words… O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her stories of life, hope, and everyday faith show how we can experience real faith in our daily lives.