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Tale of Two Kingdoms – Part 2

by on Jan.24, 2010, under Cambodia, One Prayer, Spiritual

Part 2 of Tale of Two Kingdoms moved Jack and I from Seim Reap and the jungles of the north to Cambodia’s largest city, Phnom Phen. Along the way we stopped by to witness a baptism service by some of the brand new churches began by One Prayer church planters.. but more on that in the next post.

Just saying the name of the city, Phnom Phen raises childhood memories. I grew up during the height of the Vietnam war. Nearly every day I would hear Walter Cronkite reporting on the number of young men who had died in the war that day. I often imagined that could be my fate. Many of these reports would come in from Phnom Phen.  I will have more to say on that in another post as well.

But nothing could have prepared us for what we saw in and around Phnom Phen.

The killing fields, as it’s commonly referred too, is just outside of the city. For a full historical account, google will give you all you could ever want to read. The atrocities performed by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge cannot be overstated. We also visited a school that had been converted into a place of torture, interrogation and murder.

When men falter and submit to the god of this world, satan builds a kingdom… and this is what it looks like.

However, there is a different kingdom, The Kingdom of God. And on the thrown sits Jesus Christ, the lamb slain for the sins of man. His Kingdom has no end, and there will be no place for evil. His subjects are His children and fellow heirs.

“2 Corinthians 4:16 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.17 These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us.18 There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”

Part three will address God’s kingdom being built in the hearts of new Christ followers in Cambodia through the One Prayer church planting efforts.

Coming soon..

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Tale of Two Kingdoms – Part 1

by on Jan.07, 2010, under Cambodia, One Prayer

Part one of “Tale of Two Kingdoms” looks at the art, history, culture, religion and wealth of the Khmer people. They’re story includes a rise to incredible prosperity but as often happens when kingdoms are built by the hands of men, they fall. Jack Magruder, One Prayer field corespondent, highlights a few historical details as he tours the once opulent, now ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The Kingdoms of men rise and fall. Only God’s Kingdom will last forever. Part one, the rise. Part two the fall and the rebirth of a new kingdom. One that will never end.

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