On the night preceding the crucifixion of Jesus, Simon Peter was asked three times if he was a follower of "Jesus of Galilee." "But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest."
April 20th, 1999 - A seventeen year old young lady is eating lunch with a friend outside of her high school building.
Suddenly a teenage boy appears, "Are you a Christian?" He asks, pointing a gun at her head. She replies, "I am."
He shoots her in many places, killing her.
There are people all around the world suffering for "righteousness sake," lets do the same!
Don't forget, International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is November 11th this year.
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Matthew 5:10-12
"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body." Hebrews 13:3
"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:3
Jesus never said that to follow Him would be easy.
How would you respond?
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