Thursday, November 09, 2006

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH!



This Sunday November 12th is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. A day to remind people of the pain and suffering that followers of Jesus Christ are enduring every day for their faith. The following is a comment from a brother in Christ who speaks of life as a believer in North Korea;

"When we gather together we close all of the windows and all of the blinds," Roli described. "We don't have curtains over there but somehow we cover up the windows and we send all of the children outside. You cannot gather with many people … maybe three or four. We pray together, we sing praises, and then we read John 3:16-18. We also read I Corinthians 1:18-26. We talk from Genesis. We say that man was created from dust, so we have to believe in Jesus to go to heaven."

Most of us go to church every week with not one thought of danger. We do not consider having to close windows and draw blinds, nor does the thought of limiting the gathering to a few cross our mind. In His sovereignty God has chosen to put the majority of us in a land where persecution is scarce and the ability to gather to worship, plenty. Whether that is a good thing for us or not is debatable, but I do know God in His Word tells us that to whom much is given, much is required. As we remember our persecuted brothers and sisters, let us also remember the much that we have been given, and then consider just what is it that He requires from those of us to whom it has been given!

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pastor tom
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