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The Cost of Discipleship November 9, 2008

Posted by G in truth.

Today is the “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church”.  We have an “International Day of” for just about everything, but this one is such a reminder for me of just how complacent Americans can be.  Most people don’t even consider the fact that many people around the world are being jailed, tortured and/or killed for believing something that many (myself included) take for granted. I need to continue to remind myself of the realities around the world. It’s so easy to not think about it and just get stuck in the daily grind and not be reminded about those who’s daily grind could mean their life. A great way to become aware of what’s currently happening around the world is the Voice of the Martyr and a great book with stories from the past is Fox’s Book of Martyrs. We shared some of the stories with the youth group a couple years back while learning about the cost of discipleship. I think it’s important to remember these brave souls and to continue to pray that I have the same faith and courage.

“Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. ” ~Hebrews 11:35-40



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