Hi friends. Ever read these words of Jesus?
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. – John 15:18-20
Yea, and ((((all))))) that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. – 2 Tim 3:12
I just sort of randomly visited the website persecution.org this morning as I was drinking my first cup of decaf (lame, I know) for the day and watched the first video on the page, called “Your Bridge to the Persecuted Church.” If you care to do so as well, here it is…
I have seen this website around in various places, but never really stopped to look at it. A couple years ago, I was listening to a sermon by Jim Nicodem, pastor of Christ Community Church
in St. Charles, IL and he said that he goes on this website either every day or every Sunday before he preaches. The site is dedicated to awareness of and helping Christians around the world being persecuted.
The second time I heard about this website (and organization) was in reading the book “Radical
,” by David Platt and it challenged me to become a Christian who cares about all nations.
Some questions that came to mind as I read this. No need to make a comment (unless you want to), but just things to think about and maybe actually (gasp) apply to our lives and checkbooks.
– What emotions, ideas, thoughts come to mind to us as we read these verses and watch this video?
– Go to this site
and see the 6 major areas where this organization provides assistance. Do any of these areas stick out…? Would you be more passionate about helping one area than another?
– Do ((((we)))) really suffer any kind of persecution at all?