Our Christian brothers and sisters in Syria and Iraq are suffering. This is a video of parents preparing themselves and their children to be martyrs for our worthy Lamb who was slain for us: Jesus Christ. Inspiring and challenging - may we be filled with compassion and intercede on behalf of those being persecuted, and praise God in all circumstances knowing that God is sovereign and our eternal joy, hope, glory, and very lives are in Him! Let us stand firm in the faith and be living testimonies preaching the Gospel and forgiving, loving, blessing, and praying for even our enemies so that they too may join us in the Kingdom of God!
Debbie, a pastor’s daughter, was attacked by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram is far worse than ISIS - http://youtu.be/7x4ygazJcLM
Video of one of the 28 girls who escaped “Saa” and the human rights attorney Emmanuel Ogebe. One Christian girl denied her faith and said she was a Muslim in order to save her life; Saa weeps bitterly, asking: if that girl had been killed that day, what would she have said to our Lord? She denied Him and was ashamed of Him! - http://hudson.org/events/1187-where-are-our-girls-escaped-schoolgirl-shares-her-account-of-boko-haram-abduction92014
Forgiveness - http://jonielcha.tumblr.com/post/94302529721
Martyrdom - http://jonielcha.tumblr.com/post/87139236836
Call to dangerous places - http://jonielcha.tumblr.com/post/89224363181
The current events remind me of what Jesus said in Matthew 24:4-14. None of these things take God by surprise, and our response should not be fear but instead trust in God.
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My Name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”