Friday, January 21, 2011

Message from Joe Frost Director of Technology & Operations

Matthew-5:10-12 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven... Rejoice & be glad...
We don't have to trace too far back through history to find cases of believers being persecuted. In fact, despicable acts are still being carried out against Christians today. Just correspond with any number of missionaries nearly anywhere in the world to hear their testimonies of trials.

However, there's also persecution for many of us here at home. Look at what happens when today's youth state they believe in creation rather than evolution. Or watch what happens when some of those kids post signs to tell others about a bible study or prayer group they're starting at school.

And it's not too different for adults when they attempt to do the same at work regarding creation, bible studies, or prayer.

We don't even have to set foot outside our front doors either. Just turn on the radio or television & we hear the attacks by the lyrics of the songs or the language and attitudes of the programming. It's quite possible that today's persecution is even more widespread than ever before attacking many of the values and principals we choose to live by.

For those that identify with persecution, God promises theirs is the kingdom of heaven, but wait, look at how this section ends... with a reminder to rejoice and be glad when you're persecuted because great is your reward in heaven, but what it doesn't say seems to be just as profound...

If we can't relate to persecution...well, maybe if we practice what we preach...

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