Tag: Persecution


Blessed Are the Persecuted

Read: Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are you when others . . . persecute you . . . on my account. (v. 11) “Blessing” and “persecution” don’t sound like they belong in

Persecuted Church

I Have You in My Heart

Read: Philippians 1:4-8 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (vv.


When to Pray Boldly

Read: Psalm 83:1-5, 13-18 O God, do not keep silence . . . (v. 1) We often think of godly persons in Bible times as very reverent. Yet they also prayed


No Shrinking

Read: Acts 20:17-24 If only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus. (v. 24) Paul’s farewell to the Ephesians reminds us that following


The First Martyr

Read: Acts 6 They could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. (v. 10) The Greek word for “witness” is martys. Originally, a martyr was someone


Buoyed by the Stories of Faith

Read: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. (v. 7) I haven’t


Big Prayers

Read: Ephesians 3:14-21 . . . far more abundantly . . . (v. 20) When I read Paul’s grand prayer that closes Ephesians 3, my own prayers feel small and


Choosing to Suffer

Read: Ephesians 3:7-13 I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering. (v. 13) Hardly a day goes by that I do not have a conversation with


The Mystery of Belonging

Read: Ephesians 3:1-6 . . . partakers of the promise . . . (v. 6) As president of Words of Hope I hear from Christians in many places who are

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