The second church that Jesus addressed in Revelation was the church in Smyrna. The Christians in Smyrna were surrounded by people that were antagonistic to the gospel and they faced constant persecution. Jesus knew the struggles they faced. He acknowledged that they suffered afflictions and lived in poverty. He understood that they were constantly slandered. … Continue reading Faithful to the end
The book of Revelation begins with a series of letters from Jesus to seven churches that lined the main Roman road. The believers in these churches were suffering persecution for their faith and each one faced their own challenges. When we read these letters, we see glimpses of our churches today as well as struggles … Continue reading It is the love of Jesus that beckons the lost
As we hear more and more stories of Christians being persecuted for their faith, the word “vindicate” has a nice ring. Certainly for the martyrs that are imprisoned and put to death for refusing to deny Christ, but also for the people in free nations that lose their livelihood and have their name slandered for … Continue reading Vindication will come!
No need to look far to be able to come to the conclusion that Christians in America are under attack. The persecution that has always existed in other societies has made its way to our shores. To be a Bible believing Christian in America is looked upon with contempt by so many. When we stand … Continue reading The Real Enemy
Jesus warned his followers of a time that would come when they would face persecution because of his name. He warned them of a time to come when they would stand trial before kings and governors because they were his followers. Then he told them why this would happen.…But this will be your opportunity to … Continue reading Opportunity in persecution?
Have you heard the saying: “We all have a cross to bear?” Jesus tells us that in order to be his disciple we must “carry our own cross” and follow him (Luke 14:27). If you’ve ever seen a movie or television depiction of the story of Jesus, think about the part where the Roman soldiers … Continue reading Cross to bear