Thursday, August 18, 2011

Seeing it God’s way

Excerpted from Jesus Freaks, a best-selling collection of worldwide testimonies targeting teens with the life-changing message of the Persecuted Church.

Some deaths seem senseless – but God sees things differently than we do. As Tertullian, a Christian historian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

Some have been tortured because they refused to betray those who worked with them.

Some have stood firm, knowing that if they gave in – even a little – it would undermine the faith of many.
Some refused to be quiet because they realized their responsibility to tell the godless men around them of God’s love so they too could be saved.

Some have simply been willing to lay down their lives for the One who laid down His life for them.

We shall not end our lives in the fire, but make a change for a better life.
~ Julius Palmer (Burned at the stake in England 1556) ~

This is the end. For me, the beginning of life.
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Hung in Germany 1945) ~

For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better.
~ Paul the Apostle (Beheaded in Rome 65 AD) ~

Heroic acts are often devastating, and there is a time for grief. But we must move on to discover the secret of the martyrs in this book. These believers were absolutely sure of eternal life. They were convinced that they were not ending their lives but exchanging their lives on earth for a life with their Lord in heaven.

Throughout history, many have died so you could experience the faith and freedoms you enjoy today.
You too can choose to stand strong. God will honour you and you will make a real difference in your world.

Learn about these martyrs
Be encouraged by their heroic lives.
And make your life count!

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