Dave Black just linked (on his blog) to an article he wrote and put up on his website – then followed it up with this comment:
Persecution is ordained by God for those would follow Jesus in obedience. The New Testament consistently describes the benefits that persecution can have in our lives. Persecution tests our faith. Through it we grow stronger. Our duty is to seek His will, not to ask for relief from persecution.
So the question is do we embrace the persecution that comes as we live obedient lives in discipleship to Jesus or do we try to stay under the radar?
My guess: most of us don’t even know what this means. Few of us have ever really been through the fires of persecution.
Check out this amazing video with Alan Hirsch on the missional and incarnational DNA of the church! He says a lot in this video and its like every statement was a loaded one that needs unpacking – this is the kind of stuff that gets me fired up! lol!
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this is why I have a goal to do a ThM in Bible (to get as much Bible as I can) and then do a PhD in Intercultural Studies. All in good time I suppose. All in good time. 🙂
This is a great quote and one I think many of us can relate to… it’s a good one to print out and file away somewhere or to put up on your office wall to remind you of what the important issues really are – God, family, life. See Brian’s blog for the link to the CT article this quote came from. Blessings.
Here is the specific quote:
One of the questions asked of Graham was “If you could, would you go back and do anything differently?” This was his response:
Yes, of course. I’d spend more time at home with my family, and I’d study more and preach less. I wouldn’t have taken so many speaking engagements, including some of the things I did over the years that I probably didn’t really need to do—weddings and funerals and building dedications, things like that. Whenever I counsel someone who feels called to be an evangelist, I always urge them to guard their time and not feel like they have to do everything.
I also would have steered clear of politics. I’m grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to. But looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now.
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