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If We Expect We Won’t Be Persecuted for Our Faith, We Need to Readjust Our Expectations

Church, skyAs Americans we’ve been slow to accept the extent to which Bible-believing Christ-followers have become socially unacceptable. Though we should work to hold onto our religious liberties, it’s likely they’ll continue to erode. But cheer up! Opposition is nothing new for God’s people, and historically the church’s greatest advances have come at the lowest ebb of its popularity.

Hail of Bullets...And a Miracle of God

Tail lightsThe JESUS Film is arguably the single greatest evangelistic tool in history apart from the Word of God itself. I’ve visited their work in four countries and love what they do. I loved this recent story they shared from a dedicated evangelist leading a team in a dangerous nation.

The 21 Martyred Coptic Christians: “A Badge of Honor to Christianity”

Martyred Coptic ChristiansEach day, men, women, and children are killed for following Christ. Most often they’re largely ignored by the world but watched by the eyes of Heaven— “the world is not worthy of them” (Hebrews 11:38). Occasionally we do have the privilege of knowing the names and seeing the faces of our precious brothers and sisters in Christ who pay the ultimate price for their faith, such as the 21 Christian men who were recently martyred by ISIS.

In the Face of Evil, We Must Live Our Faith Out Loud

Cattails / In the Face of Evil, We Must Live Our Faith Out LoudToday my heart is heavy after being assaulted by the evil depicted across the internet of the American journalist being beheaded. I woke with the following thoughts: As followers of Jesus Christ we must not be deterred by evil. Our mission remains the same as the day it was given to us—Go, and make disciples. 

Of an Unnamed Nigerian Woman

Voice of the Martyrs Monument: A Nigerian WomanDisplayed on the Martyrs Monument (at The Voice of The Martyrs USA ministry office in Bartlesville, Oklahoma) are the names of many martyrs—each one representing a real person with a real story. During a recent visit I found myself once again drawn to the monument. On this particular day there was one memorial stone that stood out to me. It simply read A Nigerian Woman. 

Remembering Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in North Korea

Asian girl praying"We Western Christians are tempted or deceived into confusing God with Mammon, and freedom of religion with freedom in Christ. North Korean Christians see daily the stark difference between the One True God and every counterfeit. They talk of a freedom that can’t be taken away, even inside a concentration camp." —Eric Foley, Seoul USA

Meditating on God’s Word, a Verse at a Time: One Woman’s Hand-copied Bible

Handcopied BibleI wanted to share a recent message that came to me. A woman wrote:

Randy, here are pictures of my hand-copied Bible. This 9 plus year journey started when I read Safely Home. The main Chinese character’s mother hand copied the Bible. 

Randy’s novel Safely Home and Opening Our Eyes to the Reality of the Persecuted Church

Safely Home by Randy AlcornWhen Randy wrote Safely Home, no one knew how readers would respond—especially considering the topics of persecution and martyrdom that the novel deals with are anything but light and superficial. Randy’s goal, he explains, was to tell a compelling story which fueled the reader’s imagination, and also served the purpose of Proverbs 31:8-9, speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Save Saeed

Save SaeedSome of you have followed the story of the Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini. Saeed was in Iran helping with an orphanage when he was arrested for sharing his faith in Christ. His wife is still struggling with how much she should tell the children about what their father is going through.

 

A 6-minute video drama based on Safely Home

Safely Home DramaI was very moved by this video produced by Matthew Holbrook and the high school ministry of Grace Church of Orange. I came to Christ while in high school, and it’s very encouraging to see high schoolers focus their attention on following Christ wholeheartedly.

 

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