September 20th, 2019

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#Persecution

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Persecution has dogged the tracks of the church ever since its beginning. From the first recorded “defense” by Peter and John in Acts 4 to the first imprisonment in Acts 5 to the all out attacks of the Sanhedrin and Saul in the early chapters of Acts, persecution has been part of being a follower of Christ. And I don’t believe it is going to “let up” in the ensuing years. Things are beginning to “amp up” toward the church and Christianity in our day.

The postcard written to the church in Smyrna relates to their persecution because of their faith. But the truth is persecution does not destroy the church; it makes it strong. Jesus promised persecution: “In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  He also said, “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20)  The church at Smyrna is one of the two churches where nothing negative is said about them. In this case, persecution did make them stronger not weaker.

I’d appreciate your prayers as I preach this weekend. I’ve been fighting some head junk all week plus my Saturday will be spent at our table at the Apple Butter Festival (something our town has every year).