Entries tagged with “Voice of the Martyrs”.


How far are you willing to take that whole, Love thy enemy thing? You are probably praying for lots of people that you know – and maybe some you don’t.

Are you willing to take the next step and pray for Muslims? A good first step would be doing some research at the Crescent Project or Voice of the Martyrs.

Now for the big-one: Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer. This new ministry is still under construction but has a lot to offer. It guides you through various ways to pray for your adopted terrorist. I like in their FAQ that is says the word adoption was used because it signifies a deeper relationship of love for the individual you are adopting.

You get to see pictures of those waiting for adoption, read their dossier from the State Department and other US agencies as well as other information about them.

You can also read their blog.

Confession: I’m not going to sign up to adopt a terrorist, although I think it is a great idea and is a good step for Christians. We should be praying for the Peace of Christ to infiltrate every person’s heart – including those who want to create terror.

HT: Answers

picture is of Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah

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Happy New Year!!!

For 2007 I did something a little different for part of my daily devotions.  I decided to read the daily devotions from the book called Extreme Devotion which tells the stories of Christian Martyrs from Old Testament* to current day times.  Copyrighted in 2001, by the Voice of the Martyrs it includes stories that I remember hearing about on the news.

Each day’s reading includes a short story about a martyr or someone who was severely persecuted.  Following the story is a paragraph or two that provides an application point, usually encouraging you to be strong and bold with your faith.  Finally, each day there is a relevant Scripture verse.  Every 7th day there is a quote from a martyr for reflection, in 2007 this actually occurred on Sundays!

I would recommend this devotional to you as a way to learn more about the history of our faith and the many great struggles that others have faced in the name of Jesus Christ.

* I know OT figures aren’t considered Christians, but it was easier to write that way, Daniel and his friends suffered for their belief in the Lord.
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Acts 8:1 shows early Christians being persecuted:

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.

I know that I often forget about persecution because oftentimes it doesn’t feel like I’m being persecuted or my life doesn’t lend itself to persecution. For most of us the most persecution we would feel is someone not talking to us or thinking we are weird. That is not the case for millions of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world.

One of the best organizations focusing on the persecuted church is Voice of the Martyrs. They have lots of different ways to get involved and to serve the persecuted church. One of the ways is to read the Persecution Blog.

An official arm of VOM this blog is updated multiple times daily about the latest news stories featuring Christians persecuted around the globe.

Recent headlines include:

Be sure to check out this great resource!

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8:31-39

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“Testimony may be the most underused force in Western Christianity today.” according to Dr. Tom White in a recent Voice of The Martyrs magazine article. VOM is doing some great work with persecuted Christians around the world.  Here are some additional excerpts from their July 2007 Magazine.

In the Muslim, Hindu, and communist worlds, many are powerfully touched reading about the merciful Jesus in the New Testament, but most of those in extremely hostile villages can barely read.  When they witness the joy of the Christian and hear the testimony of changed lives, many come to Christ.

I think we all get caught up in the mental aspects of faith, needing to know some set of spiritual laws, the Romans’ Road to salvation, or some other type of “trick” to lead someone to faith in Jesus.  All we really need to do is “be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.” (1 Peter 3:15-17)

I feel this is best done in relationship you have with someone, but many are willing to listen to your story, especially if you listen to theirs as well.  It is hard to argue with a story about a changed life, or the power of God you personally have seen.

Let us all take a step of faith and reach out to someone today.  This great story from Revelations should help take away any fear we might have:

War broke out in Heaven. Michael and his Angels fought the Dragon. The Dragon and his Angels fought back, but were no match for Michael. They were cleared out of Heaven, not a sign of them left. The great Dragon—ancient Serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, the one who led the whole earth astray—thrown out, and all his Angels thrown out with him, thrown down to earth. Then I heard a strong voice out of Heaven saying,
Salvation and power are established!
Kingdom of our God, authority of his Messiah!
The Accuser of our brothers and sisters thrown out,
who accused them day and night before God.
They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb
and the bold word of their witness.
They weren’t in love with themselves;
they were willing to die for Christ.
So rejoice, O Heavens, and all who live there,
but doom to earth and sea,
For the Devil’s come down on you with both feet;
he’s had a great fall;
He’s wild and raging with anger;
he hasn’t much time and he knows it.

Revelation 12:7-12 from The Message (emphasis added)

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