Rejoicing in persecution

1 Peter 4:12-16 According to Open Doors, 11 Christians are killed daily for their decision to follow Christ. In North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and several other countries, it is extremely difficult to be a Christian. Believers are attacked by both the state and Islamist groups. Systematic killings of Christians have also been ongoing in…

Righteous Suffering

1 Peter 3:8-18 The Christian life comes with a good dose of suffering. We are a people seeking God’s glory in a world that is hostile to him. Whether overt or subtle, the believer feels the world’s opposition. A look, a remark, an attack – it comes in various forms. And it can be discouraging….

The School of Suffering, by Joseph Tson

*The communist attack in Romania is a three-fold one directed toward individuals, churches, and pastors. The primary plan of attack on individual Christians is to make their life miserable where they work. Discriminate! Demote! Keep them at the lowest place. Continually tell them how they are not wanted there, that they are merely tolerated. Make…

The weeping God

One of the greatest passages in all the Bible is that short sentence in John 11:35: Jesus wept. Here is the great and mighty God, the eternal Word by whom all things were made, the Logos who gives order and meaning to the universe. He enters into our broken world and identifies with human grief….