Tag Archives: persecution

Be on your guard (Mark 13)

It’s hard to miss the repetition Jesus uses here when he talks about the last days. Three times, he says, “Be on your guard!” All three times, it’s different things we are to be on our guard about. The first … Continue reading

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Revelation 11 — From bad to worse…to salvation

I mentioned earlier that I was in deep waters trying to explain these things. The waters just keep getting deeper. 🙂 There’s a lot of disagreement among Christians about what this chapter all means. Again, all I can say is my … Continue reading

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Revelation 2:8-11 — Though we may go through trial and tribulation

I mentioned a couple of blogs ago that these letters to the churches were meant to prepare us for the antichrists and tribulations to come . And again, I know many of you who read this believe that we won’t … Continue reading

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I Peter 3:18-22 — The hope that we have

When people mock us for our faith, it can be disheartening. And when we are persecuted for our faith, it can be easy to ask why. “Why does God allow this? Why does he let us suffer? And how long will we … Continue reading

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I Peter 3:13-4:6 — Living for Christ that others may live

Throughout this letter, Peter has been encouraging his readers to follow the example of Christ in suffering. To not be afraid of people, but to instead set apart Christ as Lord in their lives. One thing that struck me as … Continue reading

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Hebrews 10:32-39 — In a little while

God never promised us an easy life. In fact, Jesus promised us just the opposite. That there would be times of trouble. That people would even hate us for following Christ. And while that may or not be real to … Continue reading

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II Timothy 3:10-17- Though this world goes from bad to worse

If anyone thinks that this world will get any better, they’re not reading the same Bible I am. Until the day Christ comes back, things will get progressively worse. And that shows most starkly in the ungodliness of the people … Continue reading

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I Thessalonians 2:14-3:13 — Ready to face opposition

Nobody likes persecution. Nobody likes being disliked. But as Christians, that’s a reality that we have to prepare ourselves for. There are some people that simply will not like us because of our faith in Christ. This is a truth … Continue reading

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Romans 12:14, 17-21 — When people hate us

One thing that the early Christians had to face, and Christians have to face to this day is hatred and persecution. And Paul told the church how to handle it.  He said, Bless those who persecute you; bless and do … Continue reading

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Acts 21:1-16 — No matter the cost

It’s a little tricky trying to interpret this passage.  Were the prophesies concerning Paul going to Jerusalem meant merely to warn him of what was ahead of him?  Or were they meant to turn him from the course he was … Continue reading

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John 15:18-16:4 — An occupational hazard

I remember one time working for a church here in Japan, and the pastor’s daughter was working at a Christian pre-school.  But one day, she complained that one of her students stabbed her hand with a pair of scissors (fortunately, … Continue reading

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Luke 22:35-38 — Preparing to face a hostile world

As Jesus led his disciples out of the upper room, he asked them, When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?  (35) This is referring to the two times he sent out the disciples to preach … Continue reading

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Matthew 10:14-31 — When persecution comes

Persecution. Not a pleasant word.  And not something that I really want to go through.  But one thing that the Bible warns us is that it will come.  Paul warns us in 2 Timothy 3:12, In fact, everyone who wants … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:13-16 — Salt and light

It is very interesting to me the context in which Jesus talks about us being salt and light in the world. What was the context?  He had just finished talking about persecution.  That we are blessed if we are persecuted … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:10-12; Luke 6: 22-23 — Under fire

Nobody likes to be persecuted.  Nobody likes to be disliked.  In an ideal world, everyone would like you.  But this isn’t an ideal world.  It’s a world that has been corrupted by sin.  And because of that, people’s minds have … Continue reading

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Psalm 129 — Though we are persecuted

Here in this psalm we see two things.  First we see the persecution that the Jewish people have suffered throughout history.  We see it first in Egypt, then through the times of the judges and periods of the kings, all … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 11-12 — Running out of steam

Nobody ever said following the Lord would be easy.  (At least I never have).  And the life of a prophet is much tougher. Jeremiah found that out when he learned that the people of his own hometown of Anathoth were … Continue reading

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