Thursday, May 7, 2015

God Calls Us to Take Risks in Following Him

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7

Some years ago I heard about a group of Christians who were huddled in secret in a home in the then Russian controlled Ukraine. Christian worship services had been outlawed in this village by the atheist Soviet government. Their small house church service was interrupted by a loud pounding on the door where a small group of soldiers entered into the home with their rifles in hand. locked and loaded. The captain of the troops barked out,  “An informant has disclosed that this home is the location for an illegal underground Christian house church. All of you who are Christians shall be detained here for interrogation. Those of who are not Christians are free to go”. The tension in the room was thick as several of those who were gathered went out the door to safety leaving just a few who were willing to not deny their faith.
It was then that the captain of the Soviet guard closed the door and he instructed his men to put down their weapons. What he said next shocked those few who remained.  “Brothers and sisters we too are Christians, but we did not want to expose ourselves to those who were weak in their faith and not willing to take a stand for our Savior. We wanted to be sure we would be worshipping with only the faithful, those who are fully committed to Christ. So now let us give praise and thanks together to our gracious God, the Father of our Lord Jesus”.
We are seeing in the mini-series A.D. that the more resistance, threats, and persecution Peter and the apostles came up against, the more fearless they became.

Your pastor and partner in ministry,
on the Ellis County Courthouse Steps (In case of rain we will meet at First Baptist Church
on the corner of 12th st. & Fort.

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