Friday, April 29, 2011

The Blessing of Incarceration?

Excuse me, Greg, did you mean to say “incarnation?” No, I meant “incarceration!”

According to Open Doors, an organization that reports on persecution around the world, police blocked more than 500 worshippers of Beijing’s Shouwang Church from leaving their homes to attend an outdoor Easter service—36 of them were detained by police and their pastor is currently under house arrest. [China is ranked 16th on Open Doors World Watch List of nations where Christians are persecuted.]

Last week, Pastor Tianming sent the following email to his 1,000-member church: “We pray especially for those brothers and sisters who in the past week or two have already been forced to move or leave their jobs. We ask God to remember the price they have paid for holding on to their faith and ask him to take care of their families and their daily life needs.”

"God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for a great reward awaits you in heaven” (Mathew 5:11-12 NLT, NKJ). You already knew about the blessing of the incarnation—our brothers and sisters in China now know the blessing of incarceration!

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