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Giving up their lives

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I received this email from Suet Ling this morning (before i sent out the weekly fellowship e-mails!), and thought: “Wow, what a wonderful coincidence that our topic for fellowship this week is ‘Suffering’!” What awesome timing 🙂 . Praise God!

And so i decided to share this with all of you:

If christianity were all just made up n Jesus’ death n resurrection was faked, it would have been the work or these men, for they were the closest to Jesus on earth. If this were really so, it would just be plainly ridiculous for these men to be willingly tortured n to die a cruel death to defend their supposedly ‘made up’ faith!! Nobody in their right minds would have the courage to suffer and die for something they KNEW wasn’t real!! So for them to go all out for their faith meant that they had nothing to hide, that they really saw, heard n experienced the glory of God manifested in Jesus Christ Himself. Praise the Lord for we serve a risen, glorious Saviour!!

Do You Know How The Apostles Died?

Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound

Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead

Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.

John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey.. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.

Peter
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

James
Just The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.

* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

James the Great
Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian

Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

Andrew
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to reach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.

Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent

Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded

Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A..D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles disciples during their times for the sake of the Faith.

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
Matthew 10:22

P/S: Thank you Suet Ling! 🙂



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Build me a son, O Lord,
Who will be strong enough to know when he is weak;
Brave enough to face himself when he is afraid;
One who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
And humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds;
A son who will know Thee
-and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray,
Not in the path of ease and comfort,
But under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
Here let him learn to stand up in the storm;
Here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high,
A son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men,
One who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his,
Add, I pray,
Enough of a sense of humor,
So that he may always be serious,
Yet never take himself too seriously.

Give him humility,
So that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness,
The open mind of true wisdom,
And the meekness of true strength.

Then I, his father
Will dare to whisper, ‘I have not lived in vain!’


The above letter was mentioned during Eric’s testimony sharing last Friday. Hope it will be an encouragement for you all after reading it.

Remember that no matter what we are going through, with God’s grace, we will come out of it victoriously, a better, stronger and more mature person, even if it seems to be a defeat in the world’s eye. We need not fear because God IS with us. 🙂

Have a blessed day ahead!

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