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Breaking Good News-Pastor Saeed!

Breaking Good News-Pastor Saeed!


UPDATE, Breaking Good News!

“American Pastor Saeed Abedini has been released – January 16, 2016!  We can confirm that after more than three long years in an Iranian prison, Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – was freed. In addition, several other imprisoned Americans were also reportedly released” says Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel at the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice).

“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done” (Psalm 105:1).

  

by Diane Musil ~ PERSECUTION . . . WOULD YOU BURY YOUR BIBLE?

A North Korean man faithfully digs up his New Testament Bible from his backyard every night. He carefully hides himself and reads it, as he is so hungry for God’s Words of Life. Then at dawn, he quickly buries his New Testament again in his own backyard. This North Korean man knows that if he is caught reading his Bible, he would be tortured and perhaps killed(This testimony was shared from an anonymous WornOutBibleNorth Korean–reported by THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS and shared in August, 2015 on the Moody Radio program “In the Market with Janet Parshall”.)

 If the same threat happened to us right here in the United States of America, would you and I be so hungry for God’s Word that we would bury our Bible in order to keep it safe so we could read it in the darkness of night?

Today we know that Christians in many countries around the world are being persecuted for their faith.  Persecution of Christians has gone on for thousands of years…since the Early Church.

William Brewster, a leader of the Church of England was captured and imprisoned, later fleeing to Holland. Brewster then joined all the pilgrims who sailed to America. He was one of the original signers of the Mayflower Compact and was elected as an elder.  Governor William Bradford wrote, “In England, William Brewster had Christian gatherings at his home where he met with them showing great kindness and providing for them, even at great personal expense.” 

Brewster was one of seven who were captured and imprisoned. Brewster termed it great suffering, but great gain. He worked in the fields.  Since no one was a minister, Brewster took up the heart of a minister, teaching twice on the Lord’s Day with powerful and profitable messages that greatly edified and comforted those who listened.  Many came to God through Brewster’s ministry.

Perhaps you have heard of Queen “Bloody” Mary in England in the 1550’s.  Bloody Mary was a great obstacle to the printing of the Bible in English.  She was determined to force England to return to the Roman Church.  John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers and Thomas Cranmer were both burned at the stake.  Mary went on to burn hundreds of reformers at the stake for the “crime” of being a Protestant.

Many of these Protestants fled from England with little hope of ever seeing their home or friends again. During their exile, they produced the famous 1560 Geneva Bible, which was “The Bible of the Protestant Reformation”.

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It has been one year (November 2014) that I first shared with you about Pastor Saeed Abedini.  He is STILL in prison in Iran being beaten and treated unjustly Pastor Saeed, a native Iranian, emigrated to the U.S. in 2005 and became a U.S. citizen in 2010, but he always remembered his home and the people of Iran.  In 2012, he worked on making an orphanage in Iran. On January 27, 2013, Judge Pir-Abassi sentenced Abedini to eight years in prison. According to reports, Abedini was sentenced for having “undermined the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches and … attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.”

PERSECUTION, AFFLICTION, OPPRESSION, TORMENT . . . for

Christ

The Gospel

Christian Living

Look at this rich history . . . William Brewster, the slaughter of hundreds of Protestants by Bloody Mary, the Pilgrims who laid the foundation of Christianity in America, Pastor Saeed whose life hangs in the balance yet today, as well as the many Christians being persecuted for the Gospel, tormented and martyred for their faith in Iraq and Syria and around the world . . .and YET BY GOD’S GRACE THEY GIVE THANKS! 

The great LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL confronts darkness.

Saints confront evil in the lives of many.

Christians submit to the mind of Christ, which gives them the knowledge that God is in control.  We face it all for the sake of Jesus Christ.

LOOK, LIFT UP YOUR EYES TO HEAVEN.  “REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD, for GREAT is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:12).

This Thanksgiving Day, as we in America gather together with family and friends enjoying our delicious meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberries, relish, rolls, veggies and pumpkin pie with whip cream, followed by our tradition of watching football, let us pause to remember the time in which we are living and pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world who are facing persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ.

PRAYER:  Lord, show us what it means to be thankful. In the overcoming power of Jesus, we pray!    Amen.

(I shared this devotional with you last year, however this year I added the opening paragraph regarding our brother in Christ who lives in North Korea and have shared the update regarding Pastor Saeed who remains in prison in Iran.)

 

 

About the Author:

Diane Musil is a dear friend to Rhonda, me, and to Deaf Ministries Worldwide.  Diane is Deaf, legally blind, and has been struggling for years with an illness.  She has a deep, abiding relationship with Jesus, born out of life’s struggles.  Whether Diane is sharing God’s Words from the livingroom of a cell group, Bible study at church, or in a blog (like this one) she always has something of great spiritual value to share.

Diane has lived in the Chicago area her entire life and is pictured here with her dog, Pup.

May God encourage and bless you,
Gary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 comments

  • Rev. D. Dirkx (Bear) says:

    Awesome article, Diane! Good hearing from you! Hope all is well and praying for you too. I thank the LORD for you! God is good … ALL THE TIME!

  • Rev. Dorothy M. Callies says:

    Awesome devotion, Diane! Keep it up! God bless you abundantly!


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