October 9 Gospel Suffering

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Jeremiah 12:1-14:10;  1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:9;  Psalm 79:1-13;  Proverbs 24:30-34

“You became imitators of us and of the Lord;  in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit…The Lord’s message rang out from you…your faith in God has become known everywhere.”  1 Thessalonians 1:6,8

Near the fictional town of Mitford, there’s an impoverished group of people that live along the creek banks–drugs, alcohol, physical and emotional abuse run rampant.

One day an old preacher goes to them and preaches the Gospel, and the Holy Spirit works faith in the heart of a young girl named Lace, who gives her heart to the Lord.

We learn about the power of God to change lives.  Lace’s life is changed.  She refuses to continue stealing at her father’s command.  She suffers at his hand, taking blows to her head, her back, her arms.

Lace suffers for the sake of the new life she now lives–because of the Gospel.

Yes, it is a fictional story, but scenes like this are very real across this country and around the world.  People are suffering for the sake of the Gospel.

Lord God, grant those who suffer, steadfastness in the faith you have called them to.  May we be encouraged to pray for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ whose very lives are threatened because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  And when the day would come that we must suffer for our faith, please keep us strong and firm in faith.  May you love sustain us.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

“We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.  We continually remember before our God and  Father, your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

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