The deranged murderer in Roseburg last week targeted Christians. Witnesses report he asked people if they were Christians. If they answered yes, he shot them in the head, some in the face. Stop and think about this. Think of the satanic cruelty required to perpetrate such evil.
Stop and think of the awesome, divine love inspiring the victims. Most certainly, the first one killed knew a confession of faith in Christ would mean the end. After the first person was killed, every Christian there knew an honest answer meant death. Each one, one by one, was asked about their faith. Each one confessed Christ. And each one died for their testimony. They died for the love of Christ, for His sake, and for the sake of all people He died to save.
What tremendous faith and bravery they showed. We pray God’s blessings upon them, knowing they are in heaven with the King of Kings, receiving their just reward. They are telling each one of us several things: don’t mourn for me because I’m in glory with the King, be faithful, uphold your confession of faith, reach out to the lost, and encourage the believers, all in love. Pray for the wounded. Pray for the families and friends of all. Pray God’s will on earth.
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The Christian martyrs who went home to be with the Lord last week in Roseburg: Kim Dietz (59), Larry Levine (67), Rebecka Carnes (18), Sarena Moore (44), Treven Anspach (20), Quinn Cooper (18), Lucas Eibel (18), Jason Johnson (34), Lucero Alcaraz (19).
They loved Christ more than life. His power was fully evident in their lives. His presence in their lives is proof of His eternal power and divine love, a love that conquers evil, for all time.
John 1:4-5 “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
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