persecution

It might not look like much, but being caught with this book in North Korea could get you arrested, tortured, or even killed: It’s a North Korean Bible.

Thanks to your prayers and support, 30,000 Christians received Bible training last year to help them understand these precious, dangerous words in areas of the world where persecution is prevalent.

Please pray that God would continue to use His Word to strengthen and empower our North Korean brothers and sisters.

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.

Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.

So you will have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

- John 15:18, 20; 16:2, 22

Last year a billionaire investor said criticism of the rich today is equivalent to the persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust. He’s not having a stroke; he’s under the influence of one of the most powerful techniques the system has in its arsenal. To get the majority to ignore complaints by any disadvantaged group, you simply insist that disadvantaged group has the real power and that the powerful majority is thus the underdog. It usually involves the following steps:

A) Find an example of a successful member of the disadvantaged group and exaggerate their power.

B) Say or do outrageous things until the victim lashes out, then accuse them of censorship/oppression.

C) Accuse the victim of enjoying their victimization and/or doing what they do purely for publicity. Insist they were asking for it and were the real driving force behind the harassment all along.

5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters

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Chinese Christians Cling to Crosses Despite Crackdown

In China, believers are fighting back after officials in Zhejiang Province tore down more than 1,500 crosses from church buildings. You can hear Christians praying and weeping as they watch their cross being removed. Now, some believers are practicing civil disobedience by strapping themselves to crosses to protect them from being taken away.

Today, 23 April 2016, in Vlasenica, eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina a collective funeral was held for 14 people exhumed from mass graves. 12 of the 14 are unknown unidentified victims because they have no one left alive to identify them.

By April 2016, 1 200 people have been exhumed and properly buried from 2 643 Bosniak civilians that were killed in the town of Vlasenica in 1992 by the Army of Republika Srpska. Three newly found mass graves are yet to be opened in the area.

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Jewish refugees from Czechoslovakia being marched away by British police at Croydon airport, London; 1939. x

On the 29th of March, 1939 nearly 400 Jewish refugees arrived in London on different airlines, all clamoring for asylum.  Those who could prove they had money in British banks and were wealthy were allowed to stay, but those who did not were sent back to mainland Europe where they awaited persecution by German authorities.  Said one British official on the matter,  “Nobody knows who the people are. They are a mystery crowd, many had little money and could not give satisfactory reasons why they should be allowed to land in England.”

Romans 12:9-21 (NKJV)
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.