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Suffering, Martyrdom, and Rewards in Heaven1

 By Al Baker - Posted at Forget None Of His Benefits: 'But before all these things, they will lay hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.' -Luke 21:12,13 I met Joseph Tson and his dear wife, Elizabeth in October, 2017 in Wittenberg, Germany as we celebrated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-five Thesis to the Castle Church door there in Wittenberg. We were using this historic occasion as an opportunity to discuss with other believers important theological documents for the evangelical world. I had known about Joseph Tson for many years but was so pleased to meet him and find out more about his amazing life in Communist Romania. While a young man, Joseph remembered how the belief in the Romanian church that God does not want His people to suffer corrupted the church. He sadly said that he also once joine

Gospel Mourning

 By Nathan Eshelman - Posted at Gentle Reformation: Jesus said, "Blessed are those that mourn." It is in this gospel mourning God comes to his people. The Spirit gives comfort as we mourn for sin and the effects of sin on a hurting world. We look to the Christ which came down in search of all those who would mourn by faith. Gospel mourning leads the mournful to the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. What can we say about the Lord Jesus Christ in relationship to this? What does Jesus have to do with this mourning? When we think of the Christ of gospel mourning, we begin with asking how the Scriptures describe Jesus. What are the most prominent descriptors that we find in the Scripture to help us to know the character and personality of our savior? One of the most substantial descriptions that we find of Jesus in the whole of the Scriptures is Isaiah 53. In The prophet provides a description of the Lord Jesus Christ—and we see something of his mourning in verse 3:... Con

Bless Christ in your loss

By Pastor Romesh Prakashpalan - Posted at Sermon Audio: Description: We consider a topical sermon on the nature of enduring loss by looking to the goodness and sovereignty of God as Job did. "The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD." We will seek to understand the truths Job's soul held onto that produced this confession of the faith that Job possessed. Preached from Job 1:20-22 . Direct Link:  Bless Christ in your loss | SermonAudio Image Source:

The Gift of Suffering

By Pastor Geoff Ingrum - Posted at Sermon Audio: Details: Series: Grace Bible Conference 2017 · 5 of 8 Suffering is interwoven into the fabric of redemption's story. This message demonstrates how the suffering of Christ lays the foundation for our story of suffering and gives us hope. Approx. 55 minutes Link:

Strangers And Aliens (21c): Be Not Surprised By Fiery Trials (1 Peter 4:12–19)

By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at The Heidelblog : 12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. (1 Peter