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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

ERIC LITTELL AND JESUS FREAKS. . .


Gabriel and I just finished reading the story of Eric Littell, the Scottish runner who won a gold metal in the Olympics. Wow! What a powerful story. Not only was Eric a man who used his running for God, he later dedicated his life to serving God in China and died in a prison camp. When we finished the book, Gabriel looked at me and asked me if I would die for Christ? My heart skipped a beat, surprised at the question, before I said yes. The question has stuck with me ever since.

We haven’t all been asked to lay down our physical lives, but we have been called to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and live for Him.

It’s heavy stuff, I know.

If you haven’t heard of the book Jesus Freaks, then you’ve got to pick yourself up a copy. The book is filled with stories of people who have given their lives for Christ and His message of freedom. Stories of those who stood for Jesus.

"It is said that there are more Christian martyrs today than there were in 100 AD--in the days of the Roman Empire. According to the World Christian Encyclopedia, there were close to 164,000 Christians martyred around the world in 1999." from the book, Jesus Freaks (dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs).

"Remember the Lord's people who are in jail and be concerned for them. Don't forget those who are suffering but imagine that you are there with them." Hebrews 13:3

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul?” Matthew 16: 26.

It’s something to think about.

Blessings,

Lisa

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