Stand Up and Speak Out

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It’s time we had the courage to stand up and speak out for Jesus.

Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” ACTS 4:18 – 20

Jesus said, “No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:20). And remember, they didn’t just persecute Jesus. They crucified Him.

It’s said more than forty-five million men and women during the twentieth century were put to death for their faith in Jesus Christ. In more recent times, the estimate of those who are persecuted for their faith has been between 160,000 and 170,000 a year. Imagine! More than 10,000 Christians dying for their faith every month. More than 400 a day!

This morning while you were getting up and trying to decide what to wear, what to eat, somewhere in the world, a man or woman, or child, was paying the ultimate price for their relationship with Jesus. Why do we cringe when someone simply raises an eyebrow when we mention our faith?

It’s time you and I had the courage to stand up and speak out for Jesus. If He is filling our hearts, how can we help it?

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