Can Persecution be a Good Thing?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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We have a special guest blogger today. Taylor Wilkins ison staff for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA is reaching out to the local high schools in my area, and Taylor (with God) is the reason for all of its success. This post will show you why.

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Signs of Hope- The Honor of Persecution

“they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” -Revelation 12:10-11

Have you ever been put down, persecuted, or physically abused for your belief?

I’m sure to some extent all of us have experienced this; but for most of us, we don’t consider persecution a blessing—At least not yet!

Throughout this past week God has been highlighting to me Persecution. In John 15:20 Jesus tells his followers; “no servant is greater than his master, if they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” and again in John 16:33 Jesus says; “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As I asked God to search me and show me the places in my life that need to grow, the fear of persecution has been revealed to me as a weakness. This is not good because this causes a compromise in my obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice and leading in my walk with him.

The reason to fear persecution usually comes from a lack of understanding about the treasure behind it. Jesus says that blessed are you when you are persecuted for my names sake. Even when the world comes against us for our faith we are blessed by our father in heaven. The weight of being persecuted by man compared to being blessed by God is of no comparison, yet we often fear the latter!

It could be that what I’ve been describing above is resonating with you—or maybe you have been abused for things completely unrelated to faith. We live in a world that often tears people down better then it builds them up. Your story could be of broken trust, abuse, bullying, an affair, sexual abuse, or abusive parents. My heart breaks thinking of the terrible things that are happening to wonderful innocent people—and often the ones who can’t defend themselves. If your story of persecution is along these lines, I want you to know it is the glory of God to redeem that which was lost. God has been through everything with you and he will not let your tears fall to the ground unnoticed. He loves you, and He will redeem your life.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Taylor Wilkins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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Are we Peculiar Aliens or Christians?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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It seems like Christians are getting a bad wrap these days. They are faced with more persecution. They are put to death by ISIS. They are murdered as missionaries.

Let’s look at the three words in the title:

Peculiar:

Adjective- Strange, odd, distinctive in nature or character from others. Belonging exclusively to some person, group or thing.

Alien:

Opposed, hostile: “Ideas alien to modern ideas.”

Christian:

Adhering to the teachings of Jesus Christ. An adherent of Christianity.

So, from those definitions, you can see that a Christian is peculiar because he/she belongs exclusively to a group, and their ideas are alien to modern ideas, all because they are adhering to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

All three words used in one concept makes us think that we may be peculiar, aliens, and can still be a Christian.

How does that make you feel? Does it have you wondering if you should proclaim your faith to others?

Well, I have been told I was peculiar many times. I went on and lived my life without crying my eyes out. I been have told that some of my ideas are alien to what the person I am talking to believes. I also had people ridicule me for being a wimp for following a Christian life, and not going out and drinking with them.

Let me share that I am not ashamed to say I am a Christian. I am not worried about people thinking I am an alien, I certainly don’t care if some think I am peculiar in my beliefs.

How about you? Do you fear people will think you are peculiar, and alien for claiming to be a Christian.

Jesus was spit upon; beaten with whips that had nails on the end of them. He had a crown of thorns on His head. He was ridiculed and mocked. But He never faltered. He formed the Christian groups, and they have spread all over the world.

They are clinging to the promises that God gave them, that His Son will return again, and take them all home.

Yes, you will face some persecution. But just remember what Jesus went through so you can have the freedom to follow Him, and have eternal life because of Him.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up! 

 

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Stop the World! I want off!!

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wanMants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal, this week to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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I just got back from working out at my local athletic club. I feel great. I have been doing real well at keeping the work-outs going. The pounds are starting to go, and my energy level is rising.
I would like to say life is good, but just today as I was working out the TV had breaking news! Five students were stabbed at a college in California. The villain is dead. Within five minutes after that report there was another report of a SWAT team stand-off with a guy who was just in a domestic violence situation. Don’t know the outcome of this tragedy as of yet.
Russian airplane explodes and kills over 240 people. That is another headline from this week.
This world is going in the wrong direction. There are stories everyday in the news about violence and chaos.
It only wakes me up more each day that the world as we know it may not be here much longer. I am not talking doomsday (yet). I am talking about wars, increased terrorism, tremendous increases in school shootings, battles with laws that are going down the wrong path.
Here is what I take from all of this:
  • GOD IS IN CHARGE!
  • We shouldn’t fight what is more than we can handle. Let God do that.
  • Those who believe will be safe when the final chapter is written.
  • Speaking of the final chapter, I’ve read it and we win.
  • We, as Christians, need to stand strong even under persecution.
  • With God on our side, who can be against us?

Yes, it is troubling times. Yes, it is hard not to be discouraged and wonder if anyone cares. Yes, there will be storms.

But! Never waver. Never give in to those who persecute you. Stand strong for God. You will be on the winning team if you do.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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What Are Unmerited Favors

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What are unmerited favors? Unmerited favors are favors we get even though we don’t deserve them.

One example is how the military men and women serve their country so that we may have freedom. They don’t have to do that, but they do just for us.

Another would be helping the poor. They may not deserve it in some people’s eyes, but many of us do it anyway.

Let’s think a little deeper on this. What about the love of God? What about the sacrifice that Jesus did on the cross for us. Do we deserve that? Absolutely not, but they still have done this for us, because they love us so much. That is the top of unmerited favors.

There are so of us who fear proclaiming the Lord as our savior because of persecution. We worry that if we follow Jesus we will be persecuted and cast out. We feel will have a target on our back.

There are thousands of Christians world wide who are dying daily because they refuse to denounce God. They would  rather die than do that.

ISIS has murdered thousands of Christians in the Middle East. Many were murdered just this week in Kenya.

God suffers when His people are persecuted. Jesus weeps for us. When we accept Christ, He is overjoyed. It doesn’t stop there however.

Many years after we become Christians Jesus reaches out to us in a different way. He wants us to keep growing and reach out to others and Him more.

So, God and Jesus have given us unmerited favors by creating us, and by Jesus paying the supreme price on the cross.

What should we do when we have unmerited favors? We should be sending out unmerited favors to all of those around us. We should forgive those who hate us. We should feel passion for the poor and downtrodden.

If someone has offended us we should forgive them. Jesus said we should forgive them 7×7 times. Meaning we should constantly forgive. That is unmerited favors. That is what you can do to glorify God’s name.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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