I am sure that all of you have been alarmed at the news coverage of what is taking place in Iraq and Syria. Since the early part of this year, the group known as ISIS is terrorizing Christian believers that have lived in these Middle Eastern countries for centuries. They are being threatened, forced from their homes, beaten, sold into slavery and even killed for their belief in Jesus Christ. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then these are your brothers and sisters; members of the same family of God that you will bow down with at the feet of Jesus and worship Him throughout all eternity. My heart has been broken over these events and I have been brought back to the book of Acts. The early church was a constant object of persecution and what did they do? They sought the Lord in prayer: Acts 4:23-24 And being let go, they (Peter and John) went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord…
Tonight, Tuesday November 18, at 7pm, we at Bethany Baptist church are planning a special worship and prayer service. Bro. Ricky Bailey, a representative of Voice of the Martyrs, will be giving an informative presentation on the persecution of the Christian church by ISIS as well as other locations around the globe. This will be followed by a time of prayer for God to stay the hand of the persecutors and use this persecution to bring others to Jesus Christ. We are having this special event on a night when most churches are not in regular mid week worship in the hopes that you can attend. I realize that many of you are very busy, but a prayer meeting of this type is long overdue. We as believers need to know that much of the family of God on this planet does not enjoy the liberty and freedom with which we in America are blessed. If you are unable to attend please share this post on social media, call your Christian friends, and inform your fellow church members of this important night.
Grace and Peace through Jesus Christ,
Pastor Ronnie Brown