The Ultimate Test
Theme of the Week: Wanted: Risk Takers
Sunday, April 6, 2014
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Who Said It … Jamie Snyder
Jamie Snyder is the lead pastor of Lakeside Christian Church in Lakeside Park, Kentucky. Jamie graduated from Ozark Christian College with a bachelor's in Biblical Literature, and he is the author of Real: Becoming a 24/7 Follower of Christ—the source of this week's readings. He and his wife, Alex, are the parents of two sons, Cy and Cruz.
What he Said … The Ultimate Test
Several decades ago in North Korea, the Communists discovered Pastor Kim and 27 Christians he was leading, living in hand-dug tunnels. The officials brought them out before a crowd of 30,000 in the village of Gok San. "Deny Christ, or you will die," the Christians were told. They refused.
The head officer called for a steamroller to be brought in. He forced the Christians to lie in its path. As its engine revved, they were given one last chance to recant their faith. Again they refused. As the steamroller inched forward, the Christians began to sing:
More love to Thee, 0 Christ, more love to Thee / Thee alone I seek, more love to Thee / Let sorrow do its work, more love to Thee / Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise / This be the parting cry my heart shall raise; / More love, 0 Christ, to Thee.
I don't know the names of those who died that day, but I do know this, they were people who embraced risk. Followers of Jesus always do.
Source: Jesus Freaks by dc Talk (Bethany House, 1999).
Key Study Passage: Hebrews 11:1-12:2
Adapted from Real by Jamie Snyder (Bethany House, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Dear Jesus, since your true followers throughout the ages took great risks to live a life of faith, may I be willing to do the same.
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