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llIllll H I~I~I~III~IIII~IIIIIIIIIII~!III~IIII~IIII~IIIIIIII~I~!III~II~II1I!III~II~IIIHiHIH ~I~III~iIIIIIII~HIII~II~I~II!IIIIIIII~I~I~iU~II~II~I~III~I~IHiH!IIIIIIIIIH~II!IIII~iiiI!II~I~H~IIIII~II~EHIIiII~II~I~!IIII~I1~1I~iII~II~IIIMi!IIII~II~!~IHIIIII~III~II~II~III~IHI~I~IHIIIII~II~II~I~IIIII~IIIIIII PASTOR'S CORNER by Nathan Jackson Iheard a wise pastor make a very profound statement this past week. Afterwards I had a conversation about it with many other believers, induding my cousin and brother in Christ Jimmy Martin. Below is an over- view of these conversations The pastor said "Many Christians in our country today are guilty of thinking that God's Word has had the impact that it has had NatiOn on our nation because of legal protection through the freedom of religion. Through this we have become guilty of think- ing that aright for religious freedom is aright to preserve the power of the gospd in our land. Truth is, religious free- dom is nice to have and we should certainly stand up for our constitutional rights in this country; but more importantly what we should be doing is taking advantage of the freedoms we still cur- rently have to.freely wor- ship and share the Gospel of Jesus. You see the power of God's Word has never been dependent on man's protection of it or on man's restriction of it'.' Therefore the only way for a Nation to turn to ]esus is not through laws and forced government action, but through the sharing of and standing on God's word alone. In the book of Acts we see the persecution of the church begin almost immediately upon Jesus ascending to Heaven. Peter and John are arrested (Acts 3), thrown before the courts and told to stop sharing this gospd of Jesus (Acts 4). So what did they do upon their release? Did they go elect their friends and pass laws to protect themselves? NO they went out and kept on sharing the Gospel of Jesus at risk of getting arrested again. Later in Acts 5 the apostles are arrested again and this time placed in jail. Well this time an angel of the Lord came and opened the prison doors releasing them. They were told "go stand in the Temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life" (what Life? The Life of Jesus through which salvation comes.) Well this made the courts mad so they reconvened and said that Paul should get a good flogging. Ha. Upon their release; beaten and cursed they went out and rejoiced because they had been counted worthy of suffering for the name of Jackson Jesus. Later in Acts 7 another Christian named Stephen is accused of preaching the Gospel of Jesus. Stephen in turn keeps preaching the Gospel and is therefore stoned to death. Did this stop the Gospel of Jesus? Did it stop other believers from going out and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ? The answer to both questions is a resounding NO. You see one of the main themes of Acts is to show the triumph of Christianity in the face of bitter perse- cution. How does that ap- ply to today? Well you see, while Christianity is obvi- ously not the official reli- gion of the United States, we as Christians in this country enjoy tremendous privilege and opportunity. That is not necessarily a good thing. If Christianity thrives under persecution, as in Acts, then it tends to flounder and wilt under freedoms, as in America. Christianity has become so embedded in American culture and history that it appears as though the church has gotten lazy. The reality is that many Christians around the world live with those possibilities; sometimes probabilities. In many parts of the world, people take the'tr safety, their family's safety, and even their lives into their own hands for simply uttering the name of Jesus. They risk severe punishment should they be found with a Bible, or simply a portion thereof. Despite all of these ob- stades and threats to their safety, people choose to follow Christ. Here in the United States, we get up on Sunday mom- ing and happily drive to the local church. You can't do that in other parts of the world, where to do so is an act against the governrrient that could cost your life Yet people in those places continue to make this choice because they know what most Americans have managed to forget: The only path to salvation is complete and total obedi- ence to Jesus Christ. Jesus commanded: "Give up everything you have and follow me" That is a choice and it is one many people take serious- ly-to the point of death. Paul suffered willingly because he believed in the power of God's Word! Sun y Timothy came behind Paul and did the same. Chris- tians throughout history have suffered because of the word of God. Take China for example: "Before the Communist conquest in the late 1940'S and early 1950's, there were more than 700,000 Chris- tians in China. During the subsequent "cultural revolutions at least 30 mil- lion Chinese were slaugh- tered, including most of the Christians. Yet, after more than 40 years of brutal oppression, imprisonment, and execu- tions, the church of Jesus Christ in that vast country has a current membership estimated to be over 30 million. Although written copies of Scripture ate still scarce, the truth of God's iiii ii~ Word endures in their hearts. Its power cannot be bound. The more it is as- sailed, the more it prevails" Fellow Believer, remem- ber who you have been called to serve and the Power of God's Word you have been equipped with. Stand firm on the rock of Jesus Christ and nothing can come against you. Nathan Jackson is Student Pastor at New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 High- way 41, Smart:. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Miniaeri Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at8 a.m. at The Pickled Okra, 33 W Johnston St. on the Square. 7 : ::iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii:iiiiiiii:ililil i : By Donna Vandable, Save A Pet newsletter editor October is ADOPT A SHELTER DOG MONTH. This means it is the perfect opportunity to help homeless shelter dogs find loving, happy homes. Adopting a pet can be quite fulfilling. A research poll sug- gests people who adopt a dog from a shel- ter are far more likely to feel good about their experience than those who purchase a pet from a pet store. Most rescue dogs are at the shelter through no fault of their own. They are ,'.',"' ' '", C H U R victims of circumstances - possibly cruelty or neglect but most are just the product of a throw away society where living things are all too often treated like yesterday's news! 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