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2021 “Day of the Christian Martyr”

June 29th is Day of the Christian Martyr.

This year, the witness, testimony, and example of Rocio Pino will be honored.

“Knowing the risks, she and her husband chose to live and share the Gospel in a
dangerous area …”

We share this year’s “Day of the Christian Martyr” video so that we may be inspired by those who came before us. We ask that we pray for all of our Christian Brothers and Sisters serving Christ faithfully in places where they experience a daily threat of public humiliation, opposition, and violence.

The first request these courageous men and women ask is for us to pray that they will love their enemies and remain faithful to God’s call to be a witness for Christ to those who hate them.

And, let’s pray for our own commitment to Christ, that we may be a bold and faithful witness no matter the opposition we face.

Maybe it’s because I was in South America a couple of years ago, and saw just a glimpse of what it is like “over there;” maybe it’s because Rocio was murdered on my birthday; maybe it was knowing that this happened in front of her husband and children. Maybe it’s a combination of all this, but I just can’t get Rocio’s story out of my mind.

Maybe … I never should.
I hope I never do.

“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body” (Hebrews 13:3).

I think about how I take so much for granted … think about what I had to worry about today … And, then, I think of Rocio’s family. And, so many other families that aren’t blessed to live in the United States.

Let us always … as we survey what is happening “over here” … not forget what has been happening for so long, and continues to happen to our Brothers and Sisters, “over there” …

We combined resources supplied by The Voice of the Martyrs (https://www.persecution.com/) to present this video:

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Great Quote From Twilight Zone: “If Everyone is the Same …”

Hi Friends:

Recently, late night on Sunday (no School the next day), I had the chance to “travel to another dimension …”

It was one of those Twilight Zone episodes which takes a look into “a future time,” in a classic episode entitled, “Number 12 Looks Just Like You.” It was another episode which saw me, in the wee hours of the morning, scrambling to find pen and paper, to make hurried notes or a quote from the show, before weariness overtook me.

“Number 12 Looks Just Like You” originally aired on January 24, 1964. That was … uh … 57 years ago.

This was an episode about “the government” wanting to make every citizen the same: Look the same, act the same, etc. This, of course, was “for their own good,” and “to help them.” Rod Serling, in his introduction, did a rarity: As you know, he would always use the word “future,” but never rarely mentions a year … In this introduction, Rod Serling stated that this show was “about a time in the future … let’s say the year 2000 …”

In order for every citizen to “conform,” they must, at the age of 19, undergo an operation, which would physically change the person to “Number 1, Number 2,” etc. There was a limited number of choices, all “government approved,” each beautiful or handsome, and it was a requirement for all citizens. They were “free to choose,” … as long as they chose one of the accepted numbers.

Enter Marilyn Cuberle, an independent-minded young lady (played by Collin Wilcox), who is finishing her 18th year, and doesn’t want to “be like everyone else.” She is perfectly happy the way she is, and refuses to undergo the operation. Of course, everyone else tries to convince her otherwise. I mean … why wouldn’t she want to be like everyone else? Why wouldn’t she want to be beautiful … like everyone else?

Note: I especially enjoyed Richard Long (remember “The Big Valley,” “Nanny and the Professor” and a host of guest-starring roles), who played multiple characters in this episode. Of course, they were “different” people … but, remember, everyone looked the same … and, there seemed to be fewer choices for men … so, Richard Long was Marilyn’s Father, and the doctor who would conduct the operation, and a famous psychiatrist from history.

Naturally, Marilyn’s best friend, Valerie, tries to convince Marilyn to undergo the transformation, and Valerie just can’t understand why Marilyn wants to just “be herself.”
To convince her, she asks questions like, “Why don’t you want to be beautiful?” And, “Why don’t you want to be like everyone else?
Finally, frustrated, Valerie asked, “Why would you want to be a nobody?”

It was in response to this question that Marilyn gave the quote which drove me toward pen and paper:

“If everyone is the same … doesn’t that make everyone a nobody?”

Blessings,

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

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Times Change-His Promises Don’t

Hi Friends:

It has become somewhat of a tradition that I take the calendars I receive as a gift each year, and put the calendar photos into a slideshow/movie.

This always allows me the opportunity to emphasize how important it is to have God’s Word “posted” around your house … where you “can’t help” but to see it every day … every day of the year. And … not just you … but, everyone who visits your home will see the Scriptures, too.

For many, this past year has been the toughest, the hardest, and the most difficult year they have ever experienced. We look ahead, to a time when things are “back to normal.”

I think of every year. Many “tougher” than others.

I think about the weather. Yes, the weather. As I write this, we’re in the middle of our latest snow storm. Can’t help but think about Summer. About Spring. I would file that under “hope.” Real hope. Hope I have. Hope you have.
Spring will come. Summer will come. And, so will Fall. And Winter.

My hope comes from God’s Word.
Period.
Same as last year.
And, the year before that.
The same hope I have for this year.
And, the year after that.

As “different” as this past year has been, has it really been all that different?

We’ve suffered great loss. And, achieved great victories.
We’ve experience a lot of bad.
We’ve experienced a lot of good.
Our Hope remains the same:


Hope in God’s promises.
Because they are true.