Monthly Archives: February 2016

HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.

1. Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.

2. Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3. Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.

4. John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully

5. Peter
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.
According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6. James
The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his
enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

7. James the Son of Zebedee,
was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was   beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8. Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9. Andrew
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.

10. Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.

11. Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12. Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

13. Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many
epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Pass on to encourage other Christians
Why Do we feel sleepy in Prayer,
But stay awake through a 3 hour movie?
Why are we so bored when we look at the HOLY BOOK,
But find it easy to read other books?
Why is it so easy to ignore a msg about God,
Yet we forward the nasty ones?
Why are Prayers getting smaller,
But bars and clubs are expanding
Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity,
But very difficult to engage with God?
Think about it, are you going to forward this?
Are you going to ignore it, cause you think you will get laughed at?
Forward this to all your friends.
80% of you won’t forward this.
God  said:
If you deny me in front of your
friends, I will deny you on the day of judgment:

When one door closes , God opens two : If God has opened  doors for you.

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Recently, at the commencement of the Lenten season, I have been reading about the North African Desert Fathers and Mothers. These mystics believed that the greatest temptation was to have no temptation. Abba Anthony once asserted, “Whoever has not experienced temptation cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” Moreover, he believed that “without temptation no one can be saved.” In silence, these mystics discovered the many voices of temptation, and found release when they turned to God.
The first reading therefore reminds us of how God came down with a mighty hand to save his people from the hands of their Egyptian oppressors, the moment they turned to God in their distress. Now, as Israel was tested for forty years in the wilderness, Jesus in today gospel reading was led into the desert to be tested for forty days and nights and was delivered from temptation by his turning to God.
The temptations of Jesus were surely part of his redeeming action for the world; but it was also as role model for us to follow in similar circumstances of our every day life, which is often beset with evils of suffering and temptations. The three temptations of Jesus together cover human life in all its major dimensions; economic, social and religious.
Dear friends, the reality of temptation calls us to self-awareness (mindfulness), faithfulness and prayerfulness. In turning toward God and invoking Jesus’ name, we discover God to be a “mighty fortress,” able to strengthen us to fight and overcome all temptation. God will not put us to testing or allow evils of any kind befall us beyond our capacity, if and only if we turn to him in humble prayer and supplication.
…Turn to God and have great Sunday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the  liturgies focus on the brevity of life and remind us  that we came from dust and will return back to the earth, dust once more.
Life is fragile, and we hope for spiritual wholeness, perhaps everlasting life with God and our loved ones.
For many years, I struggled with the understanding of Ash Wednesday precisely because of asceticism. But today, I am reconsidering the meaning of Ash Wednesday. The brevity and uncertainty of life. All that I love and care for is mortal and transitory, but mortality is the inspiration to celebration and love.
Plato once described time as the moving image of eternity. We are constantly dying, but we are also constantly living as we reflect God’s vision in the world of the flesh.
This year Ash Wednesday, I’m letting go of everything that keeps me from following Christ faithfully. Like Jacob, this  Ash Wednesday causes me to pause, notice, wake up, and discover that “God is in this place” and now I know it!
Dear friends, As we place ashes on our forehead, it is not the ashes of world-denial or bodily-mortification, but the ashes of transformation, of awakening to beauty and love, of seizing the moment. To repent and to believe in the Gospel.
Wish you all the best in this season of Lent.