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Obedience: The Muslim Boy

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A Muslim boy

“Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also” (Matthew 5:39).

One day a Muslim boy heard a Christian boy talking about Jesus. “Jesus teaches that we must love our enemies. He says we should ‘turn the other cheek’ when we are struck,” the Christian explained.

“I will test this teaching,” thought the Muslim boy.

He slapped the Christian boy.

The Christian began weeping. “I am weeping for you,” he told the Muslim.

The Muslim was amazed. “Where does this teaching come from?” he asked the Christian. The Christian boy showed him Chapter 5 of the Book of Matthew. The Muslim boy read the whole chapter. He decided he would try to live by the teachings he found in the chapter.

But he could not. He had habit of saying bad words, and he couldn’t break the habit. And he couldn’t understand why it would be “blessed” to mourn (Matthew 5:4).

The Muslim boy asked a wise Christian for advice. The Christian said, “No one can follow such teachings by himself. Only one life has been perfect — the life of Jesus Himself. Ask Him to come into your heart and He will change you.”

The Muslim boy took the Christian’s advice, and he became a new person. The Christian boy’s obedience to the teachings of Jesus had opened his eyes to a new way of life.

Source: From the Lips of Children by Richard Wurmbrand

To Think About
A persecuted Christian in Sudan said, “I hated Muslims. Then I asked God to help me change. I asked others to pray for me, too. I learned that God can change your heart. Before, when I hated Muslims, I had no peace. But now I do.”

Sometimes it’s not easy to love. God’s plan is for us to love others, and to need His help to do it, every step of the way.


Activities Story

Quiz: What Do You Know About Persecution?

Question Mark

The following questions cover Bible stories about persecution and information about current situations. See how many you can answer, then share them with your family, group, or class to see if they know the answers.

  1. Who will suffer persecution, according to the Bible? (See 1 Timothy 3:12.)
    1. The rich
    2. All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus
    3. Everyone who chooses not to follow Jesus
  2. Leaders in some countries try to stop people from celebrating Valentine’s Day, which they consider a Christian holiday. What are some of the countries?
    1. Mexico, Canada, the United States
    2. Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Iran
    3. Japan, Spain, South Korea
  3. Missionaries drop small parachutes carrying Christian books out of planes over guerrilla-controlled parts of Colombia. What kind of areas do the planes usually fly over?
    1. Oceans
    2. Desert
    3. Jungles
  4. In the Bible story of Nehemiah, how did Nehemiah’s enemies try to get him to stop doing the right thing?
    1. Laughed at him, lied about him, tried to get him to come to a meeting
    2. Got angry, made plans to attack him
    3. All of the answers in “a” and “b”
  5. People in North Korea can go to jail for which of the following?
    1. Bowing to statues of North Korean leaders
    2. Owning a Bible
    3. Talking against the United States
  6. Which of the following is true about persecution?
    1. The apostles in the Bible (Acts 5) rejoiced when they were persecuted.
    2. Almost all of the persecution of Christians happened long ago.
    3. If you do the right things, you are certain to avoid persecution for your belief in Jesus.
  7. According to Acts 14:22 (NIV), Paul and Barnabus said:
    1. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
    2. “We must do many good deeds to be sure to enter the kingdom of God.”
    3. “We must follow the Ten Commandments to be sure that we will enter the kingdom of God.”
  8. How did Paul say we must overcome evil? (See Romans 12:21.)
    1. Overcome evil with force
    2. Overcome evil with strict rules
    3. Overcome evil with good
  9. What is an “underground church?”
    1. A church that meets in a subway
    2. A church that meets in a secret location
    3. A church that meets in a cave
  10. What is a “martyr?”
    1. Someone who complains about their circumstances
    2. A bully
    3. Someone who makes a big sacrifice or risks losing something important because of their beliefs

Visit this link to view the answers to the quiz.

Quiz Answers

  1. b. All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus
  2. b. Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Iran
  3. c. Jungles
  4. c. All of the answers in “a” and “b”
  5. b. Owning a Bible
  6. a. The apostles in the Bible (Acts 5)
  7. c. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
  8. c. Overcome evil with good
  9. b. A church that meets in a secret location
  10. c. Someone who makes a big sacrifice or risks losing something important because of their beliefs

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Standing with the Christians in Iraq

I-Am-N

Do you remember the story of Jonah and the big fish? Jonah was running from God, who wanted him to warn the evil people of Ninevah that they would be destroyed. After Jonah’s adventure in the sea, he obeyed God and warned the people. They repented of their sins and were not destroyed at that time.

The biblical city of Ninevah is in ruins today. But nearby is the city of Mosul, Iraq. Earlier this year radical Muslims warned all the Christians in Mosul to either leave the city or to become Muslims. “I am confused and sad,” said an Iraqi Christian. Thousands of Christians fled their homes in Mosul.

The radical Muslims marked the homes of Christians with a “nun” symbol. Nun, pronounced “noon,” is a letter in the Arabic alphabet. The Muslims use the symbol to stand for “Nazarenes,” an Arabic term used to insult Christians.

Christians around the world began using the symbol not as an insult, but to show that they supported the Mosul Christians in their struggle.

Hebrew 13:3 says, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” How will you remember persecuted Christians this week?

(Find information about The Voice of the Martyrs’ “I-Am-N” T-shirt at www.i-am-n.com)


Videos Story

Syrian Refugee Camp

A war in Syria has left many people, both Christians and Muslims, without homes. Some have fled the country; others have stayed. The Voice of the Martyrs has sent help to Christians who have left and those who have stayed.

Watch the video clip to learn a little about life in one refugee camp in Jordan.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for peace in Syria.
  • Ask God to bring people closer to Him as a result of the crisis.
  • Ask God to provide for the daily needs of refugees.

Video Source: UNHCR


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We Are Pen and Ink

Ink
Out of ink by Jonathunder (CC-BY-SA)

A student in China sent the following testimony to The Voice of the Martyrs. The student received a Bible from VOM’s Bibles Unbound program.

No Direction
I was born into a Christian family. Both my parents served the Lord heartily. We had church meetings in our home. When I was very young, my parents made an agreement with God to dedicate me to Him.

After middle school, I had no direction and purpose. I did not know what to do. But a story changed my life. [Chinese students may choose to go to high school and prepare for college exams, or go to a school to prepare for work.]

Pen and Ink
One day I was reading a book at home, and a fable in the book touched my heart. The story said that a music composer had a quill pen and some ink. When the composer was not at home, the pen and ink started to boast.

The pen said, “Without me, how could the composer write any melodies?”

The ink said, “I am better than you. With just a little ink, the composer can write many melodies.”

I was thinking, “The pen and ink are silly. If the composer did not use them, they would be worthless.

Suddenly I realized that we are all silly if we think we have accomplished things. We are like the pen and ink, and God is like the composer.

That night, I cried bitterly before God. I prayed that I would serve Him. I asked Him to use me.

Miraculously, the next day the church leader called me and asked if I wanted to go study the Bible. I said yes without any hesitation. But the night before I left to go to Bible school, my brother broke his arm. We had to use our money to help him, so I was not able to go to school. I had to go to work.

I did not complain, and God helped me grow closer to Him at work and to depend on Him firmly. The next August He opened a way for me to go to Bible school.

I am convinced that God has a wonderful will and good plan for me. The Lord died for us. His heart is to save lost people. I am willing to witness His glories.

Some of the quotes and stories on this website have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.


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