Suffering for Christ

Doesn't sound like much of a slogan for an ad campaign, does it?  Yet the reality is, faithful followers of God have known persecution since the beginning of time.  Why?  Because since the fall in Genesis, this world has been under the influence of Satan and anyone seeking God has been in his crosshairs.  God, however, is never absent in the lives of His children.  He is very much in touch with their pain and their needs.

As we continue our study of the book of Revelation, we come to the letter Christ sent to the church of Smyrna.  This is a church that knew suffering well and had more on the way.  Christ writes to encourage them and to help them have perspective in the midst of their difficulties.  It is an important study for all Christians; those who may be struggling now and those who need the right perspective for when it comes.


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