Devotional

Acts 24:1-23 Political Power 

Judaism and the Roman Empire were two huge power blocs.  We might wonder what chance Paul had in the face of such political might.  Paul, however, was undaunted: he knew that with God all things are possible, and moreover he always wore the “armour” of which he wrote in Eph.6:10-18.  […]

Testimonies

Imprisoned and tortured for their faith: Eritrean Christians 2010-1

Many Eritrean Christians endure unimaginable suffering because they refuse to renounce their faith in Christ. Thousands are imprisoned without trial in horrendous conditions; many are held in metal shipping containers or underground prisons, enduring darkness and overcrowding, extreme temperatures and malnutrition, and sometimes torture and beatings. Those who fall ill […]

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Acts 23:12-end  Ambush

Certain Jews resorted to underhand, illegal tactics in order to murder Paul.  Their plot was discovered, the Roman authorities alerted and Paul was taken out by night with a large military escort: the Romans were taking no chances.  This is the only time Paul’s sister and her son are mentioned […]

Testimonies

Adopting a killer: Sohn Yangoon 1950

Even before the brutal murder of his sons Tongin and Tongsin in 1948, Yangoon’s life had already been marked by much suffering for Christ. He was born in South Kyungsang Province, Korea, in 1902, and became an evangelist aged 23. In 1938 he came into conflict with the Japanese authorities over […]

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Spectacle and torture: Blandina 177

Spectacle and torture: Blandina 177 Blandina was a young slave girl, among the many Christians brought before the Roman governor of Gaul during an upsurge in persecution in the region around Vienne and Lyons in 177. Blandina displayed remarkable physical and spiritual strength as she endured a succession of horrendous […]

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Acts 22:22-23:11  Riot 

Again the soldiers had to rescue Paul from the crowd.  The commandant decided to try to discover the truth from Paul by torture (the lash was a vicious torture under which many died or were crippled for life).  Paul was a Roman citizen, a status which gave him certain rights […]