December 6

Posted on Dec 6, 2017

In These My People, Lil Dickson tells the story of a mountain village in Formosa during Japanese occupation: “The policeman there was like a little king. It seemed he could do anything. He became enraged because many were becoming Christians. So he issued an edict: within three days everyone must take an oath, ‘I will not become a Christian,’ or they would be tied hand and foot and thrown in the river. The people met to discuss the issue. Some said they better give up Christianity. But a boy stood up and said, ‘Don’t you remember? Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”’ They all remembered, and one replied, ‘Let us die then, for we will go to be with Jesus.’ When the policeman heard, he said the execution would occur the next day. But that day, while fishing in the same river, the policeman drowned! Today everyone in the village is a Christian,” Dickson says.

Today’s Reading: 1 Thess. 5; 2 Thess. 1-3; 1 Timothy 1  Memorize: 2 Peter 3:9-10