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 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 
Romans 8:35
 
 
Dedicated to those who risk their lives to follow Jesus.
 
“Place your ear against the chest of the Savior so that when troubled times come and you don’t know what will befall you, you can hear the steady pulse of Christ’s boundless love.”  (paraphrase of a quote by Beth Moore)
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Who shall separate you from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness of danger or sword?  For Jesus’ sake you face death all day long; you are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.  In all these things you are more than conquerors.  (based on Romans 8:35-37)
 
“There are more important things than staying alive.  Jesus’ followers must love him more than their own lives.”  (Randy Alcorn, Safely Home)
 
To help persecuted Believers, contact Open Doors, Voice of the Martyrs-Canada, or Voice of the Martyrs-USA.
 

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“If you knew the generosity of God … 
you would be asking me for a drink, and
 I would give you fresh, living water.”
Jesus
 
 
When my dad was only eight years old, his mother abandoned her family.  He found her, years later, after I was born.  She was a modern day “woman at the well”.  She had been married five times, and the man she was living with was not her husband.  Like the woman in John 4, my grandmother (after a lot of care and love) experienced the grace of God.
  
As I have been thinking about my grandmother and reading about the “woman at the well”, I have been struck by the verse, “For the Jews do not associate with Samaritans” (John 4:9).  Many Christians would not have associated with someone like my grandmother.  She was an alcoholic, an adulteress, and poor. 
 
Recently, I have been thinking, “Why are there people that Christians do not associate with today?”  Intentionally, and more often unintentionally, there are people that many Christians do not include in their circle of friends.  The people that we do not associate with are the very people Jesus would be around.
 
As author Mary Snyder states, “We, as Christians, have turned faith in Jesus into something that requires you to fit into a mold that is of our own making.  I know that Jesus is not pleased with what we are doing.”
 
“I’m after mercy, not religion, I’m here
 to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” 
 Jesus
 
 
 
Thank you Landon Saunders and Mary Snyder, for contributing to this post.  Scripture references from John 4:10 and Matthew 9:13, The Message.

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