Dear Mosaic Family, Throughout church history, Christians have been persecuted for simply remaining faithful to Jesus Christ. Though we enjoy relative religious freedom, Christians worldwide are continuing to suffer for their faith. Several watchdog organizations have published papers saying that "2015 was the worst year in modern history for Christian persecution." With North Korea leading the way, and militant radical Islam rapidly expanding, today is one of the most dangerous times ever to be a Christian. The Christian persecution watchdog "Open Doors" has released a statistic recently stating that, today, a Christian is martyred for their faith every 5 minutes. More Christians have been martyred in the 20th and 21st centuries, than all the previous 19 combined.
Though we might not be martyred for our faith in this country, the political and cultural landscape is certainly making it more difficult to publicly proclaim the name of Christ and his teachings. Our culture seems to be tolerant toward everyone, except Christians. However, we need not be afraid. Jesus actually told us that persecution can be a blessing: "Blessed are you when others revile and prosecute you for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
We need to learn from the early church in how they remained faithful to the Lord despite persecution. Join us tomorrow as we look at Jesus' 2nd letter to the church in Smyrna, found in Revelation 2:8-11.
Praying for you! Pastor Jan
2nd Quarterly Members' Meeting & Potluck Sunday, June 12th, 1-3pm. If you're a member of Mosaic Boston, plan on attending this important in-house family meeting, and bring a favorite dish to share!
Saturday, July 23rd, 5-7pm. Waldstein Park, Dean Rd., Brookline. Everyone at Mosaic is welcome to come hang out, have fun, and meet some great people from Mosaic! The event is "B.Y.O.E" (bring your own everything).
Mosaic Youth Group
Every Sunday, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 9:30service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!
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