1. Rejoice and Be Glad! . . . in Persecution?
    15 Dec, 2017
    Rejoice and Be Glad! . . . in Persecution?
    Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12 At this time of year we hear a lot about rejoicing, but we don't usually hear a lot about persecution. Yet in the passage above, Jesus connects