Remember the prisoners as if chained with them-- those who are mistreated-- since you yourselves are in the body also.
Heb 13:3 (NKJ)
forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you
were there yourself. Share the sorrow of being mistreated,
as though you feel their pain in your own bodies. Heb 13:3
is not the worst thing that can happen to us. Disobedience to God is the
-- a Vietnamese Christian enduring suffering in the late 70's
stoning of Stephen to the halls of Columbine High School, many have given their
lives and paid the ultimate cost for being a follower of Jesus Christ. We
ask the Lord to kindle a new passion in us to pray for our brothers and sisters
facing persecution and to make us ever aware of the precious gift of freedom we
have in the Western world.
These men of faith I have mentioned died without ever receiving all that God had promised them; but they saw it all awaiting them on ahead and were glad, for they agreed that this earth was not their real home but that they were just strangers visiting down here.
And quite obviously when they talked like that, they were looking forward to their real home in heaven.
If they had wanted to, they could have gone back to the good things of this world.
But they didn't want to. They were living for heaven. And now God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has made a heavenly city for them.
(TLB) Heb 11:13-16
It is easy to
die for Christ. It is hard to live for Him. Dying takes only an hour
or two, but to live for Christ means to die daily. Only during the few
years of this life are we given the privilege of serving each other and
Christ... We shall heaven forever, but only a short time for service here, and
therefore we must not waste the opportunity.
-- sadhu sundar
of the Jesus Freaks
Tragedy of our American High Schools
remembrance of the tragedy that has struck our own nation...
children murdering children in the hallways of our schools.
Some died for no reason at all, but some died for the simple
reason that they were BELIEVERS...
about the book "She Said Yes" and the tragedy of
site dealing with the healing and aftermath of the Columbine
Song by Danny
Oertli sang in honor of Cassie at her funeral.
anthology of violence that has reached the schools of our own country,
with two cases of martyrdom.
20, 1999. Littleton, CO. On
April 20, 1999, two students walked non-chalantly into Columbine
High School at 11:15 a.m. and fired shots from a multi-gun
arsenal and lobbed homemade bombs throughout the school. At
the end of the rampage, 12 students, one teacher and the
gunmen were dead.
15, 1998 - A male teacher and a female
guidance counselor were shot in a hallway at a Richmond,
Va., high school. The man suffered an injury to the
abdomen, that wasn’t life threatening; the woman was
21, 1998 - A 15-year-old student in Springfield,
Ore., expelled the day before for bringing a gun to
school, allegedly opens fire in the school cafeteria. Two
students are killed.
21, 1998 - Three sixth-grade boys had a
“hit list” and were plotting to kill fellow classmates on
the last day of school in a sniper attack during a false fire
alarm, police in St. Charles, Mo., said.
21, 1998 - A fifteen-year-old boy died
from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Onalaska,
Wa.. Earlier in the day, the boy boarded a high school bus
with a gun in hand, ordered his girlfriend off the bus and
took her to his home, where he shot himself.
21, 1998 - A fifteen-year-old girl was
shot and wounded at a suburban Houston high school when
a gun in the backpack of a 17-year-old classmate went off in a
biology class. The boy was charged with a third degree felony
for taking a gun to school.
19, 1998 - Two boys were suspended from
school in Johnston, R.I., after being accused of
writing and handing out threatening notes to classmates. The
notes said things such as, “All your friends are dead.”
The boys will remain out of school until they have been
evaluated to determine whether they are dangerous.
19, 1998 - Three days before his
graduation, an 18-year-old honor student allegedly opens fire
in parking lot at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville,
Tenn., killing a classmate who was dating his
28, 1998 - Two teenage boys are shot to
death and a third is wounded as they played basketball at a Pomona,
Calif., elementary school hours after classes had ended. A
14-year-old boy is charged; the shooting is blamed on rivalry
between two groups of youths.
24, 1998 - A 48-year-old science teacher
is shot to death in front of students at graduation dance in Edinboro,
Pa. A 14-year-old student at James W. Parker Middle School
24, 1998 - Four girls and a teacher are
shot to death and 10 others wounded during a false fire alarm
at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. Two boys,
ages 11 and 13, are accused of setting the alarm and then
opening fire from a nearby woods.
1, 1997 - Three
are killed and five others wounded while they take part in a
prayer circle in a hallway at Heath High School in
West Paducah, Ky. A 14-year-old student, described as
emotionally immature, is arrested. One of the wounded girls is
1, 1997 - A 16-year-old outcast in Pearl,
Miss., is accused of killing his mother, then going to
Pearl High School and shooting nine students. Two of them die,
including the suspect's ex-girlfriend. Authorities later
accuse six friends of conspiracy, saying the suspects were
part of a group that dabbled in satanism.
19, 1997 - A 16-year-old student opens
fire with a shotgun in a common area at the Bethel, Alaska,
high school, killing the principal and a student. Two other
students are wounded. Authorities later accuse two other
students of knowing the shootings would take place. Evan
Ramsey was sentenced to two 99-year terms.
2, 1996 - A 14-year-old boy walks into
algebra class in a trenchcoat with a hunting rifle and
allegedly opens fire, killing the teacher and two students. A
third student is injured during the shooting at a junior high
school in Moses Lake, Wash.
Facts: Death in schools
The students killed at Columbine High School in Littleton are
the first Colorado violent deaths in a public school since 1992,
according to the Department of Education. A study by the National
School Safety Center reported school deaths have occurred in all but
11 states since 1992.
235 school-associated violent deaths occurred in the
United States from 1992 to 1999.
77 percent of all violent deaths in schools were caused by
66 percent of all victims killed in schools were male.
66 percent of all school deaths between 1992 and 1999
occurred in high schools, 17 percent in junior high schools and 11
percent in elementary schools.
28 percent of all school deaths between 1992 and 1999 were
due to interpersonal disputes, 15 percent were suicide and 14
percent were gang related.
13 percent of sixth through 12th grade students in a
national survey said someone had seriously threatened to shoot them.
8 percent of school-aged youths nationwide surveyed in
1993 said they had carried a gun in the prior 30 days.
Source: The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence,
University of Colorado and The National School Safety Center.
April 21, 1999
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