Global Church

I was preaching yesterday about discipleship and the Christian obligation to sacrifice personal gains in order to serve God. I contrasted our congregation’s relative lack of sacrifice with those made by Peter and the first disciples, who were martyred for their faith.

I happened also to mention the Christians in Nigeria and Egypt today who were being persecuted by Muslim extremists. It turned out that there was a group of seven Egyptian Christians in church that morning. They were pleased to be recognized and couldn’t wait to tell me that they were members of the Coptic Church.

Small world, large Church. —J. Douglas Ousley

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