I love America! How can you not? We are afforded so many freedoms that so many people all over the world only dream of being allowed in their country. It is so easy to live in the bubble of the United States of America and not realize what it is really like to live in other countries. In America very few people are murdered for taking a stand for something they believe in but in many other countries you can be killed for standing up for what you believe. We might lose some friends or might not get invited to be involved in certain things but not lose your life. If you live in a country like the United States where you are safe to express your beliefs without fear of persecution consider it an amazing blessing. Not everyone in the world is afforded such a luxury.

On the third week in February of 2015 a video was released by a terrorist group of them brutally murdering 21 men for being a follower of Jesus.
21 humans.
21 men who are sons, brothers, and fathers.
21 people just as important as me and you.
21 people who matter to God.
21 people who believed Jesus is who he says he is.
21 believers whose mission in life was to love God and love people.
21 humans who were right with God because of their faith in Jesus.

If you are reading this and you live in a country where you can express your beliefs without the fear of death please count it as a blessing. Do not take it for granted. Spend a few minutes today praying for the families of these 21 men. Pray for the men who murdered these followers of Jesus. Pray for those who live in fear everyday because of their faith in Jesus.

“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Matthew 5:10

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