Every so often, I share something I received by e-mail, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL). Just like I'm doing, today.
Yesterday, I received an e-mail from American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). It was in regard to Pastor Saeed, who is still imprisoned. Why? For being Christian.
Here is the message on the e-mail I received:
We just received a message that American Pastor Saeed wrote from prison, a letter full of both pain and hope.
He writes about how this Christmas without his family is "hard, cold and shattering."
But he also writes how his faith in Christ is helping him endure his turmoil:
"Christmas means that God came so that He would enter your hearts today and transform your lives and to replace your pain with indescribable joy."
Read Pastor Saeed's Christmas Letter of Pain and Hope.
This is his third Christmas in prison for his Christian faith.
We also learned that his pain from prison beatings is increasing.
Pastor Saeed - a U.S. citizen - needs our prayers. But he also needs our voices.
We're stepping up our global efforts for his release.
Don't let Pastor Saeed be forgotten this Christmas.
Sign Our Petition for Pastor Saeed's Freedom Today.
ACLJ Executive Director
When I think of pastor Saeed being held in prison, by Muslims, it makes my heart break.
Not just because he and his family are not able to be together. Not just because he is being held in prison for not doing anything to hate people. And, not just because our world governments don't seem to be doing anything to have him released, so he can return home to the USA, to live the rest of his life, with his family.
I realize he is suffering persecution.
Why? Because he is hated. Hated by Muslims, for being Christian.
Thinking of this brings to mind John 15:18, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."
Obviously, the world hates pastor Saeed.
He's not alone, though. There are many people suffering persecution, for simply being Christian.
Just as today's Bible verse tells us, if the world hates you... you must realize that it hated Jesus, first. For this is what He told us.
Unfortunately, the world does hate us Christians. Some people don't agree with this, but I believe it is true.
After all, the world spoken about in the Bible, is not just referring to the world we live in. It's referring to those who are unbelievers.
Unbelievers in Christ. The unsaved.
Those who will spend eternity separated from God, in Hell, for eternity... with no chance of escape.
I pray for all who fit into that category. And, do what I can every day of my life, to plant seeds for Christ.
Hopefully, so. For by doing this, you will be blessed in Heaven.
Hopefully, you have signed the petition working to help pastor Saeed released. And, pray for him, his family... and for all others, who are suffering persecution.
Until next time...
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