My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James? ?1?:?2-4? NKJV
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (?Isaiah? ?5?:?20-24? KJV)
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (?Revelation? ?20?:?4? KJV)
It is not a bad time to press into the Lord Jesus, acknowledge our weakness, and pray that if we ever face such a trial that we may able to stand in such a day because Jesus is able to make us stand. I did not watch the video as it was enough to know it happened. I understand the anger of my dear brother who posted. For me, I was sad and convicted in my heart to pray for the believers that they may have strength to hold their faith and not deny even unto death. Remember the words of Jesus to the churches from the book of revelation. Remember the faithful martyrs of Steven and James and many brethren under the papal persecutions. Remember those wrote about in Foxes Book of Martyrs. Remember Richard Wurmbrandt who suffered torture by the hands of Communists. Rememebr Corrie Ten Boom who lost her sister and many loved ones at Auschwitz. Remember how they held fast, prayed for their enemies and loved them in Christ. Remember the crown and the altar given to those who are faithful unto death.
On this night, the free show attracted a few dozen guests who set up lawn chairs around the ring. Kids and adults alike watched in amazement at the ballet for brutes, as if they were watching a water tower on fire.
"This is MY show!" yelled Bob Szoke, emcee of the event, to one of the Kent boys.
"No, it's MY show!" one of the Kent boys yelled back in Szoke's face.
Both men were lying for effect, and they knew it. Actually, it's the Lord's show.
Welcome to Impact Christian Church in Merrillville, where "Wrestling for Jesus" is just another unconventional aspect of this unique place of worship.
Here, a converted old auto shop and garage now houses the home of the Lord and his believers.
Here, dozens of families across the region congregate to escape the rigid rituals of more traditional churches.
Here, it's not about how you dress or look or appear to society. The young church's motto is simply "a safe place to connect with God."
"I guess this sort of wrestling crowd isn't your typical Sunday morning church crowd, but we're all about accepting all kinds of people," said Szoke, pastor of the church. and I'll just bet Clowns are included Come quickly LORD JESUS come quickly !