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  “You will hear of wars
and threats of wars,
but don’t be anxious.

Yes, these things must take place,
but the end won’t follow immediately.
Nation will go to war against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world,
as well as famines,

but this is only the first of the birth pains.


“When these things begin to happen, watch out!

You will be handed over to the local councils and beaten in the synagogues.

You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers.

But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.

For the Good News must first be preached to all nations.

  So when you are arrested and stand trial,
don’t worry in advance what to say.

Just say what God tells you at that time,
for it is not you who will be speaking,

but the Holy Spirit through you.

  “You never said we would not be buffeted by evil,
but You did promise that
everyone born of God
will overcome,
and that the Lamb
will overcome all
that wars against the truth.

Since those who suffer with You
will also reign with You -
why not spell your ordeals







Lord, where conversion
brings a sword into believers’ lives,
cleaving them from all they hold most dear,
strengthen and reward each one
for being so sincere –
for there is none more shell-like
than those who resist
the call on their life
by going their own way.

May we not let fear make us overly discreet
in keeping the good news to ourselves.
We intercede that Your people will reach out
with words as well as deeds,
and with deeds as well as words -for how will people respond without a preacher?
“If the time comes when we find ourselves
in the pillory, in spheres where oppressive forces reign,
may we know freedom from the prevailing fear,
and the closeness of the Heavenly host.
  The scene at the dockside in Copenhagen was heartrending.

The year was 1732, and two young Moravian believers were tearing themselves away from weeping loved ones to set out on one of the most remarkably sacrificial journeys imaginable.

These young men had been so burdened for the eternal fate of three thousand slaves, who were about to be shipped off to the West Indies, without any access to the gospel, that they voluntarily went with them.

As the ship got under way their cry rang out,

‘May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering.’


  God greatly used the witness of these two men.

They rose to high places in the Moravian church in later life
and many others felt the call to the mission field as a result of their example.
John Bunyan likewise entrusted himself and his loved ones to the everlasting arms
when he resisted the authority’s offer to set him free from jail – but with this sting in the tail:
he must promise not to preach.

Irresolute, Bunyan lay awake while friends clamoured
with him to accept this Lucifer-tipped offer
for the sake of his destitute family.
As Giant Despair hammered home these iron-clad nails,
he cried out,

“Lord, I feel as though I’m pulling the roof down
over my own head, but I must do it, I must.”

It was because he chose to stay in prison
that he wrote the most successful
Christian book of all time -
The Pilgrim's Progress.

Lord…strengthen all who have to take a costly courageous stance for you
and all who must one day do the same.

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This section was inspired from the use of the word ‘pillory’ in ‘A Green Valley’ chapter 34 Gold Cord
(2) Mark 13: 7-11
(3) Rev. 17:14 and 1 John 5:4
(4) 2 Tim. 2:12
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Readers: Musicians: Recording Engineers:
Robert Weston Carol Sampson (Singer songwriter) Colin Owen
Rosalind Weston Christiane von Albrecht (Keyboard) Jonathan Greenwood
Andrew Whettam Linda Entwistle (Vocals & Keyboard)  
Harmony Greenwood Elizabeth Long (Flute)  
Jacqui Galvin Corinne Frost (Cello)  
  Keith Entwistle (Percussion)  
  Grace Lee (Violin)  
  Thomas Herzog (Oboe)  
  Christine Rick (Cello)  
  Claire (Violin) and Chian Lim (Viola)  
  Jo Garcia (Cello)  
  Andrew Whettam (Marimba)  
  Francis Cummings (Composer)  
  Jo Foote (Recorder)  
  Robert Weston (Recorder)  
  Sue Perks (Singer)  


The recordings are copyrighted to Ruach Breath of Life Ministries 2011, but the material can be used freely if properly attributed.
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