by Revd Alan Price
Sensational headlines telling us of the latest atrocities performed by Islamic State or other extreme Islamist groups are becoming so frequent, we almost take them for granted. Whilst it must be remembered that more Muslims have been killed than Christians, in this article I want to consider the problem faced by fellow-Christians.
Persecution of Christians can be traced historically based on the biblical account of Jesus in the 1st century AD to the present time. Early Christians were persecuted for their faith at the hands of both Jews from whose religion Christianity arose and the Roman Empire which controlled much of the land across which early Christianity was distributed. Early in the 4th century, Christianity was legalized, eventually becoming the State church of the Roman Empire.
PENTECOST – the Celebration of the Gift of the Holy Spirit
and some thoughts from Rev Carol Price
What would it have been like for Jesus’ friends after he went back to heaven, I wonder? When they were just LEFT? They had been told by Jesus to STAY and WAIT for the power of the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever been in a position when you have lost someone very dear to you to be told to STAY and WAIT for something that has been promised, but you have no idea how and when it will happen? I would be tearing my hair out with fifty whole days of STAYING in Jerusalem and just WAITING until the promised Holy Spirit came.
Jesus’ final words to his friends, recorded in the book of Acts. Chapter 1 verse 8:- ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be my witnesses’ and in verse 4 ‘wait for the gift my Father promised’. Again in Luke (Chapter 24 verse 49) we have Jesus saying, ‘stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high’ I wonder how those friends of Jesus spent their 50 days of staying and waiting?