763) What’s Next?

ON THE INCREASING HOSTILITY OF SOCIETY TOWARD THE CHURCH AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR:

“It is likely that I will die in my bed.  My successor will die in prison.  His successor will die executed in the public square.  His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”

–Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who died April 17, 2015

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I John 3:13  —  Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.

John 15:17-  —  (Jesus said), “This is my command:  Love each other.  If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.  Remember what I told you:  A servant is not greater than his master.  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.  If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.  If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin.  As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law:  ‘They hated me without reason.’”

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PRAYER OF PETER AND JOHN IN ACTS CHAPTER FOUR AFTER BEING IMPRISONED FOR PROCLAIMING JESUS CHRIST AS LORD, RISEN FROM THE DEAD (verses 24-26…29):

Sovereign Lord, you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.  You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.’ …Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

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