“Being an ‘N’ Christian”

April 8, 2016

Snow Goose (Photo by Robyn Waugh)
Snow Goose
Robyn Waugh, a newer friend, sent us this photo she had taken up at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area here in Lancaster County. Each spring over 100,000 snow geese stop by Middle Creek on their journey north. (Notice all the geese in the background.)
“Being an ‘N’ Christian”

Message Summary: Today let us, like Peter, again hear and heed the words Christ spoke, “Follow me.” We are all called to follow. Let’s do it, regardless of the cost! Are you prepared to an ‘N’ Christian?

ListenListen to this message on your audio player.

“‘I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.’ Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then He said to him, ‘Follow me'” (John 21:18,19).

N Christian marking This week I read an article about N Christians. Have you ever heard of that term? Here’s a description from The Voice Of The Martyrs website, “In northern Iraq, radical Muslims (ISIS) spray-painted the Arabic letter ن, or “N” on the homes and businesses of Christians. (Such as seen on the photo). The property owners were publicly identified as Christ-followers and given a choice to convert to Islam, leave or die. The courageous believers refused to deny their faith, and more than 100,000 fled with little more than the clothes on their backs.”

The ن stands for Nasara or Nazarenes, a pejorative Arabic word for Christians.

It is a regular practice in our home to remember the persecuted Christians. We often do so when we express thanks to God and count our blessings.

Our daily text is the final recorded personal exchange between Christ and Peter prior to Christ’s ascension to heaven. Jesus told Peter how he was going to die.

I wonder how Jesus’ blunt and detailed revelation of truth might have affected Peter. Here he is, gloriously restored after his ignominious denial. He’s ready to take on the world. But our Lord’s final words to him were in regard to the troubling manner in which he would one day die! Yet Peter went on to live and faithfully minister for Christ another 30 years before he was crucified upside down (as tradition asserts).

Consider how the knowledge of his future death might have crippled him. He could have become an emotional basket case! But there is no hint in his apostolic preaching recorded in Acts or in his two epistles of this being a factor at all. In fact he never mentions it.

I wonder about this when I read the account of his imprisonment in Acts 12. His long-time friend and fellow apostle, James, had just been beheaded and Peter surely knew that Herod was in a killing spree mood. Yet he is soundly sleeping when the angel awakened him for his deliverance. Perhaps he had laid down his head and reasoned, “I’m not old yet so the death Jesus foretold will not take place at this time.”

The purpose of this revelation to Peter was that he might know the way in which he would glorify God in his death. Consider people who have glorified God in their death. I’m inspired each time I read of Stephen’s bold proclamation of faith at the very time of his stoning. Some of the greatest stories ever passed down are of those who remained faithful in their final hour, whether it was suffering at the hands of other people or suffering from the pain of death.

When I read their stories I’m all the more determined to remain true no matter the difficulties I might endure before I transition to the other side. It seems to me the right outlook is seeing death as merely God’s appointed means of transition from this life to the next. Surely this is a time when we can, as believers, indeed glorify God. Quite frankly as I see current conditions it seems that various types of persecution, and even death hitherto unknown in America, may be coming. Am I prepared to be an ‘N’ Christian?

Today let us, like Peter, again hear and heed the words Christ spoke, “Follow me.” We are all called to follow. Let’s do it, regardless of the cost! Are you prepared to an ‘N’ Christian?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, help me to determine in my heart that Your words, “Follow Me” will far surpass the importance of any other mission I am called to in my life time. I pray that my goals, achievements, and ambitions do not conflict with the major calling but further establish for me a firm foundation where my faith will grow and where I bring glory to Your name, both in life and in death. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Follow Me”  Video  Kelly Willard

“I Am N” N Christians

“I Am N”  Video

“Sacrifice”  Video

“For the Sake of the Call”  Video  Steven Curtis Chapman  This video has stunning video in the background.

On a lighter note.

Free sub at Village Farm Market 4/7/16
Yesterday in the course of our chaplain work we passed a business and Brooksyne said, “I think it said ‘Stephen’ on a sign back there”. We turned around and sure enough saw this sign with an interesting offer. We stopped in for my free sub. (I shared with Brooksyne!)

Contact Us
Send a message to Stephen & Brooksyne
To receive the “Daily Encouragement” each Monday-Friday through email see this page to subscribe to our email list. You can also subscribe to the WordPress rss feed or through a WordPress email subscription. (See the email subscription on the right side after opening this page.)
Support Our MinistryWe want to thank all who financially support our ministry. We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support but if the Lord would lead you we surely need and appreciate the financial support from our readers and listeners. Our ministry labor is comprised of half our time to Daily Encouragement and the other half to our chaplaincy ministry to companies for which we receive a fee (of course this percentage of time varies week by week). Each of these ministries essentially is the same as a part-time job (20+ hours weekly) for each of us. Our goal for many years is that each phase would provide half of our ministry expenses and income. If you would like to make a donation to our ministry see here for more information. Donations through my chaplaincy endorsing ministry are tax deductible and will be receipted directly by them.  Thank you!

Make A Donation using PayPalPlease Note: Our chaplain agency is unable to provide a receipt if the donation is made through PayPal. However we provide this option due to the convenience, international supporters, and for those who may not be concerned regarding receiving an official receipt. Click here to donate using PayPal.

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: