Key Word Symbol – “mark of the beast”

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Why I wear barbwire.

Did you know that 70% of the world’s population lives in countries with heavy restrictions on religion? Did you know that more than one hundred million Christians worldwide are currently suffering interrogations, arrest, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ? All of this happens on a daily basis around the world while Christians in the West enjoy relative peace, security, and freedom.

First Corinthians Chapter 12 compares the church, the body of Christ, to a physical body with each member having a different function. Verse 26 says that if one member suffers, then all the members suffer with it. Open Doors is a ministry dedicated to serving persecuted Christians worldwide and they would like to invite you to share the wonderful privilege of standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who share our faith but not our freedom.

Please visit onewiththem.com and order a barbwire wristband today. Then be prepared to share with others who ask why you are wearing barbwire.

On behalf of suffering saints all over the world, THANK YOU.

Ezekiel’s Vision

In this post I told you about the beautiful and inspiring artwork of artist Pat Marvenko Smith. She has created a whole series of paintings depicting the otherworldly scenes described in the book of Revelation. They are an excellent resource when studying Revelation.

At Precept Camden we are currently studying the book of Ezekiel using this workbook. I was delighted to discover that Ms. Smith has created a painting of her interpretation of the vision that Ezekiel describes in chapter 1. Our lesson asked us to draw what we thought Ezekiel saw. This resulted in a better understanding of the vision as well as some comical sketches. Drawing a scene described in Scripture is a helpful study tool to help visualize and retain information. After sharing our drawings in class, we can better appreciate Ms. Smith’s artwork!

Check out all of Pat Marvenko Smith’s work here.