Friday, June 04, 2010

Their Names Liveth For Evermore

America has just marked Memorial Day and over the last week or so here in the UK and France we have been remembering the 70th Anniversary of Dunkirk. Remembering the heroism of so many in giving their lives to ensure our freedom.

So I came across this post by Mark Batterson titled " Memorial to the 12 Apostles". Where he lists the sacrifice of the 12.

James the brother of John was killed with a sword during a persecution initiated by King Herod in AD 44.

Andrew was hung on an olive tree around 70 AD.

Doubting Thomas was thrust through with pine spears, tortured with red-hot plates, and burned alive around 70 AD.

Philip went to Phrygia where he was tortured and crucified in AD 54.

Matthew was beheaded sometime after 60 AD.

Bartholomew was flayed after he refused to recant. After the removal of his skin, he was crucified in 70 AD.

James the lesser was taken to the top of the Temple where a crowd gathered. When he refused to recant, he was thrown down. He survived the fall so a mob beat him to death with clubs in 63 AD.

Simon the Zealot was crucified by the governor of Syria in AD 74.

Judas Thaddeus ministered in Mesopotamia where he was beaten to death with sticks in AD 72.

Matthias, who replaced Judas Iscariot, went to Ethiopia and was stoned to death while hanging on a cross in AD 70. According to Eusebius, the third century historian.

Peter thought himself unworthy to die in the manner in which Jesus was crucified so he requested that he be crucified upside-down.

John the beloved is the only disciple who died a natural death, but that doesn't mean he was exempt from persecution. He was exiled to the Island of Patmos and according to legend, thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil.

ONE out of 12 was not martyred!!!

World Net Daily says that in the year up to June 2009: 176,000 believers were martyred for their faith in Jesus. 482 per day or ONE every THREE Minutes.

Humbled & challenged


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