Saturday, May 21, 2011

Martyrdom of Thomas Hauker

Thomas Hauker died in England in 1555. He was in prison the day before he was killed, and his friend next to him said "Thomas, I have to ask you a favor. I need to know if what the others say about the grace of God is true. Tomorrow, when they burn you at the stake, if the pain is tolerable and your mind is still at peace, lift your hands above your head. Do it right before you die. Thomas, I have to know."

Thomas promised he would.

The next day, Hauker was bound to the stake and the area was lit on fire. Hauker's skin was burning and his fingers disappeared, and he remained motionless. Everyone thought he was dead until all of a sudden he lifted his burning hands above his head toward the heavens and clapped three times.

The people watching began to cheer and applaud. Hauker's friend's request was answered.

R.I.P. Thomas Hauker

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Muslim attacks against Mary Khoury

Mary Khoury and her family were attacked for their faith in 1991 during the Lebanese civil war, which lasted from 1975 to 1992. A group of fanatical Muslims attacked Mary's village, and the leader of the group was waving his gun carelessly and said with hatred toward Mary and her family, "If you do not become a Muslim, you will be shot."

We should remember that Jesus was given a similar choice: Deny his claims of being the Messiah, or be crucified, and He chose the latter. Courageous Mary said "I was baptized as a Christian, and His word came to me: 'Don't deny your faith'. I will obey Him, so go ahead and shoot." The Muslim did just what she told him to.

The Red Cross came by two days later and found Mary to be alive, the only one to survive in her family. Her spinal cord had been cut by the bullet, so she couldn't move her arms. Even though she was handicapped, Mary knew God had a plan for her life. Though she couldn't do any physical work or marry, she became a prayer warrior. She offered her life for Muslims like the ones who cut her father's throat and stabbed her mother. "My life will become a prayer for them."

These types of prayers shatter the governments of those who persecute Christians. It brings people face-to-face with the Son of God. We will always remember your fight for the cause of Christ, Mary.