Summary: Our Faith comes with a great cost... The Shedding of Blood! Jesus Christ paid the price. He died for us so that we could live for Him.
Quotes - Giving:
Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting. - Princess Elizabeth, Asquith Bibesco
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill
Sometimes a small thing you do can mean everything in another person's life – Unknown
When you learn, teach. When you get, give. - Maya Angelou
A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up. – Unknown
Things in Nature do not live for their-selves. Rivers don't drink their own water. Trees don't eat their own fruit. Live For Others, Not for Self. – Unknown
No person was ever honored for what he received. He was honored for what he gave. - -Calvin Coolidge
The true measure of a man is not what he does for himself but what he does for someone else.–Unknown
What is unappreciated is undeserved. - Mark Amend
Bought With A Price! Bought With Blood!
Matthew 5:10-12 “10- Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11- Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12- Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
Matthew 23:34 “Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and [some] of them ye shall kill and crucify; and [some] of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute [them] from city to city:”
John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod.
Stephen, was stoned in 34 AD.
James The Greater, the son of Zebedee and brother of the Apostle John was beheaded in 44 AD.
Philip the Apostle was crucified in 54 AD.
Matthew the Evangelist was killed with a halberd (a combination of battle axe and spear) in 60 AD.
James the Just, the half-bother of Jesus was beaten to death with a club after being crucified and stoned.
Matthias replaced Judas and was stoned and beheaded.
Andrew, St. Peter's brother, was crucified.
Mark the Evangelist, was dragged in the streets of Alexandria then beheaded.
Peter was crucified upside-down.
Paul was beheaded in Rome.
Jude was killed.
Bartholomew was flayed alive and crucified.
Thomas the Apostle was killed by a spear in Mylapore, Madras, India in AD 72.
Luke the Evangelist was hanged.
Simon the Zealot one of the Apostles was crucified in 74 AD.
Note: John the Evangelist was the only one of the original twelve Apostles who was not martyred.
Hebrews 11:32-38 “32- And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon [with 300 men defeated a countless arm], and [of] Barak [who overthrew King Jabin of Canaan in Judges 4], and [of] Samson [who broke the yoke of the Philistines], and [of] Jephthae [who defeated the Ammonites]; [of] David [a giant killer] also, and Samuel [The last judge of Israel], and [of] the prophets: 33- Who through faith subdued kingdoms [like Joshua who conquered the Canaanites], wrought righteousness, obtained promises [Joshua and Caleb], stopped the mouths of lions [Daniel in the lion’s den], 34- Quenched the violence of fire [The 3 Hebrew’s Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego], escaped the edge of the sword [Moses/Pharaoh, Elijah/Jezebel, David/Saul], out of weakness were made strong [Delivered from sickness as Hezekiah], waxed valiant in fight [Like Jonathan], turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35- Women received their dead raised to life again [Like Zarephath in I Kings 17:21 and the Shunammite in II Kings 4:34]: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36- And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings [Like Samson before Dagon], yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment [Like Joseph, Jeremiah and Micaiah]: 37- They were stoned [Like Zechariah son of Barachiah], they were sawn asunder [It is recorded in Yevamoth, fol. 49, 2 that “Manasseh slew Isaiah; for he commanded that he should be slain with a wooden saw. They then brought the saw, and cut him in-two; and when the saw reached his mouth, his soul fled forth.” St. Jerome also records this.], were tempted, were slain with the sword [Doeg killed 85 priest with the sword in I Samuel 22:18.]: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins [The Septuagint (LXX) records in IV Kings 2:8, 13 that the mantel was made from a sheepskin.]; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38- (Of whom the world was not worthy:)…”
Jesus Christ is the “author and finisher of our faith.”
Matthew 26:2 “Ye know that after two days is [the feast of] the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.”