August 11, 2008

Martyrs of Church History

People used to die

for calling Jesus 'Lord,'

and people used to cry

with their knees upon the floor.


Sometimes they were mocked,

but so was their King.

In prisons they were locked

but they would still sing:


"Victory in Jesus,

who rose and conquered death!

His blood is our forgiveness

His life is where we rest."


They were flogged with whips

for preaching of the Savior,

and their enemies had fits

when they refused to worship Caesar.


To the lions they were thrown

their bodies torn apart.

Jesus received them home

to the treasure of their heart.


Are such as these your friends?

Those you love to be around?

Will you be found with them

Standing firm on their ground?


Their blood was shed not in vain,

a Kingdom was their hope.

Will you be found unashamed

like these with blood that spoke?



"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21).

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16).


[I wrote all that to say, "Read Church History!... it may change your life." These mp3's should help to get you started.]

6 comments:

cj said...

I like church history, thanks for the mp3's!

-cj

Stephanie said...

I second that - I love learning about church history! Seeing how much of a passion these people had for spreading and standing up for the truth is inspiring(but hard in a way, because I see how much I lack this boldness and passion in my own life). Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing that.

Penn Tomassetti said...

CJ and Stephanie,
Thanks for the comments. I love listening to these church history courses. They really put things in perspective for us today. Would we be so bold as they were in our dying love for Christ? well it is my prayer to be found faithful, no matter what. God bless you.

Rita Martinez said...

aww I'm always late joining into the conversations :( I was going to say/write that I third cj's comment, I love church history as well and that I agreed with Stephanie when she said in her comment:
"Seeing how much of a passion these people had for spreading and standing up for the truth is inspiring(but hard in a way, because I see how much I lack this boldness and passion in my own life)."
and wanted to write a big AMEN to your poem Penn!
Guys I will comment more often now that I'm finally on vacation! yay!
God bless you all!!

Rita Martinez said...

ohh and also that I had not been able to listen to the mp3s because my Internet has problems...some pages fail to load (it says Server Not Found), even blogger at times and I have to reset the connection or wait an hour or two and then click again to see if the page finally loads, the monergism one has failed to load the two times I tried, I'll try again today though.

Penn Tomassetti said...

Rita,
I'm glad to hear your on vacation! It must be a relief from the intense studying. Its never too late to join a conversation on this blog. I appreciate all who read it, and am very encouraged by your comments. The more I learn about the great men and women who suffered for the sake of Christ and His gospel, the more I want to be faithful to the firm foundation they stood on - the truth of Jesus our precious Savior.