Today ISIS released a video depicting the horrific murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

Our brothers were beheaded, murdered for their faith. 

This is happening. Right now, all around the world, God forgive us for becoming numb.

The men were accused of being “People of the Cross” in the film: their indictment and their honour.

And according to Scripture, their blood is precious to our Saviour.

Overcomers, each of them. Read their names (via @spulliam)


It feels small to pray, I know. But the prayers of the saints – whether offered in our safe places or in places of great risk and danger – are never small or ineffective or useless.

So if you would, please join me in prayer tonight?

However you pray, simply pray. Light a candle, read Scripture, sit in silence. Pray for the martyrs by name, pray for their families, for their communities. Pray for the days ahead and for the leadership of the world. Let’s pray for the persecuted church.

Let’s join our prayers together with those praying all around the world.

And then, God have mercy, may we learn to embody our prayers, to pray with our voices and our souls, our hearts and our minds, our feet and our hands.

Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy. Marantha. Come, Lord Jesus.


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  • Oh, Sarah, how horrific is all of this. I vacillate between outrage and overwhelming sorrow. I want this madness to stop, but how? I want to turn away from the face of such evil, but I also want to rip off every mask of every coward holding a knife and demand that their actions be done in full sunlight. Who raises a child to hate like this?

    • monicalyn

      Lest we forget, St. Paul was an executioner of Christians…. THAT is how radical our faith is. It’s hard for me to remember in the midst of (lets face it) the fairly shallow version of Christianity practiced in our culture that other cultures still consider it to be dangerous!

      • 2manyillegals

        Agree monicalyn…but God will prevail! His Plan for Humanity will not be thwarted. He is LOVE…and so, no matter what, we must TRUST! And pray! “The prayers of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

      • Ima Gabba

        yes, and it also shows how Jesus radically changed our faith. THAT is how radical our faith WAS.

    • Adeola Odutola

      I was once told by an “educated muslim” they’ve been taught to fight people like us from a young age.” So ask their parents, their imams who told them Christians are infidels, dogs. For now they cover their faces a time is coming when they no longer will.

    • Ang

      Cowards that couldn’t do it themselves. They had to teach a whole generation to hate in order to control them like puppets with no self conscious brains in their heads. If you begin telling a person the sky is green from childhood then they will never believe that it is any other color. Same here. Most were bred to do this and act this way. Some are just mentally disturbed individuals that get something they feel they want or need from hate and power.

  • Lori Tintes Hartmann

    I am speechless. Praying with you.

  • Kristin Lee Williams

    Reading this list of names now I am brought to tears, again. God knows your name, worker from Awr village and you and your brothers on this list are beyond precious to him.

  • Eliza

    Oh, my heart. Welcome your children home, Lord, and shelter their loved ones in their grief. Grant us wisdom to know how to save our brothers and sisters in harms way and, for those we cannot save, help us to know how to minister to those left behind. Lord, there will be many who call for revenge on the killers but, Father, help us to turn the other cheek. Help us to preach peace, even in our anger and sorrow. Help us hold tight to your hope, your grace, your comfort. Amen.

    • Kevin Thomas


    • rene

      Such warm and uplifting prayer for such a time as this!
      Thank you.

  • Sonya

    Thank you for this call to prayer! Few words can truly express the persecution and horror many people of faith suffer daily at the hands of extremists. Today, my heart and prayers go out to my Egyptian brothers and sisters as they mourn the loss this deep loss, and try to come to terms with its horror. This was an evil act, and I believe those responsible need to be held accountable. However, I am concerned to hear calls for vengeance and retribution. Yes, we may vent our anger, and speak of our distress, and pray for justice…yet it is not our place to seek out vengeance, and call for retribution. The path toward Peace and forgiveness is a difficult one!

  • Guest

    Joining with you in prayer <3

  • Sandy Jones Fox

    For their wives..for their children. For their mothers. For their fathers. Lord, hear our prayer.

  • Mikki

    May we not become numb to those who are persecuted daily for The sake of the Cross……..

  • Sitting in silence with you, Sarah, with groanings too deep for words.

  • Janette Schaafsma

    It is my mission to pray every night before I sleep, for my persecuted brothers and sisters. They are Heroes, true Heroes, of The Faith. Let us stand with them, entrust them and ourselves to our God, and work while it is day, through prayer, because “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let your voice rise like a fountain night and day…” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson). “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world” “No power of hell, now scheme of man, can ever snatch us from His Hand….” “Let us encourage one another…..”

  • Kathy

    Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. If a man loves his life, he will lose it. But if a man hates his life in this world, he will keep it for eternal life. John 12:24-25
    Lord, may their deaths not be in vain. May many lives be saved bc they gave their lives. As painful as persecution is, may it spread your Gospel and may all who are far from you be saved.

    • Anon

      If a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it doesn’t produce many more, only when it falls and germinates can it produce more life. Get out of the damn holy books and be more practical in life.

      • BigBird

        If a seed stays on the stalk and dies, it remains a single seed but, if it falls to the ground (where it dies and germinates) it can become many seeds!

  • Adena Paget

    We need to be consistent with our prayers.

  • solo pautu

    Father in haven please take care of their family.
    And let their Soul Rest in Peace.

  • JosieY

    Emmanuel. Christ with us. Amen.

  • Bryan

    Why would their father allow such thing to happen to them?

    • fay4GOD

      Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. If a man loves his life, he will lose it. But if a man hates his life in this world, he will keep it for eternal life. John 12:24-25

  • lucy

    Thank you for writing this. When I saw this, all I could do was cry and offer up a small prayer for their families and for their lives.

  • Thank you for always putting words and prayer into my gut-wrenching helplessness.

  • Joining you in prayer, Sarah, and praying the words of Selah’s members, who posted this: “21 of our Egyptian brothers were beheaded in Libya. I can’t imagine how their families are doing. Remember to pray for the men in black behind them. Pray that they become “Paul’s” to the Arab world. Chinese believers said “pray for our persecutors that they will come to know Jesus through our suffering. Don’t pray we’ll be safe. Don’t pray we will get out of prison. Pray that we will stay true to the name of Jesus even if it costs us our lives.”

    • Oh yes, pray for the men behind them and that we would stay true to the name of Jesus–no matter the cost. Kneeling here among you both.

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    • Martinez Familia

      Praying with you!

    • Lena Rae

      Using the Chinese prayer in study of Revelation 12:11. Thank you for posting it!

  • Krisdie11

    “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  • kastl

    Eliza ..That’s a beautiful …Thank you!!!

  • ijustgottasay

    Looks like the tribulation is already happening.

  • Helen Murray

    Oh Lord, have mercy. For your precious children who knelt on the floor in orange and breathed their last, who are lifted up by angels in your house tonight, and the ones who stood behind them with knives and evil in their hearts. Jesus, have mercy. The world is a frightening place these days. Help us fix our eyes on you.

  • Bill

    Come Lord Jesus, come.

  • Amanda

    Praying by name for each of these men this afternoon. Praying for their families, those they leave behind, but also thanking God that these men are now with God and are healed and are in pain and suffering no more. Praying also for our leaders throughout the world that have to make decisions to fight this terror threat and also praying that God’s conviction would be placed on the hearts of our leaders to turn back to Him because it is through Him that we are all saved. I pray that we as Christians would be silent no more, but rise in unity and truth to share God’s love and promise with those around the world and those in black in the photo above. I pray that God would give us the opportunity to share His love with more that need to hear it…..

  • Praying for their families and communities. Thank you for this reminder Sarah.

  • camryn hernandez

    Praying will only make ourselves feel better. Fighting Back is what the world needs. Prayer isn’t going to take the axe out of their hands, keeping opposition alive with their heads attached. But ok, let’s all pray and ignore actions while we wash our hands of this in prayer.

    • Kazza

      Camryn I think its unfair to say what you have said although I understand your sentiments. We are all appalled by this behaviour but we are aware that Christians will be persecuted for their Faith all the apostles were martyred and its no different today we are persecuted in every way its just as appalling to take prayer out of schools it simply means if we keep prayer out of it we keep God out of it! God said vengeance is mine and I WILL repay. Take comfort in those words. Amen

      • camryn hernandez

        Kazza, right now I’m staring at a picture of 20 people about to be sent to their gruesome death, as I’m sure they’re praying while about to be persecuted.

        You can piece out the bible as you wish, vengeance is his, Saul, Davids, who ever you want to say in “Gods Glory.” The point is, in your comfort, in mine behind this computer, in everyone else’s stating their opinion, closing their eyes and praying for the already dead and future to come, peoples necks are being carved to the bone and leaked till it falls off. That’s the issue, not prayer in school. We’re talking about the middle east, northern Africa, persecuted human beings for not sharing the same faith. Keep praying all you want, heads will continue to be lopped off. Necks will continue to be slit. Fathers and their children will be driven to land fills so ISIS can have an easy shoot and push to rid them of their sector. These are the issues. Prayer in school? What about ethnic cleansing? Keep on praying for what you want or what God “deems for himself.” But the body count will climb until brave men make the journey and destroy this evil. I exited the military after a few years and a tour to Afghanistan. Believe me, once Congress realizes the severity of this Muslim “Naziism” and pass the bill for us to help the helpless, I’ll be there again cause I know words are only selfish, actions show compassion. Instead of praying to keep prayer in school, how about praying for Professional Soldiers to hunt down ISIS before another village has it’s heads lopped and put onto of each body? Click the link below and then reply after watching the video.


    • Ceci Pohio

      Camryn. Praying is the most effective and powerful thing we can do. The Scriptures say, Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. It’s demonic. The Living and true God hears and answers the prayers of people. We are not like these people who believe their fighting earns them a reward. You can’t fight a spiritual battle with earthly, physical weapons.

      • Camryn Hernandez

        Yes, you actually can fight this evil with physical weapons. There’s videos of Special forces protecting innocent people at a training base in iraq. Hundreds of people that without Professional Soldiers would be killed and thrown in mass graves. Watch some videos of the beheadings and ethnic cleanings being conducted by ISIS. I think if you asked the people being persecuted by the village full, they’d take the brave over prayer. Remember, physical protection is what keeps America safe from these types of terrorist, but whose there for the helpless? That’s all I’m saying. I just wish American would send aid to fight this evil.

        • Ceci Pohio

          There are armed forces going into these trouble spots. If we understand the power of prayer we won’t sit at home wringing our hands. This is what this article is saying. I would want the world to be praying for our country if we were being persecuted.

    • Melissa

      What can we do? I am genuinely asking. I am praying , now what ?

  • Klint

    These beheadings are awful. When will RELIGION stop!!

  • Hana

    As a Muslim, I am DEEPLY offended by these crimes that the people who claim to share my faith have committed. This is something that has no place in our religion and I have no doubt that God will punish them for the death of those that share your faith. In addition, I pray that God raises those that died to the highest places in Heaven as they died as martyrs and they died representing their faith. I’m praying for all of them and that this madness stops as soon as possible.

    • Jen

      Wow, thank you so much for your prayer and heart. Very moving, I pray God’s richest blessings on your life.

      • Guest

        Bless you Hana.

    • bobbs

      they didn’t die as martyrs at all ..to say that they died as martyrs implies a certain legitimacy to their brutal murder. .they died as murder victims….they died because they fell into the hands of a group of people who revel in the act of murder. such murder victims will continue to pile up until such times as other muslims who are as DEEPLY offended as you take up arms against them where ever they are.
      Until such times come upon us then it will be perceived as a war against Islam rather than a war against sheer evil

      • Michelle Langmesser Forney

        These men were murdered because they were Christians. Being murdered for your religious beliefs is what makes you a martyr. The Bible defined this term as Jesus proclaimed.

      • Ima Gabba

        Oh but they did. Yes they were murdered by a group of thugs, but the reason they were murdered is what martyred them. They were murdered because of their faith. That bumps their death up from a senseless act, to a hate crime- they hate the cross and what it stands for…. that is why we and other passive Muslims need to ban together to destroy these groups… on that we agree.

    • Bobbi

      Bless you. We all need to come together as one to fight this evil force that is among us.

    • nena

      Amen! God bless u and i am sure these are not Muslims Coz nowhere written in the Coran to kill those who have not the same beliefs! may God forgive them!

      • Ima Gabba

        nena…. yes it does.

    • ar

      God bless you hana

    • V

      Thank you.

    • Dennis Parker

      Punishment is not the answer, repentance is.

    • Teila

      Thank you for your post, it brings comfort to know that this is not a Muslim belief or act, that not all muslims believe in such horrific deeds. This is such a hateful, violent and cruel thing that is happening.

    • James

      Hana, i’m sorry to tell you that the madness will never end until the only true God, Jesus Christ returns to earth.

    • Kathy Kembery

      Blessings to you Hana, Its a sad fact of life, that in the Bible &

    • anu thomas

      thanx Hana.it meant so much to hear that from u!

    • Michelle Langmesser Forney

      Thank you, Hana. As difficult as it may be, we also need to ppray for the souls of these men proclaiming to be Muslim. I am sorry for the slander of your religeon based on the actions of these men who have been taken over by evil. I pray that no one holds these horrific deeds against true, practicing Muslims. We must protect everyone’s right to religeous freedom. May God bless you!

    • jasmine

      thanks Hana ❤️

    • Thank you so much, Hana.

  • claudia

    I also want to pray, not only for this brave men, but for the hearts of this Wicked group. God have mercy on them and Catch them with your love. For the hearts of their family to forgive them and be able to also pray for them.
    But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
    Matthew 5. 44

  • breanna

    The End Is Near ♡
    Lord Jesus, i ask you in ur almighty name to forgive all these ISIS men who have done wrong & for those who have lost loved ones in this horrible way, to hug them & hold each and every person and let them each know they are not alone. Lord help us all stay strong as we pass this horrible time before your return. Help us all keep strong in faith no matter what happends. And for those who are lost, give us ur word of Salvation so they too can be saved and not let behind. In Jesus name is pray Amen

  • Guest

    May they all find rest in the arms of God. God bless there loved ones whom they have left behind.

  • Gemma Zulueta

    May they all find rest in the arms of God. God bless their loved ones whom they have left behind.

  • arti

    Oh heavanly father! Bless their souls for they stood up against evil to defend your name.bless their respective families who have to endure the pain of losing someone they love in such an inhumane manner.let them rest their departed souls by your side and may they find eternal peace.forgive the sins of the people who did this and show them the light O Lord. Give us strength to lift up your name and shine your light on us. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!!

  • Jenn

    My heart has continued to remember the prayer from Jesus. Each word is profound. Clinging to His truth in such desperate times. May we be known as people of the Cross!

    Matthew 6: 9-13

    This, then, is how you should pray:
    ‘“Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,

    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.Give us today our daily bread.

    12 And forgive us our trespasses
    as we also have forgive those who trespass against us
    13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one Amen and Amen

  • Hannah

    Psalm 15. I have been meditating on this chapter for a long time. In the face of this horror it is convicting and life giving. I am praying so hard. God bless the persecuted. Come, Lord Jesus, Come.
    1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?
    2The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
    3whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
    4who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
    who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;

  • cantshakeme

    God Bless we wipe the evil scum before they insult God with their evil ways again. God wants us defeat evil at all cost. Good will prevail Isis scum! Pray for your quick demise for your just death.Amen!

  • bobbs

    I see many calls for prayer in this thread…doesn’t anyone see that the time for prayer is past. the time has come to visit these evil people and bring down the wrath of ordinary people upon them. turning the other cheek is fine if you can walk away from it but if you turn your cheek just to get it cut off with the rest or your head or burned in a cage. the only prayer that should be offered up is that you get the whole bunch of them

  • Joseph

    The were killed for a faith they didn’t renounce. Like lambs to the slaughter they didn’t peep or moan. They took up their cross like their Lord. They are martyrs and have won the beatific vision. What seems inglorious to the fools of the world is actually glorious. Those that beheaded them foolishly believed that they were taking something away from them, their families, and their Church. Quite the contrary. Their actions won those Christians the greatest victory of them all and now their families, the Church, the world, and even the murderers themselves now have active advocates that are standing at the feet of God, in his presence, praying for all of us now. All this just before Lent. Instead of complaining about the murderers who ‘know not what they do’, we should be rejoicing at the faith of these martyrs… even for our sake.

  • Ro Eng

    All praise be to the Lord God almighty. Who was and is and will always be. I pray Heavenly Father who sits on your throne , a throne of victory, that you will recieve this souls of the brotthers who gave their lives for your name sake all over the world. Thank you Lord that we are allowed to live at the moment in peace and give strength to those who are in danger. You said to bless them that curse us, so my prayers go out to those that persecute, that they may go the same way like Paul did and become your strongest soldiers. Your power outweights all that is and this is why I know that all things will result in your will being done here on earth as well as in Heaven. I pray you give us strength to overcome this life so that the day we are reunited will be a day of rejoicing far greater than any celebration ever known and that all who are able to dwell with you will reap the benifits of a serving heart here on earth.
    In closing Father, I want to thank you for the arms that will hold and comfort the families of the ones who left before us and through the powers that you have given us, through prayer, I will speak your victory over all your children worldwide. I pray that for every life that is taken seven souls wil be taken out of the grips of the enemy, for every hurt that is felt multiple examples of love will be shown to the needy, motherless children and broken people, so that your light will break the silence of darkness in this world and the next for ever. To him be all the glory who reigns for ever, a God of indescribable love mercy and Grace in the name of your son Yeshua. Amen.

  • Dorelle Downes

    This is totally beyond comprehension in today’s society no matter what religion! My prayers are with the families of these amazing men and for their souls as they are welcomed home Lord!

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  • Jo

    Thank you Jesus because you save their soul as they believed in your name! I pray that their families stay strongly attached to you in spite of the persecutions

  • Jo

    And I pray for the people who beheaded them, you love them Lord

  • PowerfulBlkWoman

    May the peace and blessing of Allah/God be upon these courageous men and the love ones they left behind. I was so disturbed when I first saw these images on television that I could not even listen and/or watch this horror. ISIS say that they are carrying out Allah’s/God’s commands, but this is not true. In fact, the Koran speaks about doing the opposite of what they are professing! FACT: The majority of Muslim do not believe or think this way and in the end God’s goodness will prevail.

  • More Man

    If you believe in nonsense. Prepare to be persecuted. The truth is rising up. and your God isn’t the same as ours

  • Joshua-Daniel

    Thanks for this

  • B.O.

    Revelation tells us this will happen. Christians have to ensure they are ready to die. Jesus wins! Hallelujah!

  • Diane Schmidt

    Praying tonight…

  • john

    Amen! Those Isis bastereds can’t even show there faces looks cowardly to me they will burn in he’ll

  • corey

    We don’t need to pray, we need to start doing this to them.

  • .Sister in Christ

    I feel compelledd to feel pity for the men that did this. Satan has hold of thier hearts and just like the scoffer at the crucifiction we should pray for forgiveness and that thier hearts be softened.As I read each name of my brothers and sisters the tears fell and my heart broke.. I don’t know why acts like this happen But we are called to be set apart, to be holy. I stand for THE LORD my God and Declare him soveriegn.over all.

  • Kristen

    May these brutal men come to repentance like Paul in the light of these saints’ lives. May they come to know the Most High God, Yahweh. May the Father put His hand of comfort on their families. And may the One True God be a hedge of protection around our brothers and the glory in their midst!

  • As I prayed with my community today:

    “Give to the departed eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them.”

    Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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  • jay

    It clearly says in the qu’uran to kill and slay the infidel (non-believers) of Islam don’t sit here and tell me it isn’t what Islam is about. You grow up in a society where you have no understanding of your own religion and are misguided into believing and preach it’s a religion of peace. I my self have many Muslim friends and their great but I have to disagree with everyone who says these actions that ISIS are committing aren’t apart of Islam for clearly they are. This is an evil belief. God bless.Qur’an:9:88 – “The Messenger and those who believe with him, strive hard and fight with their wealth and lives in Allah’s Cause.”

    Qur’an:9:5 – “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

    Qur’an:9:112 “The Believers fight in Allah’s Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.”

    Qur’an:9:29 “Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission.”

    Qur’an:8:39 “Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah.”

    Qur’an:8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”

    Ishaq:587 “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established. And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

    Qur’an:8:65 “O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.”

    Qur’an:9:123 “Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you.”

    Ishaq:578 “Crushing the heads of the infidels and splitting their skulls with sharp swords, we continually thrust and cut at the enemy. Blood gushed from their deep wounds as the battle wore them down. We conquered bearing the Prophet’s fluttering war banner. Our cavalry was submerged in rising dust, and our spears quivered, but by us the Prophet gained victory.”

  • Valleta Abadjian Lanier

    GOD WILL REWARD THE MARTYRED! Rev. 20:4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

  • Valleta Abadjian Lanier

    GOD HAS THE MARTYRS IN SAFE KEEPING! Rev. 6:9-11 “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”

  • Valleta Abadjian Lanier

    Praying for the families of these fallen Saints.

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  • Ibrahim

    as a muslim i feel deeply sorry for does that lost their lives in the fight for faith ..am married to a christian and my kids attended church ..i believe we are all worshipping the same God but in a different ways

  • Ima Gabba

    Hana: thank you for your prayers and your support. However we both know their behavior is in complete alignment with the Quran. Infidels are defined as anyone who doesn’t worship ala. In the Quran, the penalty for this is death, or beheading….

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    I’m so glad I found your blog. I love your heart! God bless you.

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  • Josh Smith

    I have a question. If an unbeliever is slain while fighting to protect Christians, is he saved? Or martyred? Does the justice of his act redeem him? Deep question. I think the answer in the doctrine of my faith would be no, that salvation is thru faith alone demonstrated by works. But martyrdom isn’t something that is widely understood. Reason I ask: a man came to me for advice on how to fight ISIS. I run an anti ISIS blog, so we corresponded. He traveled to Syria and was killed. I don’t know of his faith but I seek the wisdom on this particular.

  • lois

    Hi Sarah,
    So thankful for your post, encouraging prayer for the church…
    Just wanted to share a poem written by an Egyptian about this horrific event:

    Two rows of men walked the shore of the sea,

    On a day when the world’s
    tears would run free,

    One a row of assassins, who
    thought they did right,

    The other of innocents, true
    sons of the light,

    One holding knives in hands
    held high,

    The other with hands empty,
    defenseless and tied,

    One row of slits to conceal
    glaring-dead eyes,

    The other with living eyes
    raised to the skies,

    One row stood steady,
    pall-bearers of death,

    The other knelt ready,
    welcoming heaven’s breath,

    One row spewed wretched,
    contemptible threats,

    The other spread God-given
    peace and rest.


    Who fears
    the other?

    The row in orange, watching
    paradise open?

    Or the row in black, with
    minds evil and broken?

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