by Mark Clements
Thursday, July 18
Tribulation as a Normal Part of Christianity
“And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that
we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God,” Acts 14:21, 22.
In the early history of the church, it became evident pretty quickly that suffering would be a regular expectation of Christ-followers. As the apostle Paul made his way through the regions of modern-day Turkey, he encountered resistance in nearly every town he visited. After he would preach the gospel, God would touch the hearts of many and they would respond with faith. Once the Jewish religious leaders realized they were losing influence, they would rally their followers and threaten Paul. They…
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