Persecution Grows

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 12.
There is a time when persecution against the church dies down and there is a time when it increases. Acts 12 shows the persecution increasing. The Jews had already killed Stephen. Later, Herod killed another member of the church, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover” (Acts 12:1–4). The Jews killed Stephen because he became a visible member of the church who preached. Herod killed James and intended the same for Peter, because they were leaders i n the church.
Leaders take such risks, but if they believe in what they do, they take the risks willing.

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