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Holy Week: Remembering our Coptic brothers and sisters

Happy Monday morning!

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, a Christian celebration of the last week of our Lord Jesus’ earthly life and ministry. But, this year, a week of reflection on Jesus’ love, life, and sacrifice began with a global tragedy; our brothers and sisters in Tanta, Egypt were brutally attacked.

CNN reports, “ISIS claimed responsibility for bombings that killed 43 at two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday — brazen strikes against a vulnerable minority on one of the most important days on the Christian calendar.”

During this Holy Week, may we remember those whose suffering for Christ is costing them a lot of pain and even death. Christian suffering anywhere must be Christians’ burden everywhere.

Amidst a world of greed and the pursuit of worldly success, let us pause to pray for the suffering saints.

The Passover season begins tonight. The Christian believes that Jesus became our passover. His suffering was so that we might have eternal life. 2 Timothy 2:12 promises those who follow Christ:

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.

There is no denying that more than any others, Christians around the world suffer the most for their faith.

May we find ourselves being faithful to Christ. And, should we be persecuted, let it be for Christ and not for our own wrong doing.

Have a wonderful Passover Celebration, a prayerful Holy Week!

Because of Christ,

Image: Felix Burton, Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Antipas

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Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2017

About the Author: Antipas L. Harris, D.Min. (Boston University), S.T.M. (Yale University Divinity School), M.Div. (Emory University), is the president-dean of Jakes Divinity School and associate pastor at The Potter’s House of Dallas, TX, and the founding dean of the Urban Renewal Center in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the Criminal Justice System Director for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and president of the Global Institute for Empowerment & Leadership Development, known as GIELD. He has additional experience as an educator, academic lecturer, itinerant preacher, pastor, youth director, motivational speaker, and Christian musician. He is the author of Is Christianity the White Man's Religion?: How the Bible Is Good News for People of Color (IVP, 2020), The Holy Spirit and Social Justice: Scripture and Theology (2019), Holy Spirit, Holy Living: A Practical Theology of Holiness for Twenty-first Century Churches (Wipf & Stock, 2013) and Unstoppable Success: 7 Ways to Flourish in Your Boundless Potential (High Bridge Books, 2014). AntipasHarris.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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