Comicbook Review: “Perpetua” (Art Ayris and Jeff Slemons)

Summary: Perpetua is a story of one of the earliest Christian women recorded outside of Scriptures that suffered persecution because of her faith. Little was known of her but here death under the hand of Rome is an incredible story.

Cover Art: Similar to cover the of Martyrs comicbook but Slemons gives a sweeping cinematic look that you’ll always want to stare at. While that comic is minimalist cover, this one is masterpiece in itself. If this comic is on the shelf with other comics, surely this is an eye grabbing cover and you’ll be picking it up and read it on the spot. Slemon rendered his art on the cover (and interior) that can only be called epic.

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Comicbook Review: “Fleeing Darkness” Chapter 2 (Matthew Page and Various Kingstone Artist)

Summary: The story continues as the three Christian friends struggles as the communist take over the city. One of them Jae, gets a way to maneuver the soldiers and set to find Jang and their kids in war torn city.

Cover Art: As usual Jason Metcalf did a superb cover art. It’s in line with what the interior art is. Unlike Chapter 1, it’s just a “mug shot” portrait of a man with two guns on both sides which can draw an intense vibe as you open the comic. But like the premier issue, (spoiler!) you can find this image inside the comic. Regardless, it brings that intensity needed for such kind of book.

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Comicbook Review: “Fleeing Darkness” Chapter 1 (Matthew Page and Various Kingstone Artist)

Summary: Fleeing Darkness tackles North Korea coming to communism and the persecution of Christian through the perspective of three friends.

The setting of this comic is unlike the usual Kingstone books that I read in which we find the story in neither biblical times or early church times. Even if the story was set 70 years ago, you can digest a bit of the “modernness” into it. It gives you a sense that persecution is not limited in a period that is forgotten and buried in time.

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Book Review: “The Registered Church in China”(Wayne Ten Harmsel)

The decade of 2010’s ends with news of how the Chinese government is persecuting some unregistered Christian churches in that country. Not that it’s something new because persecution is always been there specially from a communist country. What made this quite a shocker is that it’s more aggressive by closing churches, bringing down the cross symbols and getting pastors jailed. Added to that are videos of the arrest and various ministries asking for prayers for these believers spilled.

But the truth is, that’s just a side of the story.

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “The Registered Church in China”(Wayne Ten Harmsel)

Here are my favorite quotes from the book, “The Registered Church in China” by Wayne Ten Harmsel published by Pickwick Publications an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. If you want to support the author, you can buy the book by following this link.

“..the church believes that it should be able to function unhindered by the power or influence of the State, without the humiliation of registration. At the same time, the State claims the right to rule unhindered by any moral opposition from the church. Both claim to be seeking hexie, harmony. “

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Our Good Crisis” by Jonathan K. Dodson

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Anyway, here’s some quotes from the book, Our Good Crisis by Jonathan K. Dodson published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Moral or ethical failure is often behind the crises that put us up in arms or down in the dumps. A failure of morals,
not nerve, lurks behind scandal and injustice.”

“The seed of every crisis exists in every one of us. No one is immune. But  if we can get a handle on our moral turbulence, we can ­contribute not only to our own good but also to the good around us.”

“The sermon opens with a series of declarations—beatitudes—that call for goodness. Beatitude is a strange but compelling word.  It comes from the Latin word beatitudo, which is a translation of  the Greek word makarios, meaning blessed, favored, or flourishing. The Beatitudes show us eight ways to live a blessed life (or nine, depending how you read Matthew 5:10‑12). “

” the Beatitudes is plural not singular—the poor, those who mourn, the humble, the merciful. Every subject is plural, which means Jesus isn’t calling just individuals to the character of the kingdom; he’s calling a whole community—the church—to be poor in spirit. “

“The kingdom of heaven is breaking into this world through God’s people. If you are already a citizen by the grace of God, live like it! Don’t settle for the kingdom of self.”

“When we are honest with God about our sins, forgiveness and comfort come rushing in. When we get beneath the routine busyness of life and discover we aren’t as noble or moral as we thought, mourning in the presence of the Comforter guides us to a better version of ourselves.”

” With Christ, the greatest and humblest of beings mystically indwelling us by faith, we don’t have to assign ourselves weight. We don’t have to conjure a lovely idea of the self. Instead a glory outside us comes to live in us: Christ in us, the hope of glory. Jesus secured this glory for us through his debt-paying death on the cross and his mighty resurrection: his injury for our reward, his obedience for our disobedience, his righteousness for our unrighteousness. It hardly seems fair. That’s grace! “

“Today insisting on exclusive allegiance to Jesus as the one true God and Savior of humanity is also radical. It’s a declaration of war against the cult of expressive individualism. It’s unpopular
to denounce the self, but it isn’t enough to confess Jesus as Lord. His lordship must be visible. It isn’t enough to have great theology about Jesus and claim him as your king. It isn’t enough to
say he is the God and there is no other. Rather our allegiance to him must be evident in our character and action. We must care for the poor, practice righteousness, seek purity, and make
peace with others. The Beatitudes of Jesus must define us. “

The Right Response to the Wrong Fear

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,” – Acts 4:24- 29

For the pass weeks, we have been tackling being fearless for God. Knowing that who should fear God rather than men, one might ask what shall we do then. You might have been in the situation that fear grips you because of what men can do to you because of being a Christian. But by grounding ourselves on the truth’s found in God’s Word, we see the light of hope for everyone to be bold for God.

 

We read in Acts 4 that Peter and the other apostles faced their enemy. They were arrested, tried and threatened. Nevertheless, they came out victorious because their allegiance to God is much stronger. How did they react after coming to that incident is vital for us to see and apply to our lives. Here are three things a Christian must consider:

1.)    They praised God – “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:” Acts 4:24. Instead of being sorry for themselves of the what happen, they gather together and praise God. What will you do if you face trials concerning your faith? Let’s imitate what the disciples did. Praise God no matter what.

2.)    They acknowledge God’s sovereignty of the matter – “For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” Acts 4:28. These believers are “Calvinist”. They are aware that God’s purpose will still stand as the dust of human threats fades. Whatever happens to them it is for their benefit and God’s might hand is in it. In this hostile world, expect people who will put you down. But take heed, God is in every twist and turns of your Christian life.

3.)    Never give up – “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,” Acts 4: 29. Because of the power of God shown to these followers of Christ, they ask for more boldness to stand up for the truth that people need to know. Please do not give up because God is in the business to fuel us up to go further for His glory.

 

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something introvert who’s passion is to proclaim the good news about God. He wears many hats but he is just an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary God. You can reach him at his FacebookTwitterTumblr and Instagram.