Week Twenty-one: Persecution & Proclamation

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 104
    • Noon: Psalm 73
    • Vespers: Psalm 9
    • Night: Psalm 136
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Acts 4:1-31
    • Tuesday: Acts 5:17-42
    • Wednesday: Acts 6:8-15
    • Thursday: Acts 7:1-8:3
    • Friday: Acts 9:1-31
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

Do a search on Facebook or social media and notice all of the references to persecution. Determine which ones reflect true persecution and which ones are merely perceptions of a loss of status.

Engage a non-Christian friend in a discussion regarding persecution. Ask them what they think of how American Christians tend to view themselves as persecuted. Do not judge their answers. Just listen for the truth they express. Spend time in conversation, but do more listening than talking.

In your journal record the results of those conversations.

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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