from Mary Ann & Bob Speer
Reading: Ps. 63:1-8; Dan. 3:19-30; Rev. 2:8-11
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll.
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, o my soul!
Persecution will come. Depend on it. Prepare for it! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were prepared because their hope was in the Lord and not the things of this world. Smyrna was warned of coming persecution but had their strength in the Lord so that they had an opportunity to win a crown to lay at the feet of their Blessed Lord!