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Glory in Tribulations


Romans 5:1-5


By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God,” Romans 5:2.



In twelfth century Italy, there was a man named Faninus who, in opposition to the dominant religion of the day, became a true Christ follower. He decided to share Christ with the world no matter who persecuted him or how terrible the consequences might be. Consequently, he was arrested for heresy and sentenced to die. On the day of his execution, it was recorded that he appeared remarkably cheerful. One observer said, “It is strange you should appear so merry upon such an occasion, when Jesus Christ himself, just before his death, was in such agonies, that he sweated blood and water.” Faninus replied, “Christ sustained all manner of pangs and conflicts, with hell and death, on our accounts; and thus, by his sufferings, freed those who really believe in him from the fear of them.” Faninus was then strangled and burned to ashes. (Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, page 89.)


True Christ followers have nothing to fear. There is one person in the universe who has the power to cast us, body and soul, into hell, but through Christ, we have been justified by faith and are now at peace with God. That means the child of God is untouchable. Even in tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness and peril, there is absolutely nothing that will be able to separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:35). When difficulties arise, we should cling strongly to our Lord in faith, knowing that God has a plan for every circumstance that befalls us and glorify God until the day we die.





Will you glorify God in your tribulations today?


Mark Clements





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176 — June 25 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 Martyrs: Triumphant in the Flames


Thomas Hawkes, who, with six others, was condemned to death on February 9, 1555.  Hawkes was a young man of good stature who had been in the service of the Earl of Oxford. He was well versed in the Scriptures, and thus he had refused to have his child baptized in the Roman church. After being arrested, he was held prisoner in the gatehouse for many terrible months as he was being tried by the infamous Bishop Edmund Bonner of London. After Hawkes endured the agony of the long incarceration, Bishop Bonner finally decided upon the death penalty.



A short while before Hawkes’s death, a group of his friends promised to pray for him in the dread hour of trial and asked for a sign if he realized that Christ was with him in the torture. He agreed with their request and decided that he would lift up his hands in token that he was at peace.


The day of his execution—June 25, 1555—arrived, and Hawkes was led away to the stake by Lord Rich where Hawkes would become a fiery sacrifice on the altar of religious prejudice. When he came to the post where he would be burned, a heavy chain was thrown around his waist, and he was secured. After bearing witness to those close at hand, he poured out his heart to God in prayer, and the fire was kindled. The sun shone brightly on those assembled to see him die, but a group of friends stood praying and straining eager eyes for the gesture of victory.


The victim did not move and slowly the flames enveloped his body. When he had continued long in it, and his speech was taken away by violence of the flame, his skin drawn together, and his fingers consumed with the fire, so that it was thought that he was gone, suddenly and contrary to all expectation, this good man being mindful of his promise, reached up his hands burning in flames over his head to the loving God, and with great rejoicing as it seemed, struck or clapped them three times together. A great shout followed this wonderful circumstance, and then this blessed martyr of Christ, sinking down in the fire, gave up his spirit.


Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins) pp. 260  – 261.



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The Picture below is of Michael Sattler preaching in the woods.

The leader of the group was Hans Schmidt
 On Jan. 09, 1558, State-Church authorities broke into a small congregation of twelve in Aachen on the Rhine and seized all, even an infant in its cradle.  Some members were tortured on the rack, and others were suspended from the ground by their arms with heavy iron weights attached to their feet.  Of the group, one man recanted, but five remained steadfast.  Six women were flogged and exiled and five men were strangled and burned in Oct. of 1558.  The leader of the group was Hans Schmidt.  As they were detained in separate cells their days were filled with torture as their captors tried to get information about other Anabaptist assemblies.  To encourage one another, the prisoners would sing hymns as loudly as possibly.  Prior to his execution, Schmidt composed hymns and was able also to smuggle several dozen letters out of the prison.  These provided many details concerning torture, interrogation, and life as it was experienced while incarcerated.  People of every walk of life gave their life rather than to recant.  Men would prepare the message that they were determined to give at their execution.  It was for this reason that Michael Sattler’s tongue was cut out so that he couldn’t speak.  As Hans Shmidt went to his death, his voice rang out with joy: “In you, O Father, Is my joy, Though I must suffer here! Let me by scorned, By everyone, If your grace still is here!
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins /, pp. 18-20.

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