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"Do You Believe?"



WITH WAR IN A HEAT OF RAGE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY A YOUNG LADY IN HER TEENS WAS CAUGHT IN A VISCOUS CROSSFIRE OF ANGER AND POLITICS THAT SHE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH! FRANTICALLY SHE RAN FOR COVER TO A NEARBY CHURCH. THIS WAS A PLACE WHERE SHE KNEW SHE COULD RELEASE HER FAITH AND RENEW HERSELF IN A COMFORT ZONE OF ACCEPTANCE. UPON ENTERING THE CHURCH SHE SAW THE ALTAR AND RAN TOWARDS IT LOOKING UP TO THE CROSS WITH THE LIFE-LIKE SCULPTURE OF JESUS THAT HUNG UPON IT. AS SHE RAN DOWN THE AISLE ,LIKE AN ANXIOUS BRIDE,SHE WAS UNAWARE OF THE INTERCEPTION ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE. AT HALF MASS BETWEEN THE PEWS AND HER KNEEL- ING HAVEN A MASSIVE FOREARM PLACED A GRIP UPON HER FRAGILE NECK THAT LEFT HER NEAR BREATHLESS.HELPLESSLY BEING DRAGGED TO A CORNER,SHE WAS SPUN AROUND LIKE A TOP AND GREETED WITH A SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE SO GRIEVOUSLY CALLING TO HER DEATH! SHE TOOK A BRIEF LOOK AT THE RIFLE THEN AT THE MAN WHO AT THE TIME HELD HER DESTINY AT THE SQUEEZE OF A FINGER. KNOWING WHAT WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN,SHE AFFIXED HER EYES ON THE STATUE OF JESUS.ABSORBING HER VERY GLANCE OF THE CROSS AND THE MAN UPON IT ,THE MAN HOLDING THE RIFLE ASKED HER A QUESTION.WITH A DEEP AND STRAIGHT FORWARD TONGUE HE ASKED HER," DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?" WITHOUT AN OUNCE OF HESITATION SHE LOOKED INTO THE MANS EYES AND ANSWERED TO HIM," I MOST CERTAINLY DO!" WITH A TEAR SWELLING WITHIN HER EYE AND A SMILE ON HER FACE,SHE WAS ALL READY AND PREPARED TO FACE THE WORST THAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN!THE MAN THEN PLACED BOTH OF HIS HANDS FIRMLY UPON HIS RIFLE AND PULLED IT BACK TO HIS CHEST AND REPLIED,THAT'S GOOD,FOLLOW ME!" NOT KNOWING WHAT WAS HAPPENING STILL,SHE WAS LEAD ACROSS THE ROOM.SHE FOUND HERSELF BEFORE A HIDDEN PANEL ON THE THE FLOOR THAT LEAD TO A SECRET ROOM THAT DWELT UNDERNEATH THE CHURCH'S MIGHTY STRUCTURE. OUT OF HARMS WAY,SHE WAS SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS HIM- SELF,WITH OTHER CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS.

MATTHEW CHAPTER 10 VERSE 33 " BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL DENY ME BEFORE MEN, HIM WILL I ALSO DENY BEFORE MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN."



BY: TERRY KREPPS

 

 

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