The Rooted Christian

โ€œNow, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.โ€ โ€”Colossians 2:6-7 NLT


Noong unang beses kong mabasa ang mga verse na ito, kaagad kong sinulat ito sa notebook ko. Detalyado ang pagkakasabi ng verse na ito na tayo ay dapat na manatili sa pagsunod natin kay Kristo bilang mga mananampalataya at maging rooted sa pananampalataya sa Kanya upang tayo ay lumagong matatag sa katotohanan at nang mag-umapaw tayo sa pasasalamat sa Diyos.

Ang salitang โ€˜rootsโ€™ ang talagang tumatak sa akin dahil sa ang mga Kristiyano ngayon, lalong-lalo na ang mga bago pa lamang sa pananampalataya, ay madaling matangay muli sa pagiging makamundo nang dahil sa hindi sila rooted. Ito ay nangyari na rin sa akin dati at ayaw kong ganoon rin sa iba.

Iyan ang dahilan kung bakit ko gustong magsimula na magblog tungkol dito, upang alamin kung ano ba ang mga dapat gawin o tandaan upang maging isang rooted na Kristiyano at lumalago sa pananampalataya, at hindi maging stagnant na mananampalataya ni Kristo.

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1. Matthew
suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.

2. Mark
died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3. Luke
was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.

4. John
faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully

5. Peter
was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6. James,
the leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

7. James, the Son of Zebedee,
was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8. Bartholomew,
also known as Nathaniel, was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9. Andrew
was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.

10. Thomas
was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.

11. Jude
was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12. Matthias,
the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

13. Paul
was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.


Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times for the sake of the Faith.

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22, KJV).


-Pass on to encourage other Christians. ๐Ÿ™‚


Posted by Neny Amy on Facebook (July 29, 2015 at 4:28 am).

Stand Firm and be Strong in Faith

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in faith. Remember that your family of believers (your brotherhood) all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”

—-1 PETER 5:8-10, NLT

Mga kapatid, in our walk with God, the devil is always there “looking for someone to devour.” So we should “watch out” and “stay alert,” and “stand firm” and “be strong in faith,” remembering that we’re not alone because our brethren “all over the world” are “going through the same kind of suffering” we are.

In God’s kindness, we’re called to “share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.” It means that just like Christ, our Lord and Savior who suffered on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, we are going to suffer also for “a little while” for His glory. We have to share Christ’s sufferings to share God’s eternal glory. After that, God will do to us what He has done to Job, “He will restore, support and strengthen [us].” And He will place us on “a firm foundation,” which is He, where we can grow and not be shaken.

To God be the glory! Amen.

Nawa’y naunawaan po ninyo ang Salita ng Diyos na ibinahagi ko sa inyo sa tulong ng Espiritu Santo at sa awa ng Diyos Ama.

Stay bless!