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Simply Stories Podcast

Jan 21, 2021

Today, I’m chatting with Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs. Todd is the host of Voice of the Martyrs radio, which shares stories of persecuted Christians all around the world. 2020 marked 20 years since VOM released their book Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus, the Ultimate Jesus Freaks. This modern book of martyrs pays tribute to the persecution and sacrifices that our brothers and sisters in Christ have faced and made for centuries, and now they are releasing an updated version! Todd also shares his story of growing up as the son of missionaries in New Guinea, and how God used that opportunity to shape him for his role at Voice of the Martyrs. 

You guys the work of VOM is absolutely incredible, and Todd shares how it got started, the work they continue to do now, and that they share these stories of facing persecution around the world in order to garner sympathy, but to share how God is moving in and through what they are experiencing.It shows how sold out for Jesus these true Jesus freaks are, where they are willing to carry their cross and follow Christ because God has used persecution, isolation and suffering to grow the Church and reconcile broken things and people to Himself. 

We also wade some murky waters about how Americans in particular view persecution, how it is different than experiencing suffering, and how unfortunately blind we can be to the activity of God because so much of our needs are accessible and easily addressable. No part of that is to shame anyone, but I think there is much for each of us to learn from our brothers and sisters that don’t get the opportunity to live in such a way, and how their love for God and their faith can and should impact the way we live.And y’all, be sure and MAKE IT TO THE END for a job dropping story. Shew. It's so powerful.

Listen, I know that these first days of 2021 have been more loaded than Todd or I could have ever dreamed possible when we talked in October, but do you know who knew? God knew. No matter where you, what you’re experiencing, you are a part of the family of God. Keep the eternal perspective, God is always working, and sometimes we see Him most powerfully when it seems like things are falling apart. And. The more outside forces push us, the more we we turn to Christ and cling to Him, and that is the most precious gift of all. You matter, friend. Your story matters.

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Connecting with Todd and VOM
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-The Voice of the Martyrs’ Jesus Freaks book (the first one!) 

-”Jesus Freaks” by D.C. Talk 

-Papua, New Guinea

-Jesus Film Project

-leper colony in Senegal

-the founders of VOM - Pastor Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand

-Sissy Goff and her drama meter

-The Islamic Republic of Iran and the growth of the Church 

-Dr. Michael Heiser’s episode with us 

-Hannelie Groenewald, the loss of her family

-Pastor Wang Yi in prison in China

-VOM’s prayer resources 

-VOM’s app 

-VOM’s prayer calendar

-Write letters to those imprisoned for Christ 

-Tom Doyle on VOM talking about Muslims having dreams about Jesus

-Muslims have dreams of Jesus 

-Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

-Jim and Elisabeth Elliot

-Open Doors USA

Scripture References:

Psalm 91:14-16-He is there to grab onto Him and He wants us to 

Luke 10:27-love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength

John 15:18-25-the world hates me, so they will hate you

John 16:33-but take heart I have overcome the world 

Isaiah 53:3-Christ was acquainted with shame 

Matthew 16:18-the gates of hell will not withstand the Church

Isaiah 14:27-nothing and no one can stop the Lord 

Romans 5:3-5-the good that God can bring during trials 

Revelation 19:16 -He is the King of Kings and the Lord or Lords

John 14:15-21:25- Jesus is in His Father, the world is evil and needs a Helper

Acts 11:19-26--they fled Jerusalem and went to Antioch 

James 1:2- consider it joy brothers when you endure trials

1 Peter 5:8-the Lion seeks to devour

Matthew 13:42, John 10:10, and more -Jesus talks about Hell and spiritual darkness

Luke 22:31-We are sifted like wheat

1 Corinthians 15:23--Jesus is coming back 

Ephesians 4:7 / 2 Corinthians 9:8-God gives us the grace we need when we need it 

2 Timothy 1:7-we are not called to live in a spirit of fear

Matthew 6:34-we take each day as its own

Isaiah 61:3-beauty from the ashes 

Phillippians 3:10-the fellowship of Christ’s suffering

Hebrews 13:3-remember those in bonds as though we are in bondage with them 

Philippians 3:8, Jude 1:25, Revelation 5:13, -Jesus is worth every sacrifice

Ephesians 6:16-lock shields of faith

Ephesians 6:11-stand firm   

Hebrews 12:2-we have a call to fix our eyes on Jesus 

Romans 12:2-our minds are transformed 

Philippians 3:14-Jesus had his eyes fixed on the prize

John 1:1-”In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God”

John 1:14-I Am the Word made flesh

Romans 8:3-4-”He is the fulfillment of the Law”

A LOT of Acts, one example- Acts 17-Paul would come to the Jewish people first

Psalm 107:2-”let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story”

Genesis 37 -Joseph's story

Luke 12:35-Keep your lamps trimmed and burning


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