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I do not know how blessed Christians in Iraq feel right now, but they are enduring a tremendous time of persecution. During Mass at Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Church, five or six gunmen burst into the building and set off two suicide vests filled with ball bearings. “The remaining gunmen took some 100 people hostage. Eventually Iraqi forces stormed the church, killing all the terrorists and possibly some of the hostages. In all, 58 people were killed and as many as 300 wounded.”

--The Week, November 12, 2010, p. 11 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Add these 58 believers to the list of countless martyrs referred to in Hebrews 11:37. Only ball bearings and bullets, not stones, saws, and swords cut them down.

Hebrews 11:37 (NIV) They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated--

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