Thursday, February 11, 2021


"For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38).

By Richard Wurmbrand

In a theater in Moscow at the premier of a new play, Christ in a Fur, the hall was overcrowded.

The actor Alexander Rostovtsev had to play the main role.  He belonged to the high circles of Soviet life and was a convinced Marxist.

On the stage was a mockery of an altar.  The cross on it was made of bottles of wine and beer.  Full glasses surrounded it.  Fat "clergymen" said a drunken "liturgy" consisting of blasphemous formulas.  In this sham church, "nuns" played cards, drank, and made ugly jokes while the "religious service" went on.

Then Rostovtsev appeared as Christ, dressed in a robe.  He had the New Testament in his hands.  He was supposed to read two verses from the Sermon on the Mount, then throw away the book in disgust and shout, "Give me my fur and my hat!  I prefer a simple proletarian life."  But something unexpected happened.  The actor read not only two verses, but continued, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matt. 5:5), and so on to the end of the sermon.  It was in vain that the prompter made desperate signs for him to stop.

When Rostovtsev came to the last words of Jesus, he made the sign of the cross in the Orthodox manner, said, "Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom" (Luke 23:42), and left the stage.  He was never seen again.  The Communists disposed of him.

Let us, like this actor, forget the ugly roles imposed upon us by the world and allow ourselves to be enraptured by the beauties of the Savior's words.

Friday, February 5, 2021


Jesus, as You got up very early in the morning to pray, inspire us to begin each new day with prayer. Amen.

Mark 1:35-39

Sunday, January 31, 2021


Jesus, You and Your word have authority over the devil, sin, and death. Remind us of that and grant us Your peace. Amen.

Mark 1:21-28

Sunday, January 24, 2021


Jesus, You proclaim, "Repent and believe in the Gospel." Enable us by those words to confess our sins, turn from them, and trust solely in You. Amen.

Mark 1:14-15

Sunday, January 17, 2021


Jesus, You found Philip and called him to follow, and he found Nathanael. May we, found by You, follow You with joy and lead others to Your love. Amen.

John 1:43-51

Sunday, January 10, 2021


Jesus, by Your baptism in the Jordan You opened heaven, that all who believe in You and are baptized may enter in. Amen.

Mark 1:9-11

Sunday, January 3, 2021


Jesus, at the age of 12 You showed a love for Your Father's house. Now fill our youth, and us all, with that same love for Your church. Amen.

Luke 2:40-52