From under the altar the voices are crying: How long, Lord, till you come judge the earth? But He’ll wrap and redeem them in robes of pure white. For the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Oh, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.

 

Those lyrics from Steve Green’s song “The Faithful” echo the words of Tertullian, an early church theologian from Carthage, North Africa. It was certainly true then that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” 

 

The first drop of martyr’s blood fell from the body of Stephen after he made a strong defense of the crucified and risen Christ (Acts 7). Does such courage reside in you?

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