I don't know about you, but sometimes I forget that persecution isn't just a thing of the past. It still happens. This story is making headlines in all the major newspapers. Being a Christian in Iraq must be something else. In those times when we think we have it tough in America…well… we don't.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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