I heard a story yesterday of a Chinese Christian girl who was persecuted for her faith in Jesus. After torturing her, the authorities put her in a hole in the ground and sealed it shut. As they were sealing it they could hear her voice sing joyful songs of praise to Jesus from under the earth. The owner of the prison ended up coming back and releasing her. He said, "There is nothing more we can do with you. You aren't afraid of anything... So now I'm bringing you home with me to be a good influence on my wife and daughter, because they are constantly talking about how afraid they are of everything."
"The Lord is my light and my salvation -- so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?"
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