Christopher opened our day with a word about “perseverance” from the 30 Character Qualities and Psalm 119:46, “I will speak of your testimonies also before kings and will not be put to shame” (AMP). He said, “Perseverance is having faith even when times get tough.” This brought us to talk about what it looks like to continue to speak of the testimony of Jesus even when persecution may come because of our perseverance. Acts 5:25-32 set the stage for our conversation, “So they brought them and set them (the apostles) before the council (Sanhedrin). And the high priest examined them by questioning, saying, we definitely commanded and strictly charged you not to teach in or about this Name [they were trying to shame them so they would not speak anymore in His Name]; yet here you have flooded Jerusalem with your doctrine and you intend to bring this Man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the apostles replied, we must obey God rather than men” (AMP). What a powerful word to begin our day with. Thank you, Christopher, for the bold word!