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In Acts chapter seven, Stephen was one of the seven men who was chosen to oversee the preparation and serving of food to the growing number of Disciples, in order that the Twelve Apostles might attend to the more important matters of prayer and the Word. We are told that Stephen was filled with the boldness of the Holy Ghost, that many miracles were done by him, and that he was eventually stoned to death, after he challenged the Jewish religious establishment by telling them that God no longer dwelt in their Temple, but rather in the hearts and minds of the believers. While many Christians believe that he was the first martyr, our faith has been marked by the death of millions of its Saints for thousands of years. As Jesus tells us, the true Children of God have been persecuted by the Anti-Christ Jews since Old Testament times: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar." Matthew 23:29-35, KJV

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