“They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.”
(Acts 14:22 NLT)

I was walking on a south Florida beach one day and came across a large raft made of styrofoam. It was painted blue blending into the color of ocean. As I approached this home made vessel I saw that it even had a mast and a rudder. On the top platform were some canned food products and cloth material that served as a sail along with two old communist green shirts left behind by whoever used the raft. Large red letters were spray painted on the side reading “United States Coast Guard OK.” Whoever floated on this raft was picked up by the United States Coast Guard. The US Coast guard annually intercepts as many as 3000 cuban rafters known as “balseros” who risk their lives leaving everything behind in an extreme effort to find freedom crossing over the ocean to America.(1) Christians all over the world risk their lives and suffer persecution leaving their old sinful ways behind to find freedom in Christ crossing over from death to life as new citizens of the Kingdom of God.