had a powerful ministry explaining the kingdom of God

predicted His own death and resurrection

did’t preach it

trained his disciples and commanded them

Go ye therefore and teach

the gospel of the kingdom to all the world


Trade roads connected worlds apart

Caste lots and went out as directed

James executed by Herod by sword

Paul’s letters from prison taught more of the kingdom and how to deal with the church before Nero took off his head

Peter’s request to Nero “crucify me upside down”

Matthew stabbed to death in Africa

Did Thomas really set sail or did he take a well traveled overland route? Was he killed by soldiers or Brahmin priests or a wayward peacock arrow?

Andrew crucified in Greece

Philip cruelly put to death in Hierapolis and his tomb most recently found

Simon refused to worship another god (sawn in half in Persia)

Jude (or Thaddeus) martyred by arrows in a mountainous region of Northern Turkey

Another James was stoned and clubbed to death in region north of Israel

Bartholomew martyred for his faith southern Arabian area

We all know Judas killed himself

John the most beloved died of his old age


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