If dropping bombs on the enemy was not a special service, he reflected aloud frequently with the martyred smile of sweet reasonableness that was his loyal confederate in every dispute, then he could not help wondering what in the world was.
’Oh, I expect to be back in the squadron by then,’ the captain answered with a kind of martyred confidence.
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Many believe that all of the Apostles were martyred except John; however, the Bible reports only on the martyrdom of James.
For 250 years it was a martyrs’ church; the persecutions were fueled by the refusal of Christians to worship the state and the Roman emperor.
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