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Those Imperfect Opportunities

August 8th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Those Imperfect Opportunities”

The following devotion was shared with me, and it really challenged me, so I am sharing it with you. It’s written by Lee Strobel, author of the best selling book, The Case for Christ. It was a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, devotion. Let me know what you think!

It’s the telephone call nobody ever wants to receive: “Mr. Strobel,” the doctor said, “we have the results of your biopsy. I’m afraid it’s cancer.”

I can tell you from firsthand experience what happens at the moment you hear those incendiary words: your mind flashes to the worst-case scenario and instantly you find yourself contemplating your own mortality.

I was fortunate; my cancer didn’t end up threatening my life. Nevertheless, the frightening experience of hearing that initial diagnosis left an indelible impression on me. Like never before, I was prompted to think about how my behavior would change if I knew I only had a short time to live. And that is what brings me to the story about Tim.

Tim and I became buddies after he moved into my neighborhood in the seventh grade. As fairly close friends for the next half dozen years, we spent long hours shooting baskets on the driveway, playing softball at the park, and talking incessantly about girls, cars, and sports. Mostly girls. Did I mention girls?

Except for my occasional rants against Christianity, which were fairly common back in my teenage days as a budding atheist, I don’t think we ever discussed spiritual matters. Tim and his family didn’t go to church, although he didn’t seem as hostile to religious faith as I was. He was simply indifferent toward God.

After high school we left for different universities. Unlike today, with the advent of text messaging, email, and cell phones, friends at that time often drifted apart when they went away to college, and that’s what happened to Tim and me. Many years later I heard through the grapevine that he was working for a large corporation, living in a distant city, and had gotten married but subsequently went through a divorce. In the meantime, I had lost my faith in atheism and become a Christian.

Then came the news that Tim and his new wife were moving to a city not far from where I was living. I was ecstatic: maybe we could reconnect and I could talk with him about Jesus.

But I wanted to do things right. First I was determined to renew and deepen our relationship, and then I would broach the topic of faith at the perfect moment, after trust and credibility had been established. There’s a lot at stake, I thought. I want to look for the ideal opportunity so I don’t blow things.

Leslie and I invited Tim and his wife over to dinner. Over a meal of barbecue chicken, we chatted about the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Bears – or, as we Chicagoans call them, “Da Bulls, Da Cubs, and Da Bears.” On other get-togethers, Tim and I watched sports on television. I kept looking for the perfect opportunity to bring up God, but I never felt the setting was quite right. Once we were too engrossed in a game; another time his wife was there and I wanted to talk to him when he was alone.

Then one day he called with the urgent news that he had been transferred to a city on the other side of the country. He had to leave right away. Suddenly, both Tim and time were gone, and in our busyness we again drifted apart.

I was kicking myself. Surely I could have found some way to bring up the most important topic in the world to someone I really cared about. I recalled the advice my mother had given me when I got married: “If you wait until the perfect time to have children,” she said, “you’ll never have them.” And by insisting on the perfect time to broach a spiritual conversation, I ended up never having it.

A while later I heard that soon after Tim had moved, he became friends with a Christian who rather promptly engaged him in a spiritual discussion and invited him to his church. Unbeknownst to me, Tim was primed for God, and he immediately and enthusiastically received Christ.

I was thrilled when I heard the news. At the same time I wondered when I ever would have found that elusive ideal moment to have the same kind of conversation with him. In fact, long after he became a Christian, Tim confessed to me that he wondered why I had chosen to remain silent for so long about something as supremely important as the gospel.

Patience is important in personal evangelism. We want to validate the seeking process of others, and we don’t want to push someone any faster than he or she is able to go. All that is fine, but if we go too far, waiting for that absolutely perfect opportunity to talk about Christ, then there’s a good chance we’ll never get around to talking about spiritual matters at all.

If I lived with my own mortality in mind, however, surely things would be different. If I knew I only had a short time to live, there would be a new urgency injected into my evangelistic efforts. I would probably be more up front about spiritual matters. I wouldn’t wait endlessly for those ever-elusive ideal circumstances before I talked to others about Jesus. Let’s face it: those perfect moments rarely come anyway.

More often, if we’re alert to opportunities and attuned to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, we’re going to find some appropriate way to get into a conversation about Jesus. It may not be the ideal circumstance, but if we approach the situation with sensitivity and empathy, chances are that God will take our meager efforts and use them in the life of our friend.

Because the truth is, we don’t have all the time in the world – and even more important, our friends don’t either.

Pastor Brian

Unpacking ‘Working for Good’

July 26th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Unpacking ‘Working for Good’”

Last week, our church was blessed to serve alongside Lutheran Church Charities at the American Red Cross Multi-Agency Resource Center, which was temporarily set up in Round Lake Beach after recent flooding. The Center connected flood victims with needed resourcing, and we were blessed to offer to pump out their basements for free, as well as provide devotional books on God being present in the midst of suffering. It was a powerful experience.

Yet underneath that experience, a question arose for me- how is God going to turn this ugliness and mess and muck and mire into good? After all, the Bible promises just that, in Romans 8:28: “We know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love Him...” So how will God turn this into good?

The New Testament was originally written in Greek, and the Greek word for good is ‘Syn-er-gay-o’, which is where we derive the word ‘synergy’ from. In a way, we can think of it like this- God takes whatever the evil one, the broken world, and sinful humanity throws at us and ‘synergizes’ it, works it, to create something new and different and… get this… good.

And the Greek word for good here is ‘A-ga-than’, which translates into ‘intrinsically good’. Not just good on the outside, or temporarily good, but wholly good.

This is the work of God- turning the muck and mire of our lives into something that we trust will be intrinsically good for us and for our benefit. Perhaps you are in the midst of waiting for that right now; let me encourage you, from God’s Word- He promises to work for you. And if God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31).

Pastor Brian

Embrace Your Part

June 28th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Embrace Your Part”

A blessed day to you all!

Let me start with taking you back a bit to high school biology class- remember that? Two lessons about the human body we all likely learned were this: There are eight systems in the human body, AND each system relies on the other to keep the body functioning. Said a different way, many different elements are constantly working to keep your body going, AND each system relies on the other to keep it all going! Each independently important, yet each totally reliant on the others to be productive- an amazing dichotomy!

Thousands of years ago, even without a high school biology background, the Bible spoke to this reality. I Corinthians 12:12: “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body”. The Apostle Paul, author of I Corinthians, then uses the image of the body to describe how the church functions best, and sums it all up with this powerful line: “Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it” (I Corinthians 12:27).

Peek around Lord of Glory this week, and you’ll see this principle played out in its fullness. It’s VBS week this week, which means some 112 wonderful children spend the week with us- singing, dancing, playing games, crafting, snacking, laughing and so much more. It takes an absolute ARMY of volunteers to make it all happen, and let me tell you- we have an amazing team of volunteers! We have had an awesome week. And the beauty of it all is that each volunteer knows they are playing a role, and that their role contributes to the whole. No role is more important than the other, and each role relies on the others to help out. It’s a powerful, inspiring portrait of the body of Christ at work!

So let me encourage YOU today- “Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it”. Sometimes we can second-guess our roles in life, or where life has us, or how it’s all going. In those moments, trust the Word of God and its power, and that you indeed are making a difference in the lives of others where you are presently planted. You play a role, and while you rely on others, others equally rely on you!

As one of our VBS songs goes, “I was made for this…”

Pastor Brian

A Vision of Heaven

June 14th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “A Vision of Heaven”

Happy Summer!

It’s the element of the Christian faith that inspires arguably the greatest amount of uncertainty, questioning, and curiosity. I have some questions about it, and likely you do as well.

I’m speaking of heaven.

When speaking of heaven, Jesus is remarkably clear and straightforward about how we get there (“I (Jesus) am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6), but left unanswered are many questions about what it’s like to be there. And it seems like everyone, from little kids through seniors, have these questions.

When these questions arise, it’s important to remind ourselves that our Lord in His Word has indeed given us everything we need to know, and what we don’t know, (yet), will be made known at the proper time. Until then, we trust that, as in all things, our Lord will indeed provide.

In that vein, the following illustration was shared with me, and it was one that really brought a smile to my face, and it speaks directly to this topic. Have a read:

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.” Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know…” The patient replied, “You don’t know?  You’re a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?” The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

Questions and curiosity about heaven are indeed normal. Yet at the end of the day, this we know- our master is there, He has made the way for us to be there (John 14:6), and that is enough!

Pastor Brian

What are you holding on to?

June 6th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “What are you holding on to?”

Greetings Glory Minute readers! A blessed Sunny day to you all!

What are you holding on to, most tightly? Asked a different way- what element of your life, if you were to lose it, would be most difficult for you?

Mark 10:17-22 details an exchange that Jesus has with a young, wealthy, ruler. The man comes to Jesus hoping to “do” something to inherit eternal life, and Jesus points him first to the commandments, then says this: “One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” (10:21). The Bible then tells us that “the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth” (10:22).

The problem for this man was NOT that he was wealthy. Being wealthy is not a sin. The problem for the man was that he was looking to his blessings on earth as his source of identity and hope, and the thought of losing them brought him great sadness, and Jesus knew it. Jesus knew that they were a wedge between the man and God, and that he was trusting in them, holding on to them, more than he was trusting in God.

So back to my original question-  What are you holding on to, most tightly? Asked a different way- what element of your life, if you were to lose it, would be most difficult for you?

Perhaps it is your wealth. Or maybe it’s your success at your job, your family, or even your own sense of control. All of these, and many others, are elements that we can “hang on to” and get in the way of us fully trusting in God.

Yet unlike the man, we need not simply walk away sad.

The Lord Jesus came for this very reason. He came to bring forgiveness and new life for all the ways we put so many elements before and above Him. “God so loved the world…”, including you and me, that He came to save and fix and draw us all back to God.

And to those who let go of the things of this world, there is this promise: “I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the Gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age… and in the age to come” (Mark 10:29-30).

Blessings on our letting go!

Pastor Brian

Let Us Encourage One Another

May 3rd, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Let Us Encourage One Another”

Greetings Glory Minute readers! A blessed month of May to you all!

A few weeks back, at a regional gathering of Pastors from different church bodies, the leader of the effort pulled me aside after our gathering and gave me a very personal, meaningful affirmation. His words built me up.

Last Wednesday, I asked my oldest daughter about why she liked coming to Wednesday night Bible study so much. She pointed to a few elements of the evening, which I expected from her. Then she shared with me an encouraging word that one of the teachers had shared with her. I could tell it meant a great deal to her; the teacher’s words built her up.

We have great, great power with our words, much more than we might think. Proverbs 12:18 puts it so powerfully, “the tongue of the wise brings healing.” We’ve all experienced the wrath of someone else’s hurtful words, yet we’ve also experienced how healing and encouraging the words of another can be.

Knowing the positive power of our words, the Lord invites us and our words to be a healing balm that this world and those around us desperately need: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” (I Thessalonians 5:11).

I saw the above poster outside the office of Donna Budil, our Gloryland Preschool Director, giving practical and simple ways we could use our words to encourage and build each other up. I loved it. Take a peek, and let’s put it into practice!

Pastor Brian

Why Praise is Good for You

April 10th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Why Praise is Good for You”

Blessed Holy Week to you, faithful Glory Minute readers!

Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday, the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and it was fittingly joyful. Smiles and praising God were all around. Folks especially enjoyed seeing the children join in the fun. There is something about seeing kiddos waving palm branches, don’t you think?

The Bible tells us that the children in Jesus’ time were also filled with joy. Matthew 21:15 records that the children were “shouting in the temple area, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David'”. Imagine the scene!

Praise seems to come easy to kids. They seem to be really good at having fun. We adults could probably take a page from their playbook…

Perhaps we feel like we’ve moved past having fun in church, praising God. Or maybe it’s just that worries and stresses of the world wear on us. But remember- God invites us to praise, and it’s not for His ego! Like all that He asks of us, He asks it of us because it’s good for us! So what’s good for us about praise?

First, praising God, acknowledging His power and blessings, gets us off our self. All that this world throws at us can consume us. We can get lost in the trees. Praising God, however, takes us to a new and different place.

Second, praising God fixes our eyes on Jesus. It takes us out of this world and into His. It’s there we gain essential perspective, peace, and power. Like what happens in many of the Psalms, when we focus in on God’s providence, we are comforted in the midst of trial.

So let me encourage you to praise God today, in your own way. Create a few moments for just you to take a moment and acknowledge His mighty work in your life, And then, of course, join with your fellow sisters and brothers on Easter Sunday- we’ll have much to Praise Him for! And it will be good for us…

Pastor Brian

The Surprising Benefit of Making Lunches

April 6th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “The Surprising Benefit of Making Lunches”

Greetings faithful Glory Minute readers!

Sunday we launched a new message series, Humbleness, based off of Philippians 2:3 (NIrV): “Don’t do anything to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves.” Be sure to update your chalkboards!

Monday morning, in an attempt to help out, I made our children’s lunches for school. Can’t be that difficult, right? I knew enough that one kid doesn’t like mayo on their sandwich, while another kid insists on lettuce on theirs. Don’t worry- Dad’s got this!

After work and school, I was looking forward to hearing the feedback (and praise!) from my lunch creation. Unfortunately, my dream was met with this reality- I accidentally switched the sandwiches, with each of my girls getting the item they specifically don’t like. The horror! #dadfail!

Serving, and humbleness, often starts with our best intentions, and our best efforts, but can be in turn met with criticism. Has that ever happened to you? It is a very discouraging feeling!

Sunday we looked at Jesus washing His disciples’ feet in John 13. At the end of the very dramatic moment, Jesus shares this, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet…now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:14-17). I love that last line- it’s Jesus promise that we will indeed be blessed in service.

No doubt, our acts of service will sometimes be met with criticism, ungratefulness, and the like. In serving, you’ll accidentally switch the mayo and the lettuce, or something similar. But trust the Lord in this- in serving, you WILL be blessed.

What’s one way you’ve practiced humbleness, put others before yourself, served, and been blessed? That’s God’s promise, realized!

Pastor Brian

Reality

March 30th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Reality”

Greetings faithful Glory Minute readers!

I’m guessing you probably missed the story of the cancelled British reality television show, but it caught my attention. Filming for Eden began in March 2016, when 23 strangers were placed in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands and were tasked with building a society from scratch. Tending livestock, growing food, and determining laws were all part of the experience. All the while, they were filmed for the show and endured the harsh conditions and life sacrifices for a year. All for the allure of television stardom.

One problem- four episodes in, the show was cancelled! And nobody told the cast! Only after they had finished their year away, and returned back to normal life, did they eventually find out. Can you imagine? Can you imagine giving up a year of your life, and enduring life in the wild as a survivor, only to find out it was all for naught?

I guess, at times, life can actually feel like that for us. Elements of life that we invest time and energy to end up not panning out, and we are left wondering why. And then there are those seemingly menial, repeated tasks at work, and home, that can leave us weary . We can begin to lose sight of the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’. Can you identify?

Among the many amazing benefits of life as a follower of Jesus is the belief, from the promises of Jesus Himself, that He is constantly working all things for good. Said a different way, regardless of what life throws our way, and how messy or fruitless it appears, the Lord is in those very moments, and leveraging those for our long-term good. Amazing!

Romans 8:28- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”.

Right now, whatever is before you, trust that He is indeed working for your good, for your benefit. Now that’s reality that won’t be cancelled!

Pastor Brian

New Tobias Video!

March 21st, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “New Tobias Video!”

 

We recently celebrated a milestone moment here at Lord of Glory- the passing of the leash for our dear friend and Comfort Dog, Tobias. As you hopefully are aware, he has been incredibly busy, bringing comfort and love and the presence of the Lord to hurting folks all over the place! What an incredible gift and blessing He is!

Our own Drew Davidson compiled this awesome video to help us remember how wonderful of a day this truly was. Check out the video below, imbedded into Tobias’ page on our website:

http://lordofglory.org/comfortdog/

Finally, wherever life has you today, whatever is before you, be reminded of this, Tobias’ verse, Exodus 33:14, where the Lord says, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest”.

Pastor Brian

Forgiveness in Real Life

March 16th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Forgiveness in Real Life”

Are you having a difficult time forgiving someone?

This month as a church family we are talking about forgiveness. Sometimes the church can make forgiveness seem easy, when in reality, it’s one of the most difficult things to do. So how do we take this abstract, and sometimes very difficult reality, and put it into practice? In the latest Light for My Path video, I address this relevant topic. Click on the link below and discover more!

https://youtu.be/341l4cIV9W4.

Pastor Brian

When you Face a Big Decision

March 8th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “When you Face a Big Decision”

What do you do when you face a big decision? Big decisions are laden with emotion, and decisions made emotionally are rarely the best ones. So what are your strategies for making good life decisions? Think back for a moment, look back at times you’ve been before a fork in the road- what activities helped you make your decision?

The Book of Psalms is best understood as a prayer journal. When we read the Psalms, it’s almost like we are peeking in and hearing/reading people praying to God at various moments in life. The author of Psalm 43 sounds like he/she is in the midst of a struggle or decision. And in the middle of it all is this prayer, check it out:

“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your Holy mountain, to the place where you dwell” (Psalm 43:3).

Here the Psalmist models for us that when faced with a tough decision, go to the Lord FIRST. And I love the words of the prayer- “send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me”– isn’t that what we need when we don’t know what to do?  We need less of us, and our emotion, and more of HIM, and His Wisdom.

Then the second half of the verse gives us the benefit, the answer, to those prayers. It’s a powerful, comforting vision- “let them (His light and truth) bring me to your Holy Mountain, to the place where you dwell”. Just picture yourself for a moment, led by the hand of God, to a place of a comfort and peace with the decision He leads you to.

I pray that for you, especially those of you facing tough decisions. May His light and truth lead you, and may you rest in the confidence of being led by Him. He’s a pretty good leader!

Pastor Brian

How to do Good

March 3rd, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “How to do Good”

The evil one loves nothing more than to mess with us, to draw us away from God, and even to weasel his way into the good we do. Sometimes, even subconsciously, we can seek to do good for the recognition we receive from it. Without question, hearing words of affirmation and praise feel good, and seeking more praise and recognition can subtly become a fuel for us to do more.

Jesus helps us with this.

In yesterday’s Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday, from Matthew 6:1-6, Jesus addresses this very challenge. Take a quick moment to read it, below, and be on the lookout for how it addresses the good we do:

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Five times, in just six verses, Jesus mentions rewards. And His point is this- if we do good in order to receive earthly praise and recognition, when we are recognized, that will be our reward in full. However, when we seek to do good without any earthly recognition, it is indeed seen by our Father in heaven, and He will reward us in His time and in His way.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll choose the latter!

May the Holy Spirit shape us to be more like Jesus, and to do good for others without thought to being seen and celebrated.

God will take care of us.

Pastor Brian

Help for Real Life

February 23rd, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Help for Real Life”

Greetings, Glory Minute readers!

I hear it from time to time, and I’m guessing you do as well. It’s the thought that the Bible, being the aged book that it is, is some arcane, out-of-date, out-of-touch old document, of little use for speaking into today’s issues. I hear that critique, especially considering the length, different geographies, and illustrations that make up the Bible.

Yet as Christians, we understand the Bible to be God’s Word, God’s message for us, and one that has the power to speak directly into our everyday life situations.

Take Psalm 42, for example. Psalm 42 is dripping with real, raw emotion. The author speaks of crying so much that “tears have been my food, day and night”. He speaks of “pouring out his soul”, and feeling “downcast”.

Maybe you’ve been there. Life and its struggles can put us there. Sometimes it seems like the evil one keeps throwing stuff at us, and it seemingly comes from all directions. And that can lead to the same raw, real emotions described in Psalm 42.

Yet in an awesome way, God gives counsel on where to go in these moments. “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5-6).

More specifically, it’s this: look back, and in these moments, gain God’s perspective. In verse 4, the author, a believer in God, writes, “These things I remember as I pour out my soul; how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God”. So what’s the real-life advice from God? In life’s toughest moments, remember how God has been with you. Call upon His faithfulness in your past, and trust in Him to be with you going forward.

When you look back, and take inventory of God’s blessings in your past, what do you see?

Pastor Brian

Together

February 17th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Together”
When we face difficult moments, what’s the unique approach believers in Jesus take? Said a different way, how does our faith help us process life’s challenges?
Today I want to take us back to a moment in history that Jesus and His disciples experienced. While traveling on the Sea of Galilee, a “furious squall” came up. Waves and water were crashing into the boat, so much so that the Bible tells us they almost drowned. Terrified, the disciples wake a sleeping Jesus (how was He sleeping?!) and watch as He silences the storm, the wind and the waves. What a moment! (Mark 4:35-41).
Sunday we talked about how experiencing that moment, together as disciples, must have been an incredible strengthening moment for the disciples of Jesus. They went through all that, together, and together they watched Jesus bring peace and provide for them.
As a Pastor, I have the privilege of having a window into the real-life struggles of God’s people. And two common refrains are echoed over and over: 1) How personal faith in Jesus is an anchor in tough moments, and 2) How in tough moments, the love and fellowship of others, especially those from within the church, is a huge blessing. Have you heard the same? Or how about this- have you experienced the same?
The world’s view of struggles and hardships is to avoid them at all costs. It might be our most popular and pursued idol. Yet as believers we understand that it is in these moments that God often does His best work.
So reflect with me for a moment- where are you facing challenges and hardship? As much as you want it to be OVER and fixed, what might God be working in the midst of all of it? Trust that just like being in the boat with the disciples, He will use what is before you for His glory and for the advancement of His Kingdom. And together, with others, you might be stronger.
“We… rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us” (Romans 5:3-5a).
Pastor Brian