August 31, 2019
All of us face some measure of suffering in this life. It could be a physical challenge, a hard ministry task, an overwhelming and perplexing difficulty, a persecution for our faith, a deep burden, or simply the rigors of living a life of determined godliness.
For some, this suffering is more intense. Paul was one of those who faced grave suffering in order to complete the task of the gospel that was entrusted to him. Yet, he was able to face it with courage and even joy. How?
It was because, as a believer in Christ, he knew, believed, and experienced some things in his suffering. Truths that change everything. Truths that place any measure and any type of suffering in their proper perspective. Truths that not only carry us through difficulty but make us more than conquerors in our struggles. Notice how he lists these in 2 Corinthians 4-5.
Paul said, “I know that ...”
In summary, we can have courage and rejoice in suffering and sacrifice because …
We would think that such courage and joy is merely some pastor’s embellished rhetoric had we not seen it modeled in millions of humble believers through the ages. Their suffering and undeniable courage and joy is an irrefutable testimony of the reality of these truths.
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November 16, 2019
The Son of God was willing to go to the hardest, most misunderstood place. He went, with His cross, to die outside the city. It was a place of refuse (literally, the city dump). It was the most dishonorable environment in the city. But He went there for a purpose: to take the place of sacrifice, suffering, and self-denial so that, in so doing, it would bring life to others.
And, it worked. His self-denial set countless millions free!
November 15, 2019
November 12, 2019
True believers live in two worlds. Wise believers have increasingly released their hold on this world knowing that the next is far more valuable. They see themselves as "strangers and exiles on the earth.”