Our series in 1 Thessalonians continues. Life is often lived by taking the materials one is given and making the best of it. When difficulty or unexpected events arise, what happens to your life? Can you survive? These are the events that challenge our core beliefs. Should they change? Can they withstand trials? Paul reminds […]
We all like to think about the future but we all need to live in the present! Often the present gives us what we call a “reality check” that can be quite harsh. We look at a reality check given to the followers of Jesus as they thought about the great future ahead of them. […]
Missionary Jim Wright, serving with Baptist World Misisons, speaks today on the reasons for trials and difficulties in the Christian life. As we look at life from God’s perspective, we find that He is wise, loving, and merciful – even in difficult times. After the sermon, a field report video can be viewed.
Memory is a wonderful thing. It can be jogged and triggered and even shared. But even when we share an experience we may not have the same memory of it. The psalmist tells us there are several important items to remember when we think about our experiences. Discover those items with us this morning!
Difficult days and trying situations are often referred to as “being in the valley.” Valleys can be beautiful places. In today’s message we look at three different types of valleys and find just how beautiful these in between spaces really are!
Churches have disagreed and divided over serious issues, as well as over issues that seemed serious but were trivial. What happens when we disagree? How do we determine what matters? Paul discusses this with the Roman church, and we get to listen in on the conversation!
Paul turns his discussion from the realm of theory and possibility into the bright light of reality. As he describes what the Romans now have, please notice that all who have walked the Pathway of Hope have exactly the same possessions!
James’ prescription for times of difficulty, testing, and trials is seemingly simple: rejoice in the opportunity, realize God is at work, rely on perseverance to have its work of completing God’s plan, recognize that wisdom is not only needed but provided, and remember that you are God’s child with tremendous blessings no matter what else […]
Usually, when facing difficulty, the question is asked “Why me?” James reminds his audience – which includes us – to keep a right perspective when facing difficulty and times of testing. He tells us there are always those doing better, and those worse off then we are but that we need to maintain the right […]
We agree with James’ assessment of life – it comes with trouble! We agree that God uses even difficulty to perfect us and show how powerfully present He is; but how do we hold on while patience is accomplishing its work? Is there any help available? James says there is! Help is not only available, but […]