Steadfast under Trial

James 1:2-4 ESV “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Hated and Persecuted Jesus Christ said that if anyone would come … Continue reading Steadfast under Trial

Trials Which Spare us Harm

James 1:2-4 ESV “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Count it All Joy When we pray for God’s intervention in … Continue reading Trials Which Spare us Harm

We Rise and Stand Upright

Psalms 20:1-3 ESV “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah” Because we are human … Continue reading We Rise and Stand Upright

Don’t Stuff the Pain

Psalm 119:25-28 ESV “My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes! Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works. My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to … Continue reading Don’t Stuff the Pain

Great Persecution Against the Church

Acts 8:1a ESV “And Saul approved of his execution.” Saul, later called Paul, was a Pharisee. As a Pharisee, he was convinced that he should do many things to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth, our Messiah and Lord. So, he falsely imprisoned and persecuted many followers of Jesus Christ, and he cast his … Continue reading Great Persecution Against the Church

Discipline for Our Good

Hebrews 12:3-4 ESV “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God (and God), was perfect in every way. Yet, because he … Continue reading Discipline for Our Good