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Month: May 2017

Following Jesus Through Troubles

We follow Jesus together. There are times when we despair. In these verse of 2 Corinthians Paul tells his friends that he and company were under great pressure…they wondered if they could live through it. 2 Corinthians 1:8 “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.” We have times like that. A child develops a cystic fibrosis. After working for 30 years your depression disables you. You are young and develop severe diabetes. Troubles turn us inward, isolating us from others. Peace of mind shatters.  Our thinking processes confused. We become convinced us that lies are truth, and truth lies. Our world becomes a lonely place. We despair even of life itself, just like Paul. We were not designed to go through life alone. And so… We follow Jesus together. Who is in your support team?  Who do you laugh with? Who do you cry with?  Do you have a mentor who can teach you about walking the Christian life? We need peers. We find strength from those who are going through similar trials and temptations. We need new Christians who share the excitement of beginning the Christian life. Jesus…

Remembering Our Legacy

Monday is Memorial day. It is the day we remember those who died protecting our freedom. We need to do this. For “there is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for his friends”. Though unknown to us these young men have been our friends. Unnumbered young marched off into the crucible of war to give us the right of liberty. We need to remember them. We are also in a spiritual war. It is good to remember those who have fought the fight, finished the race, and have kept their faith in Jesus. One of those in my life was Joe. Joe, a pastor, had an infectious laugh. His ministry was to conflicted churches to bring peace or to resolve conflict. Insults, mean comments, and gossip, just rolled off of him. But most of all he had a gentle spirit that empathized with you. He was a man of gentle toughness. And he served a lifetime for the Lord he loved. Bob was another spiritual friend who had a tremendous impact on my life. Although blind, his family and friends bought him a braille Bible. It took volumes to print the Bible in braille. In…