Archive for July, 2008

Getting encouragement in turbulent times

A Christian friend of mine has undergone an unpleasant divorce, one they didn’t want. For some, dwindling bank account looks worrysome in the face of rising gas prices. Tensions in the Middle East are near the boiling point. Perhaps you have a child who has made some bad decisions in life: I am reminded of Carol Kent, a Christian speaker whose son is serving a life sentence for murder. Or perhaps you are a missionary worried about difficulties getting onto the field: you’ve been traveling to churches for two years and have only been able to raise a third of your support. Or, perhaps you’re a Christian imprisoned in a country like China, Vietnam or Cuba. I am also reminded of a good friend of mine, Andy Knight, who survived a horrific fire and is working to get a church started in the Hartford, Conn. area.

What does Scripture tell us about our heartaches? The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Bottom line: it will be worth it all.

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