This Week's Sermon ( 10-5-16 )

" For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; "   Philippians 1:29

" I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. "   Philippians 4:12

" Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. "   1 Peter 4:19


Jesus never promised that following Him would be an easy row to hoe.

It is easy to say " I'm blessed and highly favored " in the Lord, when you are wealthy, living in a mansion, and have no physical ailments. 

The apostle Paul, who had a relationship with the Lord, knew better. This is why Paul said he lived both in wealth and poverty and could live in both through Christ who strengthened him.

" I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. "   Philippians 4:12-13

My friend, the Holy Bible does not contradict itself. While we are rich in Christ Jesus, blessed, highly favored, and have inherited all things from Him who died for us, the Bible also says we will suffer hardship.

This is why we need to continue in the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ and keep our heart and mind focused on Him...to the end.

When you hear of bad things happening throughout the world, we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are experiencing these bad things.

There is a Hurricane in the Atlantic heading for our east coast.

God has people in this hurricane who need our prayers. We need to acknowledge that these things do happen, even to God's people.

Don't live in denial.

However, even if we go through bad times, always remember that the Lord is good.

No matter what happens to us, the Lord is good.

Keep your faith in Jesus.

Wayne Brown