January 15 2018

Have you ever wondered about those people that seem to float through life and nothing ever hard seems to come their way? Oh wait! Maybe they broke a fingernail. (yes sarcasm). And then there are people you tend to feel pity or sorrowful for because every time you turn around, there is a new crisis in their life?

Life, for some, is extremely difficult. I find those that are Christians are usually the ones that don’t complain about much. God has used the fire to purify their wants and desires into their true needs and longing for intimacy with the Savior. The trials of life seem to do that to those that walk in righteousness.

I am sure I have mentioned on more than one occasion that the book of James is my favorite book of the Bible. James is a “shoot straight” type of writer. There is not much open for interpretation. For the next few weeks, I am going to blog on some passages out of the book of James.

“Count it joy, when you suffer various trials…” Really? I am supposed to be joyful? How absurd when we compare that to what we are told in this world. Isn’t life supposed to be for me? If it is, then why do have to suffer through trials? Why isn’t our “cosmic fixer” Jesus, making all things easy for me. Scripture says in Hebrews 12:11 that “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”

Count yourself blessed that life is not always easy, for the results will be intimacy with the Savior. It doesn’t get any better than that.

This Sunday, we bring everyone back that we normally have. You will see the “blue team” which is, from your left to right, Jeff Nemec, Amy Harvey, Lydia Wilson, and Tom Wilson. The choir is back also in the choir loft leading worship. We begin this week with a song from the choir titled “Be Exalted in This Place” with Nancy Cantrell singing the solo. Our congregational songs that I pray will lead us into a deep sense of His presence are “God is Able”, “The Lord Our God”, a new Elevation Worship song “Jesus I Come”, the hymns “Just as I Am”, and “Have Thine Own Way”. Tina Braswell will lead us in worship during the offering time with a Hillsong song titled “His Glory Appears”.

I pray, like always, that you will spend some time meditating on the messages of these songs, so when it comes time to sing them corporately, that the Spirit of God will move even greater.

Love you,

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