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Trusting God in the Hard Times

Trusting God in the Hard Times 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 
How many times have you thought, “Why this trial, Lord? Why the broken heart or painful illness? Why has the one who called me, friend, rejected me and turned his/her back on me? Why am I being slandered or wrongfully accused?” Unfortunately, God does not ask you how or when you want to grow. You, Christian, must understand that through adversity you will grow in some way for your own good and for His glory.
The book of 2 Corinthians was written by Paul in defense of his integrity, and his apostolic authority. He did not write it for his own gain, or popularity, but for the protection of the church and the truth. Behind the scenes of this letter, was a strong and growin…

Holding on to Grudges

The Problem with Holding on to Grudges  A grudge is "a strong, continued feeling of hostility or ill will against someone over a real or fancied grievance." (Webster).
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking (slander), be put away from you, with all malice:
If we carry a grudge, it means we are unforgiving and unloving, leading us to bitterness, wrath, and hatred. Anger is the fuel from which grudges spring up and hatred is put into action. Grudges in a Christian's life are evidence that the old man is not “put off.” Colossians 3:8-9 ~ But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. Grudges promote gossip and slander and the repeating of a matter is typical of a person who holds a grudge showing neither love or forgiveness.
Holding grudges can disrupt the unity of friends, family, and the ch…

The Ugliness of Jealousy and Envy

The Ugliness of  Jealousy and Envy
Galatians 5:24-26 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
A great deal of good can be done in the world if one is not too careful who gets the credit. 
On their way home from a lifetime of service as missionaries in Africa, an elderly couple found themselves on the same ocean liner as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from a big game hunting or known as Safari expedition. The couple watched in wonder at the fanfare given the President and his supporters. When the ship docked in New York, a band was waiting to greet him, the mayor was there to welcome him, and the newspapers announced his return.
Meanwhile, the missionary couple disembarked quietly off the ship and checked-in in a cheap apartment. They had no pension, they were in poor health, and they were di…

Is Devotion to a False God Addiction?

Is Devotion to a False God Addiction? Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
What is the problem that so many people struggle with today? Why is temptation so attractive, unrelenting, and powerful? Does God shield us from circumstances that might provoke us to sin? Does God tempt us like Satan or does He test us? James 1:12-14 ~Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 
The challenges of temptation are great. We live in a sinful world. We are sinned against and we sin against an holy God. Every day we are confronted with temptations, difficulties and overwhelming battles. God does not tempt us as Satan tempts but He does allow testing in our life to prove our loyalty …