Thoughts on A Thursday2020-08-18T13:58:33-04:00

Pastor Ken’s Thoughts on a Thursday

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time…

Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thanksgiving Thursday! Lynn and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving today. We have much to be thankful for! Allow me to read to you from the 105th Psalm today. I am only going to read the first 5 verses but I would strongly encourage you to read the rest of it for yourselves sometime yet today.

Psalm 105:1-5 (NKJV)

Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,

This Psalm is one of several that recount the story of How God brought the people out of Egypt and into the promised land. I chose this particular one because it makes specific note of how God placed Joseph in Egypt prior to the famine by which he was able to keep the family of Israel fed and cared for. It also makes note of some of the difficulties Joseph had to endure in order for God to place him in the right place, in the right position, at just the right time. It goes on to speak of the difficulty the Israelite people suffered under the rule of the Egyptians after the time of Joseph. Finally, it makes mention of God sending Moses to lead the people out of the bondage of Egypt and ultimately into the promised land. There are several other Psalms that also tell of the same story.

Why were these written? What was their purpose? Certainly they have historic value, but that exists in abundance in multiple chapters of the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. So why Psalm 105,106,107, 114 and others like them? I believe the beginning of this Psalm points out they were expressly written to remind the people of what God had done for them in the past. How He had brought them out of the difficulties they had endured and provided for them completely along their journey. How He fed them daily, always with enough. How He gave them water in the dry places from rocks that lacked any promise of being able to do so. Though they were in the wilderness for 40 years their shoes did not wear out and their clothes did not tatter by His mighty hand of preservation. They traveled safely through the lands of enemies and were not defeated or consumed. This Psalm and the others like it reminded the Hebrews that though they might go through difficult times, though life might not always be what they wanted it to be…Their God was mighty to save! As they sang Psalms like 105 from memory, they would find strength and encouragement for the present as they gave thanks for the past, and this allowed them the greatest opportunity to move confidently in faith toward their future.

Did they get it right all the time? Nope, and neither do we. Did possessing these Psalms alone make the difference? Not at all, A God who has historically been all that was needed doesn’t seem to move in the present without people exhibiting faith. Mark wrote of this when He stated that Jesus was unable to heal very many people in His hometown because of their lack of faith. These Psalms were intended to grow and develop faith in the people of God as they told and retold the stories of what God has done for them.

At our Thanksgiving table we have kept a tradition held by many Americans. Everyone seated at the feast takes a turn telling of something they are thankful for that year. Some years such as last year at the family dinner there was much laughter as we all took our turns. Other years the thankfulness has elicited tears amid the smiles. This year we will probably continue to do just that. However, this year I am going to propose another new tradition begin. I invite you and yours to do the same. I will propose that someone or multiple someone’s tell the story of how we arrived where we are as a family today. I suggest that as the story is recounted the difficult times not be glossed over in order that we might also tell specifically how God brought us through. Our story will give us 20 years to look back at and see all that God has done. If you join us in this ‘new’ tradition, started by the Israelites of old, your story may have fewer or many more years to cover. My wife Lynn noted as I mentioned this idea to her that the oral tradition of passing family stories down from generation to generation is a dying practice. That is unfortunate on many levels, but most of all because the faith building stories of God’s provision could be lost in the shuffle. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to tell what God has done for us as a family long after I have gone home to be with Jesus, so this year at the Brown household we are going to get that started. Won’t you join with me in that around your thanksgiving tables too?

God is good…all the time…and all the time…God is good…let’s all tell the story of how…Shall we?

So now, with a heart of thanksgiving go tell your family how God has been awesome!

Wakey, Wakey…Eggs and Bakey…

Hi, this is pastor Ken, and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Wakey, Wakey…Eggs and Bakey…

Colossians 3:12-14 in the New Living Translation (NLT) reads as follows; God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

I was thinking today as I got up with the alarm and headed down the stairs to let the dogs out, start the coffee and begin the day just how different it was when we still had our five children living at home. This morning as I ambled about the kitchen preparing breakfast, ours and the dog’s it was much quieter than it used to be. Sunday mornings used to be the most fun for me. I would rise early and go through the upstairs hallway singing in a playfully obnoxiously loud voice, “O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, because He first loved me”. The purpose of my poorly attended concert was to awaken the kids so they could get ready for our customary family breakfast, then get dressed and ready themselves to go to church.

It is a song most of us know well, and contained in its stanza is revelatory truth and realization. We hold to the heart cry of every Christ follower, we love Jesus, but acknowledge that would not even be possible if He had not first loved us. So what does the referenced scripture say ought to be the result of His choosing to love us first?

He wants us to get up and get dressed, and He has some specific things He would like us to wear.

Tenderhearted mercy, this garment speaks of a heart of compassion. Our Lord desires that we see people the same way He does. His mercy for us is new every morning…even though we all failed to completely live up to it the day before. Just as He shows us mercy…over and over again…He expects that we will do the same for each other. His call for our mercy is to be like His…never ending and from a tender heart toward the recipients.

Kindness, the absence of selfishness. Jesus wants us to be selfless because it shows off the wardrobe of kindness. Kindness requires that we give of ourselves to others. It is an impossibility to show genuine kindness to someone without considering what is in their best interest…which means we have just laid down our own for theirs…selfless activity.

Humility, as I have noted to you before, is the currency in the economy of the Kingdom of God. If Kindness is a shirt…this is an under-shirt. As noted above, it takes the ability to esteem others higher than ourselves (which is humility) to genuinely show true kindness. Jesus spoke numerous times as to the necessity of humility to find our place in His kingdom. He knew that there is a richness of life only found when we see others as more valuable than ourselves.

Gentleness, or as some translations say, meekness is not a garment of weakness. It actually requires unusual might. This is a muscle shirt. How? It takes great strength to deny yourself and elevate others. Gentleness is akin to humility with one additional characteristic, a desire to treat the one being elevated with kid gloves. It is the defining quality shown in the story of The Good Samaritan. The ability to be careful with the one we are helping even if it makes our own life more difficult is the result of gentleness.

Patience, other versions use the word longsuffering which probably conjures up a more accurate mental image of this piece of clothing. Longsuffering is the ability to exercise patience under someone’s heavy provocation for the long haul. This can be a particularly uncomfortable piece of clothing at first, challenging to wear, and yet oddly pleasing. It is so because it is only worn by the obedient, and Christ always, always, always…did I say always rewards our obedience with enough grace to carry on with further obedience knowing that it pleases Him.

After we have gotten dressed, it’s time to go. Where? To practice. Now that we have on the correct uniform…it’s time to hit the practice field. We are to use the garments we have just put on to practice making allowances for each other’s imperfections. We all have faults, we all offend, so it’s nearly impossible for us not be offended from time to time. We live in a world full of irritants…I mean…others, but the clothes Christ asks us to wear give us the ability through His Spirit living inside us, doing the necessary remodeling in our hearts, to treat each other like He wants us to. So just as He has forgiven us, we must forgive others. No one person will ever be able to offend you more than you, in darkness, have offended God. We will always owe more to His forgiveness toward us than anyone will ever, ever owe us.

It’s a cold world out there…so over it all most importantly…put on the covering of love. Love is the coat that insulates us from the self-centered desire to treat others with contempt, anger, bitterness and selfishness in response to their misdeeds toward us, and warms our hearts to be like minded with Christ and see the world around us as being in desperate need of His tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness illustrated through our lives.

So now, fully dressed in the prescribed uniform…Go be awesome!

Words to Live by

Words To Live By

Hi, This is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Words To Live By

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT) in the New Living Translation read as follows…All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

These two verses say it all. They give us every reason to spend time daily in the Word of God. I would be both saddened and surprised by the number of people I know to be Christians, good people of God, who do not spend daily time in His Word…except that I have a past. There was a time when I had my set of excuses for why I couldn’t find the time, or the energy, or the right translation, or the…you fill in the blank. The problem with that thought process though is summed up here in these two little verses.

First of all, it is God’s inspired, infallible, perfect, and as I mentioned a few weeks ago, LIVING WORD. If I am going to claim a growing relationship with God, I have to be in relationship with God. That means we must be talking to each other on a regular basis. I cannot have weekly conversations with my wife and claim we are in a growing relationship…she would beg to differ! Yes, prayer is a form of communication with God…a vital one, but how am I to discern His voice if I don’t know the kinds of things He would say? I get it, there are those who have access to no other form of communicating with God…but if you are reading this…you’re not one of them.

All scripture is inspired by God. All of it? Yes, all of it. So to really know what God would say and have me do in the various situations of life I encounter, I need to be able to draw from the whole counsel of the Word of God. That means as I mature in my relationship with Him, I have to move from milk to meat. I take no issue with daily devotionals, they are very useful tools, but at some point if we want to make the most of this relationship, if we want it to deepen and grow in stature and strength, we must start digesting greater portions than what comes neatly packaged in those pre-portioned daily doses. At some point, it’s time to reach for the real thing, and start gaining a working knowledge of all of it.

Secondly, God’s Word is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. We cannot separate our daily lives from our spiritual lives. God intends for the two to be one. We need His Word to indicate to us what is true, what is righteous, what is of value to our walk with Him. Without this instruction we are vulnerable to accepting things that are untrue, unrighteous, and will hinder our growth as Christ followers. As far as our spiritual walk is concerned, there are only two gears, forward and reverse…neutral is not an option. Furthermore, His word sheds light into the darker recesses of our lives and illuminates problematic action and thinking that comes through in our words, actions and responses to the people and situations we encounter each day.

It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. It is a shame that in our society correction is seen as a negative. An airline pilot given a corrective heading from Air Traffic Control to avoid a mid-air collision with another plane does not resent the correction, he is grateful for the lifesaving information. God’s Word does much the same thing for us, and our response to it should be one of thanksgiving. God is not trying to take from us with His correction…He is trying desperately to give us something…the abundant life! We ought to be thankful for this action of His living Word. Learning what we are doing wrong, and how to do it right is as good as leaving the cold uncertainty of a totally dark cave and finding ourselves warmed by the light of the sun in an open meadow.

God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. If it were not for His Word, we would fail to be ready to do the good things He has planned ahead of time for us to do. (Eph 2:10) These things He is attempting to prepare us for are what give our lives purpose. Essentially God’s Word brings purpose and meaning to our lives, and readies us to take hold of that life giving purpose and meaning.

We are busy…I get it, and although our busyness may cause us to skip a meal from time to time, no one claims to be so busy they stop eating altogether. As Christians we can no more afford to avoid God’s word daily than we can afford to stop eating to get more done. We would soon weaken, tire, and eventually stop living. So, sit down at the table of plenty, take your Bible in hand and eat and drink in His wondrous word. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8

So now…sampling from all of the goodness found in His Word…Go be awesome!

The Final Vote Has Been Cast

The Final Vote Has Been Cast

Hi, this is pastor Ken…and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…

Tuesday night after I voted, I stayed up late as I have done for nearly 40 years to discover the results of the election. I have to admit it felt a bit anti-climactic to have to go to sleep around 2 AM not knowing the outcome. I was actually one of those who thought we would have a clear winner, and possibly one called by the self-proclaimed expert pundits relatively early into the night hours. To have to go to sleep unable to be satisfied with an answer was difficult, and I must admit, though usually known to be a highly patient person I was somewhat disturbed to find on Wednesday morning that it may be any number of days before we know anything for sure. It is sadly reminiscent of the debacle that was the 2000 election that essentially went undecided until settled by the Supreme Court in mid-December.

Though I may be a bit frustrated, I assure you it is simply due to being left without an answer I desire to have, not because I am worried about one outcome over another. One could rightly ask; how can that be? Don’t you care about who wins? Of course I do, I mentioned earlier that I did indeed cast my well thought out vote. I just understand that ultimately elected and appointed governmental officials don’t have near the power the think they do. Though I may greatly agree with one’s position and policies over another’s, I understand how little influence they actually wield over the course of the nation.

Several people have asked me this year what I think will happen in the election and thanks to Daniel Chapter 2 I have been able to give a solid answer that no polls could ever sway or change. My answer, “Americans will vote, but God will decide”. You could argue that answer to be a cop-out, but I would say it is in fact a shoe-in. Daniel 2:20-21 (NLT) says, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for He has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; He removes kings (or presidents) and sets up other kings (or presidents). God is in control. One could challenge this statement with a question of free will and its effect on a free electorate to choose the next occupant of the White house. My response to that is simply this…our free will does not trump (pardon the pun) God’s sovereignty. He is all too capable to work within our free will to accomplish His will. The Bible tells us that we make our plans (cast our votes) but God orders our steps (decides the outcome). I like the analogy my dad uses to illustrate this principle. I might say I choose of my free will to go out the front door of my house, but if God wants me to go out the back, He is fully capable to strike the front door with lightning setting it ablaze, and all of the sudden I change my mind and decide of my free will I will choose to go out the back door.

God’s power is not limited to influencing who we might vote for. He is also fully capable of swaying the mind of any leader to accomplish His will. Proverbs 21:1 (NLT) tells us that The king’s (The President’s) heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; He guides it wherever he pleases. God has a plan for this world that is so much bigger than our nation, and we can be sure of this…God’s plans will not be thwarted by the desires of mere man, His creation. As Psalm 100:3 (NKJV) points out Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves… It’s high time we begin to recognize the order of that relationship. Jesus pointed this out to Pilate when Pilate made the claim that Jesus should be more respectful of him seeing how he had the power to have Jesus crucified or set free. Jesus succinctly noted this was all true…but only because God had given the power to Pilate. Jesus was in effect saying, you only have the power because my Heavenly Father has need of you to judge as He wills you to. Ultimately God holds the balance of all of our lives in His hand…even those of the candidates. In the final analysis, He will have His sovereign will and way.

Finally let me say this, God has been using leaders of nations to accomplish His will for all of history. American history is no exception. The fact that we don’t always know what He is doing nor why He is doing it…is simply an indictment of our inability, not His. Our view of time is infinitesimal in comparison to His. Our frame of reference by which we decide what is good or bad for our lives, our nation, and the world around us is but an 80 or 90-year speck in time while He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Our understanding is infantile in comparison to His as He stated in Isiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

With all that I don’t know…and I will readily admit there is a lot I do not know or understand, I do know this. God is still supreme. King Jesus still sits on the Throne of Heaven. And the Holy Spirit abides with Christ followers and offers to them grace and a peace that surpasses their understanding in light of any and all the circumstances they may at times face. Furthermore, I also know that there has never been, nor will there ever be an election that will change any of those three facts. Whoever wins this election, or any to come…only wins because God has chosen to use them to accomplish His ultimate sovereign will, and I trust Him, so I am secure.

So now, trusting in the One who has never failed to fulfill His promises to you…Go be awesome!

With the Precision of a Surgeon, October 29, 2020

Hi, this is pastor Ken with my thoughts on a Thursday…A couple of years ago I had to undergo a very specialized lifesaving surgery. In times past this surgery regularly rendered people unable to regain full function and experience a complete recovery, but because the surgery saved lives it was still routinely performed. The reason the surgery left so many unable to see a full recovery was due to the involvement of some critical nerves. As careful as the surgeons were, they most often found themselves unable to perform the operation without causing permanent damage to these all important nerves. Thankfully by the time I needed it, surgeons and engineers had developed a way to perform the operation with the assistance of a robot. The surgeon who performed my operation literally did it from across the operating room utilizing a video screen and joysticks resembling those of a gaming system. Connected to the surgeon’s console was a robot securely anchored to the floor, and affixed to the perfectly stable robot was the scalpel guided with inhuman precision. When the surgery was completed the cancerous tumor was removed but he nerves were still intact. As expected when the recovery period was completed the doctors found that the nervous system had sustained only minimal impact. To date this is the most advanced way known to perform the surgery and literally thousands of people see incredible results compared with the past. Who knows what new innovations will come in the future, for now this is the best there is and yet it is still not perfect. I am grateful for the existence of it in my own lifetime and to the skilled surgeon who performed the operation on me. However, there is one who is infinitely better. One who’s scalpel never misses, and is always 100% accurate.

Hebrews 4:12 in the New King James Version reads as follows; For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

This verse tells us that the word of God is living and powerful. Some may ask what does it mean that the word is living, how can words on a page be living? It is in fact living in the following ways among others. First it is the word of the ever living God. No other book can make such a claim. All other written works are authored by someone who is deceased, or will someday be so. Only the Bible is authored by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16) who always was and always will be. God’s word will always stand as the word of the living God. Second anything that creates action must be alive. Notice I did not say that inspires action. The latter is the intent of many books. There is an entire genre of literature dedicated to self-help, but it is simply that, help that is intended to inspire the reader to make adjustments in their actions or thinking that will be of value, but the work must be enacted by the power of the reader. God’s word is infinitely different. It enables lasting and supernatural change within our lives. I couldn’t count the number of people who I personally know who attest to the fact, as do I, that the word of God has made possible for them things they could not formerly do in and of their own strength. In this way, being the power to cause change in our lives, the word of God is living. Finally, I will add to the argument that there is no other written word that can continue to grow in its depth and meaning beyond our ability, and in fact the ability of anyone to fully comprehend its complete and total meaning and application. How many times have you heard of or experienced the re-reading of passages of scripture, often well-known ones, that seem to have further and or new application to the life of the reader? Compound that with the omniscience of the Author who knowing the needs in advance was able to place the appropriate scripture, while giving new insight and revelation at the perfect moment in time. The word of God is indeed alive and powerful…

The scripture goes on to say that it is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow While the word sword may give a war-like connotation, and there is definitely value in that, as there is a constant war being waged against what God desires for us, and His word is certainly our best defense. There is also as the greater part of the analogy used here suggests, the implication of a scalpel in the hand of a surgeon. I love the clarity that the Amplified Version gives to this portion of the verse. It notes that the idea of piercing even to the division of soul and spirit indicates that God’s word is capable of cutting to the very completeness of a person. William MacDonald explains further that these are the two invisible, non-material parts of man, but which are undeniably existent in each of us. God’s word is able to transform the very heart of us, it is able to make the proud humble, and the weak strong. The analogy continues though as the scripture mentions that God’s word is also able to affect joints and marrow. The implication here is that God’s word is also powerful to create change in the physical part of us. The use of the words “joints and marrow” intimates that God’s word is effective in the changing of the very movement we make or in other words the things we do, as well as affecting the very life of our bodies. The marrow is the part of our skeletal structure that creates our blood cells, and God’s word tells us elsewhere that the life is in the blood.  God says of His word in Isiah 55:11 (NKJV) So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. God’s word is able to affect us in such a deep and complete way that what He purposes for us to do, we will do. His word affects our lives and actions in a profound way. Finally, this scripture goes on to say that God’s word is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. He and His word are both alive and powerful enough to work within the free will He has given to us, and still see that His ultimate will for our lives is accomplished.

As I recall now entering the hospital on that fall morning two years ago, I was not looking forward to the recovery but was thankful and excited about the prospect of undergoing the skilled surgeon’s scalpel firmly held by the robot that was being utilized. I understood that the precision to be employed by that process had the best chance available to me for a positive outcome. OK, I’ll admit I also thought the technology was kind of cool.

We should all be even more excited to go under the perfectly precise knife of God’s word. Mathew Henry said of it that “It powerfully, convicts, powerfully converts, and powerfully comforts.” I encourage you to look to it each and every day to allow its perfect operation in and on your own life. Allow it to cut to your deepest parts and remove from your life all that is not perfectly good for you.

So now, allowing the exceptionally skilled hand of your master to operate, go be awesome!

Through it All

Through It All

Hi, this is pastor Ken, and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…

 Job 36:15 (NLT) But by means of their suffering, he rescues those who suffer. For he gets their attention through adversity.

As the counseling pastor here at Crossroad, one question I have to deal with on a fairly consistent basis is “If God is in control, did He cause the difficulty I am experiencing to happen to me?” When the suffering the person sitting in front of me is experiencing is the direct result of sin, their own or someone else’s, the quick answer is easy. It is the longer more involved answer, the one they are searching desperately for…that is more difficult to help them accept.

Quick answer…No, God does not tempt or cause us or anyone else to sin. James 1:13 (NKJV) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. If that is true, then is God really in control? Yes…God does not cause anyone to sin, and so in that respect, He does not cause the pain of the consequences of sin to be inflicted upon us…but thankfully, neither will He waste it.

I am partial to the book of Job. It is among my favorites probably because God has used it to speak so very clearly into my own life. It is in fact where my ‘life verses’ come from. There is probably no better example in all of the Bible where we can learn so much about suffering. Our scripture for today teaches an incredibly important lesson about suffering and its value.

There is an old song penned and performed by Andree Crouch, ‘Through it All’,  that speaks to this very truth. The lyrics of the third verse of that song say, “I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through. For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do.”  Essentially that is the truth contained in today’s verse. God doesn’t cause our suffering, but He is willing to use it so that He can show himself strong in the midst of it, and get our attention in the process. God will use our suffering to teach us things He needs for us to grow in our relationship with Him. This has happened in my life, and I would imagine He has done it in yours as well. Those lessons are often so valuable and so emotionally expensive, that we tend to never forget them. Although we generally never come to a place where we invite suffering, and in some cases wish we could learn the lessons in a less painful way…any other way, those all important lessons give us reason to be grateful for the adversity.

The fact that this whole process takes place brings to mind another wonderful promise from scripture. Hebrews 2:18 (NLT) says Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. Jesus was perfect, He lived perfectly…but He didn’t have a perfect life. He was ridiculed and called crazy by His own family, He was ostracized and called demon possessed by His church leadership. He was mercilessly tempted by Satan, He was punished terribly for telling the truth, He was murdered because of yours and my wrongdoing. Yes, the sin of others caused Jesus a great deal of suffering. As a result, He is keenly aware of what that is like for you and me, and so uniquely suited to help us when we experience suffering at the hand of another’s sin.

Thankfully our final verses for today extend another promise of great hope when we are experiencing suffering because of the consequences of sin. Romans 8:35,37 (NLT) Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?… No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Nothing…nothing…nothing, not even the consequences of sin, ours or someone else’s perpetrated against us can ever separate us from Christ’s love for us. Nor will Christ allow us to experience suffering without the opportunity for victory to come about because of it. The purpose in the pain are the many imperative and valuable lessons He wants us to learn as a result.

Lord, we don’t like it when we suffer. We especially don’t like it when we suffer as a result of someone else’s sin. Help us to have a changed perspective. Help us to see that you didn’t cause the visitation of suffering on our lives, but you aren’t willing that it be wasted either. You desire that we learn many good lessons even from painful circumstances. Thank you Lord for such a love and care that desires our best even out of someone else’s worst. In Jesus powerful name, Amen

So now, seeking out the lessons…go be awesome!

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