Our Father breaks us down before building us up. He discourages before encouraging. He afflicts before healing. He sometimes withers the fledgling plant under the scorching heat of persecution to drive its roots deeper into Christ. He works this way in the various seasons of our lives – a job loss, humbling, then he makes provision; sickness, praying, then healing, or not healing but persevering grace and joy triumphing over circumstances.
From the Pastor's Desk
I have no doubt that if we more sincerely believed in forbearance, forgiveness, and love, if we lived them more consistently by the power of Christ, we would find bitterness quenched in our marriages. Relationships with other believers would begin to reach their potential for mutual edification and unity. The Lord would bless fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, to resolve conflicts before the home is consumed with the fires of hurt and division. Above all, our Savior would be glorified, his cross held high, and his transforming power brought to bear upon our lives.