A Message for the Messenger Online Bible Conference – Day 6

This is the last and final day of A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Conference! While I’ve enjoyed doing this, and there have been some excellent posts from my guest posters (here, here, here, here & here), I am going to finish this with a post on humility, written by myself. Thank you all for participating in A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Conference and for contributing to make it a great turnout. And special thanks to my guest posters (view profiles here, here, and here).
How often do we hear people tell us to be humble or show humility? And how often do we actually know what they are talking about?

Humility seems to be something that Jesus stressed a lot. So why aren’t people being more humble?

Look at the two most important commandments to fulfill that Jesus gives to the Pharisees when they tried to trap Him: “Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (Matt. 22:37-40).” Love your neighbor as yourself. The reason this is important is because our natural fleshly desire is to put us first, to satisfy our desires first, and to think of our needs as more crucial than someone else’s. If you love someone as much as yourself, you will want to put them first, satisfy their desires first, and you will finally think of their needs as more crucial than yours. But how do you achieve this level of humility? It’s not something that you can instantly start doing. No, this is a disciplined task. It requires you to purpose to do it, and then to have the endurance and perseverance to keep at it. It is something where you have to know why you’re doing it. Why do you have to know? If you are doing something for no reason and no purpose, you will fail shortly after you’ve begun.

So, during this post, I want to discuss three things: What humility is, why humility is important, and how you get humility.

What is Humility?
In my mind, humility is the act of belittling yourself (in an appropriate and reasonably proportioned way) so that you are not looked upon as being overly important or powerful wrongly. But a part of being a humble Christian is using humility to our advantage. When we are truly humble and are not drawing attention to ourselves, what should we be drawing attention to? God! But read this: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him (Matt. 6:5-8).” Do not draw attention to God like a pagan would or a hypocrite would; draw attention to Him quietly and secretly. This may seem like an oxymoron, but people notice when you’re not with the rest of the crowd. I think this is what we are supposed to be doing as Christians. We are supposed to be the light in the world that other people can look at and want to like them and be with them.
Humility serves as yet another tool for Christians. By focusing attention away from them and onto Christ, it gives us the chance to help people without drawing all sorts of uncared-for attention. We can help people by praying, working, or providing. This kind of help can benefit in all sorts of unpredictable ways, not forgetting that God will be pleased by our actions.

Why is Humility Important?
Humility is primarily important because God instructs us to be. We don’t need all the attention that the world says we do. What do we need then? 1.) God, 2.) a church in which we can grow and learn, 3.) friends or relatives that can encourage and motivate us in our Christian walk. These are the three primary things that we need, besides the obvious physical needs.

But, like in my case, if people give you an adequate amount of attention, why would you want to practice and exercise humility? There are two reasons that come to mind: 1.) No one starts off center-stage and famous. It starts with one song, discovery, publication, etc. for someone to become famous. Having well-exercised humility is handy to have in a situation such as those, so that you are not carried away by sudden fame and popularity. 2.) If you have no plans or reasons to become famous soon (such as myself), a practice of humility is good when receiving everyday compliments. These kinds of compliments (e.g. “nice tie”, “you did really well in that play”, “I like your shoes”, etc.) give you the perfect opportunity to brag or show off. It is easy to be ostentatious when you receive such a compliment as the above. You can easily come up with reasons why they are right (e.g. “Yes, it’s the best brand”, “Well, you know, I did take theatre for four years”, “these shoes are three-hundred dollars!”, etc.)
I can remember times that I’ve bragged, and then times that I’ve corrected a false compliment. One time someone said that they liked my shoes, and asked how much they cost. Truthfully, I told them that they originally cost $400. They were stunned. Smiling, I proceeded to tell them that I bought them for $14 from a resale shop. This is an example on how you can “correct” praise. They were surprised at the cost of my shoes, but it was unworthy surprise and praise. It is nice to have humility in times like that. Unfortunately, I do not practice humility very often. I do need to exercise it more, though.

How do you get Humility?
Probably the best way is to practice exercising it around everyday compliments. That way if you are ever in an overwhelming situation in which you are receiving incomprehensible amounts of praise, you can easily use your humble reflexes and turn their praise around if it’s false, and turn it to God if it’s not. There is an issue here that might need to be addressed, but I will save that for another time.

A Final Note
Humility isn’t just correcting and deflecting praise; it is definitely also returning praise, and putting others first. This act makes you become inferior so-to-speak, and holds the other person higher than yourself. I struggle with this, and have the need to exercise humility much more. But when you’re in line, let the person before you go ahead. Show acts of kindness and, in doing so, you will mirror the image of Christ in your actions.

A Message for the Messenger Online Bible Conference – Day 5

Well, our week is almost over, and we’ve had two posts on faith (here, here), one on humility (here), and one on perseverance and endurance (here). Today, I have the last guest post for this week before I finish the conference, Sophie19, writing on endurance and perseverance!

 

“I AM NOT A WRITER. I just wanted to get that out of the way so that there would be no expectations. Not only did Ryan ask me to contribute to his one year conference, for which I am honored, but he also positioned my post AFTER several deep, well written and thought provoking theological posts. So, though I may not write as eloquently as those before me, I do have things to talk about, and thus accepted his offer.

I have what I call, “My List”. If you have ever watched Veggie Tales, then you may recall a particular episode where Larry referenced his own list, and it was an never ending assortment of things that he did not like or of which he was fearful. That’s where I got the concept from, except mine is a list of hot button items. Ryan asked me to write about perseverance/endurance, which is not really on my list except that I must endure those things which get on my nerves. If he invites me back, I’ll go over my list in detail. Despite what my family says, I’m sure I’m not the ONLY person who HATES to see people throw their cigarettes out the window. Am I right? And there’s lots more where that came from!

OK, being serious now. I have a confession. This post will NOT be about perseverance or endurance, actually. I will try to tie that in somehow to say that I gave it a shot, but, in truth, if I have a limited window of opportunity to speak to an audience of young people, I would like to be more selective in what I have to say.

Those who know me know that I abhor small talk. If something needs to be said, say it, but spare me any information that is not relevant and skip the intellectual talk. One of the tips that C.S. Lewis gave to aspiring writers was “Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one” and that is my philosophy as well.

With that in mind, I have four points that I want to present for your consideration. These are items that either I wish I had concerned myself with more in my younger years or that I have grown to see the importance of as I have grown. I have many more points, but these are the ones that you get today, and they are in no particular order of importance. And yes, they are on my list!

1. Care about current events. Do you have a credible news source that you can follow? If not, find one. (NOT CNN, N.Y. Times, Washington Post, or any other liberal slanted mainstream source.) As Christians, we need to know what is happening in the world so that we can take a stand against things that grieve God. So that we can make an educated vote for Christian politicians who will make wise and ethical decisions for our country. So that we know how to be in prayer for situations in the world. When we sit idly by, unaware or too busy to notice, Satan’s army is actively at work, and before you know it, gay marriage is allowed in our country. WE allowed that to happen, among many of the other things in our country that have quietly crept in. Also, God so loved the world, and so should we. How can we love people we don’t care about or know anything about?

2. Flee pornography. If you have not already, you WILL be faced with this. There’s not ONE GOOD THING that can come of it. It destroys lives and families. Just ask Josh Duggar. He had EVERY earthly thing one could desire, and now his life is ruined. And the whole “boys will be boys” thing is one of Satan’s lies. God has a higher standard for men and young men. He calls you to flee from immorality and to turn your eyes from looking upon worthless things. Pornography is an addictive tool of the enemy to snare boys and men, particularly Christians, to prevent them from being the Godly man they are called to be. JUST DON’T DO IT. And if you are a man or young man utilizing the internet without accountability, you are setting yourself up for failure. God provides a way out when we are tempted, but why allow a temptation that you can prevent with a filter or with a person to hold you accountable for where you go while on the internet? Your future wife will thank you, and I guarantee that that will be on the list of questions when courtship comes around in our house.

3. Know what you believe and why. This is in the top 5 on my list. Do you really know why you believe in God? If someone asked you why you believe that the Bible is real, could you tell them? Church leaders are distressed because the young people in churches are growing up and leaving their faith once they get to college. The answer, in my opinion, is really quite simple. There are many intelligent, articulate, well researched people in this world who will happily try to convince you that the Bible is a collection of fairy tales, that evolution and creation can co-exist, and that the God of the New Testament is just fine with gay marriage, and unless you have a strong, biblical foundation, you will be at a loss for how to counter their slick arguments. OWN YOUR FAITH. Do not spout what your parents have said as a reason why you believe this or that. Research it for yourself and KNOW why you believe.

4. If you want to, like, be taken, like, seriously, then, like, present yourself in a way that inspires people to treat you that way. EVERY THING YOU DO says something about you. Likewise, EVERY THING YOU DO is part of your testimony. The Bible says we are to be set apart from the world. Do you dress like the world? Are you worried about the latest trends and fashions? Do you allow modesty to take a back seat to style? Do you speak like the world? Do you allow “certain words” to season your speech just to fit in? Do not allow modern slang and filler words to dominate your speech. Watch what you say on the internet. When I want to know more about a specific person I don’t know very well, the first thing I do is look them up on Facebook and view their “likes” and their music and entertainment choices. I make a preliminary assessment of that person based upon what I find. And from what I’ve read, prospective colleges and employers are doing the same thing. Will they find someone whose likes and comments are consistent with the world’s? Likewise, if you write a blog, “little things” like spelling and grammar DO make a huge difference as to whether or not someone finds what you say credible or whether or not you come across as being lazy and not doing your best because you didn’t take the time to edit your work before posting. You are a representative of Christ and most of you probably are representatives of homeschooling. Many people already have a negative opinion of homeschooling, and you are adding fuel to that fire by not cleaning up your posts. All this to say, think really hard (and care) about what other people see when they look at you or what other people think when they hear you speak or read what you’ve written. Many unsaved people are put off by Christians who behave no differently than they do.

That’s all I have for today, folks. If you are still reading at this point, thanks for enduring this post. You are applauded for your perseverance. Ha! I told you I’d work that in.”

A Message for the Messenger Online Bible Conference – Day 4

A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Conference started four days ago, and we’ve already had two guest speakers come and go. However, today is not like any of the other days. Today is the day that A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Study is celebrating. Today is A Message for the Messenger’s 1st year Anniversary!

Anyway, today I have with brought to us a very special guest speaker, who has written on the topic of humility: First time guest poster, my Dad!
“One of my favorite scenes in The Andy Griffith Show is when Barney is practicing his acceptance speech for an award he (mistakenly) believes he is about to receive (season 1 episode 25). “With humbleness and humility” is the line he uses that sends me into laughter. Why? Because Barney Fife is one of the least humble characters on the show. His pride has placed him in more than one difficult situation. The Bible has much to say about how true “humbleness and humility” can help us not only avoid unpleasant situations, but actually grow in our walk with God.

The first thing we need to realize is that we can accomplish nothing without God. Colossians 1:16 (all Scripture references from the NLT) “…God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.” everything we have – including our abilities – is from God alone. To think we can accomplish something great from our own resources is pride at best and blasphemy at worst. Not only do we have to realize that God gave us every talent and ability we have, but He gave them to us to use for His glory. 1 Peter 4:10-11 “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another… Then everything you do will bring glory to God…”.

Next, the consequences of pride (the opposite of humility) are real, dangerous, and severe. The Proverbs are full of warnings about the consequences of pride: It leads to disgrace (11:6), conflict (13:10), destruction (16:18), and humiliation (29:23). On top of that God uses the word “hate” to describe His feeling about it (8:13). To have so many and such clear warning about something and continue to do them is foolish to say the least.

In contrast to the warnings about pride are the benefits of humility. Proverbs 11:2 and 29:23 list wisdom and honor respectively as consequences of humility and 22:4 even lists riches and a long life! Some people are motivated by positives and some by negatives; God provides plenty of both in His Proverbs.

So how do we exhibit true humility? Certainly not by telling everyone how humble you are! One of my favorite verses about humility is Proverbs 27:2 “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not your own lips.” I had that verse written on a tool I used every day at work and looked at it multiple times every day. One of the biggest honors I ever received was when I was offered the position I have now at the company I work for. I never told them how awesome I was (or thought I was), but word got to them through others that I had the skills and abilities that they were looking for. “Someone else praising me” led to me having a very rewarding position and the favor of the company. It can be tempting to shout to the world the accomplishments you have attained, but it is far better to have others do it for you.

If you will simply do what you are supposed to do every day – whether it is doing your chores, your school work, or your tasks at work – with dilligence and a good attitude and remember it is God that gave you the ability to do those things in a way no other person can, you will be on the path to accomplish amazing things for God’s glory.

Thank you, Ryan, for the opportunity to share this with your readers!”

A Message for the Messenger Online Bible Conference – Day 3

If you have not been out here for the last two days, you should catch up with our excellent posts on faith. But for today, I have with us a guest blogger, speaking on endurance and perseverance,  who celebrated her first year anniversary of blogging only four days ago, Lauren S. from Defying Depravity!
“Endurance. Perseverance. The two words sound so intimidating, as if they could only be upheld and kept by the strongest and wisest of people. They’re so neglected by this generation. Endurance and perseverance imply hard work and waiting, both of which the people of today shun with disgust. But what do these words really mean? Are they really so far out of reach? Can I, weak and unwise, have them?

Endurance and perseverance are defined according to Webster’s as follows:

Endure: 1.Tolerate
2.Suffer
3. Survive

Perseverance: persist in spite of obstacles

That seems beyond intimidating, right? I mean, how many of us are strong enough, or have the will to persist in spite of obstacles? How many of us are patient enough to tolerate something and suffer through it? I admit that I do not have endurance or perseverance in certain areas of my life. But does that mean I can never have it? No.

I want to look at my personal favorite reference to endurance and perseverance – Heb. 12:1-3: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

To summarize, this passage specifically mentions that we are to run this race of life with perseverance, and it gives Jesus’ race as a testimony of endurance.

These two terms are so closely related, and frequently used interchangeably, but have two different meanings. But yet, they go hand in hand. So for the moment, I want to specifically zero in on endurance.

When we speak of endurance, we immediately think of hard, challenging sufferings, and it makes us a little more than squeamish. We don’t want to face challenges, especially if it involves suffering! But yet, we wouldn’t have to “endure” anything if it wasn’t hard and painful. So yes, endurance does mean suffering. Without suffering, there could be no endurance.

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? Heb. 12:7

There’s that “endurance” word again, right next to the word “hardship”! Linking back to vs. 1-3, we see that Jesus “endured the cross”, and “endured such opposition from sinners”. Yet again, we see endurance associated with suffering and hardship. Okay, so now that we see that we will suffer, and we need to have endurance even through the hardships, how do we have endurance?

I’ll answer my question with another question: How did Jesus have endurance? V. 2b, For the joy set before him he endured he cross… Joy. He had the joy of knowing that in the end, the pain would all be worth it. Once He had accomplished His intentions on the cross, and made a way for eternal fellowship between God and man, it would be worth everything He had suffered through in the meantime. He endured opposition from the ones He was trying to redeem. That couldn’t have possibly been anywhere close to joy. But He saw the joy at the end of the road of pain, and decided that He was willing to pay the price. And thus, He had endurance. He was able to tolerate it, to suffer, and he survived.

In our hardships, in our trials, we tend to focus completely on how terrible we’ve got it, of how awful our situation or circumstance is. We forget that there is joy at the end of the road of suffering, and we forget to look to it. We can even have joy as we are in a hardship, knowing that in the end, it will all be worth it.

Now, to switch gears and shift over to perseverance. We’ve already gone over the definition of perseverance, so let’s look back at the passage in Heb. 12. V.1b, And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us… Well, how are we supposed to run with perseverance? V. 2a, …fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. There you have it. Fix your eyes on Jesus.

Okaaay… what does that look like? How do we “fix our eyes on Jesus”?

I like to picture those blinders the horses wear sometimes, that come on either side of their eyes, so that they can only see straight ahead. They’ve got their eyes fixed on the road ahead of them, rather than letting their eyes drift to things like that delectable grass on the side of the road. They don’t get distracted by any obstacles on the side of their path.

The same principle applies here. Put your blinders on. Perseverance is defined as “persisting in spite of obstacles” – you can’t see the obstacles of distraction on the side of your path if you have your blinders on, so you can keep your eyes on the road in front of you.

Here’s where perseverance and endurance go hand in hand. When we go through a hardship, we tend to get distracted by the details of the circumstance. Even these little distractions remove our eyes from Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, and cause us to be hindered. We need endurance to bear the suffering, and perseverance to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb. 1b-3)”

A Message for the Messenger Online Bible Conference – Day 2

Welcome back to A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Conference! Today I have with us another special speaker, talking on the subject of faith also. Please welcome Tye Beavers! (Tye Beavers has done another guest post here.)

Faith

“I think there are quite a few words we use too casually. The one I would like to focus on today is ‘faith’. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as ‘confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see’. Faith is the act of believing without seeing. I catch myself feeling that my faith would be stronger if I could see God’s plan or path for me. By definition, that would involve no faith! If faith requires not seeing the path ahead, stronger faith would require more belief or more confidence in a path even more unknown.

Hebrews 11 goes on to describe the men (and women) of great faith from the Old Testament. Don’t worry; I’m not going to cover them all, but I’d like to talk about two.

Noah’s faith has always amazed me. We don’t know how long he and his family spent working on the ark, but it wasn’t a weekend project. In Genesis 6, the Lord gave detailed directions on sizing, and Noah made it happen. The length of the ark was about 450 feet, and the width was about 75 feet. We are talking about a wooden boat longer than a football field! Some people believe that it hadn’t even rained prior to the flood. Even if it had, they had never had something so monumental as a world-wide flood before. Here is Noah, building a massive wooden structure, so he and his family can ‘survive’ this coming ‘flood’. Can you imagine the ridicule he and his family must have endured?

From my human mind, it seems like there are a thousand ways God could have destroyed mankind (disease, fire from heaven, or simply striking them dead). Why did He have to choose something so dramatic, so big? Why did it have to involve so much work for His servant Noah? It wasn’t so God could know how much faith Noah had, as I believe God has foreknowledge of everything that will occur. I believe the answer lies in building Noah’s faith. If we see the path clearly in front of us, then it’s too easy to trust in ourselves. If our future is in doubt, and we don’t know how we will handle issues that come up, it helps us see God as our Helper and our God. We understand how weak and powerless we are, and how strong He is.

I would like to cover another man’s life from Hebrews 11. Verse 22 refers to Joseph’s faith that God would keep His promise and move the Israelites back to their own land. Joseph was a young man who was rebuked by his father for a dream the Lord sent. He was sold into slavery by his brothers and shipped to Egypt. He was lied about by Potiphar’s wife, and imprisoned by Potiphar. We don’t know how long he was in prison, but after he was sent to prison, the king’s cupbearer and his baker were sent to prison as well. When they each had a dream, Joseph gave them the interpretations, but not before acknowledging the Lord. The cupbearer’s dream told that he would be restored to his position, and Joseph asked that he speak on his behalf. The cupbearer quickly forgot Joseph for 2 more years. It wasn’t until the king needed him that he was let out to interpret the king’s dream. Again, Joseph said he couldn’t interpret dreams, but God could.

Here is a man who has honored God, and tried to please him, and he was rebuked by his father, sold by his brothers, imprisoned by his master, and forgotten by his cellmates! If anyone had an excuse to believe God had forgotten him, or doubt his faith, Joseph was your man. In the midst of all his trouble, he kept his faith in the Lord, and he ended up a ruler in Egypt. At the end of his life, he told his family to carry his bones back to Israel when they went. He knew God had promised to give that land to Abraham and his children, and he knew his God was faithful. Even though all of his family was in Egypt, God had promised his grandfather, and he knew God kept His promises. He knew his descendants would go back to Israel, and claim the land God had promised them.

It is easy to think we have faith when we see the next step, but that’s not faith at all. Faith is not knowing what God has next for us, but following His plan anyway.”

** All Scriptures were taken from the NIV.

A Message for the Messenger Online Bible Conference – Day 1

Today is the start of A Message for the Messenger’s One Year Anniversary celebration week! As I said in a previous post (here), I will be having five guest speakers with us this week. To begin the conference, I have here a speech Taylor B. composed on the topic of “Faith”. So join me, if you will, for the first day of A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Conference!

“‘Hear my prayer, O Lord! And let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress; incline your ear to me; in the day when I call answer me quickly. For my days have been consumed in smoke, and my bones have been scorched like a hearth. My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, indeed, I forget to eat my bread. Because of the loudness of my groaning my bones cling to my flesh. I resemble a pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places. I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.’ (Ps. 102:1-7)

David is, after Jesus Himself, my favorite character in the entirety of Scripture to read after. He was so undeniably, unashamedly human, and his psalms cry out to meet us in our struggles. As I read through the Psalms, over and over I come to a psalm like the above one and say, “Yes, I’ve felt that way before!” Then, perhaps another day we see a psalm like 100, where we see the joy and worship evident in David’s words and again, we think “Yes, yes, yes, I know that feeling!”

In David’s humanness, I see two things really come alive from it. The first is David’s faith. David’s faith was no rationally thought through, neat little package tied up with a bow that he talked about on Sundays. David’s faith was a reckless reliance on God that David exercised with such apparent rashness (for example, 1 Sam. 17 against Goliath) as to put God on trial. David’s faith forced him to put God in a position where he would be lost if God did not come through for him.

See, when David walked out to battle a giant towering 3 1/2 feet above him, he had no promise of God that we see recorded in Scripture that God would protect him. Instead, we see him walk out, seemingly rashly, and put God to the test. If God had not come through for David, he would have been the one bleeding in the sand at the end of the battle, not Goliath.

What we see David do, from a teenager to an old man fleeing from his rebel son Absalom, is exercise a faith in God, regardless of circumstances. Despite massive moral failures and incredibly low times, David clung, with a faith some would call irrational, to God with a fervency that I can only pray that I will one day have. Despite the feelings such as those he wrote at the top of this article, He clung, resolutely to his God and his faith in a one day Messiah.

But there’s a second quality that this clinging to faith personifies as well, a rugged perseverance that defies human explanation. For example, in Ps. 22, David opens the chapter with a salvo of personal anguish, expressing his own low estimation of himself, the apparent desertion of God, David’s repeated depression, and his shattered reputation. Possibly the best description of the psalm is the small, italic text recorded underneath Ps. 22 by my Bible publishers that says simply, “A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise”. This is indeed the heart-rending cry of a crushed servant.

But a psalm of praise? If you read from 22-31, we see an incredible song of praise come from David about the very God who has seemingly deserted him. David is praising, despite his depressing circumstances and unsure future. David is desperately clinging to his faith, through the hardest times, with a stubbornness incredible to see recorded.

Life is going to hurt. Any life lived for Christ is going to drag us down sometimes. But in those hard times, seen or unseen, God is there. And the rugged clinging to God that David shows should be our aim. Praise Him in the storms that surround us, and recognize His sovereign hand in the events in our lives, whether or not we may find them pleasant. Because He is worthy.”

A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Conference

Hey, quick announcement! In 13 days A Message for the Messenger will be celebrating it’s One Year Anniversary! To celebrate, I will be having a six-day Bible Conference online (starting Monday, the last week of September). To do that, I will be having five speakers, including myself, give a written article on three subjects: 1.)Faith, 2.)endurance & perseverance, and 3.)humility. If you would like more information on this, just drop a comment below and I will try to answer it best I can. Please join me in two weeks for the beginning of A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Conference!