Celebrate the Living Savior!
OUR MISSION IS TO MAKE JESUS-FOLLOWERS WHO
LOVE GOD, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND SERVE THE WORLD
Pastor's Thoughts (January 22nd)
“Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
Are you feeling joyful? It is difficult to have joy during trials. James tells us here to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. We have had trials of many kinds over the past ten months. Some have lost jobs. Some of have been sick with the virus. Some have lost family and friends because of the virus.
James tells us that the testing of our faith produces perseverance. That means not giving up. Have you felt like giving up? We will always have trials, but it does seem as if trials are the norm these days.
If we do not give up, we will be mature and complete, lacking nothing. If we have everything in the world and do not know Jesus, we have nothing. If we have Jesus and nothing in this world, we have everything.
Rejoice in God and know that trials are temporary. Eternity is a long time.