The cost and reward of faith

The life of a Christian can be a long, dark journey through a world that is not our home. A road fraught with peril, with precious few signs along the way.

Thieves, barbarians and narcissists salivate at the thought of innocent blood. In hate and hubris, they rape, torture, abuse, pillage, plunder, enslave, humiliate and slaughter God’s people.

In this world, righteous men are cast as villains; barbarians and murderers as victims and heroes. Wicked men prosper while good men perish. Innocent life is stolen away while the cruel and callous rejoice in their longevity.

This life is not for the faint of heart. Following Christ comes with a steep cost.

So, is it worth it?

Absolutely. Without question.

When darkness encroaches, when your world is crashing down around you, when wicked men rejoice over you, trust Him who breathed you into existence to bring you through the fire; to form something beautiful from the ashes.

Stand strong in your faith! The battle is already won!

Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the author and perfecter of our faith, the King who reigns over all of creation, holds the spark of every faithful soul in the palm of His hand. He is in us, and we are in Him. He is our guide and our King. He is loving father, faithful friend, and powerful protector.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, an end and a beginning, His name is JESUS.

This present darkness will not last. Draw close to Christ, stand strong and brave and victorious in His wonderful light!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Christian Heritage Month… and maybe a little something for the men too

With months devoted to recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women, various ethnic groups, and more, it is way past time that we devote a month to celebrating Christians and Christianity.

Christianity is the foundation of western society – the freest, most peaceful, charitable, healthy, just, and inclusive society the world has ever known.

Christianity champions freedom of thought, religion and expression. Justice, truth and responsibly. Stewardship of the environment and innovation.

Christianity recognizes the inherent value of all human life and affirms the equality of all – regardless of race, gender, or anything else.

Science, philosophy, technology, medicine, the arts, and law all flourish because our Judeo-Christian foundation encourages and supports thinkers, innovators, dreamers, and creators.

Simply put, where Christianity goes, society flourishes. Lives improve. Peace reigns.

This should be honored.

And like Christianity, a month to recognize the contributions of men – white included – is far past due. As of now, we have entire generations that have only seen themselves portrayed as history’s villains – which could not be further from the truth.

We can do better. And we should. We can start now.