Friday, August 30, 2013

Our good friend Trent Culver has some wise words for us--a great "Me Too" addition to the Men's Blog. Enjoy.

--Dan Foote


Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that 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

We resist adversity. Should we? God uses adversity in our lives to create character and wisdom and to draw us and others to His light.

"His light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5
Perhaps I'm too thick headed, stubborn or stupid to seek God in good circumstances. 

Why is it easier to contemplate and consider God when I'm off center and otherwise out of balance?

Is this indicative of the human condition?

Christ died while we were still sinners. He didn't come for the healthy, he came for the sick. It is much harder, perhaps impossible, to acknowledge my utter dependence on Christ when I perceive myself healthy.

On a base understanding of God, this makes no sense. This world, by itself, offers nothing of eternal significance.  

"Every good and perfect gift comes from above" (James 1:17).

God brings eternal significance to our lives. Without Him, we are nothing. Our lives and relationships carry no lasting meaning without Christ. Our earthly circumstances, good or bad, are irrelevant when related to eternity.

-- Trent Culver

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