Think of the Benefits

June 11, 2018



A few weeks ago, we had some 11 year old girls over to the house for my daughter's birthday party.  I was hanging out inside and the girls were outside in the backyard.  When we looked out the window we could see that they were having a blast picking all of the dead dandelions and blowing the seeds all over the yard.  This was great for next years crop of dandelions but terrible for my wanting a weed free yard.  In Acts 8, we read about how the church began to transition from a local community to a community that would begin to spread across the continent.


"A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria. 2 (Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.) 3 But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison. 4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went."


It is amazing to me that whenever someone tried to wipeout Christianity, that it actually had the opposite effect.  Because the church was persecuted, it scattered, and it flourished.  Perhaps you are in the middle of something difficult or challenging.  Please don't think of it as having bad luck or a sour disposition.  Begin to think of the benefits that could come from the trials you are currently in.


With sincere love for each of  you,


Pastor Jon

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