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Study of the Word

Scripture for the month:

October 2017 
Romans 5: 1-5 (NKJV) 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 

Pastor's Note

  

Throughout scripture, there's never been a Church or Christian who has not encountered troubled times.  We all face struggles, trials and temptations but I believe we can resolve any issue, dilemma or problem through prayer, perseverance and hope.  

Someone once said, "the concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less work, study or religion. He laughs at our work, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray". 
  
   Prayer delights God's ear, it melts His heart, it opens His hand. God will not deny a praying soul, what a friend we have in Jesus! Our ability to ask doesn't equal God's ability to answer our prayers. I believe prayer and turning to God is the answer for the troubles of our day.  We must persevere in prayer and hope.  I recently read about a young man who was born poor, his home was on the poor side of the tracks opposite a golf course.  He told himself one day he would be there.  In spite of what others told him, he dedicated himself to that goal.  He took a job helping the groundskeeper which led to his becoming a caddy.  When everyone else had gone home, he fashioned a putter from a soda bottle and a stick to practice putting.  That young man was Lee Trevino who won 29 PGA titles including two each of the three majors during his career.  My point is, persistent people know they can succeed where others fail because they keep putting one foot in front of the other, hoping for something that's yet to come.  
   
Brothers and sisters in Christ, God is offering us hope.  I read of a man who attended a Little League Baseball game. He asked a boy in the dugout what the score was - "18 to nothing, we're behind".  "You must be discouraged!" The boy replied, "why would I be discouraged, we haven't gotten up to bat yet".  
   
My friends, we're up to bat and though it may seem hopeless, we haven't lost yet and if you read the Word of God, you'll find out - in the end, WE WIN!  Live in the hope of prayer, persevere through whatever appears to be hopeless, press on in the hope found in Jesus Christ.  
 
Love,
Pastor Paul

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