“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3. knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:2-3). We all deal with “divers temptations” or various trials from time to time. As long as we live on this earth, hard times will come our way. How we handle those issues show our character and maturity in Christ.
There are a lot of Christians in the world who are no longer involved in the church. Some of them left for very specific reasons. But some of them didn’t leave for any reason at all, they simply fell away. Maybe they just didn’t feel like going one Sunday morning. One week turned into two, and two weeks turned into three. Before they knew it, they had been away from the church for years. Now they are afraid to come back. They are afraid they will be scolded and criticized, and they just can’t bear to face their brothers and sisters. I am confident there are many Christians wondering right now, “If I come back, will you welcome me with open arms?”
On Thursdays during the lunch time at the correctional center in Pacific, I normally set up a table with tracts and correspondence courses with the hope of interacting with the offenders. Sometimes no one stops at all, but more often lately many will stop and speak. Recently, several began the courses that we offer.
Most of the people that I have come in contact with and gotten to know want to be accepted. They want someone to think of them as important in some way, to feel like they matter to someone
Last week we were blessed to have a great Gospel Meeting with Andy Brewer. Friday through Sunday we spent time in the Word of God coming to understand what the difference is between The Church and other Christian religious groups. I would like to take this opportunity to recap the wonderful lessons that were given.