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2013 was a very busy and fulfilling year for me, working in my ministry.
Those readers who’ve read some of my history, know that my life hasn’t been easy; and those who’ve followed along as I’ve described several of my adventures in ministry, know that 2013 was a year that brought me several difficult challenges.
I’ve said this before, but I believe that it bears repeating: life is hard, even for me, as a man of faith — I often wonder how people without faith are able to make it through life at all.
The challenges, pain, and sorrows that I face in life are exactly the same challenges, pain, and sorrows that I would face if I weren’t a man of faith.
I believe that my witness to other Christians; my witness to the world; and my witness to you is that, as a man of faith, I don’t have to face them alone.
In other words, my witness is that even though bad things happen to me, just like they do to everyone else, God’s Holy Spirit is with me, to help me view and respond to challenges, pain, and sorrows from an eternal, faith perspective, instead of from a temporal, earthly one.
I know in my heart that God loves every one of us, and God never causes evil to happen. In fact, God will always find a way to make “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
In other words, if we are following Christ, God will find a way to use even the most horrible, evil, sinful things that happen to us to bring us closer to him, because that is his ultimate goal.
If you are a person of faith, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
If you’re not a person of faith, I pray that God will be revealed to you in this new year, so that you, too, will love God and be called according to His purpose.
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