Welcome to the weekend!
As I’ve been reading through the book of Revelation and watching global events unfold, I’ve been reminded how John encourages the churches to persevere and hold onto hope through their suffering.
It’s not a message we hear a lot, living in a first world nation. We don’t like suffering and spend more time trying to eliminate it. Yet, the faithful witness of the church to the work of Christ, in the face of persecution and death, leads the nations to fear the Lord and give him glory.
What a testimony of hope.
In our own seasons of suffering we too can persevere, pointing people to Christ, the grace of our redemption, the humility of the suffering servant, and the confidence of our returning king. May we be the faithful, praying voices for our brothers and sisters in Christ,
“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17).
This Week on the Blog
This Week in Articles
4 Principles of Effective Public Prayer This article, from Pat Quinn’s upcoming book on public prayer, helps us think through good principles of corporate prayer.
From the Well-Watered Woman blog, tips for helping us reoriented our bible study toward God rather than us.
On the messiness and beauty of the church.
Part of navigating life is balance, Sarah Butterfield writes,“at the heart of this tension is my desire to honor God with my time.” Find some practical tips in this article.