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Happy Faces Welcome!

1  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 (NKJV)

Life is tough.  We would all be foolish to deny it. There are times when we just want to rollover and give up. But thank God...rather, praise to God, He never gives up. One of the greatest attributes of God is that He has all authority over all things. The Bible tells us, "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13 NKJV). This means we must deduce that even in the severest of trial God is aware of our plight. He is there with us.

Colossians 3:2 above gives us the answer for making it through everyday events, "Set y…

Jailed! It Can't Happen in America!

The Apostle Paul spent a lot of time in prison. Surely he had ample time to think seriously about his relationship to God and whether the chains he found himself in meant anything of real worth. Do you think Paul thought it was it really worth it? Why didn't he just QUIT?

In one epistle and as a minister of the gospel he recounts his painful and trying service for Jesus to those false teachers who liked to boast in their exploits for their own glory (cp. 2 Corinthians 11:18-20). He states that if he were to stoop to their level of boasting he could say:

"...in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the cit…