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  • In This World You Will Have Trouble: The Reality Of Persecution (John 15-17)

    (RNS2-jan8) Open Doors USA’s 2015 “World Watch List.” For use with RNS-CHRISTIAN-PERSECUTION, transmitted on January 8, 2014, Photo courtesy of Open Doors

    STORIES OF PERSECUTION: SUSAN IN UGANDA   John 15:18 – 16:3 “If you find that the world despises you, remember that before it despised you, it first despised Me. If you were a product of the world order, then it would love you. But you are not a product of the world because I have […]

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  • Permanent, Invisible Things

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    The year was 1951. It was Valentine’s Day and I (Ted Smith) was 3 ½ years old. My two brothers, Dick (11 yrs old), and Gary (7 yrs old), had just come home from a Cub Scout Party. Our family farm situated on the west shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, about five miles out […]

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  • Finding Stability in a Turbulent World

         The time: 52 AD, twenty years after Christ died and rose again to life.  Paul, writing under the direction of the Holy Spirit,  writes this second book to his dear friends at the church in Thessalonica — a church he had helped to start (ref. Acts 17:1-10).  Paul has received a report about […]

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  • I Can See The Moon

    My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon. — Japanese poet Masahide The advice of James in the first century translates very well into a 21st century offers the same challenges.       “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. As an example of patience in the […]

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  • The Joy of Trials

    James 1:1 “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.”      Two key cultural events that had a “scattering” effect:  Persecutions had begun, and a major famine had hit.  The persecution had scattered the Jewish Christians, and the famine had hit what […]

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