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Reverend Scott Hannah, Pastor
Sermon September 20, 2020
Sermon topic: "Empowered Living in Threatening Times"
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   "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work,that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." (James 1 2-4)

   Have all the events of 2020 put you under seemingly unbearable pressure? Do you feel stressed and at the end of your rope? Are people getting on your last nerve? Tired? Frustrated? I think we are all feeling the weight of the many trials we are all experiencing.  We see many bad things.  Can anything good come from this time of upheaval in our lives?

   According to God's Word, the answer is a big yes. This trying and tribulation produces patience and endurance.  We need to be patient in our current atmosphere. Uncertainty and lack of compassion and genuine concern for others has worn people thin. Anger, deception, and absolute hate cause people to act with violence or plain indifference. Be patient. Why should we be patient with some of these people?

   Remember, God is so patient with us! Even when we do really stupid, selfish stuff. Patience is produced through enduring difficulty and trying times. So, we ought to be really patient right now, right? Allow God to develop a godly patience in you today, both for your benefit and the benefit of those around you.  Without patience, every little inconvenience robs us of our peace and blessing.  In the midst of our troubles, let us learn to be long suffering and treat people with love of Christ.

Bro. Scott