James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance... Romans 5:3
Do Persevere in Jesus
The whole structure of Revelation 1, 2, and 3 is about Jesus and his people, and how we are to persevere individually in Jesus and persevere collectively as Jesus' people. And he says that there will be tribulation. Until the day Jesus returns, there will be trouble, trial, and tribulation. So don't let it shock you, but let it compel you to persevere in Jesus, to hang in there.
This clip is excerpted from the sermon "A Message to Seven Churches," part #2 of our current sermon series, the Seven. This sermon was preached out of Revelation 1:9--20 by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church Downtown Bellevue and released online on April 22.
Watch the full sermon here: http://marshill.com/media/the-seven/a-message-to-seven-churches
Let the Storm Subside
By Joyce Meyer -
I have faced so many storms in my life, some like the quick afternoon storms that are common in the summertime and some that seemed like category four hurricanes!
If I have learned anything about weathering those storms, it has been that they don't last forever, and I don't need to make major decisions in the midst of them.
Thoughts and feelings run wild in the midst of crises, but those are exactly the times we need to be careful about making decisions. I often say to myself, "Let emotions subside before you decide."
We must remain calm and discipline ourselves to focus on doing what we can do and trust God to do what we can't do.
Instead of drowning in worry and fear, get in touch with God, who sees past the storm and orchestrates the big picture.
He makes sure everything that needs to happen in our lives happens at the right time, moves at the appropriate speed, and causes us to arrive safely at the destinations He has planned for us.
Psalm 46: 1-11
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Prayer Starter: God, I know that I can't control everything, so I will do what I can and trust You to do what I can't do. The storms of life do not control me. I trust Your plans for me.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4
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More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.3
Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.1
Of the 60 million people added to the world's towns and cities every year, most move to informal settlements (i.e. slums) with no sanitation facilities.6
780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.2
"[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns." 7
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.7
Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.2
More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.2,4,5
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Heroes of the Bible - Moses (Perseverance)
By: Bob Hoeller
I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me: The task of testifying to the good news of God's Grace. (Acts 20:24)