We live in era not much different from times past. We have far more people, and our technology is more advanced, but people have not changed. So life under the sun remains much the same.
We are fallen. Therefore, if we strive to stand with Jesus, accept His offer to be our Savior, there will be a price. Jesus offers salvation freely to those who believe in Him, but those who deny Him resent it when others choose to love and obey Him.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Relate: Two slices and a drink. It cost me nine lira. At the time that was about $2.25 in US currency. This was my Christmas dinner back in 2016. It was the first time in months that I was able to “splurge” and do something nice for myself. Two weeks later I really went hog wild crazy. For my birthday I bought myself a new shirt (20 lira) and went out to eat again (15 lira this time). My financial trial that had been…
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