Trouble in and of itself is not good. However, God can and does bring many good things out of our trouble. One of those things is a greater appreciation for the Bible.
Back in the 1970s, a young pastor I knew well was forced to face the problem of racism in his church. It was a question of whether a black church and its members should be invited to a so-called community-wide Thanksgiving service. He believed that God loved everyone and therefore, God’s church should welcome everyone, regardless of their color.
In spite of the lack of support from other ministers in the community, and the people in his own church, he invited everyone. As a result, his home received bomb threats, his children were harassed at school, and he and his family were shunned. At the first meeting for business following Thanksgiving, he was immediately fired…
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