Thursday, August 18, 2011


THE WORLD AROUND US SEEMS TO BE FALLING apart at a record place. Add to that our Scripture passage for this coming week, Revelation 8:1-13, and we must wonder if we will ever see any good in the near future. Looking at our nation's economic woes, the wars and rumors of war in places like Syria (see the renewed US sanctions) and in some of our newest countries like South Sudan, and add to that the drought that has been affecting the American Southwest, and one has to wonder if this is truly the beginning of the birth pangs of the End Days. (Matthew 24:1-8)

And yet, a closer look at the Scripture in question and we can see the grace of God still at work. I don't wish to "give-away" too much of the message I am working on for this Sunday's installment of "Hope During the Hard Times," but I would like to have us consider the grace of God even in the midst of the blowing of the trumpets of judgment (Revelation 8:6-13.) Once again the Lord seems to leave a remnant of His creation to stand. Even in the hardest of times God provides places of hope. Even as the eagle cries out, "Woe! Woe! Woe!" (Revelation 8:13) there is the reality that God is at work, His grace is still abounding, and there is hope, even in the darkest of times.

So, let us not give up hope, rather let us look for the measures of grace with which God lavishes each and every day, and let us give thanks for His amazing grace!
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