Sunday, November 5, 2017

WOMEN CALLED BY GOD, Let's Talk about Criticism

If you know much about the Apostle Paul you know he suffered. I'm afraid I would have gone home after that first shipwreck...this guy experienced three!
He was beaten, stoned, imprisoned and in danger everywhere he went. He was hungry, cold, naked, thirsty and on the run. Friends turned to enemies and those he thought loyal abandoned him, but he just kept on going, a spiritual equivalent of the Energizer Bunny! His story amazes me. (2 Corinthians 11)

But one of the most nightmarish incidents happened on the Island of Malta after one of those shipwrecks (Acts 28). Paul and some of his fellow survivors washed up on shore and they were, fortunately, greeted by some friendly and hospitable islanders who made them welcome and quickly built a fire. Paul, in his helpful mode (and maybe wet and freezing) grabbed an armful of brush to throw on the fire, but low and behold, he was bit by a viper that happened to be hanging out in the brush.

In my minds eye, this nasty thing latched onto Paul's hand between his thumb and index finger...right there in that tender part of one's hand. I believe Paul, in one swift, but powerful, flick of his wrist sent that snake flying and went on about his business-while everyone else watched and waited, expecting him to swell up and die sooner than later! I believe Paul literally shook off that poisonous viper.

So my question is, and in truth this is addressed to women who have been called, by God, into ministry, what do you do with the criticism; the nasty letters, the snide remarks, the passive-aggressive comments and "the look" bestowed on you by those who believe that THERE IS NO PLACE FOR WOMEN IN MINISTRY?

If you have bravely, courageously, faithfully followed after God and entered into ministry, at His beaconing, then you more than likely know exactly what I am talking about! I read just such a post on Facebook today. And, what really caught my attention was the number of women who had experienced similar criticism and the reoccurring theme was, "I just can't shake it off!" 

May I suggest that criticism wears the face of and flaunts the fangs of a poisonous viper? If we don't learn to shake it off, it will poison us...slowly, painfully and deliberately. Unfair, undo, unwelcome, ungracious and hateful criticism is the enemy's poison; his subtle destructive way of discouraging, devastating and devouring women who desire to be used of God. 

My guess is most of us are sensitive. We are empathetic. We have tender, soft hearts. We are often, unless we have "grown thick skin" vulnerable and open and we take things (like criticism) personally. But, Sisters, unless we choose to "shake it off" we will remain wounded and hurting. And, while I believe in "Wounded Healers" I also believe we need healing for those deep wounds in order to continue to be effective in whatever ministry God has called us to. 
We HAVE to learn to shake it off! 

I have totally taken Isaiah 52:2 out of context, but I believe there is a word here for each of us who find ourselves the object of criticism because of our role in God's kingdom... 
NLT "Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem. Sit in a place of honor. Remove the chains of slavery from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
ESVShake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Don't be held captive by criticism.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Redemptive Compassion


How Would You Feel?
For me, it all started in July of 2011 following a family vacation to the beach. On our return home my daughter Lolly told me that she was going to begin having my not quite 4 year-old granddaughter Anna tested for Autism.

My first reaction was shock and disbelief. After all, this child was beautiful, charming, funny and adorable-strange as the day is long, but amazing none-the-less. It did start to make a little more sense once I climbed out of my "grandma box." (After all, how many 18 month old children methodically peel wall paper for hours at a time, but she soothed herself with the most delightful little songs as she worked!  We jokingly referred to her obsession as "Anna's day job.")

PDDNOS (Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) was the first clinical diagnosis. That put her somewhere on the mystical "Autism Spectrum." But, the testing hadn't been going on long before other symptoms, far more disturbing symptoms, began to rear their ugly heads! Soon after her first diagnosis, her "tics" (odd little movements) were actually witnessed by a neurologist who assured us that the tics were, in fact, seizures (So we added Epilepsy to the growing list of diagnoses). 

After a MRI and EEG we were informed that Anna's left temporal lobe was atrophied or not fully developed (I'm still not quite sure which neurologist’s opinion is correct!) As you can imagine every diagnosis got a little more frightening. Then the words "mild mental retardation" stunned this grandma. However, we are a family with a strong faith and we are determined to trust the LORD.

Over the next several months Anna was seen at three hospitals (Johns Hopkins, Hershey Medical Center and Pittsburgh Children's Hospital). She has had different diagnosis and opinions from three neurologists and she has been subjected to at least 10 different medications with a wide range of ominous side effects. At one point, when I was in tears and barely holding it together, I told  Lolly, "Please don't tell me any more side effects.”

Anna has also suffered through two diet regimes; Modified Adkins and the Ketogenic diet, both aimed at stopping her seizures. With MA she was allowed no more than 10 grams of carbohydrates a day and KD was very high fat with even less carbs.  I don't know how Lolly and Anna got through that one, but I will never forget the day we cheated and gave her 4 strawberries and a hand full of French fries and caught a glimpse of our Anna once again! Energy and spunk can be utterly delightful in a 5 year old who has become withdrawn and moody. (At one point Lolly was told by Anna's dietitian not to leave bowls of dog or cat food anywhere that Anna could find it. And, who could blame Anna for hiding behind the couch when her 3 year old sister delivered a clandestine Starburst? Nor can we forget having to hold both of her hands in the hospital when she must have thought she was starving to death and tried to eat the purple sparkly nail polish off her nails. No wonder she called it “DOCTOR JAIL!”)

However, despite the plethora of medications, Anna continued to have between 60-80 seizures a day and has to have a caregiver in her kindergarten class to keep her safe. I have seen her crack her head against marble table tops, the dinner table, shopping cart bars and the Ipad. She also needs medication just to sleep through the night.

What Would You Think...   
  • If Anna was YOUR daughter or YOUR Granddaughter and NOTHING seems to be working?
  • And if there were actually discussions about removing her left temporal lobe...and then maybe even removing her frontal lobe while they're at it? (One quarter of her brain!)
  • What would you be thinking and feeling? 

What Would You Do?
Then imagine, watching a CNN broadcast by a doctor telling about a family of six brothers living in Colorado who have developed a strain of a medicinal plant that is extremely low in a chemical called THC and extremely high in a chemical called CBD. As well, a process has been developed to cook or steam the plant in a way which results in an oil based compound or extract that can be given to children in a dropper or added to food.

Further investigation reveals that the various compounds in cannabis have been used successfully to treat children with autism, epilepsy, Crohns Disease, PTSD, cancer, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, asthma, migraines, Tourette's Syndrome, Diabetes, OCD, stuttering, Bell's palsy and much more. 

Upon further investigation you discover that there is a wealth of information available on all the tests and research and treatments being done in the United States, Israel, China and other countries with astounding results. There are any number of videos online that show children before and after receiving cannabis and HOPE begins to rise in your spirit. Imagine!

BUT, there is a problem. A serious problem. 
The plant that we call medical cannabis is also known as “marijuana” and, in most states, including Pennsylvania, it is illegal...
  • Even for medicinal purposes
  • Even if it might be the difference between life and death
  • Even if it might mean the difference between a whole brain and 3/4s of a brain
  • Even if the side effects are nearly non-existent-especially when compared to the prescription drugs that are not working!
  • Even though it won’t make a child “high,” but instead it calms their brain.                       
To What Lengths Would You Go?
Unfortunately...
  • There are far too many people, like me, who in our ignorance have abhorred the thought of "legalizing pot" even for medicinal purposes.
  • There are too many people who have never heard the truth and make false assumptions.
  • There are too many politicians who just don't understand the process or the purpose!      
  • Unfortunately, medical cannabis is probably a great threat to drug companies and those who profit from them.                                                                                                                                
But for my family and for Anna, "ignorance is not bliss" it is life threatening!
So I have been pondering this situation for weeks now... 

What does this mean for my family; for Anna's mom and dad, for her brother and sister, for me and the rest of my family? The nature of our dilemma puts us in a troubling spot on many levels.
I am asking myself serious and hard questions with these very real facts in mind...
I am a pastor. I am a conservative pastor in a conservative denomination. I am a conservative pastor who is employed at a conservative retirement community.  But first and foremost, I am a mother and a grandmother and I have gone to extreme lengths to protect, support and raise my five children and equally support them in their marriages and with their own children. 

What will it cost me to support a change in our laws, one with such steep opposition and a formidable battlefield? 
And I have discovered this, the bottom line for me...
What won't I do to make sure Anna has every possible chance for health and wellness? That is the question and the answer becomes clear and undeniable. So our journey began...

Medical Cannabis: Chapter Two
It’s been a little over six months since I, once again, chose to step out in faith by making the decision to support my daughter in the extremely challenging battle of trying to legalize medical cannabis for my granddaughter Anna. 

When this journey began, Lolly and I were both in this for Anna’s sake, but soon we began to meet other families with children like Anna. We fell in love with other people’s sick kids. We began to care about other moms’ struggles and their daily challenges. We heard their stories. We watched their videos. We added their heartache and grieving to our own. We grew a new family. 

I began to pray for these other families and their struggles. Not surprisingly, I found myself with a “new” ministry. Blessing and encouraging and praying for these hurting families at every opportunity.  I have come to believe that, for some of them, I may be the only “pastor” they ever relate to (I trust the LORD will give me the love, wisdom, grace and mercy to be His light to moms and dads who wake up every morning wondering if their child will still be breathing or if they will live long enough to see the prohibition of cannabis ended and available for their babies.)  

Over the months we have continued to add others to our “new family” as we met more people with all kinds of diseases and conditions wanting the same thing we do...access to the medicinal properties of a plant. A plant! An herb that for thousands of years has been used for its medical benefits (until it was outlawed because of the greed of several wealthy, influential and infamous men in the 1940’s). A plant, that I believe with all my heart, was included in God’s proclamation in Genesis 1:29; “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."

I have NO IDEA how many of my friends have faithfully read my blog entries and Facebook posts, watched the videos, studied the issue, followed along with us with support and prayers and encouragement and letters to our legislators. Our amazing supporters have been a rich blessing. 

As well, there have been a handful, five to be exact, who have questioned my position in one way or another. It must be noted that each of their concerns stemmed from family members or friends who have or are currently “abusing marijuana.” (My first thought is always the same, “We are not even talking about the same thing!” But that is another topic altogether.)

One of these friends gave me some strong challenges which brought me to this place of pondering. 
So, I took her challenge and I asked the LORD to help me to see what I needed to see and how to answer her challenges with grace.  It was only seconds before the picture began to unfold...I’m standing on a hill looking out over all of creation and randomly picking out things that God created for His honor and glory and for the good of His people... Music, Dance, Meditation, Motherhood, Marriage, A Plant!

Immediately, I find myself grieving because every one of those things have, in a myriad of ways, been misused, abused, confused, tainted and changed by people. These things that God created for good, men and women have turned into something that He did not intend because of sin. I can’t begin to imagine how it grieves my Father, who gave us all good gifts. Then I am even more grieved to realize that it’s not just “the random things.” It’s everything in all of God’s creation, everything touched by the sinful nature of man...everything. 

As I continue to ponder a word unscrambles itself in my mind. 
The word is "REDEMPTION”-the action of saving or being saved from sin, error or evil.”  I’m so thankful for God’s redemptive plan in my life! But there’s even more to REDEMPTION! It is also “the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment.” It is synonymous with retrieval, recovery, reclamation, repossession.

So, I have come to the conclusion that REDEMPTION is the place this issue has brought me. Redeeming a God-given plant and restoring it to the place from which it should never have been removed in the first place. Reclaiming it for the good of mankind and little bitty babies.

I can’t stop people from misusing cannabis. I can’t stop the greedy from profiting from its abuse. But I will do whatever I can to make sure that, in its medicinal form, it is available to those who need it to live, to thrive, to see, to breathe, to walk without pain, to flourish. I will do my part for every man, woman and child who needs it. 

This is where I  believe God has brought me "for such a time as this." As for me, I am recommitting myself to ALL of God's redemptive purposes.                                                                       

Isaiah 5:20 “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.”

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cannabis, Chapter Two

It’s been a little over six months since I, once again, chose to step out in faith by making the decision to support my daughter in the extremely challenging battle of trying to legalize medical cannabis for my granddaughter Anna. Anna suffers from intractable epilepsy, PDDNOS and several other conditions that do not respond to pharmaceuticals. (Our story can be found in an earlier post: Please Try on These Shoes...Our Families' Shoes.)  

At that time, Lolly and I were both in this for Anna’s sake, but soon we began to meet other families with children like Anna. We fell in love with other people’s sick kids. We began to care about other moms’ struggles and their daily challenges. 
We heard their stories. 
We watched their videos. 
We added their heartache and grieving to our own. 
We grew a new family. 

I began to pray for these other families and their struggles. Not surprisingly, I found myself with a “new” ministry. Blessing and encouraging and praying for these hurting families at every opportunity.  I have come to believe that, for some of them, I may be the only “pastor” they ever relate to (I trust the LORD will give me the love, wisdom, grace and mercy to be His light to moms and dads who wake up every morning wondering if their child will still be breathing or if they will live long enough to see the prohibition of cannabis ended and available for their babies.)  

Over the months we have continued to add others to our “new family” as we met more and more people with all kinds of diseases and conditions wanting the same thing we do...access to the medicinal properties of a plant. A plant. An herb that for thousands of years has been used for its medical benefits (until it was outlawed because of the greed of several wealthy, influential and infamous men in the 1940’s). A plant, that I believe with all my heart, was included in God’s proclamation in Genesis 1:29; “Then God said,  “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."

(You may be interested-or not-to know that, if I am ever faced with the need to choose, say between traditional treatment of chemotherapy and radiation vs. medical cannabis, I would choose cannabis without hesitation. I am thoroughly convinced that its medicinal properties are extremely beneficial and amazing.)


During the last six months, I have NO IDEA how many of my Facebook friends have faithfully read my posts, watched the videos, studied the issue, followed along with us with support and prayers and encouragement and letters to your legislators. There have been many of you and I hope that I have let you know how much I appreciate your efforts on behalf of Anna, and the other children and adults who would benefit from medical cannabis.  You have been a rich blessing. 

On the other hand, I have also wondered how many people have simply chosen to "unfollow" me or ignore me… sorry, I tend to go there!


As well, there have been a handful...five to be exact, who have questioned my position in one way or another. It must be noted that each of their concerns stemmed from family members or friends who have or are currently “abusing marijuana.” (My first thought/response is always the same... “We are not even talking about the same thing!” But that is another topic altogether.)

One of these friends gave me some strong challenges which brought me to this place of pondering. 
So, I took her challenge and I asked the LORD to help me to see what I needed to see and how to answer her challenges with grace. 
It was only seconds before the picture began to unfold...
I’m standing on a hill looking out over all of creation and randomly picking out things that God created for His honor and glory and for the good of His people...
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Meditation
  • Motherhood
  • Marriage
  • A Plant
Immediately, I find myself grieving because every one of those things have, in a myriad of ways, been misused, abused, confused, tainted, destroyed and changed by people. These things that God created for good, men and women have turned into something that He did not intend because of sin. And, in the process, they justify themselves in whatever way they choose. 
I can’t begin to imagine how it grieves my Father, who gave us all good gifts.

Then I am even more grieved to realize that it’s not just “the random things.” It’s everything in all of God’s creation, everything touched by the sinful nature of man...everything. 

As I continue to ponder a word unscrambles itself in my mind. 
The word is REDEMPTION...”the action of saving or being saved from sin, error or evil.”
I’m so thankful for God’s redemptive plan in my life!
But there’s even more to REDEMPTION
It is also “the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment.”
It is synonymous with retrieval, recovery, reclamation, repossession.

So, I have come to the conclusion that REDEMPTION is the place this issue has brought me. Redeeming a God-given plant and restoring it to the place from which it should never have been removed in the first place. Reclaiming it for the good of mankind and little bitty babies.

I can’t stop people from “misusing it.” But I will do whatever I can to make sure that it is available to those who need it to live, to thrive, to see, to breathe, to walk without pain, to flourish. I will-for every man, woman and child who needs it. God gave it to us! 

I have no challenges in me at this moment, but let me encourage you….
  • First, if you have not read the studies, watched the videos, or understood or cared about anything I have posted over the last six months...
  • And if you have not taken the time to put yourself in our shoes...asking what you would do if your child or grandchild or another loved one could be helped by medical cannabis...
  • And if you still think I am wrong, then I am asking you to please just “unfriend” me. 
This is where I  believe God has brought me "for such a time as this."                                                                                                                                                           As for me, I am recommitting myself to ALL of God's redemptive purposes. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"God Will Never..."

God Will Never…
Last month I shared a devotional based on Psalm 40 when David, the Psalmist, in many ways, felt like he was “at the end of his rope.”
He was overwhelmed by the difficult life situations he was facing and there was no end in sight.
He used very vivid word pictures to describe how he felt…
·        “Slimy pit”
·        “Mud and mire”

I made the statement that, “I am at the end of my rope” probably means something different for every person who uses it!
Definition:
·        To be out of options
·        or alternative courses of action
·        To be stuck in a bad situation
Example…
“I’m at the end of my rope” could be…
·        I lost my job/car keys/mind
·        My car died and I don’t have any money in the bank.
·        “Everything is happening at once”
·        “I don’t think I can take any more”

We know that a “rope” can be thrown to someone who is in a difficult place…
·        such as deep water
·        or the edge of a cliff
·        or in quick sand.
If there is not enough rope, the person might be in really big trouble.                                                      So to be “at the end of your rope” means that there is no more help available, and the situation is not good.

I went on to say, “If you’ve ever been AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE, you probably can also identify with the concept of being….
·        “In a jam”
·        “At your wit’s end”
·        “Between a rock and a hard place”

Well, this morning I would like to address a falsehood, a very misleading falsehood,                   that is often used as either a way to comfort ourselves or someone else who is going through difficult times and feels like they have reached their limit.

The untruth that has been perpetrated by many well-meaning Christians, has no sound biblical basis. It is this: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”
Or to make it more personal, “God won’t give me more than I can handle.”

Give me a few minutes and I will show you where this untruth most likely came from,
but first let’s look at some of our Biblical “heroes” and consider whether this statement is true from a Biblical perspective.

If you are one who truly believes that “God won’t give you more than you can handle…”
…Well, let’s consider the life of the Apostle Paul who says in…
1 Corinthians 11…
I have worked much harder,
been in prison more frequently,
been flogged more severely,
and been exposed to death again and again.
24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods,
once I was pelted with stones,
three times I was shipwrecked,
I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
26 I have been constantly on the move.
I have been in danger from rivers,
in danger from bandits,
in danger from my fellow Jews,
in danger from Gentiles;
in danger in the city,
in danger in the country,
in danger at sea;
and in danger from false believers.
27 I have labored and toiled
and have often gone without sleep;
I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food;
I have been cold and naked.
28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
And he got bit by a snake and later beheaded!

If you were living Paul’s life…
If you were walking in his shoes, at what point…
·        Would you have been ready to pack up and go home?
Forget this missionary business!
Seriously! At what point…
·        Would you have had too much
·        Or been at the end of your rope
·        Or felt like you had surely hit rock bottom?
Is it even plausible to believe that Paul never felt like the stuff he faced every day was way more than he bargained for?

Or let’s take JOB…
·        Who lost just about everything in the blink of an eye!
·        Children/servants/property
When all was said and done, all he had left was…
·        a boil infested body
·        a wounded, grieving, bitter wife (who surely had far more she could handle!
We rarely consider her plight.)
·        And friends who weren’t a lot of help
Tell me that a man who wishes he had never been born would agree that “God never gives you more than you can handle!”

And Moses
·        first with the unrelenting Pharaoh
·        And later with the obstinate, rebellious, grumbling children of Israel.
Seriously, you don’t think he had more than he could handle?

Or the famous Hebrews 11 Hall of Fame People…
…who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.
36 Some faced jeers and flogging,
and even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were put to death by stoning;
they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword.
They went about in sheepskins and goatskins,
destitute, persecuted and mistreated—
38 the world was not worthy of them.
They wandered in deserts and mountains,
living in caves and in holes in the ground.

Does anyone still believe that “God won’t give you more than you can handle?”
If you know the word of God well, then you also know that I could go on giving examples of people who experienced FAR more than they could personally handle.

 

So where in the world did this misguided notion come from?

The only possible place it could have come from is a scripture coined by Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:13 when he says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.           But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

 

Now that’s one you can dare to believe!

What provision does God make to help us when we are tempted?

·        The Word…which points us to all truth and instructs us with regard to right and wrong.

Our responsibility is to know the Word and to put it into practice.

·        The Holy Spirit who convicts us of sins and lead us in the way we should go.

Our responsibility is to seek Him and obediently make wise and godly choices.

·        Our Will

·        Hopefully, you pray for the wisdom to make wise choices!

·        Brothers and Sisters in Christ who can support, encourage and pray for us when we need it.

Our responsibility is to invite others to hold us accountable

·        To ask us tough questions

·        To seek godly advice and support when we find ourselves tempted.

·        We have the ability to run the other way!

 

Last month in the Daily Bread this scripture was highlighted one morning and this example was used.

Highway 77, which passes through the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, features a series of runaway truck ramps. These semi-paved exits appear in an area of the highway where the altitude drops nearly 1,300 feet over the course of about 6 miles. This steep descent combined with the road’s winding path can create problems for motorists—especially truck drivers.
Just as a runaway truck needs an escape route from a highway, we also need “a way of escape” when out-of-control desires threaten our spiritual well-being.
When we face temptation, “[God will] make the way of escape, that [we] may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13). God enables us to say “no” to enticement through the power of His Word. Jesus conquered Satan’s temptation relating to food, authority, and trust by quoting verses from Deuteronomy (Matt. 4:4-10). Scripture helped Him resist the devil despite the effects of a 40-day fast in the wilderness.
When we are tempted, we may feel like disaster is just around the bend. Memories of past failure and isolation from others can intensify this feeling. However, we can trust God in moments of temptation; He is faithful. He will provide a way for us to resist sin’s allure.
Did you catch that last line? Let me read it again…
“However, we can trust God in moments of temptation;
·        He is faithful.
·        He will provide a way for us to resist sin’s allure.”

Now let me rephrase it to answer today’s dilemma..
“We can trust God in moments of overwhelming distress; He is faithful.”
Every single one of the dozens of individuals spoken of in Hebrews 11 were surely given
more than they could handle. But they all had one thing  in common…FAITH.

By Faith….
·        They lived
·        They died
·        They were martyred
·        They gave all!
Here’s another truth to can depend on… God may not be the one to give you more than you can handle, but believe me, the enemy of your heart and soul and the world we live in will pour it on by the bucketful!

Jesus Himself said…
“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.”

In this world you will have more trouble than you can possibly bear on your own, but don’t blame God either…He has made provision for that as well!

 

You were never meant to bear the trouble of this world on your own…

·        You have the promises of God: to never leave you nor forsake you.

·        Hopefully, you have a faith to believe the promises of God!

·        You have the finished work of Christ to make it all worthwhile:

To live is Christ, to die is gain!

·        You have the comfort and provision of the Holy Spirit

·        You have the body of Christ to share in your times of joy and sorrow.

To be the hands and feet and voice of Jesus when you need it.

 

So, regardless…

·        Of what you are facing today

·        Or any day in the future

·        No matter what the world

·        Or the enemy throws at you…

May your faith, in a faithful God, see you through triumphantly and victoriously!

Romans 8…

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
·        Shall trouble
·        or hardship
·        or persecution
·        or famine
·        or nakedness
·        or danger
·        or sword?
36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither
·        death nor life,
·        neither angels nor demons,
·        neither the present nor the future,
·        nor any powers,
·        neither height nor depth,
·        nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Believe me! You can cling to those truths with all of your heart, mind and soul!