We trust you had a good Sunday, and are spiritually equipped and ready to face a new week in the world. Yesterday at Dogwood was preparation for me, with some good music, a special song from Eliza, a great communion mediation from Steve, and another powerful message from Anthony out of Acts 21. As our pastor has said before, when preaching a series of messages from a book of the Bible, and difficult subjects come up, they cannot be avoided, as was the case yesterday with facing persecution. Paul went through much as he served the Lord, and was able to endure it, I believe, because he lived so close to Jesus, and had crucified the world to himself, and crucified himself to the world.
"Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self or friend shall not intervene;
Tho' it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there's nothing between.
Nothing between, e'en many hard trials,
Tho' the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
I'll triumph at last, with nothing between."
May the Lord Jesus bless you and yours today, and throughout the day, please remember that you are loved!!!