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Jun09

Flourishing in Troubling Times

New Life Church - San Jose, Costa Rica

By Bruce Witt

 

I had the opportunity in May 2017 to talk with 300+ people from the New Life Church in San Jose, Costa Rica. The response was overwhelming, as people could clearly see their need and yet understand the path to take for growth. The challenge we face is clear.

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” - C.S. Lewis

”We want Christ to hurry and calm the storm, He wants us to find Him in the midst of it first. No matter whose fault, God sends us through storms so we can land in a place we never would have otherwise.” - Beth Moore

We live in troubling times, from financial uncertainty to political instability, from physical war to cyber war. Every person faces struggles whether it is relational, spiritual, or physical.  In spite of the gloom and doom, the bible gives us hope that not only can we survive, but we can flourish. We can thrive, grow, multiply, and bear fruit in spite of any circumstance. Our lives can be satisfying and rich in relationships and in accomplishments. How you may wonder?

 

There is a great promise in John16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” 

 

Christ is present to work in us and through us to give us an abundant life and experience victory.

Today it seems that the challenges are increasing with no way out.  As we consider our current times the bible indicates the road will not be easy. 2 Timothy 3:1 says “Realize this in the last days difficult times will come.” We all can relate.

This message of "Flourishing in Troubling Times" is needed by each of us.

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BW