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A friend of mine once warned me never to pray for patience because you might have to learn to have some. I have also heard that “God is never late, but he is very seldom early.” Why is God so interested in us learning patience and why does it have to be so painful?
Patience is associated with trials or in other words–hardships. In James 1:3-4 says “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into many trials because the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
This isn’t sadomasochism. These verses aren’t telling us to enjoy the pain. This verse is telling us that no matter what trials we face, we can rejoice in knowing that we can patiently look forward to his perfect will in this circumstance.

Developing Patience

It says in Romans 5:1-5, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also we have access by faith unto this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the Glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulation also know that tribulation works patience, and patience experience and experience, hope. And hope makes not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.”
Patience can only be developed over time. If we were to instantly receive what we want, we would never develop patience and without patience we wouldn’t have experience and without experience our hope of what Christ has done in our lives would not grow in us and we would not be able to share what Christ has done for us in our time of need.

Becoming Like the Creator

Paul says in I Corinthians 13:4 that love suffers a long time. God himself has shown his patience in us and we are to do the same with others. I know that I have been through a lot lately. I have personally been trusting God for some things that I have not seen yet. I know that there are times when I get to the end of my patience on something and God then gives it to me. It is like that here at the church. I sit patiently waiting for the Spirit to draw people here so that I can talk with them about Spiritual things.
I know that he has me here at this church as its pastor for a reason. I know that he plans to use me to bring people to Christ. I know that he provides for me. I know that he desires that everyone be born again. I pray for specific people who seem to be doing so well not believing that they don’t feel the need for God. Meanwhile I am sitting here with needs that do not seem to be met. However, I have never done without the necessities. I have a roof over my head, warmth, and food in my stomach. I know that God loves me and wants the best for me.
Patience is a byproduct of love. It says in I John 4:8 says “God is love.” And as we mentioned before from I Corinthians 13:4, Love is patient. Put these two verses together and you realize that by learning to become patient, we are becoming more like the one who created us. We are becoming more like the one who wants the best for us. Sure, it may be tough to learn patience, but like walking, toilet training, and learning to read, it is a lesson we all require for maturing in this case spiritually.
Have you been struggling with patience lately? Perhaps, we all need to stop struggling with it and simply rejoice that we are being tested in patience. We will be all the better for it.. He suffered for us on the cross. The least we can do is learn to be patient.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 


The other day I was talking to a woman while we were in the Christmas section of Walmart. She was looking for Christmas cards to send to her friends. She said that she had a hard time knowing what to send and i told her that I always sent inspirational cards. She said that she had a number of friends who were not Christian and would be offended by the card. I told her that I also had friends who were not Christians, but I would give them inspirational Christmas cards too. Being a Christian is part of who I am. When I left her to continue searching for non-offensive Christmas cards, I left her as confused as ever.

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As I have been thinking about this and have been reading about others who are offended by the concept that God came to earth as an infant to save men’s souls from eternal torment, I have to wonder, “why the offense? Why can’t nonbelievers simply be tolerant of those of us who do believe that the creator of the Universe could love us that much? Can we just agree to disagree and agree that the idea of “peace on earth, good will is a good thing and it is something that we all want? Isn’t this a good place to start? No one wants war and death, right? Why the offense?

That SIN Issue

It is partly because of that SIN issue. No one wants to admit that they need a Savior to rescue them from their sins. The Bible says that all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Acts 4:12 says that the only way to God is through his son Jesus.
Jesus was born Emanuel meaning “God dwelling with us”. He conducted a ministry of as was reported to John the Baptist in Luke 7: 22 “BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.” Jesus the Messiah completed his ministry here on earth when he took our sins with him to the cross that “whosoever believes in him (in his authority to free us from sin and the wages of that sin) should have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). He then left and left behind his spirit to live in anyone who accept that spirit and that spirit is the spirit of God’s Love for all mankind.

God Is Not Condemning Us

True Christian faith is love, not condemnation. This is why the angel of the Lord said in Luke 2:10-12 “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to ALL people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” and then all of the other angels joined Him by saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
The Christmas story is not a story of condemnation, but hope for the forever kind of peace that only he can give. God doesn’t want to fight you. He wants to teach you about his love for you! I pray that this holiday season, you will discover the truth that God wants to share with you

Putting Christ Back in Christmas Eve Celebration

Lately I have been thinking about how sad it is that people are going through the Christmas season and not even taking a moment to recognize why we celebrating in the first place. I am also thinking about all of the lonely people out there who have no one to share the holidays with. I wish that everyone had an opportunity to be with people they love. I want to do what I can to help, so I have opened my church on Christmas Eve for people to get together and celebrate the birth of our Savior and King. We are open to anyone during this time. We want to share Christ by singing traditional Christmas carols, reading of the Christmas story, and sharing this time together. We open the doors at 6 pm. We encourage everyone who attends to bring a plate of goodies to share.The festivities start at 6 pm.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church one and a half miles south of  Brandsville, Missouri on hwy 63..  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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