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Evil Times?

We live in evil times, but we are not the only people to live in such times. The Old Testament accounts of Sodom and Gomorrah are not unlike several other accounts of evil cities and evil days in the Bible. Today, there are still countries where the name of Christ may not be spoken in public, just as it was in the first days of Christianity. The United States was always a place where Christianity was openly practiced and revered, but today we find a growing resentment and even hostility toward Christians in our country. Regardless of the times, or the evil that surrounds us, we have a responsibility to remain faithful to our Lord. And, we do have more than just a few truths we can hang on to. For starters, the Church has almost always grown faster in times of trouble. What’s more, when it remains faithful, the Church grows well even in the direct shadow of the enemy! As the first century church of Pergamum was beginning to grow, they were surrounded by people who openly worshipped the Roman emperor as a god. Jesus commended them for their faith even in the darkest of times. Will we be so openly commended for our faith in times of trouble? “These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live–where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city–where Satan lives.” Jesus of Nazareth (Revelation 2:12b-13 In Christ, PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er Jim@JamesKilby.com

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