Sisters and brothers,
Happy Monday to all! Yesterday we consider from God’s Word how to handle the difficult things all of us will face in life and the difficulties we will face as followers of Jesus. Everything that happens in your life can make us bitter or better. Some of the godliest people I have known have been people in life that had suffered the worst of tragedies and circumstances. They grew in and through those tragedies and circumstances. What could have made them bitter and self-absorbed, made them better and Christ-centered. Jesus said in the world his followers would have tribulations. Sometimes those hardships, those tribulations and persecutions will be extremely horrific and tragic. Hebrews 12 gives us truth that will enable us to handle the tragedies, tribulations and trials that come our way. It teaches us to accept the hardships of life as God’s way to teach and train. Hebrews 12 teaches us to help and encourage others in difficulties who are discouraged and weak. Together, we are part of Jesus church that overcomes! Hebrews 12 teaches us to stay focused on Jesus no matter what your circumstances. Accept every difficulty of life as a way to glorify God and grow closer to Him.
If you miss our Sunday services and would like to watch them or perhaps share them with someone you know, you can find video of the services at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3rJ-oFvSS-9W-iWf6Wcvnw.
We provide multiple ways for you to give to support the Lord’s work through East Madison. Every Sunday morning, an offering box is provided for you to be able to deposit your offerings. If you would like, you can mail offering checks to the church address at the Milwaukee Street address below. Also, you can give your offerings online at the embclife.org website by clicking the “Give Online” tab on the homepage or you can click this link directly: https://give.idonate.com/east-madison-baptist-church/give
Please join me in praying for our city, state, and nation during these difficult days. God’s people need to intensely seek His help, His justice, His mercy, and His peace in these times.
Here is a link to a song from Emu Music, “Hallelujah.” I hope it encourages you as it did me: https://youtu.be/zMuWbTwKknc
Remember to keep praying continually for each other.
Love being your pastor!
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church