July 2010

It is true that every day is the Lord’s day and that we should rejoice and be glad in it (Ps. 118:24)! The “bad days” can be so much easier when we remember that.


Today, it has become very popular to pretend that a Christian should be a “blind optimist” and never admit “bad days,” as if it is a mark of spirituality to feign perfect strength and victory every moment. After all, didn’t Paul say in 2 Cor. 2:14, “Thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ?”


Verily Paul did say that, but he also said a number of other things, like 2 Cor. 2:13, “I had no rest in my spirit.” Can you believe what he said in 2 Cor. 1:8, “We were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.”


Paul did not hesitate to admit weakness and the “bad days.” The difference between Paul and many of us is that he also never failed to raise the banner of hope in God’s promise, though he may, at the time, have found comfort only by faith in a “good day” yet invisible to him.


Kathleen is having a “bad day” with an increase in the severity of some long-time symptoms and a struggle with memory.  Please pray as she has some tests during this month. The young man, the ball player, whom we mentioned in previous newsletters, has had a re-occurrence of the lymphoma shortly after the full chemo treatment. Plus it has spread to another organ. This young man is being “pressed out of measure above strength.” It is a “bad day” and he must focus on hope in Christ, “Who raiseth the dead” to manage this threatening day.


On the victory side, I had a great day last week when the project  of the OT DVDs (30 hours worth) was completed! Sometimes I wondered if I would ever get to that “day” but it happened by God’s grace and strength! I feel a heavy burden lifted because the Lord had put that burden on my heart to do this project. Thanks be to God for this victory!