Thankful in Turbulent Times

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Grace and peace unto you in the name of the Jesus Christ!

We live in turbulent and fascinating times.  It cannot be understated the importance of this time in our history God has ordained for us to glorify Him.  The work we have been called to here in central Indiana not only has present-day significance but consequences for our posterity and eternal impact in the advancement of Christ’s Church.

“Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;  Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.” –1 Thessalonians 1:3-4

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” –Hebrews 6:10 

Therefore, we must not neglect to be thankful for the privilege and honor to serve the Lord of lords in this present day of spiritual apathy.  The Lord has graciously called us into His kingdom for such a time as this.

Let us not see the present day crisis as an excuse to withdraw from the battle but an opportunity to advance the true doctrine of our Lord.

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  That no flesh should glory in his presence.” –1 Corinthians 1:26-29

God hath chosen our day to make His power known by pulling down the mighty from their seats and exalting them of low degree (Luke 1:52).

The difficulties we are seeing come upon our nation are for the purpose of revealing His glory throughout the earth.  So, whatever tribulations we may experience, it is for His ultimate victory over His enemies.

“But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” –1 Peter 4:13 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” –Ephesians 6:12 

We are thankful that the Lord has brought us together here in central Indiana to edify and encourage one another unto love and good works.  Thank you for your support and labor in this ministry to advance Christ’s lordship in our families and communities.

May the Lord bless and keep you!

For Christ & Covenant,

James Brown Jr.