First of all, I am sorry this is late today. I was finishing Sunday's message yesterday and ran out of time. One of the things that I have learned from John Piper is that Pastor's must teach their people how to suffer. Many believers think that having become a Christian that they should be exempt from suffering. Most of us despise suffering, run from suffering, or at best hope/pray it never reaches our door.
Every preaching plan must include a purposeful plan to teach the church how to suffer for their own good and the glory of God. I have included this "topic" in my 5 year preaching plan. We have taken a small break from our study of 1 John recently. I have developed a couple of introductory messages on the subject of pain and suffering in the life of true believers.
Last Sunday we explored the idea from the standpoint of "Can You Trust God? We know that God can be trusted and we know that we are able and permitted to trust God. The question is can YOU trust Him? This coming Lord's day we will be looking at Five Reasons Believers Think They Should Be Exempt From Suffering.
Second, the leg from Rawlins to Twin Falls. I have to say this leg was uneventful. There is nothing to report. Thanks be to God the car ran great, we had no problems. It was fun to talk and laugh about various things including the trip and the visit.
Irene fell in love with north eastern Utah. She loved the mountains and the rock formations. She took a number of pics on her cell phone. I was shocked at how clear they looked on a cell phone, through a car window, and from a moving car at that. (Click on the pics to enlarge them)
We left Utah and entered Idaho. Once again I was a bit apprehensive about driving through that state. But we arrived at Twin Falls around 2:00 PM and had to wait until 2:45 for the room to be readied. We were an hour early. We had gotten an early start. We grabbed a subway sandwich for lunch and waited.
The room was gorgeous and very comfortable. We had a great afternoon of relaxing. Irene used the weight room. We went to bed early and got up early. We hit the road on the last leg for home about 4:00 AM.
Kelso, here we come!