For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that who ever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.     john 3:16

 

DEEP ROOTS

 “For we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end” (Hebrews 3:14).
   Red Rocks is a beautiful natural open-air amphitheater near Morrison, Colorado, just a short drive from Denver. Huge peaks of red and mostly barren rocks surround the stadium and soar high above it. Hundreds of famous bands and singers have performed there.
   Every performance finds nearly ten thousand people screaming and clapping their approval of the artists. However, one performance is far above the rest. High above the amphitheater, clinging precariously to the side of a rocky peak, a small tree hangs on. It has withstood howling winds, blizzards, and torrents of rain. Its roots must go deep into the rock to give it such tenacity. Yet few notice it or think anything about it.
   Followers of Christ usually get no attention when they remain true to God in our culture. No one sees the struggles inside us as we overcome Satan and his darts. Not many understand the despair and disappointment we feel when our efforts to lead others to Christ seem to fail. Nobody knows our discouragement and heartache when our loved ones turn away from God.
   Jesus knows and understands. Sometimes we forget that we don’t have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling or our infirmities; but one that  has been in all points tempted like we are. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which you showed toward his name in that you ministered unto the saints, and still do minister” (6:10).
   Christian, hang in there, just like that little tree. Keep on believing and trusting God’s promises, just like Jesus did, even when it meant His cruel death for you. God remembers and will reward you.  

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

​by Donna Wittlif

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FAITH IS THE VICTORY

Encamped along the hills of light,
  Ye Christian soldiers rise,
And press the battle ere the night
  Shall veil the glowing skies;
Against the foe in vales below
  Let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know,
  That overcomes the world.
 
 His banner over us is love,
  Our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints before
  With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
  Swept on o’er every field;
The faith by which they conquered death
  Is still our shining shield.


Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory,
  That overcomes the world.