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Hello Friends,

God's grace, mercy, and peace to each of you today in our Lord Jesus Christ, who was and is and is to come!

Our EDiBS computer is on its way to the hospital this morning after freezing up during the day yesterday. Unfortunately, a non-functioning computer means all of my study notes for the Gospel according to John, as well as my video editing software, are currently unavailable. I'm hoping the fix will be a very quick one and that we'll be back to our regular sessions in a day or two. If things go a bit longer, I'll be sure to cobble together a fix on alternate media and promise that one way or the other, come Monday we'll be back to both a written and video study each day. I apologize for this temporary inconvenience.  
 
What do you do when things don't work out the way you plan them? Are such occasions molehills or mountains? Do you see them as minor irritants that are simply part of life...everyone's life...or major injustices that have been intentionally directed your way with designs of making your existence a miserable one? Truth be told, depending on the circumstance and the issue, most of us usually find ourselves somewhere in the middle. Sometimes we're adept at taking life's lemons and making lemonade, and other times we can eat the sourest of grapes and give even the most negative folks we know a run for their money.  Either way, situations like that bring up a great question: when our sojourn through this world brings unexpected bumps in the road, what role can our faith in a good and perfect God who loves us unconditionally in His Son play in how we respond? How does the grace and knowledge we possess in our Lord Jesus Christ flow into and through our difficulties? Where do we go - be it prayer, the Scriptures, godly friends and family, or a combination thereof - to help us in our time of need?

If I may, I'd like to ask you for a very special favor today. For the sake of your fellow EDiBS family members and others out in the world who know the reality of life's struggles just like you do, will you react and respond to this post today?  Share how our Triune God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, comes to your aid in times of unexpected upset. Share how you pray. Share where you go in God's Word to bring perspective, counsel, and comfort into the midst of your tough times.  In doing that, you'll bring great encouragement and blessing into the lives of others who need it, and the act of sharing will bring blessing to you as well.  There are two ways you can do this:

1. Send me a brief email at Pillar_Ministries@yahoo.com and pass along your wisdom that way, or 

2. Simply share your thoughts in the comment section on today's Facebook post. (Also, be sure to "like" the post so that it will gain traction and be seen by more people.)

On Friday, I'll be coming to all of you in a brief video to share our collective words of Christian love and encouragement for one another, and even now I'm anticipating the great response and the wonderful words of wisdom that will be flowing among us.

I'm praying for you today, everyone; do keep me and our brief tech hiccup in your prayers as well. In the meantime, let's make some great lemonade together and raise our glasses to the One who is worthy...the Lamb...Christ our Lord, whose blood set us free to be people of God.

Solie Deo Gloria!

Pastor Paul
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