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Discover how this month’s Bits from the Branches might encourage you to share your own faith.

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Here are some good things to know about how God brings prodigals home.

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Take a beauty break and see how all things beautiful apply to you and your life.

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Are you struggling to share your faith? You’re not alone!

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I get angry when Christians say we should not witness to Jewish people because of the Holocaust, and I imagine them trying to explain that to Jesus... 

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Unpacking some of David’s article, Dare to Hope, what do we do when we’re caught in a hateful circumstance?

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Don’t be discouraged if you find yourself swimming against the tide. Here’s why.

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It's encouraging to read how God has worked in other people's lives, but is there a message for you as well? We hope your answer is yes!

For example, did you read Lisa's story or watch her journey of faith video? Did you notice how she talked about the "parade of Christians" that were coming through her life before she was a believer?

The "parade of Christians" wasn't well received by Lisa at the time that they tried talking to her about Jesus. But after she became a believer, this group of people became part of Lisa's testimony.

Do you think that each person who ever spoke to Lisa about Jesus now knows that she is a believer? Most likely, some of them never knew her to be anything but resistant to their message.

Parades are a fun way to celebrate an important event. When you celebrate your faith by telling others about Jesus, whether or not they are Jewish, you might well become part of a "parade of Christians" in their lives. Named or unnamed, even if you are seemingly rejected, you can join the parade and become part of someone's journey to faith.

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Here's an opportunity to overcome one of the most common problems that Christians face

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David's article talks about what we can and can't know about the future - and one of the things we can know is that we will face suffering and death. Yet his article is hopeful because it says that in Jesus, we can know that God's promises are true and our ultimate future is brighter than we can imagine. Then in our prayer prompters you also see requests for two of our younger staff and the enormous trials they are facing with cancer and Huntington's disease.

We want to respond to the Bible's urgings that we should rejoice always, be anxious for nothing, trust God for everything ... but it's so hard. It's especially hard when we think of dark days facing those who are important to us.  

Maybe it helps to remember that nobody can experience God's grace for another person in that person's time of need. We can (and hopefully will) become vessels of God's grace to that person by caring and sharing the burden, but we don't experience how His grace is lifting and supporting that person. There is a place of intimacy between God and those who are undergoing various trials. So our empathy for others can only go so far and if we are not careful, the burden we mean to help bear can be made heavier by our worries and fears. How can we make it lighter?

Think of Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 4, when he talks about the life-threatening situations he has faced on his missionary journeys. Then he says:

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

We can never refer to someone else's afflictions as light. It is only our own afflictions that we can describe that way ... and we can only do so when we have the perspective that Paul had.

Imagine every affliction every pain and sorrow [...] could somehow be weighed on a cosmic scale

Imagine if every affliction, every pain and sorrow you ever experienced throughout your entire life could somehow be weighed on a cosmic scale. However heavy it might be, at some point, there would be an end to the amount of suffering that is measured out. Now imagine trying to weigh the never-ending glory and joy that we've been promised for eternity. It is impossible because there will be no point in time at which we'll cease to experience that glory and all the joy that goes with it. It is only in comparison with this unending, unmeasurable joy that our afflictions become "light."

God is urging us to "look" for things that we can't yet see - and He never asks us to do the impossible. Whether we are facing our own afflictions or praying for others as they face theirs, the real battle is to continue focusing our hearts on the promises of the One that our eyes cannot see ... and to pray that those we love will do the same. Unimaginable victories will be ours - and theirs - when we do.

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