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Bro Steve’s Bulletin Insert #3

Dear Stevendale Baptist Church,

cismy2Bro Willie Joe always signs his emails, “Have a great week in the Lord.” I can't tell you how many times our weeks have be one struggle, suffering, or stress after another. Most of those weeks turn out to be “great weeks in the Lord,” because God's hand was at work.

My prayer is that God's hand will ever be at work in our lives. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.

When I went deaf earlier this year, it took me by surprise. My deafness, however, led us to deep relationships with  families we never would have known well otherwise.
They came to trust Jesus and were baptized and led us to relationships with other families who were baptized as well.

I never would have chosen to go deaf, but there was wisdom in it that I could not know until we went through it. My hearing is nearly recovered now and is improving day by day.  

I pray that in suffering, stress, and struggle, we can have the kind of faith Joseph had, when he forgave his brothers saying “you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save a great many people alive.”

Some of our greatest evangelistic opportunities come at the moments we are weakest, and suffering the most. Don't miss your own opportunities to glorify God and win souls. It will encourage your own faith as well.

Have a great week in the Lord,

Bro Steve

Ps,
We have purchased our plane tickets! We will arrive in Baton Rouge on Thursday, October 11th at 8:45 am. We look forward to seeing you.