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A note from Pastor Unke
Isn't this life supposed to be easy for Christians?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;  we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Being a Christian is not the way to avoid the difficult things in life.  Christians get diseases.  Christians struggle financially.  Christians get hurt by people who betray them.  Christians fall into sin and hurt others.  Christians sometimes watch their possessions get taken or destroyed.  Some Christians face angry hatred and physical persecution because they are Christians.  Christians even die…sometimes painfully…sometimes tragically… sometimes before they’ve led a full, long life here on earth. 
This isn’t anything that we don’t already know.  We all have lived through a variety of hardships and we’re all living every day with the poisonous contamination of this world.  Some of us in this church today are in the midst of some very difficult problems right now.  And I don’t mean to suggest that because problems in life are common, that means they are easy to handle.  They’re not.  The weigh heavy on you and they quickly can make you feel beat up and defeated.
And do you know what makes those problems even more difficult for Christians?  The false idea that being a Christian should mean that such problems should never really touch us
That idea is a flat out lie from The Enemy and it nudges us toward doubting God and his love.
Here’s the truth though:  Jesus never once suggested that being a Christian will assure us of an easy life in this sin-infected world.  Honestly…he said just the opposite!  He said that this world is filled with trouble and that trouble would affect our lives just like anyone else’s!  We reject the lie that life is supposed to be easier for Christians!   We should never wonder why difficulties seep; or flow; or rush into our life.  Sin has corrupted everything in this world…including us!  THAT is what makes God’s TRUE PROMISE to us so wonderful!
The promise God made to us is only possible because of Jesus, the One who is without sin.  The promise is about rescuing us from this sin-cursed life rather than repairing the broken life that we’re living here.  Listen to God’s glorious promise from Romans 10…“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 
That’s a promise you can be sure of…the promise of a better life than this one which weighs us down and challenges us at every turn.  In this reading, Paul is reminding us that God’s promise stands sure even when things around us are pummeling us like a tattered flag getting battered in a hurricane.  Nothing can take away our hope of heaven.  Jesus is our Savior and heaven is our future even when we struggle with things like financial trials, loneliness, deteriorating health, a broken heart or anything else that this life throws at us.  Even death itself cannot take away our glorious future that flows from our Savior’s love for us!
This is amazing!  Remember…no matter what news comes your way this week…or what tragedy strikes…Even if THE WORST POSSIBLE SCENARIO actually happens…it can’t take away the joy that comes from God’s faithfully changeless love in Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Thank you for convincing us and refreshing our confidence, dear Jesus!    
     In Jesus,
     Pastor Unke 

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