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Life is difficult.
Accidents
Aging
Heartache
Headaches
Poor Choices
Following Jesus
might at first seem
to make life easier.
Thanks, Jesus!
But if you keep following him
your life might become a lot
more difficult.
Jesus sends us to be and bring healing and
hope wherever it’s needed most.
EBCLA’s Japan Relief Team 2014
Even if it means coming back burdened
with other people’s pain and problems.
If life is already difficult, why
make it even harder?
The Conversion of Our
Imaginations
God said, “Let light shine out
of darkness.” He made his
light shine in our hearts. It
shows us the light of God’s
glory i...
Treasure is kept in clay jars. In the
same way, we have the treasure of
the good news in these earthly
bodies of ours. Tha...
We are pushed hard from all
sides. But we are not beaten
down. We are bewildered. But that
doesn’t make us lose hope. Othe...
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is
made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9
Life was difficult.
PersecutedShipwre...
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my
weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is
why, for Ch...
We always carry around the death of
Jesus in our bodies. In that way, the life
of Jesus can be shown in our bodies.
We who...
It is written, “I believed, and so I have spoken.”
With that same spirit of faith we also believe.
And we also speak. We k...
We don’t give up. Our bodies are
becoming weaker and weaker. But our
spirits are being renewed day by day.
Our troubles ar...
b i b l i c a l r e c o n c i l i a t i o n
afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted
So we don’t spend all our
time looking at what we
can see. Instead, we look
at what we can’t see. What
can be seen lasts o...
Paul went from making life difficult for
Christians to making a new life in Christ
for himself that was decidedly difficult....
How changed are my ambitions! Now I long to know
Christ and the power shown by his resurrection:
now I long to share his s...
Why Should We Rejoice?
Why Should We Rejoice?
Why Should We Rejoice?
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  1. 1. Life is difficult.
  2. 2. Accidents
  3. 3. Aging
  4. 4. Heartache
  5. 5. Headaches
  6. 6. Poor Choices
  7. 7. Following Jesus might at first seem to make life easier. Thanks, Jesus!
  8. 8. But if you keep following him your life might become a lot more difficult.
  9. 9. Jesus sends us to be and bring healing and hope wherever it’s needed most.
  10. 10. EBCLA’s Japan Relief Team 2014
  11. 11. Even if it means coming back burdened with other people’s pain and problems.
  12. 12. If life is already difficult, why make it even harder?
  13. 13. The Conversion of Our Imaginations
  14. 14. God said, “Let light shine out of darkness.” He made his light shine in our hearts. It shows us the light of God’s glory in the face of Christ. (NIVR) 2 Corinthians 4:6 God is love
  15. 15. Treasure is kept in clay jars. In the same way, we have the treasure of the good news in these earthly bodies of ours. That shows that the mighty power of the good news comes from God. It doesn’t come from us. (NIVR) 2 Corinthians 4:7
  16. 16. We are pushed hard from all sides. But we are not beaten down. We are bewildered. But that doesn’t make us lose hope. Others make us suffer. But God does not desert us. We are knocked down. But we are not knocked out. (NIVR) 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Apostle Paul in prison
  17. 17. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9 Life was difficult. PersecutedShipwrecked Imprisoned Slandered Single & CelibateSelf-supporting Abandoned Confronted Martyred Beaten
  18. 18. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:9b-10
  19. 19. We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies. In that way, the life of Jesus can be shown in our bodies. We who are alive are always in danger of death because we are serving Jesus. So his life can be shown in our earthly bodies. Death is at work in us. But life is at work in you. (NIVR) 2 Corinthians 4:10-12 Saint Jerome
  20. 20. It is written, “I believed, and so I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe. And we also speak. We know that God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead. And he will also raise us up with Jesus. He will bring us with you to God in heaven. All of that is for your benefit. God’s grace is reaching more and more people. So they will become more and more thankful. They will give glory to God.(NIVR) 2 Corinthians 4:13-15
  21. 21. We don’t give up. Our bodies are becoming weaker and weaker. But our spirits are being renewed day by day. Our troubles are small. They last only for a short time. But they are earning for us a glory that will last forever. It is greater than all our troubles. (NIVR) 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
  22. 22. b i b l i c a l r e c o n c i l i a t i o n afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted
  23. 23. So we don’t spend all our time looking at what we can see. Instead, we look at what we can’t see. What can be seen lasts only a short time. But what can’t be seen will last forever. (NIVR) 2 Corinthians 4:18
  24. 24. Paul went from making life difficult for Christians to making a new life in Christ for himself that was decidedly difficult. Why?
  25. 25. How changed are my ambitions! Now I long to know Christ and the power shown by his resurrection: now I long to share his sufferings, even to die as he died, so that I may perhaps attain as he did, the resurrection from the dead. Phil 3:10-11
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