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“For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Philippians 1:29 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)

God keeps a costly school. Many of its lessons are spelled out through tears. This school of our heavenly Father will soon close for us; the term time is shortening every day. We cannot shrink from the hard lessons or wince under the rod of chastisement.

“The richer will be the crown, and the sweeter will be heaven, if we endure cheerfully to the end and graduate in glory.” – Theodore Cuyler

Did you know that the finest china in the world is burned at least three times, some more. Why does it go through that intense fire? Once ought to be enough; twice ought to be enough. But no, three times is necessary to burn the china so that the gold and the crimson are brought out more beautifully and fastened there to stay.

“We are fashioned after the same principle in human life. Our trials are burned into us once, twice, thrice, and by God’s grace these beautiful colors are there to stay forever.” – Cortland Myers

Prayer: Lord, help me to see my difficult circumstances as a refining fire that can make me more like You if I respond correctly. Please give me the grace to trust You; the strength to endure; and the peace of God to ease the way through to a victorious end either in this life or in the one to come! Amen.

Devotion by Susan Tracy

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“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (I Peter 1:7 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)

Who wants to go through trials? It hurts when the fire burns away the dull outer layers of my life. But, oh, how beautiful it is when the gold shines through to reflect God’s glory!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for being my refiner! I can get through this for You are with me during this test of my faith. Amen.

Devotion by Julie Long

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My husband has been reading a book entitled, “Branding Faith.” He read something to me that caught my attention. The Coca Cola Bottling Company wanted someone to design a bottle that could retain its distinction as a Coke even if it was crushed. In 1915 the Root Glass Company designed a bottle that would pass the crush test. Today, this bottle is the most recognized icon in the world; even in the dark. God designed His church to be the church regardless of what is happening around them. Jesus said, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for designing a church that will stand the test of time and remain the church.

Devotion by: Kaye Singleton

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