From the Pastor's Desk
I recently read the story of two Christian martyrs during The Great Reformation. One was a veteran saint, Latimer, and the other was a young believer, Riley. They were condemned to be burned at the stake. The night before the execution young Riley was highly nervous and very agitated. He looked through the iron bars of their dungeon prison and saw the people preparing the stakes for their execution. In his panic he tried to light a candle and in the process burned his finger. His burn impressed upon him the greater agony of the fate that awaited him and his fellow believer. He then cried out, “I can’t stand it, I can’t stand it”. His seasoned companion gently laid his hand upon his shoulder and said, “My friend, God didn’t ask you to burn your finger so He didn’t give you grace to stand it tonight, but tomorrow, when the time comes, God will give sufficient grace.” The next morning the two were lead to the stakes with a smile on their face and peace in their hearts and as the flames surrounded their bodies out of the midst came their vibrant voices united in a victorious song of praise.
2 Corinthians 12:9
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
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