This week we had a special guest preacher, Bruce Latimer. Unfortunately, we have no sermon recording for you.
Every once in a while we meet the kind of people who, even in the midst of great suffering, are able to maintain deep and unrelenting faith. These people often become heroes to many who encounter them, as their faith far outstrips the ho-hum optimism so often mistaken for faith. Paul was one such hero, and in 2 Corinthians 12 he had this to say about his own suffering:
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.