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MEDITATION :
Jesus’ Words for the Suffering Church
Charlie Wallace
Pastor
David Baptist Church
Raise your hand if you've
ever experienced suffering in
your life. Even though | can’t see
you, I'm willing to bet that if you
are reading this article your
hand. is raised. Suffering is a fact
of life that is inescapable. Every-
one that will ever live will in
some way suffer. This begs the
question, “Why do we suffer?”
Why does God allow us to en-
dure sometimes extreme suffer-
ing?
The question of evil and suf-
fering is one of the most debated
topics in our world today. Many
people refuse to believe in a
God that allows suffering. They
say, “Why would God allow
such atrocities? Why wouldn't
he just stamp them out?” The
Christian teaching though is that
through the death, burial, resur-
rection, and ascension of Christ,
God has dealt with suffering. All
the sins of the world were
poured out on Christ. Those that
place their faith in Him will be
spared any eternal suffering.
That is the good news of the
Gospel.
The suffering question, how-
ever, is fundamentally flawed
because it assumes that all suf-
fering is bad. Have you ever
thought that some suffering may
actually be good? Have you ever
thought that some suffering may
be beneficial? If this is not the
case then why do people get in-
volved with workout plans like
Fellowship & Faith
Chords
KINGS MOUNTAIN
Long Creek Presbyterian
Church
701 Long Creek Road
704-629-4406
Love Valley Baptist Church
2032 Bethlehem Road
704-730-0075
Macedonia Baptist Church
1101 S. Battleground Avenue
704-739-6811 :
Midview Baptist Church
703 Margrace Road
704-739-6711
Mount Zion Missionary Bap-
-tist Church :
220 N. Watterson Street
AOVTOAI739.8354 10 Ab
Mountain View Agape
Church
506 Sparrow Springs Road
704-739-0160
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Compact School Road
704-739-4516
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
220 N. Watterson Street
704-739-8354
New Beginnings Church of
Jesus Christ
541 Crocker Road
704-730-9507
New Bynum Chapel Zion
Church
i N.Cansler Street
+ 704-739-2606
New Camp Creek Baptist
Church
863 New Camp Creek Ch. Road
704-487-7128
Lrvice Directors ry
New Life Family Worship
Center
428 Oak Grove Road
704-739-9371
New Way Missionary Baptist
Church
105 Waco Road
704-724-0414
Oak Grove Baptist Church
1022 Oak Grove Road
704-739-4833
Oak View Baptist Church
1517 York Road
704-739-7831
Pathway Baptist Church
3100 Parkdale Circle
704-734-0852
Patterson Grove Baptist
Church
301 Oak Grove Road
704-739-5826
Peoples Baptist Church
1010 Groves Street
704-739-0398
Proclaiming the Word
Ministries
7011 Cleveland Avenue
Progressive Church of Our
Lord
1001 Cleveland Avenue
704-734-1070
Resurrection Lutheran
Church
600 Crescent Circle
704-739-5580
Royal Praise Ministries
2055 Shelby Rd.
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P90X and Insanity which inflict
physical pain on the body. Why
do people run long-distance
races? Why do people endure
these types of self-inflicted suf-
fering? One of the reasons is that
there is a sense of accomplish-
ment in enduring and conquer-
ing suffering. Another reason is
that suffering molds a person.
Suffering gives one character.
And in the case of the Christian,
suffering for Jesus ultimately
molds him or her into the image
of Christ.
The church of Smyrna in Rev-
elation 2:8-11 is known as the
suffering church. Here was a
group of believers that were suf-
fering for no other reason than
for simply being Christians. Jesus
says, “I know your tribulation
and your poverty.” Jesus was
well aware of their suffering. He
wanted them to know that their
status did not escape his provi-
dential care. But, it gets worse!
Saint Matthew’s
Lutheran Church
201 N. Piedmont Avenue
704-739-7466
Second Baptist Church
120 Linwood Road
704-739-4216
Shady Grove Baptist Church
339 Shady Grove Road
* 704-739-8920
St. Paul United Methodist
Church
N. Cansler Street
704-739-1256
Sunrise Baptist Church
208 Mail Road
704-692-3007
Temple Baptist Church
612 N. Cansler Street
704-739-4716
The Favor Center Church
602 Slater Street
He said, “Do not fear what you
are about to suffer. Behold, the
devil is about to throw some of
you into prison, that you may be
tested, and for ten days you will
have tribulation.”
In other words, their suffering
was going to get worse. In fact,
some would even be imprisoned
for their faith. But then Jesus
spoke encouragement to them.
He said, “Be faithful unto death,
and | will give you the crown of
life.” Surprisingly, Jesus didn’t
say, “It'll all be okay,” or “You'll
get through it.” He simply said,
“l am enough.” What about you
as you read this today? Is there
something you are going
through that just seems impossi-
ble? Know that Jesus is enough
for you. The only way to make it
through your suffering is to draw
close to Him. When you do this
He will draw close to you. And
you will ultimately know that
Jesus is indeed enough.
Featured Cc hunch the Week:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
BRIEFS
GOOD HOPE PRESBY-
TERIAN CHURCH on
Cansler Street will sell hot
dogs with all the trimmings
Friday, July 19, from 11 a.m.-3
p.m. Plates are $5 and will be
delivered with three orders or
more by calling 704-974-1267.
All proceeds benefit the
church.
MT. ZION BAPTIST
CHURCH - 220 North Watter-
son St., Kings Mountain in-
vites you to the “Shepherd’s
Table” for a free meal every
Tuesday from 11:30 am. -
12:30 p.m., sponsored by the
Mission Dept. Contact Sisters
Eloise Jenkins or Valerie Boyd
at 704-739-8354 for Informa-
tion. Pastor: Raymond IJ.
Gardin, Jr.
BLOOD PRESSURE
CLINIC — held the third
Wednesday of the month from
10 — 11:30 a.m. In the Craft
Room of the Patrick Senior
Center, sponsored by Gentiva.
David Baptist Church
704-739-9230
True Gospel Holiness Church ~~
GROVER ©
1608 Shelby Road : ;
704-739-6764 Bethany Baptist Church
Unity AME Zion Church 423 Cleveland Avenue
948 Unity Church Road 704-937-3010
nm Carolina Praise and Worship’
Vestibule AME Zion Church Center
2175 Vestibule Church Road
704-739-7961
Westover Baptist Church
114 Westover Drive
201 N. Main Street
704-937-7541
First Apostolic Church of
Blacksburg
205 E. Cherokee St.
GASTONIA
Bethesda United Methodist
Church
3714 S. New Hope Rd
Grace Community Advent
Christian Church
206 West 3rd Avenue
Blacksburg, SC704-937-
7390864-839-1873
WACO
New Testament Missionary
Baptist Church
Notice: In order to accommodate the number of churches in our communities,
we will print two alternating lists of churches each week. If you don't see
the church you're looking for, be sure to check next week.
TN
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CGA___
Christian G. Anderson, MD, PA
Board Certified in Intemal Medicine
Internal Medicine and Primary Care
502 West King Street
Suite 100
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Phone: 704-734-0576
Fax: 704-730-1712
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Finance
(704)
739-1311
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FUNERAL
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704-739-2591
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