Today’s Scripture Selection: Hebrews 10:38

“But my righteous one will live by faith.”

People of belief talk about it so much we may take it for granted.

But it is the cornerstone upon which everything else is based: faith in God and Christ.

It is so easy in this world to get beaten down:

  • By doubt
  • By fear
  • By discouragement
  • By confusion
  • By conflict
  • By illness
  • By false prophets
  • By false gods
  • By evil
  • By so much

But over and over again the promise is the same.  Just look at the verse directly preceding the one above:

“He who is coming will come and will not delay.”

There it is.  The challenge which, if we can meet it, will be the foundation for all else that we do.

We must, pure and simple, keep the faith.

Do that and no matter what – we will one day prevail.

Prayer: Lord, may my faith remain ever strong, no matter what.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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