Encouragement is an interesting thing. No matter what our day brings, we should probably be either giving or receiving it.
If you had to choose, would you rather have success and purpose without personal freedom, or to be physically free and a failure?
Let's consider how we can relate our behavior and our blessings.
Those who seek to confront, argue with. and disagrees with us can come from anywhere, but this is not a new problem.
When faced with threats based on His words, why did Jesus respond with a question about His actions?
Once we decide that "enough is enough" with respect to the impact of sin in our lives, we have a choice as to what to do next.
Just because a comedian announces that he's about to tell a funny joke, that doesn't necessarily make it funny.
How much of what we value today will be significant even a short time from now? Is there anything that will outlast the assault of time?
Regardless of what its enemies throw at it, the body of Jesus Christ - the collection of His followers on earth - is destined to win the battle.
When we encounter obstacles or resistance, we must discern between God's direction to keep us on the right path, and the resistance of evil trying to keep us from that path.