“…strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God’” (Acts 14:22).
While many professing American Christians consider Christianity to be little more than another self-help guide for inherently good people; providing formulas for happiness; lessons on improving lifestyles, and keys to achieving success, the life of faith is, in fact, a vigorous and intensive pursuit. True faith embraces a battle that meets face to face with evil, suffering, and adversity. Yet it is in these circumstances that all nonessentials are stripped away and we are brought back to the foundational things that matter most. Upon this bedrock you find the reasons and strength to persevere.