Pastor Patrick Steele talks about the christian growth process and it’s link to the trials of this life.

After all of the blessings, and all of the good things he’s done for me… I still find myself back in the place where I’ll be asking if God is really good in this situation or not. Why? Because I’ve been stretched beyond where I was before. I’ve been stretched to the edge of my faith. I’ve been stretched to the end of my capacity to endure it on my own, to the point where I have to come to a place, at the very end where I’m just about to snap, where I learn to trust in God, and not in myself. Patrick Steele


What would you do if you’d lost everything? And you’re there, disgraced, and shamed, and you’ve lost all of the benefits that you’ve worked for all of your life? What would you cry out for? What would you be asking for? Even though David had once had everything, and he’s now lost everything, David cries out, not God give me back all of these creature comforts that I’ve amassed to myself, and all of the dignity and pomp and splendor of being king, but God, give me more of you. In your trial, in your difficulty, in your desert space, is that what you cry?
Patrick Steele

Greater Than

…when God begins to change you you’ll begin to react differently, and people will notice that you are different, and you will find yourself in situations that used to undo you. Those same situations that were meant to undo you are now making you who you are.
Sean Todd

What Christians Ought to Know About Difficulties

Sometimes we’re trying to get into a life of comfort and ease where we feel better, where we’re healthy and we’re wealthy, and God says I’m more concerned about the inner life. I’m more concerned about you becoming more like Jesus.
Patrick Steele

Church 187

Sometimes God’s put people in your life that he wants you to emulate, but in your heart you do not want to emulate, you would rather eliminate, because it’s easier to put space between them and you than it is to learn from them.
Sean Todd