July 2014

Living a Christian life is never easy. The world is full of sin, trouble, and heartache. We daily must bear our crosses until we reach our paradise in heaven.

Sadly, many Christians look for easy paths in this life, paths that don't follow what God tells us in the Scriptures. Pastor Jeff Samelson shares the direction those easy paths take, a direction that leads us away from the road to heaven.

Perhaps Liesl Ross, a member at Trinity, Waukesha, Wis., says it best when she notes that being a Christian doesn't make life easy, it makes life easier to bear. Read more about her and her husband's trials and their journey to faith in this month's "Confessions of faith" article.

Instead of pursuing the easy life, we need to focus our attention on our Savior and the comfort he provides in good times and in bad. Verses throughout Scripture remind us of God's promise to be with us. In his interactive Bible study, Pastor Joel Heckendorf looks at a popular passage, Romans 8:28, which assures us that God is always working for the good of those who love him.