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Trusting God During Trials: Revelation 11:1-13

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I’ve conducted a bit of an informal survey here at church over the past week, and the overwhelmingly preferred superpower is to fly.

I wonder why. We can already fly. I’m sure it’d be nice, and kind of fun, to just step outside and take off. One of my brave friends said “mind reading.” No offense, but I do not want to know what you, or anyone else, is thinking in the dark recesses of your minds. Another said tele-kinesis, the ability to move objects with their mind- which is pretty useful. I was leaning towards being able to make money grow on trees, but I think I’d rather go for miraculous healing. That’d be pretty amazing, and I could use it as an evangelistic tool.
I hesitated asking this opening question because superpower fatigue is a real thing and so many of us are sick of all the super hero movies these days. I think it may just be that we’ve about used up all the superpowers and are now scraping the bottom of the barrel at finding new and unique ways to tell the same story- normal person develops superpowers- doesn’t know how to use them and loses the first fight to the villain- then digs deep, overcomes, and wins the big boss battle at the end.

But do you know this will actually happen one day? A couple people will develop actual super powers to fight in a battle of good vs. evil. We read the story in Revelation chapter 11. Unlike some of the stuff we see on the cinema today, this is actually a great story and we’ll get to see it play out for real one day. The twist in the story is a tragic one- a tough one- one that teaches us that the ultimate hero in every story is God. We can rely on Him in the midst of our struggles to carry us through. And that is a message we desperately need to hear today.

I invite you to join with us this weekend as we learn about trusting God during our trials from Revelation 11. Our socially distanced service is Saturday afternoon at 3:30, and our Sunday morning service is at 10:15, where you can join us online or in person. We also have Sunday School classes at 9 for all ages.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to pursuing Christ, Community, and the Great Commission Together with you soon!

-Pastor Nathan Rice

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