A theology that does not deal with reality as it is is not robust enough. A theology that denies reality is a bad theology. 

Christians live in a broken world. And we live in it as broken people. The fullness of God's redemption will be a future reality, but one in which we only experience only partly in this life.  

That means that as Christians, we too will have to deal with addiction, mental illness, depression, conflict, sickness, unemployment, disease, broken relationships, fractured emotions etc...

When we experience these things, it is not necessarily because of personal sin, or a lack of faith, or unbelief. While these things might contribute,sometimes, its just the state of the world we find ourselves in. And often much of it is out of our control.

I think how we respond to these things is vitally important. The twin poles of seeing God as personal genie and despair/hopelessness must be avoided.

Instead, we look to God for our daily bread, asking for his intervention, but always prepared to receive what he gives, even if it not what we asked for.

In these times, with open hands and hearts, we receive courage, power to persevere, hope, and comfort.

If this is your season, we join you in praying for daily bread... the bread you need for today, and today alone.

Grace & Peace,
Brad Swope

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