The drought has taken it toll and it is a sad sight to see. In driving through some of those stricken areas you can see where many trees and small bushes have already died. Yet there other trees right beside them that are green and still alive. It has a lot to do with the root system of the tree and if they have found moisture. Seeing those trees reminds me of something in the Bible. Many people falsely believe that just because you are a Christian or if you become a Christian you will not have problems, trials or difficulties. Actually the Bible teaches just the opposite and it tells us of a totally different perspective about trials and tribulations. One, it says we are going to have them, (James 1:2). Second, some people will encounter many more difficulties than others. In many Countries the number is growing where it is very difficult to become a Christian and you may lose every earthly possession, family and even your life if you accept Christ, (John 16:33, Acts 20:19, 1 Thessalonians 1:6). One strange thing, the Bible tells us to consider it a great joy or be happy in our difficulties or tribulations, (Romans 5:3). We are told to preserve or stand firm in our troubles and when we do this it proves our faith, (Romans 8:35-39 & 12:12, 1 Peter 1:3-9). See you in Church next Sunday.