Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Inspirational stories show how people and communities are being transformed by hope and faith in Christ
Servants of Christ are in the transformation business. This kind of transformation will only happen if we refuse to be seduced by false idols like success, money, fame, and security--to be the church we were called to be. We need to take ownership of the problems around us and work with people who are suffering in order to find solutions and offer lasting change.
Patrick travels the globe to find examples. He reports how in Bolivia Christian backing for education projects allows families to find a way out of poverty. In London his organization XLP mentors young people to turn aside from violence. In downtown Los Angeles a new future is being offered to girls in gangs. In high security prisons in the UK and US the Spirit is turning lives around. In Belfast's hard-bitten Shankill Road area a group of elderly ladies cook meals for men who sit all day in local pubs. The list is extensive--and inspiring. The common element in each of these circumstances is that the church is offering hope. In Christ there really is no limit.