Written by cycleguy on January 7th, 2022

There are two tests in life: the test of adversity and the test of prosperity. The challenge for each is different. The challenge for adversity is not to give in to despair, not to doubt God’s love, power, and presence in our lives. The test of prosperity is to forget God, to not become self-sufficient and proud.  I don’t know about you but my life seems to be a constant battle between the two.

Case in point: the response to COVID. This crisis has left many limping (and I don’t mean physically).  We have watched as our culture has leaned more and more to being anti-God and anti-Christian.  We have to know where we stand!

We have to draw a line in the sand and say, “I will not cross this and neither will you.” Daniel is a book filled with line-drawing. And it is not about “daring to be a Daniel. ” This book is not about Daniel and his 3 Hebrew friends. It is about Daniel’s God, the very same God whom we worship and serve. God is the hero of the book.

Daniel 1 is the second in the series I have entitled Against the Grain.  (Esther 4:1-14 was the first).  It will be all about drawing lines and then holding them.  My sermon is titled Hold the Line! and you can see why as you read the first chapter. I do hope you join us in person. If not, please join us via live stream.

One last thing: one my most faithful blogging friends who comments on both of my blogs, has one of her own, and tunes into our worship ever week is named Martha Orlando. This past week she was admitted for bacterial pneumonia (not COVID-related) to the hospital in Georgia. Would you please pray for her? Thanks.


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  1. I have battled adversity and the test of prosperity. Even though prosperity meant all bills were paid and enough to go out and eat was left. That is prosperity. It is humbling to throw out the need for money to buy plane tickets, purchase whatever is needed once you get to another country. I don’t remember us ever doing without food, clothing, etc, ever. In both countries we served in we were consider rich but we were far from it according to 1st world measurements but in a third world or 5th world that PNG was, yeah we were rich. So I have lived as prosper people. We find it harder to live in 1st world when it comes to both test. But, for such a time as this God has us here, in this cold snowy frosty land of northern MN. I do miss the warm southern Ca. weather but love that we live across the driveway from our daughter and family. Good post Bill and thank for the news on Martha, did not know that.