June 7, 2020

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One of the definitions of the word test is… “an event or situation that reveals the strength or quality of someone or something by putting them under strain.”

Our nation, and indeed our world, has certainly been tested as of late

A global pandemic with specific and devastating consequences to our economy, our personal freedoms, and our way of life.

A travesty of justice played out on camera for all to witness a gross abuse of power and disregard for human life that has unleashed a firestorm of anger, protest, rioting and violence and which has once again put racism and the need for change at forefront of national discussion

Our faith has been tested, our theology has been tested, our personal resolve and love for others has been tested

And on many levels, we have failed the test

Key Text: James 1:19-26 (NIV)

We fail the test when we…

1. Are quick to speak and slow to listen

2. React in anger, judgement, and condemnation rather than respond with mercy, discernment, and forgiveness

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