We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV

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Endurance

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship Endurance — one of the greatest undiscovered shipwrecks — has been found at a depth of 3,008 metres in the Weddell Sea in Antarctica.

Scientists on the Endurance22 Expedition used helicopters, underwater robots and other state-of-the-art technology to find and film the Endurance in one of the most complex and challenging shipwreck searches ever undertaken. Acclaimed popular historian, broadcaster and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Dan Snow carried the flag of the RCGS on the expedition, an experience he described as “like time travel” in his recounting of the discovery.

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Life isn’t always easy. There is no promise in the Bible that life will always be a bed of roses. In fact, it often says something very different – that the follower of Jesus can expect that there will be opposition and challenges. Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble. But this doesn’t mean that God isn’t in control – He always has a reason for the difficulties that come our way. The apostle Paul deals with this in 1 Thessalonians 1:3: “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are not saved by works – our redemption is by faith alone. But out of the faith we accomplish much for the Kingdom of God – Paul speaks of the work produced by our faith, prompted by the love we have for the Lord Jesus and others. Finally, he speaks of the endurance inspired by our hope in Him. As we continue to trust in Him, even in the tough times, He gives us hope.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley