Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4 NIV

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Not Lacking Anything

Historica Canada is a charitable organization that conducts research on Canadian history curriculum and provides education programs across the country. They have recently reported that the teaching of Canadian history is lacking. In their latest history curriculum report card, Historica found that most provinces and territories were “struggling in efforts to provide a more comprehensive view of the country’s history.” The average score across Canada was only 67 per cent. Alberta came in dead last among Canadian provinces with a meagre 50 per cent.

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I have the great privilege of traveling a lot to visit ministry sites; and, some time back, Wendy made up a packing list so I would be sure to have everything I need on the trip. In a spiritual sense, the Lord Jesus promises that He will provide all we need as we serve Him. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” God doesn’t just hand us everything we need to be mature in Him and serve Him faithfully. He knows exactly what will mature us, and what we need, and sometimes His maturing and provision comes through trials and times of testing. We don’t like these, but they do help us to walk more closely with Him, learning to trust Him and lean on Him. During these challenging times, God shows up as we persevere and out of that comes the provision. No matter what God calls you to, and what He leads you through, He will see that you lack nothing.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley