Word of Encouragement

Spread the Good News not the virus.

John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress back in 1678 that remains one of the best allegories of the Christian life ever written. At one point in the story, he tells of two characters named Christian and Hopeful who were walking along the King’s Highway and stopped to rest in a field belonging to a giant named Despair. The problem was they fell asleep; they got complacent. And it wasn’t long before they were found and taken into a place called Doubting Castle. Here they were beaten, deprived of food and water, and left in the darkness to die. (Ever felt like that? Where you got sleepy in your faith only to wake up in the worst possible circumstance?) In fact, the giant Despair even suggested they commit suicide to just get it over with.

In the midst of discussing the possibility of suicide with one another, Christian remembers he has a key in his pocket called Promise. It is a key that will open any door in Doubting Castle and provide the way of escape—if he’ll just use it. When he finally uses it, the key works and they find that doubt and despair give way to Promise and Hope every time.

I find so much truth in that poignant story. How many times do we find ourselves in the pit of doubt and despair? We know of God’s faithfulness in the past but for whatever reason, we are stuck in that prison until Holy Spirit or another brother or sister in Christ reminds us of what we have in our pocket—the keys of promise. God promises that He has everything under control. All things work for the good of those He loves. He will provide a way of escape. We just have to use it.

“All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing…” Colossians 1:6


Rev. Ginette Howse
Lead Pastor

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