CROSS Ministries 4th quarter brief (2019)
QUOTE OF THE QUARTER
"This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison." 2 Corinthians 4:17
THEME OF THE QUARTER: THE DISCIPLINE OF GRACE
Paul wrote that our sufferings produce perseverance, which in turn produces character (Romans 5:3-4), and James said that the testing of our faith develops perseverance, which leads to maturity (James 1:2-5). Our ultimate hope, though, is not in maturity of character in this life, as valuable as that is, but in the perfection of character in eternity. John wrote, "When he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2). The often painful process of being transformed into His likeness will be over. We shall be completely conformed to the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18). I visualize in my mind a pair of old-fashioned balance scales. Paul first puts all our sufferings, heartaches, disappointments--all our adversities of whatever kind from whatever source--onto one side of the balance scales. Then he puts on the other side the glory that will be revealed in us. As we watch, the scales do not balance, but completely bottom out on the side of the glory that will be revealed in us.
This is not to say that our present hardships are not painful. We see from Hebrews 12:11 that they are indeed painful, and we all know this to some degree from experience. But we need to learn to look by faith beyond the present pain to the eternal glory that will be revealed in us. The God who disciplines us will also glorify us.
Excerpt from “Holiness Day by Day" by Jerry Bridges
FOURTH QUARTER 2019 ACTIVITIES
434 boxes of Christian materials were provided to 48 ministries during the 4th quarter.
In 2019, 1254 boxes of materials were provided to ministries in 27 countries, including the distributions of materials to many locations in the USA.