• We're living in a day and time of two extremes of people's desires:
  • Today's Christians are satisfied with being saved and not worrying about others--including friends and family.

  • Christians are perplexed over why they endure the suffering they do.

  • We bear the cross--whether it be loneliness, abandonment, alienation, family casting you out, punishment for Christ's sake, betrayal, disappointment, persecution, suffering, etc.

  • Why is this subject being preached? Because today, many more are "fainting" (giving up)

  • Whether or not you serve GOD, you will suffer in life.
  • Hebrews 12:2: You can suffer loss ... or reap the full reward.