Preston Condra, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has preached in churches across the United States, and served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Christian colleges and seminaries.
Kelly Condra is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in psychology and education, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master of Science degree in education and clinical counseling. Authors of several Christian books including By Which We Are Saved, Papa Let’s Talk, and Bearing Fruit or Living Barren.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval... And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:1, 6
“For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’ Jeremiah 29:10-14
Faith in Difficult Times: Faith in the promises of God to the church empowers the spiritual Christian to cope with the difficult times in life. Because the believer has the mind of Christ, he is able to view life’s troubles as God does, recognizing that they are temporary and fleeting in comparison with eternity. His trust in the sufficiency of God’s word allows him to enter into God’s rest, depending upon God’s provision for him and proving out God’s purposes in grace.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18