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I have recently received some encouraging words from some of you, which is very meaningful as I trudge along over here. Some of you have had to walk through the flames and others through the valley, and to know that my words have been helpful and even hopeful is awesome. I’m grateful.

“Trudge” is an interesting word. Sometimes preachers step into the pulpit feeling like they are “walking slowly and with heavy steps . . . because of exhaustion or harsh conditions,” which is the meaning of the word. Those who trudge need to be reminded of God’s grace. This goes for the preacher, and those to whom preachers speak.

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Notes and resources relevant to this episode:

Barbara Tuchman, Practicing History: Selected Essays (United States: Ballantine Books, 1982), p. 247, 248

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

Fleming Rutledge, Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ (United States: Eerdmans Publishing, 2018). Kindle Location 713.

“The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.” (Revelation 16.10, 11)

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