The circumstances in Jerusalem in 520 BC were tough, like today. The people were distracted by all the hardship . . . like today. And they were less than faithful, like too many in the current climate. BUt God called them to a new level of obedience, and promised a greater level of blessing for those who would consider their ways and repent.
In Pastor David's absence, R. Dale Fisher, Associational Mission Strategist from the Caldwell Baptist Association brought an encouraging message from John 14. "Light at the end of the tunnel" is based on the Person of Jesus, the believer's place in heaven, and the promise of the Lord. You will be encouraged through this message.
God is regularly testing our faith to teach us to trust Him more, purging us of impurities, claiming glory to Himself as He works in our hearts. The Lord is giving us reasons to rejoice in what He is doing, giving us joy that is indescribable. And it is our faith that gives us the assurance of our salvation. What is God doing in your faith?