I have been reading about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a man who suffered greatly for the cause of Christ. He died to himself and gave his life serving the Lord in the most horrific circumstances of Hitler’s Germany. He did not let his life and events color his faith, his faith colored his life and events. He knew that he could not live a “faithless-faith” and be true to the Lord. He knew that he had to serve the Lord Jesus no matter what the circumstances. We are living in a time in which we must make similar confessions of faith. He wrote that there are not two realities – the world without Christ and Christ without the world. There is one reality and that is Christ and the world together. Christ and the world conceived as two different realities is a departure from the reality of the New Testament. Throughout biblical and world history, people have suffered for the Gospel message. This age and generation will most likely be no different. Dear Lord, give us the strength to see this thing through to the end in faith! God help us to see what is needed to make it to the end.