Hard knocks in life are for our good. There will be suffering needing persevering, leading to prospering in Him.
But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
Relate: The future looked bleak for Michael. He had a slowly deteriorating condition called ankylosing spondylitis. That is pretty much a kind of arthritis of the spine. It creates a nagging back pain that never really goes away but instead becomes slowly, incrementally worse over time as the back bones begin to fuse together. A fusing spine, pain that would only continue to get worse and worse, a life of shuffling about wishing that it would just, finally end. He wasn’t there yet but that is what Michael had to…
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