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I happened upon this chapter and read it intently. When I got to pg 12 of the chapter (pg 17/32) I read of the 'inspiration to humility and the trusting of God's Word' and also 'face the the hostility of the world or even the apostasy of the church without faltering in our ministry'. It was at this point that I stopped reading and drew breath and pondered the years spent in exile from the church. For the last fifteen months I have been away from my current church due to the inner conflict of observing compromise and heavy handedness of pastors and paritioners alike. As was the case with other churches that I'd attended, my initial action was to recoil inward, then to resign my ministry and then eventually to seek out another body to be a part of. I couln't seem to be able to resolve the desparate feelings of loss when thw Word of God was so trivialised and not heeded. The Lord has led me into humilty over the last few years and at present, with all that I can muster, am attempting to trust him implicitly. Having said that, it was the words "without faltering in our ministry" that grabbed me. I would indeed hope for a vision of the sovereignty of our Good Lord to sustain me through the hard times of ministry in His Church. Thankyou lord for your Grace and thankyou Richard for a very inciteful chapter. I will look for this book to finish. Fare well.