Letter from Mike to ncBc, Dec 15, 2015

Letters from Mike | Dec 15, 2015

Letter to ncBc from Mike Sperou, "Confessor" — suffering for Christ; temporarily imprisoned

Letter from Mike to ncBc, Dec 15, 2015Mike Sperou, “Confessor”suffering for Christ; temporarily imprisoned.

While imprisoned for his faith, Mike continues to send ncBc letters of encouragement. A letter from December 2015 is included here.

c. Dec 15, 2015 | Oregon State Penitentiary

Dearly Beloved:

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

“… and the rains fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house — and yet it did not fall, for it was built deeply on a solid foundation.”

In all such afflictions and distresses we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who so wonderfully loved us.

  1. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one — yet God continues to keep us and the evil one cannot really touch us.
  2. “The true light has come into the world, and the darkness will never be able to overcome or extinguish it.”

  3. We also know that Christian suffering is a vital and necessary part of our path to glory — and every experience God takes us through should be seen as a strengthening process to prepare us for a future only He can now see.
  4. We also know that we were not called to live for ourselves, but solely for the God who chose us out of the domain of darkness into His marvelous light — so it is time to give our conventional lives a decent burial and move forward with even more hope and confidence than has already been shown.

“They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.”

We are in a fight where there are no easy victories — so let us determine to endure every hardship as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

What seems heavy now will seem lighter later, especially as we together experience the fruit that will surely come from it — in the meantime, let us do what we can with what we have where we are.

The key to success is perseverance, the positive determination to never quit or give up — to eventually snatch victory from the jaws of apparent defeat.

With deepest love and affection,
Mike

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