Mortality means that we aren't permanent. We are fallible. We are capable of being injured, taken down with illnesses, and evidently dying. In this year, many will be reminded of their own mortality, meaning dangers to their existence will become real. God has never promised anyone freedom from the threats to his mortality. But he has promised us comfort and finally salvation, if we will accept his word. Life is too short and death and sorrow too certain for us to go through life without obeying God. Men should obey the gospel today.
Patience is defined as having the ability to wait on the conclusion of what we know to be right. During these times of terrorism, we all need to be patient, for it is just to fight against the evils of the terrorists. We have been so accustomed to getting everything quickly and everything when we want it. Not so anymore! We need to learn patience! Our President has told us that the war on terrorism will take a long time. So we need to be willing to stick it out. A terrorist is like a roach or rat hiding in a garbage dump, the more you search for the creep, the deeper he digs into the muck. So this will be no quick solution; we must have patience at the airport, patience with the digging at ground zero, patience with our military's searches, and patience when things go wrong with military actions. "For in patience we possess our souls," (Luke 21:19).
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