Jimmy Phillips

writes from Bakersfield, California, where he is director of marketing and communications for San Joaquin Community Hospital.

Coming to Grips With Suffering

I have a good friend—I’ll call him Carlos—who was recently baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This was one of those wonderful conversion success stories: A few months after Carlos was baptized, his wife began attending an evangelistic series at our church, and his kids enrolled in the local academy for the upcoming school year. This family’s overnight redemption reminded me of the jailer in Philippi whose entire house was baptized after the apostle Paul’s earthquake-aided release from prison (Acts 16).

God was hard at work in Carlos’ home, but of course, so was Satan.

A few weeks ago Carlos walked into Sabbath school …

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