Revelation 14
How can God's People Endure Persecution?

 A few weeks ago, I travelled to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for an annual pastor’s gathering. It is a great time to connect with friends and colleagues in ministry. I always stay with the same roommate. We have known each other since 2002 when we started doing school together. But when I saw him drive up, I hardly recognized him. He’d lost 45 pounds since last year’s retreat.
So I asked what had happened. He’d had a sabbatical last summer. So he exercised every day and cut down on carbohydrates. He looked strikingly different and healthier. I noticed he drank no pop during the week and took smaller portions. So I have wanted to lose 10 or 15 pounds myself. I thought, “If he can do it, I can do it.”