This link will take you to Albert Mohler’s daily podcast, “The Briefing“. Listen to the entry for 16 Aug 18, especially the first 13 minutes or so. This first segment of today’s program is particularly disturbing, but quite important. I’m encouraged by remembering these words from Jesus in Luke 6:22-23: “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spur your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.” The encouragement continues as I read the following from Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 3:3b-4: “For you yourselves know that we are destined for this [i.e. to endure suffering and tribulation for the name of Jesus]. For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass and just as you know.” May our brother Jack Phillips endure with Jesus-centered, Paul-like joy!