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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Our Response In Tribulation and Distress

Romans 2:9

A pictures finding oneself in a "tight corner", hemmed in with no way out, in a narrow strait without the possibility of escape.

• might be used of an army caught in a narrow, rocky defile with space neither to maneuver nor to escape. It might be used of a ship caught in a storm with no room either to ride it or to run before it. There are moments when a man seems to be in a situation in which the walls of life are closing round him -- that is the picture inherent in stenochoria. The opposite state, of being in a large place, was metaphorically used to describe a state of joy as in Ps 118:5 (Spurgeon's note) where the psalmist writes

From my distress I called upon the LORD. The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.

  1. Romans 2:9 There will be tribulation (thlipsis) and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek,
  2. Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation (thlipsis) , or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
  3. 2Corinthians 6:4 but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions (thlipsis) , in hardships, in distresses,
  4. 2Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.