For most of my life Americans have been living in good times. Sure we’ve had our ups and downs in the US but they were the exception rather than the rule. But things look different to me now. I’m not sure the America I grew up in will ever return. Since I’m a Bible teacher I’m always interested in what the Bible has to say about life, especially the Christian life. So what follows are six essays that lay out the results of my study. Other than the fact that they all address the same general topic, they aren’t necessarily connected, so you can read them all at once or one at time. But taken together, I think they provide a good overview on living the Christian life in hard times.