Category Archives: Bitterness

Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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When you feel like getting revenge

Seven responses when you feel like getting revenge.  Continue reading

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The way out of resentment

Is it possible to carry deep resentments and not even be aware of the power they hold over you?

One woman learned the power of suppressed resentment fifteen years after a tragic accident. Continue reading

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No one came to my support

At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. It’s natural to default toward self-pity and resentment when we feel forgotten and unappreciated. Continue reading

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Don’t let them drag you down

We don’t want to be in the group identified as “grumblers and faultfinders” (Jude 16). Continue reading

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Discouragement – a “dis” on courage

We cannot adequately encourage those who have lost perspective without discouraging them from a frame of mind that binds them to their discouragement. (Read it again).

Getting out of the fog of despondency often requires a little loving admonishment. Caring friends will cross this line with love and sensitivity when they sense we need a better perspective. Continue reading

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Confused about God in a world of suffering

In our efforts to understand how God relates to the evil actions of humans (or even to His own acts of judgment), we must make some important distinctions concerning God’s will. Continue reading

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Scene 3 – Life as a prisoner

Often in life we become the object of other people’s passions. Joseph was the object of parental favoritism, sibling envy and hatred and now lust and false accusation by Potiphar’s wife. Continue reading

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Scene 2 – Life as a slave

  Audio message for all five scenes: Play Audio! At the vulnerable age of seventeen, (at the hands of his very own brothers), Joseph was ripped from his family and sold into slavery. “So when Joseph came to his brothers, … Continue reading

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When life takes painful turns

Joseph’s story teaches us how to protect our hearts from the poison of bitterness and the prison of despair. Continue reading

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