Category Archives: Doubt

Allured by love

He promises to draw us apart, for there he can best deal with us, and this separated place is not to be a Paradise, but a wilderness, since in such a place… Continue reading

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When the storms hit…

Truths to carry and guide us in difficult times. Continue reading

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What should we learn from the friend of God?

Learning about life with God from the friend of God. Continue reading

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When life feels difficult

I’ve often asked God for green pastures and still waters. God has been faithful to provide times of rest and refreshment.  Continue reading

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A denier called back to duty

Jesus Reinstates Peter!
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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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Never give up on prayer

Why does God allow perseverance in prayer to be part of our experience? Prayer is an appeal to one who can do what I cannot do and what others won’t do.

Consider two people from opposite ends of the continuum of power and privilege: a corrupt Judge and a persistent widow.
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What do most students entering university believe?

The tension is not about belief in a Creator but whether or not it is safe to believe in one absolute God — especially if one’s beliefs discredit the beliefs of others. Continue reading

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Why do I feel so torn?

If you are a teacher in the Church or one who influences other followers of Christ, please make sure they understand the painful reality of the tension they will experience and how torn they will feel because of God’s Spirit living in them. The Christian life is one of tension between the already and the not yet. 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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