Category Archives: Pain

Trust God at all times

Here’s a great quote from someone who practiced its truth in conditions far worse than most people ever experience. Continue reading

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5 purposes of pain (C. S. Lewis)

There are at least 5 ways that this “momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17) Continue reading

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Will Heaven solve our problems?

“Whenever we are confronted with something utterly and dreadfully evil, appallingly wicked, or just plain tragic, we should resist the temptation that is wrapped up in the cry, ‘Where’s the sense in that?’ Continue reading

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Forgiveness is an act of worship

When hurt by others, we often only see the horizontal significance of what occurred. “This is about me and the one who hurt me!” we argue. Yet those who worship God are called to view forgiveness as an act of worship. This is primarily about God and secondarily about me or my offender. When we forgive, we “let go of” instead of “holding on to” or “holding against.”

Forgiveness is an act of releasing to God the hurtful actions and consequences of the wrong done to us. Continue reading

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Playing the divine lottery?

As a young boy, I struggled with why God allowed these things to happen to my mom and dad. As the oldest son, I was more aware of the difficulties but did not have the maturity to handle it. Throughout those years, I often prayed for God to intervene with a “BIG” solutions. Continue reading

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God-centered, Mission-focused purpose for our troubles

It’s tempting to think that being a Christian should minimize the challenges and troubles of life. We have God with us! Shouldn’t He protect us from hardships? Shouldn’t life be easier? Continue reading

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Meeting the God of all comfort

What happens to us when we have unrealistic expectation for health and emotional happiness? Are we likely to be more easily disappointed and discouraged? Continue reading

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