Category Archives: Persecuted

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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Teach this truth to new believers

Discipline is an unavoidable part of God’s plan for spiritual transformation. Christian discipleship should teaching about the fact that, “The Lord disciplines those he loves.” Some Christians are not experiencing spiritual growth because they don’t understand this truth.  ___ A failure to … Continue reading

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What does responsible citizenship look like?

It’s not easy to find well-balanced (accessible) statements on the role of Christians in government, especially of the representative form in the USA. Part of the problem is that we simply have no explicit parallels in Scripture to believers living … Continue reading

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You will heap burning coals on his head?

What does it mean… If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head”? Context… “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be … Continue reading

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3 Words to live by in hostile circumstances

Based on Daniel 3:15-18: “Now when you hear the sound of …all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown … Continue reading

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Thorns of grace

“God does not allow us to stay with the idea that we are strong. O, we may have that idea. But the Lord is going to disabuse us of it one way or another and it will be good for us and give glory to Him when he does so.” (J. I. Packer).
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God is our refuge

The Psalmist expresses the full range of emotions in worship and prayer. He does not pretend he has it all together. Whatever his frame of mind, he directs his thoughts and feelings to the God he loves and longs for.
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Posted in Depression, Despair, God's Protection, Persecuted, Praise, Prayer, Psalms, Suffering, Trials | 2 Comments