Category Archives: Suffering

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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God’s dispositional will

This dimension of God’s will reveals that God is not inwardly disposed to or delighted by… Continue reading

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Where can we find security and safety?

When you feel vulnerable or anxious, or when you feel misunderstood or misrepresented… Continue reading

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Some worship their past and their pain

Their pain becomes a temple ‘round itself, and they become devotees of anguish. Continue reading

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Evil doesn’t make sense

We grieve. We weep. We lament. We protest. We scream in pain and anger. We cry out, “How long must this kind of thing go on?” Continue reading

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My first funeral (a suicide)

There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading

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Are you a wise and discerning person?

When I began ministry many years ago, a scene out of the life of Solomon greatly influenced me and became my prayer. Continue reading

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