Category Archives: Trials

We have no power

Make a courageous admission: Some of us need to turn to God and confess, 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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5 purposes of pain (by C. S. Lewis)

Can you think of other purposes? Continue reading

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When forgotten and deserted

It hurts to be forgotten and deserted. But when faced with such experiences, we only multiply our pain when we choose… Continue reading

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What is God doing in my life?

You may have thought that life with God would solve everything. Why are you facing new challenges and still battling old ones? Continue reading

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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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Security, peace, and safety

Where to look when you feel vulnerable or anxious, or when you feel misunderstood or misrepresented… 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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Blessed are the persecuted?


Here are people declared by our Lord to be “blessed” when they are insulted, persecuted and falsely maligned with all kinds of evil against them. How unusual for them to be commanded to, “Rejoice and be glad!”
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7 resources for spiritual maturity

Spiritual growth requires looking ahead and looking back. Continue reading

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