Category Archives: Trials

Abundant life includes pain and struggle

It sometimes doesn’t feel good to be a Christian on the straight and narrow. Continue reading

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Weakness is the way

Does God allow us to stay with the idea that we are strong? Continue reading

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Discipline vs. Punishment

Jesus bore the punishment our sin (all of it) deserved. Should we then be uncomfortable with the thought that God punishes believers for specific sins? Continue reading

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How does his story end?

An attack of Satan and the sovereignty of God. How does it end? Continue reading

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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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