Category Archives: Trials

Transformed pain…

Let God transform your pain so you can become a transformer of pain for others. Continue reading

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Why does it feel so hard to live for God?

How are you doing? Feeling exhausted and weak? Helpless? Maybe hopeless?
You are in a good place for seeing … Continue reading

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Why do I feel so torn?

If you are a teacher in the Church or one who influences other followers of Christ, please make sure they understand the painful reality of the tension they will experience and how torn they will feel because of God’s Spirit living in them. The Christian life is one of tension between the already and the not yet. Continue reading

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The unexpected ways of God

We easily drift into a discouraged and disillusioned state when we misunderstand the ways of God Newton described here. Continue reading

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Every day is NOT a great day

Do we now live in cultures that encourage unrealistic expectations of uninterrupted happiness? I find it troubling when the Church strains to paint everything in such positive terms that believers are shocked and perhaps disillusioned by trials and suffering. Continue reading

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Seven purposes for pain

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (The Problem of Pain, C. S. Lewis). Continue reading

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God is an active presence during our suffering

God is an active presence in the midst of trouble, hardship and suffering. Continue reading

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