Category Archives: Trials

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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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

Posted in Christian life, Depression, Despair, discouraged, Discouragement, feeling hopeless, Hope?, Pain, Sanctification, Spiritual growth, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Trials | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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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