Category Archives: Trials

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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Where is God when we suffer?

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

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Nothing wasted

After each of the following Scriptures, make a list of the purposes accomplished through suffering. Then talk to God about what you learned. Continue reading

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When life takes painful turns

Joseph’s story teaches us how to protect our hearts from the poison of bitterness and the prison of despair. Continue reading

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Trust God at all times

Here’s a great quote from someone who practiced its truth in conditions far worse than most people ever experience. Continue reading

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5 purposes of pain (C. S. Lewis)

There are at least 5 ways that this “momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17) Continue reading

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