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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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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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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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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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The Conflict We Didn’t Tell You About

Are we helping new believers understand the challenges and difficulties of the Christian life? Continue reading

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Never give up!

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (II Corinthians … Continue reading

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God-centered, Mission-focused purpose for our troubles

It’s tempting to think that being a Christian should minimize the challenges and troubles of life. We have God with us! Shouldn’t He protect us from hardships? Shouldn’t life be easier? Continue reading

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Meeting the God of all comfort

What happens to us when we have unrealistic expectation for health and emotional happiness? Are we likely to be more easily disappointed and discouraged? Continue reading

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