Like the apostle Paul, I have a thorn in my flesh. It’s not identical. But it’s similar. In the spring of 2012, I severely strained my right achilles tendon. It’s been over three years and it’s still not healed. After ten steps of walking, I feel the pain. Tolerable, yes. But it still hurts. I’m […]Read more "4 Things Christians Should Do When Suffering"
When God makes you wait for something, it’s not his way of depriving you, but rather his means of changing you. Because God is sovereign over all, this is applicable to all of life. The big things like a spouse, children, a new job. Or the little things like waiting for a text message response, or waiting […]Read more "4 Reasons Why God Makes You Wait"
Chapter two of the book of Mark reveals what Jesus wants to give us. And it is something greater than being healed from a crippling injury. Most of us are familiar with the story. Jesus is in a home preaching the Word to anyone and everyone who would listen. Many people arrive to hear him. […]Read more "What Jesus Really Wants To Give You"
As you’ve probably heard by now, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old male from St. Louis, was allegedly killed by a Ferguson County Police Officer shortly after noon this past Saturday. I grew up in North County, about 15 minutes away from where the shooting took place, and know all about the dangers of living in that […]Read more "5 Ways To Positively Respond to The Michael Brown Shooting"
Sometimes we look to someone’s life and we envy their platform and status. We say, “I wish I had their life!” If we’re struggling with pride, we may even say, “Hey, I can do a better job than that person.” We are quick to make assumptions. We see the success, but we don’t see the […]Read more "John Calvin and His Afflictions"
Suffering is inevitable. Bitterness is a choice. Recently, I listened to John Piper speak about bitterness on one of the “Ask Pastor John” audio clips that Desiring God holds almost daily. Piper mentions four ways we can fight bitterness. You can listen to the full audio here, and I have also listed Piper’s four points […]Read more "John Piper on Fighting Bitterness"
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). The Bible tells us on many occasions to trust God, but it never tells us that trusting God will be easy. Trusting God is not some fairy-tale, comfort-free, stress-free activity. No, in many situations, it can be […]Read more "Trusting God is Not Easy"
Paul writes to the Church in Rome: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:36-37). Did you catch that at the end? Paul doesn’t say […]Read more "More Than Conquerors"
1. Jesus went through it first. Jesus Christ, being fully God and fully man, was tempted in every way as we are and suffered considerably more than we do. The Bible says that he was a man “familiar with sorrows” and “acquainted with “grief” (Isaiah 53:3). Jesus suffered not so that we wouldn’t have to, […]Read more "3 Truths to Cling to Amid Suffering"
This post was originally adapted by Paul Tautges. Joni Eareckson Tada has given us many books on the subject of God’s tender care for His children in times of suffering. Joni strikes the chord of authenticity with us so well because suffering is the world she lives in 24/7, literally. My personal favorite is When […]Read more "36 Purposes of God in Our Suffering"