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Two ideas must be present in how we think about suffering: (1) suffering is not original; it has not always existed. (2) suffering is not something created or authored by God.
The Bible teaches that "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Rom. 8:28). It is reassuring to know that when God allows suffering, which He could prevent, He is accomplishing something good.
Do you occasionally attend church wearing a plastic smile, insisting "I'm fine," while inside you're suffering depression, fear, or loneliness?
It is important to recognize that this process of perception, interpretation, and conclusion has a significant impact on the way people experience life. Understanding this can have a profound impact on helping people walk through difficult seasons of suffering.
Job's story raises an important question: How is suffering an opportunity for me to bless others?
I know in my head that God works all things for good, and that I am supposed to rejoice always. But deep down, I suspect God somehow enjoys seeing me suffer.
We all experience pain, and even suffering at some time in our lives. While our natural reaction to pain is to avoid it, get rid of it, or numb it; we need to realize that God allows pain. In fact, our suffering is a sign of God's love. Let me explain.
You believe that God can heal you... but what if no healing comes your way? Does that mean you don't have enough faith? Here's how to find A Place of Healing no matter what.
Few people pursue joy in the midst of suffering, yet author Ajith Fernando’s new book asserts that Christian leaders and servants who want to know God more deeply must do just that.
Instead of following along with our self-obsessed, comfort-minded culture, Christians should expect suffering. It's the rule, not the exception.
How does a biblical understanding of God’s love and sovereignty serve to encourage and sustain us during trials?
Although surrounded by loving friends and family, we felt indescribable loneliness and abandonment by God.
Discontent? The problem may be with your soul instead of your circumstances.
Elizabeth Prentiss was a frail woman who suffered intensely from chronic insomnia all her life. Few knew it. Despite her
We might ask ourselves why this note of commentary is included in the Exodus narrative. By this point in the book of Exodus, it has already been mentioned several times that Israel was suffering immensely at the harsh hand of Pharaoh.
We often think of the unique challenges and opportunities that facing lack/need presents. But less frequently recognized are the dangers that abundance/prosperity brings. There are at least four that come to mind.
Jesus' words recorded in the Bible in Red Letters weren't just meant to be read; they were meant to be lived out.
The love of Christ for us in his dying was as conscious as his suffering was intentional.
It's not easy to focus on your finances when the news of the day continually reminds us of terrorist threats and the inadequacies of our homeland security. Most Christians, at one time or another, will ask God why He allows pain and disappointment to touch His children...
The prosperity gospel is bad news because it twists biblical teachings so much that people may miss out on the hope of the real Gospel.