Aug 17, 2017

“The Reason”

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I have heard it more times than I can count, “All things happen for a reason.”  The statement implies that all things in our life are preordered for us by God.  It makes God the cause of evil things, like ordering a dump truck to run over your child or arranging the overdose or suicide

Jul 5, 2017

Bad Things Happen

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Just because something bad has happened to you does not mean that something is wrong with you.  That is a lie the enemy tells us.  Neither is it because God has singled you out for some heavy burden just because He is trying to make you stronger.  Christians also get hit by stray bullets, cars,

Jun 13, 2017

Where It Will Take You

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Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16).  Just because you have confessed your belief that Jesus is the Messiah does not mean that you know where it will take you.  The Messiah did suffer, and we join His suffering.  We as disciples learn to be disciples through

Apr 10, 2017

Suffering And Glory

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Christ’s suffering ended in glory (Heb 2:9-10, I Peter 1:11), and so will ours.  Nothing, including our sufferings, can separate us from God’s love (Rom 8:38-39).  We are commanded to rejoice in persecution (Matt 5:12).  We are to rejoice in suffering because of its outcome (Rom 5:3).  We are to endure suffering as a good

Mar 23, 2017

The Comfort Of Scars

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I walked along a painful way, under the weight of a heavy load.  I wondered how anyone could handle all of this.  “Who before me has gone through such things,” I wondered.  Then I felt a hand gently reach out to mine, and looked to see whose it might be.  It was then that I

Mar 22, 2017

Suffering and Meaning

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Evil and suffering are not inherently meaningful.  Chronic illness and chronic pain declares that well.  Rampant evil in the world illustrates it.  In itself, it has no meaning.  We do find meaning in the sufferings of our Messiah.  He came and let evil do its worst to Him, and yet He triumphed over it.  In

Mar 15, 2017

Persecutions And The Tempter

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Paul feared that the persecutions and affliction at Thessalonica would be an occasion for the tempter to come and lead the persecuted away from their faith in Jesus as God’s promised Messiah.  “For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith; I was afraid that somehow

Mar 12, 2017

Thorn In The Flesh

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Paul called his thorn in the flesh, “a messenger of Satan”.  A bodily affliction that was used by the enemy to torment.  It mocked him.  He thought it hampered his ministry.  In three intense prayer sessions, he sought to be free from it.  God said a “No” that was better than a “Yes”.  The Father

Feb 3, 2017

Fellowship With The Son

By |Feb 3, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Fellowship, Mission, Suffering|3 Comments

“God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” 1 Cor 1:9 (NRSV).  In the Greek, fellowship includes the ideas of participation and sharing.  God invites us to have communion and fellowship with His Eternal Son.  But more than that, we participate in His mission (Jn

Jan 5, 2017

Co-suffering Love

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Holding another person’s pain is a way of holding that person.  It is our unity with the suffering by co-suffering love.  It is the way of the incarnation.  It is the way of compassion.  Human suffering is everywhere.  Faith is not how we can avoid suffering, but how we get through it.  The suffering person