Suffering

Joy Is Coming

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Seasons of prolonged suffering have a way of beating your spirit down into the dust. Relational suffering. Physical suffering. Emotional suffering. Financial suffering. All of it can leave you feeling hopeless. We find ourselves looking up at the sky and wondering where He went or if He was ever there to begin with.

Joy Is Coming

You Can’t Always Outrun The Pain. That’s OK.

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Have you ever read the Old Testament book of Lamentations? It’s not one of those Bible books that tend to make it too often onto devotional lists, sermon schedules or motivational posters. That's too bad. At first glance, the book seems deeply depressing.

You Can’t Always Outrun The Pain. That’s OK.

Christ Is Still Holding Fast

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

Most Christians are no strangers to pleading with God to change their circumstances or relieve their suffering. Whether its physical pain/sickness or the despair we feel when we lose another battle with that same old sin we've been fighting as long as we can remember, we are desperate for God to intervene.

Christ Is Still Holding Fast

Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

BY CHAD BIRD

We tell our children if they work hard and play by the rules, they’ll succeed in life. Jerks, cheaters, and thieves won’t. They’ll end up in the gutter. Or jail. Or worse. But if you keep your hands out of the cookie jar, your zipper up, and do your best to walk the straight and narrow, you’ll be okay.

Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

When God Disappoints

BY CHAD BIRD

In the tiny Bible-belt town where I grew up, tragedy brought people together. Friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers would go the extra mile for a family in need. House fire? They'd hold a community fundraiser. Funeral? Enough casseroles would pile up in the kitchen to feed an army.

When God Disappoints

Behind the Satanic Curtain:

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

There are a few occasions in the Bible where the curtain lifts, and we get to peer into the inner workings of the Divine Court. There we see strange creatures and beasts, angels and thrones, throngs and thrills. The Bible writers struggle to describe these scenes which put the imagination into overdrive and surpass its ability to reconstruct clear or coherent images.

Behind the Satanic Curtain:

The Gospel & Hard Times

BY MARIAH COWARD

As a woman who has suffered years of abuse there have been times in my new life when I have found myself living out Psalm 6:6. "I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping." I would weep before the Lord from the deepest parts of me and feel as if I had no response.

The Gospel & Hard Times

Crisis of Faith and Sufficient Grace

BY PAUL DUNK

I spend a lot of time talking to people in coffee shops. Some share my Christian faith, some are exploring and questioning faith and others have left the church, having had a crisis of faith. I'm going to speak to an observation I've made on the 'crisis of faith' variety.

Crisis of Faith and Sufficient Grace

In the Face of Suffering

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

During my recent trip to visit my daughter and her family, my son-in-law got me hooked on Leah Remini’s A&E show, Scientology and the Aftermath.  Remini, who was a lifelong Scientologist, left the organization in 2013 ...

In the Face of Suffering

The Resurrection & The Life & The Pain In-Between.

BY EVAN WELCHER

When did you first realize you were alive? My first memory is the sea of dandelions that passed for the lawn of a long forgotten boyhood home.

The Resurrection & The Life & The Pain In-Between.

Groaning-God

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Sam had just lost a loved one. She came into my office and sat in the chair across from mine. She looked at me, gave an awkward smile which quickly turned to tears.

Groaning-God

The Prosperity Of The Gospel

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I started writing this article about a friend, her struggles through cancer, and the pain of an unfortunate and severe fall that landed her in a hospital, requiring months of rehabilitation.

The Prosperity Of The Gospel

That Bloody Pastor

BY EVAN WELCHER

I’ve been watching this film over and over again. It arrived in the post one fine day from Netflix. I still get DVDs from Netflix in the mail. There’s something about the anticipation of waiting for a new film to arrive in the post that is reminiscent of the innocence of long gone Christmas mornings of yore

That Bloody Pastor

The Punisher: Preacher of Justice

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Job’s friend Zophar had it up to here! He was done hearing Job defend himself in the midst of his suffering. Surely, Job must have done SOMETHING to bring all this calamity upon himself. After all, it’s pretty simple:

The Punisher: Preacher of Justice

A Small Note on What God Does Through Pain

BY EVAN WELCHER

Around this time last year my Resplendent Bride wrote this note on her CaringBridge site: “I missed it yesterday, but yesterday marked one year since my life was changed forever. A tumor was found in my chest this time last year and I was diagnosed

A Small Note on What God Does Through Pain