Without a Wound? [True Ministry]

The subject of “the pool at Bethesda” alludes to the following excerpt from the Thorton Wilder play, “The Angel that Troubled the Waters.” The play is based on the biblical verses of John 5:1-4, but it changes the end of the parable. I first encountered this excerpt within the book “Abba’s Child: The Cry of the HeartContinue reading “Without a Wound? [True Ministry]”

The Blessings of an Illness

The Bible is full of miraculous healings. Jesus Christ performed many of them. He taught His disciples, and those who would follow, to heal the sick and afflicted. I’ve personally seen legs lengthened and fevers ‘broken’ on several occasions. It always boosts the faith of those who witness these miracles. I truly believe the HolyContinue reading “The Blessings of an Illness”

Adversity Has Meaning

“For the believer all pain has meaning; all adversity is profitable. There is no question that adversity is difficult. It usually takes us by surprise and seems to strike where we are most vulnerable. To us it often appears completely senseless and irrational, but to God none of it is either senseless or irrational. HeContinue reading “Adversity Has Meaning”

When God Promotes You

“Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.”  —Matthew Henry “God’s way of answering the Christian’s prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.”  –Richard Cecil “Therefore I am well content withContinue reading “When God Promotes You”