Category Archives: affliction

Treasures Found in the Clay

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing” 2 Corinthians 4:7-8 (NASB). … Continue reading

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Present Day Thorns

“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.” 2 Corinthians 12:7 “I … Continue reading

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Being Obscure Just Like Jesus

I am processing something right now. I suppose its implications have the potential of turning everything ‘upside down’ for me at least. Some scientists have postulated that our planet is due for a complete magnetic switchover. This is when north … Continue reading

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Hold Me Close, Through this Present Moment

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for … Continue reading

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I Still Grieve (But I Now I’m at Peace)

‘Who gathered this flower?’ The gardener answered, ‘The Master.’ And his fellow servant held his peace.” It was November 13th, in the year of our Lord 1999, was unlike any day I have ever experienced. A beating with a baseball … Continue reading

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The Treasure Hidden Inside the Church

As Christians, often our Church and our theology tell us that mental illness, depression, and bipolar disorder have no place in a believer’s life. As a result, we end up hiding and sneaking  into sessions with our therapists, and direct the conversation … Continue reading

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Can Faithful Living Exempt Me From Suffering?

By John Piper Originally posted on July 23, 2002. The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Can faithful living exempt me from suffering? No. God’s grace through Christ on the cross has obtained for us a pass on eternal suffering. … Continue reading

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