Category Archives: pain

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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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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Valley of Tears

As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. Psalm 84:6 (NIV). The word “baka” means tears. In Psalm 84, the sons of Korah write their … Continue reading

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Tears with a Purpose

I’ve been thinking a lot about tears lately—in part because Pastor Bryan pointed out to me how many hits my post titled God Keeps Your Tears in a Bottle has had, in part because I’ve cried more than a few tears … Continue reading

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An Injured Life

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. … Continue reading

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Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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The Rough Cut

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44 There is an old folk tale told … Continue reading

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