Category Archives: struggle

On Being Loved

9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” Jeremiah 17:9 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s … 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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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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Little Sin, Little Love— Much Sin, Much Love

 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”   Luke 7:47  I have been a disciple of Jesus for almost 35 years.  But it seems that I really … Continue reading

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A Broken System

“Sixty million Americans – that’s one in five adults – will experience a mental illness in the coming year. That means every one of us knows someone who is living with a mental illness – depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, an eating … Continue reading

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I Came to Love You Late [Regret]

Regrets are a funny thing. You really start to gather them when you get into your fifties. They are a bit sticky, once you have them, they’re hard to get rid of— (kind of like dog hair on a nice … Continue reading

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Nothing But Leaves [Self-Deceit]

“Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.” … Continue reading

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