Category Archives: trials

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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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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Disproportionate Suffering

Some Christians are called to endure a disproportionate amount of suffering. Such Christians are a spectacle of grace to the church, like flaming bushes unconsumed, and cause us to ask, like Moses: ‘Why is this bush not burned up?’ The strength and … Continue reading

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Tightrope Theology

As a person with a mental illness, it seems my issues are a matter of extremes.  Life seems uncontrollable; the wheels seem to always ready to come off of the wagon.  It strikes me as a semi-crazed place to be.  I look at the “norms” … 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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The Grind

 Sometimes the only way out is through.  Often there is so much of  ‘life’ that we must try to handle. There’s far too many things that confuse us. Faced with many issues beyond our control, we seldom seek the best … 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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