Category Archives: pain and suffering

When it all falls down…

This post is not for everyone, though I suspect at some points or another in our Christian life it will resonate with just about everyone. But for now, if you feel like life is going pretty smoothly, your prayers have … Continue reading

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An Old Testament lesson in thorns and sufficient grace

One of my favorite Old Testament stories is found in 2 Chronicles 20:1-33. King Jehoshaphat and the people of Israel find themselves in a tough spot. Their literal enemies came against them in battle. Of course, this is nothing new … Continue reading

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The unintended prosperity gospel: why tangibility matters

If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you know that I abhor the prosperity gospel. As I wrote about here in Should We Call the Prosperity Gospel Something Else?, the prosperity gospel has a deceptive nature in that … Continue reading

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Christian, what if your hurt had a higher purpose?

Let’s face it, we live in a therapeutic culture. Billions of dollars are spent each year on self-help tools, psychologists and other fixes to make hurt go away from our history, mistakes, present realities or future fears. The church is not … Continue reading

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How Do you Know if You are Experiencing God’s Favor?

I came across this blog post today 4 Things Jesus Didn’t Die For. I found the first point, the American Dream, pretty compelling; He didn’t die to make you healthy, wealthy, secure, and comfortable. This may be your current state, … Continue reading

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