Things I Heard In Church: The 3 Keys To Surviving Suffering

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I have found this to be true:

“Faith, complete humility, and absolute surrender are what carry us through suffering.”

–Joel Stephens

 

Notes:

From my notes on Joel Stephens’s excellent teaching. Heard on July 8, 2018 at Foundation Bible Fellowship, Ashland, OR

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The Terrible Thing (that’s easier than what we’re all trying to do instead)

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“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self–all your wishes and precautions–to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead.”

-C.S. Lewis

The Cure For Anxiety

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Read John 13:2-11.

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Turns Out Life Is Not A Hotel

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I’m more convinced than ever of what’s described in this article. From the archives.

I recently read about a gym where actors go to get in shape for movie roles. Continue reading

My Dad Died, And This Is What I Said

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It’s 1:30 in the morning. The memorial service ended hours ago. All the visits with family and friends ended minutes ago. Kathy’s asleep and I’m just now finding time to blog so, the easiest thing I can think of to share are the words I said at my dad’s memorial service. Continue reading

What If You Had To Give Up Everything?

 

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Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017)

“Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.”

John 12:42-43

Nabeel Qureshi Died

For more information about Nabeel Qureshi, I recommend Justin Taylor’s excellent article Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017).

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Deep Sorrow’s Fruit

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“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”

John 12:27-28

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My Friend Just Died, And This Is What His Daughter Wrote

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My friend David Serry just died. This is what his daughter Amy wrote.

My dad died last night.

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If We Knew What God Knows

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Read John 12:12-16. Continue reading

Discomfort With Death

 

light of men John 1:4-5Read John 11:17-45.

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