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

Why don't I feel joy

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)

Why don't I feel joy

“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

Deep Sorrow’s Fruit

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Tears by Chris Elt

“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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If We Knew What God Knows

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“God is Love” truck photo via Jason Hughes

Read John 12:12-16. Continue reading

Why Didn’t God Heal Me?

Why didn't God heal me?

Suffering has been a popular topic with my friends and family for the last few weeks. So today I’m posting one of the most popular posts on suffering from God Running. From the archives . . . Continue reading

Suffering

Crosswalk by A Strakey-CCIt’s 1:34 AM on Saturday as I write this blog post without my usual beta reader and better half Kathy. We traveled from Portland to Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday for business reasons and our flight made for a long day. We spent so much time on airplanes I remember a moment when Kathy, looking up from our seats in coach toward the big seats in front, said, “We’re going to sit in first class someday.” I just laughed. (If you knew anything about our budget, you’d laugh too.)

During the drive from the Tampa airport to our hotel I remember seeing a billboard along U.S. Highway 98 that said, “Lakeland Regional Health Joins Mayo Clinic.” When I read that, I thought to myself, “That’s impressive.” I’m a fan of the Mayo Clinic. Continue reading

Whose Sin Caused This? (And does the existence of suffering prove there is no God?)

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Read John 9:1-3.

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Mom’s Race

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The following blog post was written by my wife Kathy. I thought about putting it under the category: Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog, with the subtitle: My Wife Is A Better Person Than I Am. Because she really is. Kathy is truly amazing. Most recently I’m reminded of this fact as I watch the way she Continue reading

Monty Williams’s Words At His Wife’s Memorial Service

Wise Words

Last Tuesday, in Oklahoma City, a car crossed the centerline and collided head on with the vehicle of Ingrid Williams, the wife of Monty Williams, an assistant coach for the OKC Thunder and former head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. Monty’s wife was killed in the crash. They have five children.

Last night on TNT’s NBA halftime show, rather than talk about hoops they aired this video of “what Monty Williams had to say in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.”

Blaise Pascal On Sickness

A Prayer for the Right Use of Sickness by Blaise Pascal, Pensees

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