Things I Heard In Church: Smooth Sailing Doesn’t Mean You’re In God’s Will

 

Hope via Hartwig HKD - CC

Continue reading

Jesus’ Peace vs. The World’s Peace

Praise God at the Cross via pexels - no attribution required

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

John 14:27

‘Tis the season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Continue reading

People I Know Who Most Resemble Jesus: Hold Lightly

People like Jesus hold expectations lightly

I’ve noticed the people I know who most resemble Jesus, hold on to their expectations ever so lightly.

[Image by Matt Reinbold via Wikimedia – Labeled for reuse on Google Images. Creative Commons, Text added from GodRunning.com.]

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

Image via Will Foster – Creative Commons

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

Tears by Chris Elt - CC

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

Continue reading

If We Knew What God Knows

desert-truck-bible-God-via-pexels

“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?)

A_Blind_man Wikimedia Commons.jpeg

Read John 9:1-3.

Does Suffering Prove God Does Not Exist? Continue reading