Suffering
When We’re Chained to Our Circumstances

When We’re Chained to Our Circumstances

When We're Chained to Our Circumstances Because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God's message without fear. Philippians 1:14  aul wrote his letter to the Philippian church while imprisoned in...

Ordinary Miracles

Ordinary Miracles

Life is full of extraordinary challenges: wars, injustice, and politics just to name a few. When faced with these extraordinary challenges, we can look for a miracle that is just as extraordinary. But life also has its ordinary challenges: stressful emails or losing...

Even in Betrayal

Even in Betrayal

Even in Betrayal Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:31-32 esus spoke the...

the god of pleasure

the god of pleasure

If given the choice between good feelings or bad, we would usually choose good. Let’s face it, good feelings are pleasurable. But pleasure as a life-goal leads to bad things. All around us are false gods that scream for our attention and devotion. And pleasure can...

Come and Die

Come and Die

When we believe, Jesus invites us to follow Him and live with Him as apprentices of His way. This is an invitation to come and die to ourselves in order to follow Him into a new life with the Father. To die to our sin, our brokenness, our plans to save ourselves, and...

Becoming Unoffendable

Becoming Unoffendable

Seems like there’s plenty to be upset about in our world. We can even get personally offended by the actions and comments of others around us. Here’s a radical, relational idea: What if you can become unoffendable? That’s right—unoffendable. It’s rare but possible....

Longing for Another World

Longing for Another World

It’s possible to live with legitimate, godly desires that are never fulfilled in your lifetime. Pain, disappointment, heartache and disillusionment can expose these restless longings. Unmet desires remind us that we’re living in one world but longing for another. God...

It’s Not All Rainbows and Unicorns

It’s Not All Rainbows and Unicorns

It’s not unusual to have certain expectations about how life should work and what God is obligated to do for us. This formulaic view of life makes perfect sense until the formula no longer works in our favor. We instinctively work to avoid pain at any cost. But what...

A Long and Winding Road

A Long and Winding Road

The Road to Easter runs the entire length of the Bible. The whole of scripture is the unfolding story of the Father’s plan to redeem the world through the death and resurrection of His beloved Son. As with all roads, the destination is harder to see when the journey...

Shipwreck

Shipwreck

We often think we know where we are heading and even how we’re going to get there. God often has other ideas. Sometimes He allows us to go through storms that threaten to batter and break us. At such times surrender to a God who would allow such storms seems like the...

Gives Generously

Gives Generously

Giving generously means recognizing that God has given us gifts, talents, possessions, time, and influence to use for His purposes. We are merely stewards of what we have—it all belongs to God. Giving well means giving with open hands and hearts, trusting God to meet...

Paul in Prison

Paul in Prison

Week 5Paul in PrisonWeek 5As we continue our journey through the book of Acts, we find Paul and Silas, his partner in ministry, in prison. They were arrested after casting a demon out of a girl who was being exploited by evil men who had found a way to make money from...

The Path To Joy

The Path To Joy

At some point in our lives, we are all going to experience negative emotions. That’s right. Suffering will come. And the emotions associated with suffering…guilt, shame, sadness, despair, anger…they will follow. What we do with these emotions says a lot about our...

Processing Our Pain

Processing Our Pain

Our culture would rather avoid emotional pain and suffering than engage it. These experiences are treated as obstacles to living life to its fullest. Yet when we look back at our lives it’s usually the difficult events that have shaped us the most. Far from getting in...

Relationships of Jesus – Week 2

Relationships of Jesus – Week 2

Week 2: The Marginalized and Excluded This week, we learn that: Jesus overcame fear-based exclusion with love and compassion. What we assume about suffering determines our response to it. We have to see our prejudices and their consequences before we can overcome...

Beyond Our Comfort

Beyond Our Comfort

The cost of achieving great things usually requires sacrifice and focus. When the Jewish people were called upon to occupy Jerusalem, they found themselves at a crossroads. This next step of faith would require giving up their comfort. In fact, it would require they...

A Place of Refuge

A Place of Refuge

A Place of RefugeEven the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Psalm 84:3-4...

Beyond Our Indifference

Beyond Our Indifference

Some problems in life are so big they are overwhelming. At the beginning of the book of Nehemiah, the walls of Jerusalem lay in ruins. The people living there had grown accustomed and indifferent to the ruin around them, but Nehemiah’s heart was broken by it. He was...

The Sacrifice of Brokenness

The Sacrifice of Brokenness

The Sacrifice of BrokennessMy sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent] such, O God, you will not despise. Psalms 51:17 (AMP)Most of us are familiar...

Hope for Tomorrow Today

Hope for Tomorrow Today

The plans of God can be mysterious and confusing. But it’s possible, no matter the circumstances, to have hope that God is working out His good purposes. Sometimes pain and unpleasant seasons are the result of God’s discipline and sometimes they remind us that we live...

If You Can Keep It

If You Can Keep It

Times of wandering don’t last forever. The Bible tells how God brought His people into the land He promised and gave them victory. He was with them in their success just as He had been in their failure and wandering. But as the people of Israel discovered, the...