Posts tagged suffering
The Christian's Primary Goal

Have you ever stayed with someone as a houseguest? Or done any extended traveling? After a short or long time away from home, there’s nothing quite like sleeping in your own bed again. I enjoy getting away and seeing new places, but at heart I am a homebody, and love the feeling of unpacking my suitcase and putting it back in the closet. There truly is no place like home.

James begins his letter with a challenging exhortation to “count it all joy” when we face various trials...

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Our Future Hope

I love the end of the book of Revelation. The picture of heaven, of God at last setting everything right—it’s so beautiful and it fills my heart with expectation of what it will be like to finally be home with the Lord.

The promise of an end to suffering is especially beautiful. How much more beautiful it must be to someone who has experienced intense suffering—the loss of a child, chronic physical pain, terminal disease, extreme poverty and hunger....

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Suffering For Jesus

Accepting the ‘good news’ of the gospel is not necessarily fun or easy.  The gospel of Jesus demands that I give up everything the world would say I am entitled to (Mark 8:34-35).  It promises to bring hardship, trial, trouble, persecution, suffering, and even hatred (2 Tim. 3:12, John 16:33, Mark 10:22, Matt. 24:9).  It can be very tempting to hide my new identity.  

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