Suffering is frequently linked with the word "why." Why do we suffer? Why does God allow suffering? Why me? Suffering triggers an immediate desire to understand why. When sin entered the world suffering came along for the ride. We have seasons of peace, seasons of prosperity, and seasons of pain. Even in the good seasons,… Continue reading Patience, Even When Suffering Doesn’t Make Sense
God has the power to take what is ordinary and make it truly extraordinary. Give every task---significant or insignificant---to the God who sees in secret.
Shootings in Dallas. Riots in Charlotte. Explosions in New York. Deceit in the debate hall. Worry abounds. When darkness prevails and our grief overwhelms us, how do we get through it? What do we hold on to? Should we cling to the power of our country? America is currently the world's superpower with an unrivaled military and… Continue reading A Spark in the Darkness.
Welcome to life---a constant stream of unexpected twists and turns, frustrating interruptions and derailments.
Someday we will finish our race of life. It could be today. I need to live today as though I will die tomorrow. I need to live for God with every breath and every thought.
Someone out there is discouraged. It might even be you.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the… Continue reading Be Strong (Day 19 of the #encourage marathon)
Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says… Continue reading Hope is rising (Day 18 of the #encourage marathon)
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. ~ Romans 15.4, ESV Welcome to mile-marker 17 of our #encourage marathon. (If you missed yesterday's post, you can read it here.) Someone out there has a starving soul. It might even… Continue reading What would you do without your Bible? (day 17 of the #encourage marathon)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and… Continue reading 3 Qualities We Gain Through Challenges (Day 15 of the #encourage marathon)