Each week, Christians around the world observe the Lord's Supper. We are served small portions of unleavened bread and grape juice which symbolize Jesus' body and blood offered for our sins. Because we do this on a weekly basis, it has the potential to lose its impact on our hearts. One of the ways in… Continue reading From Sacrifice to Sovereign: April 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
Do not allow your thanks to become threadbare because you are not as prosperous as someone else. A grateful heart must be fed, and the best way to feed it is remembering what God has given instead of focusing on what he has withheld.
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
In West Texas, we get our fair share of storms. It may rain buckets for an hour and flood the streets, or drop baseball-sized hail, destroying life and property. Other times the wind kicks up dust, eliminating visibility and running off with roof tiles. Typically, these storms visit us for a brief period—ranging from one… Continue reading When the Storms of Your Life Will Not Let Up
In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, there’s been plenty of blame and finger-pointing. There’s also been something else: People mocking those praying for the situation. This derisive attitude toward prayer is nothing new, but it may stir up doubts as to the effectiveness of prayer or the power of… Continue reading For Those Questioning the Effectiveness of Prayer after the Sutherland Springs Shooting
Over a month ago, I read some comments on a Facebook post discussing the damaging effects of vaccines. As is common with all vaccine-related discussions, the comments were awash with both sides of the debate. There is always someone bashing "anti-vaxxers" as being anti-science/stupid/ignorant/hateful/child-abusers/fill-in-the-blank-with-an-insult. One comment read, "I would rather live with a child that has autism than to have my child die of whooping cough."
When faced with incomprehensible suffering, people respond in one of the following four ways:
Dismiss God's omnipotence
Conclude we are subject to random chance.
Remember this life is temporary and turn to God for comfort
Have you ever cried out to God, "Why, Lord? Why is this happening to me?"
The question is a common one, and I'd be a liar if I said that I myself had never asked it. There is nothing wrong with asking God, "why," but it's a bit arrogant to think that we should be exempted from suffering. Yes, we are children of God, but that does not mean that we should skate through life while "lesser mortals" do all the suffering.