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Suffering Is Never for Nothing

By Elisabeth Elliot I look upon suffering as one of God’s ways of getting our attention. In fact, C. S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” I’d like for us to think about some […]

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Steps Toward Wholeness and Healing

By Christine Caine It’s hard for someone who is supposed to have it all together to admit that she needs help. But that’s exactly what I had to do. Hurting people hurt other people. I was hurt, and because of that, I hurt Nick and who knows how many others. If I was to stop […]

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I Can’t Handle Everything and Neither Can You

By Nate Pyle “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” That’s one of the most common axioms we are handed in the midst of intense grief. Well intentioned, sure. Everyone needs to be encouraged, and what better way than by letting someone know they must be strong enough to face whatever circumstance lies […]

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Finding Hope and Purpose in the Midst of Your Suffering

By Christina Meredith Suffering is an unavoidable part of the human experience. If someone tells you that all you have to do is a, b, and c and no harm will ever come to you, you’re being sold a bill of goods. Demand your money back and run away as fast as you can. Each […]

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Gaining a Heavenly Perspective on Life’s Trials

By Joni Eareckson Tada “File this, Francie, and make copies of this letter, would you,” I said to my secretary without looking up from my desk. “And, oh yes,” I sighed, “would you please pull out the sofa bed one more time?” “Are you serious? Again?” “Again.” With that, my face flushed and my eyes […]

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What Does the Bible Say About Violence?

Mel Lawrenz, the author of Spiritual Leadership Today and Minister at Large of Elmbrook Church, shares several ways to biblically approach and respond to the reality of violence in the world around us. He’s made an audio version of this post available at The Brook Network. Another horrific shooting at a school once again raises […]

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Hope Despite The Tumult of Violence and Disaster

The world has awoken once again to devastating news. Reports about the shooting in Las Vegas October 1 are horrific: more than 50 people murdered and hundreds injured by a gunman bent on extreme violence. And we cry out to God. “I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.” […]

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What Does the Bible Say About Suffering?: An Interview with Brian Han Gregg

The quest for an answer to the problem of suffering is universal. People often treat the Bible like a manual, looking for a single clear response that explains the presence of evil and suffering. Perhaps the Bible does not have one but many responses to suffering. To pick out one theme is to hear the […]

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Hope in Suffering: An Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada

Last week, we hosted a live interview with Joni Eareckson Tada on the topics of suffering and faith. Joni is an author and speaker who is also quadriplegic; when she speaks about the struggle to find daily hope in the face of chronic pain and suffering, she is speaking from personal experience! If you missed […]

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A Prayer for Wisdom Amid Violence

Editor’s note: The last several weeks have witnessed many events of violence that are difficult to comprehend, and which confound efforts to respond wisely and biblically: the Orlando nightclub shooting, repeated acts of terror in the Middle East, and most recently, terrifying violence involving police in the United States. As you process your own reactions […]

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