Tag: suffering

The Five Insights

Quite a few people asked me for the five insights from the Sunday message. They are only five of the many more insights we need when times are hard, but they are a good start. Read all of them in light of Romans 8:28-39 and Romans 5:3-4. ONE: Expect the Expected. (See yesterday’s post for […]

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What God Has Promised (and Not Promised)

What Shall I Do When Life Gets Hard? One core insight from the Sunday message is to have proper expectations. Expect the unexpected AND expect the EXPECTED. Don’t expect Hakuna Matata. A problem-free philosophy is going to have a rude and abrupt encounter with reality. Real life has problems, difficulties, struggles, challenges, and even crises […]

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One Early Morning …

My heart was strongly encouraged by this thought from an unknown author: All of the darkest, saddest, most terrible nights our world has ever known are counterbalanced by ONE EARLY MORNING in Israel when holy angels rolled the stone away from an empty tomb and proclaimed, He is risen! He is risen, and if you […]

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Worth Thinking About …

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. -Augustine That’s it! It is my story and my journey, as it is yours. Making sense of suffering. Finding hope in the hard times. Just worth thinking through. May you have strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Pastor Brian

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4 Ways to Experience Flourishing AND Suffering

Flourishing! Suffering! We normally think of these conditions as being incompatible. I can flourish OR I can suffer. That is a mistaken way to understand flourishing. This misunderstanding is part of the fuel for what is called the Prosperity Gospel (also called the Health and Wealth Gospel or the Name It and Claim It Gospel). This biblical […]

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Suffering for the Sake of Others

Yesterday was Memorial Day: A day of remembering those who died while serving their country. Veterans Day (November 11) remembers all who served in the military, not only those who died. This post does not celebrate war. It does celebrate the greatest of all sacrifices – to give one’s life for the sake of what is loved. […]

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