Tag: suffering

Aiding Refugees in Northern Iraq

This week, Turkey began an invasion of a Kurdish-controlled region in Northern Syria. For some time, Living Word has been supporting a very good work among the Kurds in Sulaymaniyah, in Northern Iraq. For several years a ministry to women, children, and their families has been growing. We have supported two Family Centers that are […]

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Learning to Pray When Life is Hard

When we are in times of difficulty, we must pray. Prayer is how we draw close to the Giver of Grace, the Comforter, the Healer, the One Who Rescues, the Deliverer. And yet, if we have not learned how to pray, it is hard to learn to do in suffering. Sometimes, the best we can […]

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A Grace Disguised

In the days ahead, you will be reading stories from our staff about their own difficult times and how they encountered the love and power of God. We want to tell stories, swap stories, receive stories, and grow from being a “storied” community. And talk about stories … I have rarely found as much wisdom […]

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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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