God’s peace is given to those who trust in Him and put into practice the Word of God.
“Why do you worry so much?” the exasperated husband asked his wife. “Don’t you know that it does no good?” His wife smiled and replied, “Actually, it does a lot of good. The things that I worry about never happen.”
Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
In His love, God gives us incredible encouragement about our eternal future along with the privilege of following Him through the midst of refining fires now. It’s only the faith that does not run from the fire that will receive the glory.
“Do not be anxious...” “Why are you anxious?” Five times in Matthew 6, Jesus raises the issue of anxiety, telling us that we are not to be anxious about what tomorrow holds. I know, easier said than done, especially in times like this.
This teaching is a must listen for those going through suffering!
When people are well-fed with a feast of the goodness of God, then they are well-served by their worship leaders, and well-prepared to stand and open their mouths to declare His praise.
This teaching looks at the fourth critical component of a good response to suffering: Eternal Perspective.
During this crisis that forces isolation, we must make sure to look beyond our quasi-connection with millions of people. Let’s make a real effort to foster a few strong individual connections. May God lead to safely help others without contributing to the transmission of the disease. Instead we want to let God lead us to contribute to [...]
This teaching looks at the third critical component of a good response to suffering one: Responsibility.
As we remember our shared humanity, let us continue to unleash neighborly kindness, ridiculous generosity, and radical love.
There are four critical components of a good response to suffering. The second component of enduring well is to know our identity in Christ.
This is a message that Francis sent to the We Are Church body from Hong Kong to encourage them in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bible teaches us that we will all go through sufferings of many kinds in this life. God allows this to prepare us for eternity. But we must respond well to the suffering.
Every believer goes through sufferings of many kinds. These sufferings are for a purpose: to transform our lives and to bring God glory.
Don’t grow weary in doing good. Remember, the seeds we sow are powerful. Something good really is happening even if we suffer initially. Our seeds will bear fruit in God’s timing. We will reap a harvest in God’s perfect timing, in his “due season.”
This was the kind of leadership Jesus taught and modeled to His disciples: a leadership born of brokenness, produced in pain, forged in the fire of suffering.
A great alternative for older pastors is the ministry once known as “interim pastorate.” Whatever you call this position, the interim pastorate isn’t what it used to be. Increasing numbers of interim or transitional pastors are now deliberately using the “in between time” in churches as a great opportunity to bring about congregational [...]