Tag: Suffering

Witness Well

Finding God’s perspective on pain

Pain. I don’t like it. The lengths we sometimes go to avoid it. I like my doctor, I just don’t like to visit him. I also don’t like confrontations. But to avoid either of them can bring even more pain. That’s when it hit me. Pain is good. There is a purpose.

Reasons why God chooses to provide a miracle or not

And it seems that the Lord gathers an audience when he allows difficult circumstances in our life. Connections are made. A bridge is crossed. And we are asked how can we receive such confidence in Christ our Redeemer.

A last shred of hope when God doesn’t heal

The last shred of hope. A hand reaching out to touch the edge of his robe. A request to heal a favored servant from a Roman centurion. The eyes see, the lame walk, and the body breaks free from demonic possession. These were desperate people in great need of a Healer. Years of failed remedies …

A new twist to the story of Jonah

When we think of the story of Jonah in the Old Testament, we are accustomed to hearing about a whale or a big fish that swallowed him.  Even in the New Testament, Jesus refers to Jonah’s time inside a big fish.  But there is another part of the story that doesn’t get as much attention.  …

Why didn’t God answer my prayer and save my wife from cancer?

 The heartbreaks of life cause us to ask the deepest of questions. A young man is sitting across from me with pain etched deeply in his face.  Only a few weeks ago he stood by an open grave with three young children watching the casket being lowered in to the ground.  The stillness.  The pain.  …

Why does God allow bad people to do bad things?

Bombs blowing up in Baghdad and hundreds are killed. Political strife creates bedlam and innocent people are hurt.  Stalkers preying upon the innocent. The stories are numerous of bad people doing bad things causing us to wonder, “Where is God in all of this?” The Bible states that God knows all things.  He knows the …

Getting through a spiritual desert

When Jesus tells us to pick up the cross and follow me — you never know where that might take you. For many of us, this journey is rarely filled with spiritual highs and mountaintop experiences.  It is a journey — much like dragging a cross through the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem.  It is bumpy, …

God Hatches Hope Out of Darkness

We sometimes wonder in life’s struggles, tragic events, or troubling news reports from around the country, “Where are you, God?”  This is especially true during challenging circumstances that we face as individuals or even as a country. My father in law is a man of wisdom.  Sometimes he will share with me thoughts that seem …