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Saved with difficulty (I Peter 4)

Peter’s words in verses 17 and 18 really struck me, but particularly verse 18, where he says, And if the righteous person is saved with difficulty, what will become of the ungodly and sinner? The ESV puts it, “…the righteous … Continue reading

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But I did what you told me! (Acts 16)

According to verses 6-10 of this chapter, the Holy Spirit led Paul and his companions to Macedonia, and so that’s where they went. At first, things went well, but eventually they were tossed into prison for casting out a demon … Continue reading

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I Peter 5 — Facing suffering as a church

Throughout this letter, Peter addresses Christians as they face persecution and suffering for the sake of Christ. He addressed them first as a collective body of Christians throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. As the living stones who were … Continue reading

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I Peter 4:12-19 — Living for the will of God (Part 3)

If there’s one thing that most people don’t think about when it comes to knowing the will of God in their lives, it’s that sometimes it’s God’s will that we go through suffering. The more I read the New Testament, … Continue reading

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I Peter 3:18-22 — The hope that we have

When people mock us for our faith, it can be disheartening. And when we are persecuted for our faith, it can be easy to ask why. “Why does God allow this? Why does he let us suffer? And how long will we … Continue reading

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I Peter 3:13-4:6 — Living for Christ that others may live

Throughout this letter, Peter has been encouraging his readers to follow the example of Christ in suffering. To not be afraid of people, but to instead set apart Christ as Lord in their lives. One thing that struck me as … Continue reading

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I Peter 2:18-25 — Living as servants of God (Part 2)

I suppose one of the groups of people that had the hardest time submitting to authority were the slaves in Peter’s time. One of the things that had to attract them to the teaching of Christ was the idea that … Continue reading

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II Thessalonians 1 — That God may be glorified in you and you in him

Nobody likes suffering. And it’s easy to question why God allows it. But here we find some answers in Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians. As I’ve mentioned before, the Thessalonian church was started in the midst of persecution. Paul … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:6-7 — Seeing beyond ourselves

As I was rereading these verses, it struck me that Paul was truly following the pattern of Christ. If Christ had merely been concerned about his own comfort, he would never have come to earth.  He would never have been born … Continue reading

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Romans 8:16-25 — Why do we have to go through suffering?

As I look at Romans 8:16-17, it starts out very encouraging. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ… Who doesn’t … Continue reading

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Luke 18:1-8 — Keeping the faith through times of trial

It would be easy from looking at just the first verse to think that Jesus’ point is simply that we should keep praying and not give up when God seems slow to answer. This is most certainly true, but the … Continue reading

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John 9:1-5 — Why did this happen to me?

Sometimes, bad things happen to people, and they wonder, “Why did this happen to me?  Is God punishing me for something I did?” There are times when God will let us go through suffering because of our sin.  But I … Continue reading

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Matthew 10:32-39 — A sword that divides

Jesus concludes his discourse on persecution by saying something a bit disturbing. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn “a … Continue reading

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Luke 3:18-20 — But wasn’t I doing your will?

Sometimes, as we go through the Christian life, we go through hard times as a result of our own bad decisions.  I once went through unemployment, because though all the warning signs were there that my company was about to … Continue reading

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Psalm 44 — Why is this happening to me?

“Why is this happening to me?” Have you ever felt that way?  The psalmist certainly did.  What the background of this psalm is, is unclear.  Apparently it was at a time when the people were trying to serve God, and … Continue reading

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Psalm 22 — The God who understands suffering

Our pastor was continuing his message series on suffering yesterday, and he made an interesting point.  “Just because God doesn’t ‘cooperate’ with us, doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist.”  That is, just because God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we … Continue reading

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Job 32-33 — Suffering, humility, and grace

There are a lot of problems in trying to interpret Job, and one of the biggest problems is what to do  with Elihu.  I’ve seen commentary that basically call him a big windbag full of hot air, which is why … Continue reading

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Job 27-31 — A final defense

Job gives his longest speech here, and you could call it his final defense.  In chapter 27, he once again reiterates his contention that he is undeserving of all this suffering.  He then tells his “friends” that he hopes that … Continue reading

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Job 22-23 — The frustration of dealing with an invisible God

After being severely blasted by Eliphaz, in which Eliphaz for the first time levels specific (if completely baseless) accusations against Job, Job cries out once again for a hearing before God.  He said, If only I knew where to find … Continue reading

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Job 9 — The need for a mediator

In this passage, we see more of Job’s frustration bubbling over at God.  On one hand, he recognizes God’s sovereignty in this world.  But on the other hand, God seems so distant. Job said, When he passes me, I cannot … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 39:11-18; 40:1-6 — Because you trust in me

One of the nice things of trying to do things chronologically in this blog is that it gives me a better perspective of Biblical events and where everyone fits in history.  It also causes me to speculate a bit more … Continue reading

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Isaiah 21:11-17 — A temporary relief, an eternal hope.

These were prophesies made against Edom (Dumah) and Arabia.  And these prophesies let them know in uncertain terms that disaster was coming to both. In verse 11, the Edomites cry out, “What is left  of the night?”  In other words, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 14 — The fall of our Enemy

This passage is a continuation of chapter 13, talking about the judgment that was to come upon Babylon.  And while I don’t believe that this passage is specifically talking about Satan himself (some people particularly associate verses 12-14 to Satan), … Continue reading

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