Tag Archives: trials

Take pleasure? (2 Corinthians 11-12)

2 Corinthians 12:9 is probably one of the most famous in the Bible. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” I wonder, though, how often we notice Paul’ application … Continue reading

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Prayers that every believer needs (2 Thessalonians 1-2)

As I was reading 2 Thessalonians today, Paul’s prayers really touched me. The things that he prayed for the Thessalonians is what I need prayer for. They’re what every Christian needs prayer for. He said, We always pray for you … Continue reading

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Angry at God? (James 1)

Sometimes we get angry with God because of the trials we go through. We shout, “Do you really hate me that much? Do you WANT me to walk away from you?” But James reminds us of something important. God is … Continue reading

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Resting in grace (I Peter 5)

Two blogs in one day. Pretty unusual, but I wrote something for my church, and I figured I might as well share it here as well. You know it’s easy as we’re facing trials and struggles in our lives to … Continue reading

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Revelation 2:8-11 — Though we may go through trial and tribulation

I mentioned a couple of blogs ago that these letters to the churches were meant to prepare us for the antichrists and tribulations to come . And again, I know many of you who read this believe that we won’t … Continue reading

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James 5:1-12 — How faith responds to suffering

James started this letter by talking about how God uses trials to make us mature and complete. And for the last several chapters, he talked about how true faith should look as it matures. That true faith causes people to … Continue reading

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James 1:19-25 — Open hearts

At times, I must admit this letter James wrote seems a bit disjointed. He just seems to jump from topic to topic. But the more I’ve been reading this letter as a whole, the more united it has become. In … Continue reading

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James 1:13-18 — For our good

“Why is God doing this to me? Does he want me to fall?” Sometimes, as we go through trials, that’s how we feel. That God actually wants us to fail so that he can punish us. But nothing could be … Continue reading

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James 1:9-12 — Where we put our trust

Who or what do you put your trust in? Trials tend to reveal this clearly. For many, it’s in worldly wealth. They think that money is the solution to all their problems. And so for those who have wealth, they pour … Continue reading

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James 1:1-8 — That we may be mature and complete

What is God’s intention and desire for us? In a word, “wholeness.” That we would be whole in our relationship with him. That we would be whole in our relationships with each other. That we would be whole in every … Continue reading

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Hebrews 12:1-13 — When we face trials

No one likes to face trials in life. But God does allow them. Why? The writer of Hebrews tells us in verse 10. God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. We are broken people … Continue reading

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II Thessalonians 3:1-5 — When we’re in the midst of trial

I’ve mentioned many times that God has never promised us an easy life. Paul certainly didn’t have an easy life. He was beaten and persecuted for the sake of the gospel. He was shipwrecked and stretched beyond his ability to … Continue reading

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2 Corinthians 4 — How not to lose hope

Paul closes this chapter the same way he opens it: with hope.  Here was a man that had experienced so much that it would have been easy for him to lose hope. He had been hard pressed on every side, … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 15:58 — Because we have hope

Nobody said life was easy. And neither did Paul.  He was a man who had been stoned, shipwrecked, persecuted, imprisoned, and even more. What could keep a person going in the face of all these trials?  The hope that he … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 10:12-13 — Warning and encouragement

In this passage, we see both warning and encouragement concerning temptation. First Paul writes, So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (12) I think this was especially pertinent for those who thought they … Continue reading

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Romans 5:1-11 — But isn’t God punishing me?

I talked about verses 6-8 in yesterday’s blog, but I think it would be good to place them back in their context, so that we can get the full picture of all that Paul is saying. Paul was talking about how … Continue reading

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Psalm 143 — Where we turn

Where do we turn when things are against us?  When people are against us?  It’s a question that David had to ask himself numerous times. He could have, as so many people do, turned to himself.  To his wisdom, to … Continue reading

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Psalm 86 — Guarding our hearts in times of trouble

Solomon once wrote “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  (Proverbs 4:23) This is always true, of course, but especially in times of trouble.  And Solomon’s father David certainly had his share of it. … Continue reading

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Psalm 71 — Our hope and confidence

This is probably not the most well known of Psalms, but the more I read it, the more I like it.  It shows the hope and confidence that the psalmist had from knowing God, even during the darkest of times. … Continue reading

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Psalm 66 — The God who brings us through trial

Nobody likes trials.  At least, I can’t say I do.  But in this psalm we see the rejoicing of God’s people having come through those trials. The psalmist sings, Shout for joy to God, all the earth!  Sing the glory … Continue reading

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Psalm 108 — Remembering our times of victory

We’re taking a brief jump to Psalm 108, basically because it’s a combination of Psalms 57 and 60.  Verses 1-5 come from the latter part of Psalm 57 while verses 6-13 come from the latter part of Psalm 60. Whether … Continue reading

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Psalm 25 – Crying out for God

I often wish that we had a little more insight as to the background of the songs that David wrote.  Some of the psalms have the background written in the title.  This one, unfortunately, does not. But what strikes me … Continue reading

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Psalm 5 — Petitioning the King

This is probably one of my favorite psalms.  I still love to sing the old chorus that goes to the King James Version. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, … 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 3 — What we cannot see

In this chapter, Job is really at a point of despair.  Almost all that was dear to him had been stripped from him.  His children were dead, his wife was of no comfort, he had lost his possessions, and now … Continue reading

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Zechariah 13 — Purified

In this passage, it continues talking about the repentance of the Jews.  That during the last days, by God’s grace and the blood of the one they had pierced 2000 years ago, they will be purified and cleansed from their … 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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