Suffering Category

5 Secrets to Contentment

The United States’ Declaration of Independence says that all people have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. It is interesting that the statement used is the pursuit of happiness and not just happiness itself. Apparently, it is evident that happiness is not easy to come by. We must pursue happiness because […]

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Why Did Jesus Weep at Lazarus’ Tomb?

One of the more well-known miracles is the account of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead (John 11). It is a profound miracle, a dramatic display of Jesus’ power and also rich with theological implications about resurrection, eternal life, and the importance of the call of Christ to life. Nestled into this account is […]

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How Are Christians “More Than Conquerors”?

It’s a phrase that gets thrown around quite a bit by Christians, usually in the midst of a rah-rah speech meant to build up believers and help them gain some God-given confidence. It might sound something like, Don’t let the negatives in life get you down! You can choose to be bitter or you can choose to […]

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When Your Family Doesn’t Support Your Faith

You’re a brand new Christian. You’ve made the decision to follow Christ, to call on him as your Saviour and Lord, and start a new life built on your faith in Jesus. This journey will bring all sorts of experiences: some of them wonderful, some of them confusing, some of them exciting, and some of […]

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There’s Hope for This Hopeless World

“You may run from sorrow as we have. Sorrow will find you.” – August Nicholson, The Village It is not hard to feel that the world in which we live is entirely hopeless. Who could blame someone for coming to such a conclusion? Life does not just include sorrow; it seems to be filled with it. […]

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Way to Go, Monty Williams!

By now you have probably seen the moving video of NBA coach and former player Monty Williams giving a eulogy at his wife Ingrid’s celebration of life ceremony, after she died tragically in a car accident, leaving behind 5 children. If not, it’s a worthwhile few minutes of your time: The powerful message of hope […]

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When Christians Let You Down

Sooner or later someone who professes to be a follower of Jesus is going to let you down. Quite likely, you’ve already had that experience. And for many, it has happened many times. The hard reality is that people we trust and expect a lot from sometimes fail us, and when that happens, there is usually […]

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The Pleasures of True Christianity

I recently read a biography on William Wilberforce, who almost single-handedly abolished the slave trade in Great Britain and, decades later, slavery altogether in the early 1800’s. He began the fight at the age of 21 and the final law to abolish slavery was passed three days before his death over 40 years later. He […]

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Wind, Dice, Fish, Plants, and Worms: What Do These Have in Common?

Perhaps you think that the collection of wind, dice, fish, plants, and worms seems like about as random a collection of things (is wind a thing?) as possible. I would tend to agree. Yet there is something that groups all of these very different things together. When one reads the book of Jonah it can be […]

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“Everything Happens for a Reason” – True or False?

People are divided about whether or not “everything happens for a reason”, including Christians. Some see every moment of life as part of God’s divine plan, others see much of life as random happenings. Further still, some understand life to not only be part of a plan from God but also with a specific purpose […]

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