Tag Archives: suffering

An Unexpected Conversation

An Unexpected Conversation

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 Ten days ago Friday I had corrective surgery for a hiatal hernia, something I’ve wanted […]

See Your Suffering Clearly

See Your Suffering Clearly

For a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said, ‘Give God the praise; we know that Jesus is a sinner.’ He answered, ‘Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that thought I was blind, now I see.’ John 9:24-25 Unsettling fear. Lurking discomfort. Instinctual […]

First, Be Reconciled

First, Be Reconciled

“So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 Eight days ago, George Floyd, an unarmed 46 year old […]

Beyond Severe Affliction

Beyond Severe Affliction

“We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia. For in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part. For they gave according to their means, as […]

Suffering or Peace?

Suffering or Peace?

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have suffering. But take heart. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Which would you rather have: today, Monday, the first day of another week? Suffering or peace? That may seem like a stupid […]