READ Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. (Acts 26:14-15) THINK I want you to picture Saul (soon to become the Apostle Paul) on the road to Damascus, and in particular, I want you to consider the interaction … Continue reading Acts 26: Yikes that Hurts!
READ “I [God] will show him [Saul] how much he must suffer for my name” (Acts 9:16) THINK “In the secular view, suffering is never seen as a meaningful part of life but only as an interruption.” – Tim Keller I think the verse above is remarkable because it forces those of us who are followers of Jesus to confront the issue of suffering. In fact, … Continue reading ACTS 9: JOY AND SUFFERING – THE UNLIKELY BEDFELLOWS OF THE CHRISTIAN
In these unusual times, I thought it would be helpful to quote Paul David Tripp, on the importance of getting control of what you meditate on: “What controls your meditation will control your thoughts about God, yourself, others, your situation, and even the nature of life itself. And as you mediate on what you are suffering, your joy wanes, your hope fades, and God … Continue reading What is controlling your meditation
Today I’ve finished Paul David Tripp’s book titled ‘Suffering’. I think this is probably the best book I’ve ever read on the subject of Suffering. Yes, I’ve read the classic ‘Problem of Pain’ by C.S. Lewis and D.A Carson’s magnificent book called ‘How Long Oh Lord?’. However, both of those books try to address the subject of suffering from a Biblical /Philosophical perceptive. This book … Continue reading Probably the best book on suffering I’ve ever read
Over christmas, I’ve been reading Paul David Tripp’s new-ish book called Suffering (Gospel hope when life doesn’t make sense). I’ve still got a few pages left but this is a book worth reading! Written in a season of personal suffering and uncertainty, this is honest, personal, challenging and theolgically rich! Here is just one small nugget to wet your appetite… “I wish I could say … Continue reading Suffering is never neutral
“God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away. To live with your ‘thorn’ uncomplainingly — that is, sweet, patient, and free in … Continue reading Chiselled by afflictions
“Christianity teaches that, contra fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contra Buddhism, suffering is real; contra karma, suffering is often unfair; but contra secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.” (Walking with God through pain and … Continue reading Tim Keller on Suffering