Failure SUCKS!

Today has been one of those days when I couldn’t shut my mind off and the thoughts have been racing around in my head and dragging me down. I have been overwhelmed with despair over one particular aspect of my life all day long. so much so that I remember thinking earlier that all I want to do is rent a stupid, brainless comedy so at least I could quit thinking about the heavy stuff. So what have I been thinking about? (in case you didn’t read the title) Failure SUCKS! Continue reading

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Why God Allows Suffering (Greg Laurie)

Our greatest need is relationship with God and suffering drives us deeper into God. We are promised that He will be with us in our suffering and the comfort that we receive in our suffering will be the comfort that we minister to others with in their suffering.

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Mistaking the Master for the Monster

It was the end of the day and, though just an hour or so prior they were tired, frustrated and hungry, the disciples were now elated and amazed. Five thousand people had just been fed with a little boy’s snack pack, probably given to him by his mom as he left for school that morning. The disciples stood before the massive crowd and watched Jesus break the bread, bless it, and hand it to them to feed the crowd. Although a little apprehensive, they did just that and somehow the food never ran out! In fact, they had an abundance of left overs to take to work with them the next day! It was a total manna-from-heaven kind of moment.

Matthew then tells us, “Immediately, Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side while He sent the crowd away”. Can you imagine the excitement of conversation that must have been had on that boat? I can see James and John discussing who was going to be sitting next to Jesus as his worldwide television show was aired. I’m sure Peter was thinking about all the security He would have to head up to protect Jesus from the Pharisees and that old doubter, Thomas, was probably asking if it was really food or maybe just a hallucination. None the less, there was excitement and they all must have known that this moment was a once in a lifetime moment.

Then the bottom dropped out. Literally. The waves began to slam against the boat, rain fell like rocks against their skin, and the wind began tossing the boat like a cat toying with a mouse before it eats it. Suddenly the excitement of the miracle turned to fear of the “real world”.

Have you ever felt that way? God does an amazing work in your life and suddenly the gates of hell open up and you are under the very world you used to be dancing on top of. The question is who is behind this storm; the master or the monster?
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What is Magnificent Adversity?

Let’s be honest, it is an almost asinine statement to say that suffering is a good thing, let alone a God purposed thing.. I know this will raise many rebutals and with good right. How is the death of a baby good? How is rape good? How is dying of cancer good? Honestly, I can’t answer those questions and more than likely I won’t even attempt to do so. What I can say is those things are not good. They are a bad result of a fallrn world but God uses them for good in the life of Christian’s.

My intent is not to belittle the pain of suffering. I can’t imagine what someone experiencing the loss of a baby or getting raped is going through. All I can do is tell you what the Bible says and get out of the way so Holy Spirit can do what He does best, illuminate the truth.

What I hope to do with this blog is reveal the purpose pain and suffering play in the lives of believers. The doctrine of God using suffering for good in His children’s lives is rich with beauty and found throughout the bible. We see it as Joseph says “What the devil meant for evil, God meant for good”. We also see it in Bathsheba’s rape, the subsequent murder of her husband and her child’s death which led to her being in the bloodline of the Messiah to Israel. And the grand climax of the Christian faith is built on the beautiful suffering of the cross of Jesus!

When we get a true understanding of the magnificent role adversity plays in our lives we will find it’s beauty. When we understand that God is in complete control, even in our darkest hour, we will find peace. When we submit to God’s wisdom for our lives and not our comfort, we will find growth.

Jesus’ call for us to “come and die” is a call to suffering but it is through that suffering we find life, peace and joy! I hope you will join me on this magnificent journey.

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The Magnificent Ruse

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There is a magnificent ruse going on in this world today. It is the con of the ages, the great bait and switch of the spiritual world. Every human being is involved in it and few are able to catch the perpetrator in the act. Most of us go through life thinking we are smart enough to not be duped but the truth is we play the fool quite frequently.

Maybe the reason this con is so successful is because of the familiarity of it’s execution. We see it happening all around us. Maybe it is because we, in our fallen state, are predisposed to believe the con artist’s lies. Maybe we just aren’t smart enough to see through the deception. Whatever the case, the enemy of our soul is deceptively destroying our comprehension and leading us further into his thievery.

What if I told you that suffering is actually one of the many blessings in the life of a Christian?

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