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Trust God

In Your Trials, Trust God

A cancer diagnosis took me completely by surprise 12 years ago. I was perfectly healthy and had no risk factors. I was processing my questions with a mature Christian friend when she said, “It’s almost a complement, don’t you think?” She was saying that God had allowed this trial and that he knew I would be […]

Paul David Tripp

“Readers and Writers” Episode 4 with Nancy Guthrie

To shine a spotlight on them and esteem their loss is a great source of comfort to someone [who is grieving]. (Nancy Guthrie) Unlocking the Bible continues to release weekly episodes of Readers and Writers with Colin Smith, a podcast recorded live at The Gospel Coalition’s 2017 National Conference. Our next […]

Scripture

Eight Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering

Recently, a friend and I were interviewed on a radio show about the book we’d written on suffering. One of the host’s questions struck me: In the midst of the refiner’s fire, how do we keep from going through the motions? How do we have a sense of the abundance […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (June 8, 2017)

Morning Bible Reading and Manna for Today (Lore Ferguson Wilbert, Sayable) My daily routine (right now) looks like this…Take what helps you, leave what doesn’t. Why Do We Lie? (Ryan Reeves, The Gospel Coalition) We are all familiar with lying. Each of us has told a lie. But what is the […]

hurting people

Three Untruths You’ve Probably Said to Hurting People

Christians like to encourage people. This is a great thing. When someone we care about is hurting or enduring trials, we are quick to give words of encouragement and comfort. When we are suffering, others are generous to do the same for us. But an important question regarding this is, […]

Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayer

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer?

God is a God of miracles. Tumors miraculously disappear. A hardened criminal surrenders their life to Christ. A child declared “unfit for life” is born perfectly healthy. Hard-to-reach cultures are coming to Christ through divine intervention. Many of us likely haven’t seen a life-altering miracle outside the miraculous regeneration of […]

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A Challenge to Those Who Are Grieving

Video Notes: There are two sides to weeping with those who weep. The first is that there must be brothers and sisters in Christ who are ready to listen, ready to sit with the one who grieves and identify with their sorrow. But if this is to happen, the one […]

infertility

What Infertility Means to the Enemy

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week. For more than four years, my husband and I have walked a journey that no couple imagines they will face: infertility. We have never experienced the joys of a positive pregnancy test or holding our child in our arms. We have watched the majority of […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (April 20, 2017)

We Need More Bible in Youth Ministry (Katherine Forster, Desiring God) Here are four reasons I believe pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and Christian parents need to encourage and exhort us to study the Bible, and teach us how to do it. The Gospel Doesn’t Accommodate (Jason Garwood, Gospel-Centered Discipleship) Why are we […]

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For the Person Who Feels Weak

There’s no denying it. I am weak to the core. My body is weak as it continues to be beaten down by Lyme disease and its devastating effects. My mothering abilities feel weak as I grow weary caring for four sick children who are also being ravaged by this awful […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (March 29, 2017)

Helping Kids Handle Conflict (Eric Davis, The Cripplegate) A child’s greatest need is not insulation from mean kids, but salvation from their sin; not to meet nicer kids, but to meet Christ. Through faith alone in Jesus Christ, this greatest need will be met. Three Promises for Those Who Are Hurting […]

peace

How I Found Peace in My Pain

Hello. My name is Meghan, and I am often not an outstanding example of contentment. I’ve been on this earth for 26 years. For the majority of my life, I’ve been puzzled by mysterious illnesses and chronic ailments that have riddled my front lawn with “Do not cross” signs. It’s […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (March 1, 2017)

Why the Church Needs Suffering (Sarah Walton, Set Apart) Why is life so heavy for so many of those who are following Christ? Why isn’t God protecting his people? Will We Know Each Other in Heaven? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Let’s cut to the chase with a one-word answer: Yes! The two-word […]

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Marriage for Worse, for Poorer, and in Sickness

I remember the moment I stood before my groom and recited my wedding vows. I certainly didn’t expect life to be perfect, but I assumed my marriage would be filled with more of “better” than “worse.” With stars in my eyes, and blissfully unaware of what the future would hold, […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (February 15, 2017)

Why Are So Many Christians Bored with the Bible? (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) We talk about Bible reading like we talk about cutting calories or cleaning our house. We’re grateful for the results, but we don’t wake up dying to do it again. 8 Reasons to Love Sound Doctrine (Kevin Halloran, Anchored in […]

God heals

The God Who Heals

She trails behind the crowd, uncertain if she should approach. The mass of people surrounding him overwhelms her; she can’t see what he’s doing, where he’s going, let alone hear him speak. She’d heard the reports about Jesus, amazing reports. Of healing, demon-expulsion, miracles. And Lord, did she need a […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (February 8, 2017)

Do I Really Need To Suffer? (Tim Challies, Challies dot Com) Should I hope for pain or even seek out suffering if I want to continue to grow up in the Lord? A Prayer For When Your Faith Feels Weak (Caitlin Williams, Unlocking the Bible) Sometimes my faith feels too small…when that happens, […]

teach your children

How to Teach Your Children to Suffer Well

As painful as it is to endure suffering as parents, it’s even more painful to watch our children suffer. All four of my children have suffered immensely from the physical, emotional, and neurological pain of Lyme disease. They’ve watched our family go from financially comfortable to unemployed. They frequently feel […]

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Three Ways to Help Your Kids Through Suffering

Trials and suffering can be anywhere from stretching to downright devastating. But most people would agree that as painful as it is to endure suffering ourselves, it’s even more painful to watch our children suffer. Whether it’s a bully at school, a friend who hurts their feelings, the loss of […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (January 4, 2017)

Bible Reading Plans for 2017 (Nathan W. Bingham, Ligonier Ministries) Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan….For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Do We Expect More […]

Hostile World

Christ Came into a Hostile World

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18) A world of hostility toward truth, a world infatuated with sin, a world full of broken people who want to rule themselves—Jesus was born into this world. And if Jesus was received in […]

grief

The Grief of Christmas

The grief of Christmas is real. For some, Christmas is a reminder of hurt, deeply-felt pain, and personal sufferings, even as it’s a joyful time of year to celebrate the coming of Jesus as the light of the world with the church, family, and friends. Maybe this is the way […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (December 14, 2016)

5 Reasons to Read the Bible When You Feel Absolutely Nothing (Stephen Altrogge, The Blazing Center) Did anything really “happen” during my reading? Did the Bible make any difference? Why should I even continue when it just feels like I’m going through the motions? When Christmas Is a Fresh Reminder of […]

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ONE Man Freed: The Story of Louis Dooley

Louis Dooley was a young man who found himself imprisoned with a life sentence for theft and attempted murder. Through a miraculous turn of events, Louis received Jesus Christ in prison and recognized he had “new life” in Christ. Like Louis Dooley, you can be ONE person making an exponential […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (December 7, 2016)

Are You Ready for Persecution? (Jordan Standridge, The Cripplegate) …those who have been persecuted are more mature. They seem to evangelize more, to say no to sin more often and to be an encouragement to those around them. The Unseen Misery of Dec 25th (Tim Thornborough, The Good Book Company) We’ve been […]

Satan

Four Lies Satan Speaks in Darkness

Have you ever experienced a time when, the more you prayed, the more your troubles seemed to grow? This has been one of those seasons, one that’s lasted nearly decade. Many days it’s a fight, a constant battle, to keep my eyes fixed on God’s truth rather than my trials. […]

God knows

God Knows When You Don’t

Right now, there’s a lot I don’t know. I don’t know what today will bring. Or tomorrow, for that matter. I don’t know how long I will live, or when I will die. I don’t know how many kids my husband and I will raise, or if we’ll be able […]

grief

Tears of Grief and Victory Songs

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57) Graduation ceremonies undo me now. At a graduation party recently, I watched pictures of a little baby grow to be a little girl, and then saw her step out onto the stage, […]

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The Wearying Burden of Ongoing Suffering

My heart has been incredibly weary lately. I have struggled to find words that adequately express the tumultuous emotions within my spirit. Daily, I need to fight the impulse to turn inward and disconnect from those around me, as I teeter between pressing on or succumbing to the crushing weight […]

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Suffer Well by Trusting God

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15) God sovereignly intervened in my sister’s life […]

preparing for suffering

The Secret to Preparing for Suffering

“It feels like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.” I sat on the edge of our bed with tears in my eyes, attempting to describe to my husband the silent, simmering fear that had been plaguing me. I was in perpetual dread of the possibility of getting re-injured […]

Scripture

Speak Scripture into Suffering

When my first daughter went to be with the Lord, one friend wrote to me, “There are no words.” There are no words to describe, quantify, or eliminate the pain of child loss—it was a depletion of my person in nearly every possible manner. There are no words for the […]

when life is hard

Three Things to Remember When Life Is Hard

Disoriented. Numb. Somber. There are few words to describe where my heart has been lately. I feel inadequate to describe all the reasons why or how I have gotten to this place. But even if was able, the circumstances aren’t the point. The point is that even as Christians, we […]

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Impossible Circumstances Are Where God’s Glory Shines the Brightest

Some days I feel as if I’m in the front lines of a battle where I’m outnumbered 1,000 to one. I’m fighting for truth, hope, and joy, but the fiery arrows of affliction continue to fly from every angle. I’m fighting the temptation to grumble, get angry, and stomp my […]

Abundant Joy Is Found In the Presence of Christ, Not In the Absence of Pain

“Oh Lord, for years I have prayed for answers, healing, and understanding in this suffering you have allowed. Yet they have seemed not to come. Many have prayed to you on our behalf, as we have sought wisdom from the doctors you provided, and have longed for redemption of what’s […]

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Lessons in the Silence

It was a vain effort, but I tried changing the batteries on my hearing aids one last time, hopeful that maybe the tiny devices were malfunctioning. But no, even with fresh batteries, I still heard nothing. After cleaning my hearing aids, I packed them away for good. After slowly losing my hearing […]

When Mother’s Day Hurts

For many, Mother’s Day feels more like a day of mourning than a day of celebration. It stands as a reminder of what many have lost. Perhaps it’s a woman who lost her child through miscarriage, stillbirth, illness, or tragedy. Maybe it’s a woman who recently lost her mother. Perhaps […]

Two Reasons to Draw Near to God in Suffering (Rather Than Reject Him)

Picture David laying prostrate before God in a dank, dark cave, the sweat of suffering coating his brow, as he cries out for comfort and deliverance from his enemies, who hotly pursue him. How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?    How long will you hide your face from […]

When God Doesn’t Seem Good

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. (Nahum 1:7) Last spring, we were anxiously awaiting our upcoming vacation to Florida. Even more than in years past, I was desperate to get away and catch my breath from all […]

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The Merciful Relationship Between Affliction and Comfort

One of my best friends and I are each part of what we jokingly call the other’s “inner circle.”  He and I both prefer to have a handful of close friends rather than a big group of casual friends. We both take friendship very seriously, and we’ve put each other […]

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In Faithfulness He Afflicted Me

Sometimes I sit down to write and find myself staring at a blank screen, my head swirling with thoughts of what I know is true, yet struggling to connect those truths with the overwhelming emotions and circumstances that seem to say otherwise. This has been one of those weeks. One […]

Rock of Ages

Learning to Kiss the Wave, Trusting the Rock of Ages

I walked into a room filled with nearly 300 women, hungry, eager, craving to connect to each other and learn from God’s Word. I couldn’t believe my eyes – it was my greatest fantasy come true! We started off by going around the table and introducing ourselves. One by one, […]

Four Reasons to Be of Good Courage in Suffering

What does it look like to suffer well? It’s easy to answer this question in theory, but when suffering enters our experience, it’s much harder to reckon with. What are we to do with our many emotions? How are we to talk about our suffering with others? What does it […]

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When You’re Feeling Gray

The skies are gray today. Snow flurries blur the landscape outside the window. Temperatures hover in the mid-teens. The cold creeps through the soles of my shoes and my wool socks — the price I pay for working at my desk, which sits on the floor above our house’s crawl […]

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Bible Q&A: Why Didn’t My Guardian Angel Protect Me?

Question: I know the Bible says something about believers having “guardian angels.” But I went through a life-altering accident some years ago and have suffered with terrible pain ever since. I’m wondering why God (through my guardian angel) didn’t intervene to help me at my time of greatest need? Answer: This is […]

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The Empty Chair at the Table

This weekend was tragic for my community. If you’re a parent of a middle school child in my area, you are holding your kids just a little bit tighter and whispering “I love you” just a little more frequently. Late last Friday afternoon, my phone buzzed, indicating that I had […]

thankfulness

Thankfulness in the Mud Pit

In October, my father-in-law suffered a stroke. Rehabilitation will be a lengthy process for him. His body will need to adjust to its new limitations. Such a physical trial can lead a person either to worship or into a state of despair. Are you, or is someone you know, in […]

the world

Making Sense of the Newspaper and the World

If this is God’s world, how can it be filled with pain and suffering on such a massive scale? How can we connect the words of the angels about “peace on earth” with the reality of conflict and war? At the inauguration of his public ministry, Jesus announced that he […]

Let’s regard the Lord’s discipline, not lightly, but with humbly submissive attitudes and searching thoughts, with the desire to bear the peaceful fruit of righteousness

Do Not Regard God’s Discipline Lightly

I’ve never met a person who said that discipline was pleasant. Parents battle their kid’s temper tantrums with heavy hearts and tears, athletes break their bodies in order to build strength and train for victory, and reckless drivers receive expensive tickets so the roads are kept safe. Discipline is often […]

evil

Evil Predestined by God’s Hand and Plan

There is nothing new under the sun. What can be said when terror strikes yet again? I find myself deeply disturbed and yet uncomfortably familiar with the hatred and death that is ravaging our world. Another attack, another groaning. “How long, O Lord?” Our comfort is this: the cross. In […]

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Four Keys to Living Faithfully in Exile

We have all known seasons of exile, in one form or another. Perhaps you’ve found yourself stuck in a geographical location, and every circumstance — no matter how hard you’ve tried to escape — seemed to hold you there. Maybe you’ve seen all your hopes, dreams, and plans go terribly awry. […]

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In a Dry and Weary Land

I was 17. I had my whole life ahead of me and yet, there I found myself, wanting it all to end. I sat silently in a stark white hospital room, broken, hurting, and alone. How did I end up here? Not more than a year earlier, I had been […]

Through the Lens of God’s Character

Have you ever struggled with the question, “Why is God allowing this”? I imagine that every believer is faced with this question at some point in their life. I clearly remember asking this question as I was painfully dealing with my son, who was struggling with a mental and physical disorder that we had yet to find answers to. […]

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For When Your Thorn Acts Up

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about having a “thorn” in his flesh. He describes it as “a messenger of Satan” sent to “harass” him, and he says that he begged the Lord to take it from him multiple times (2 Corinthians 12:7-8). I’ve always wondered what the thorn was. Was […]

Suffering Is Not What It Seems

What if suffering isn’t quite what it seems? Often, suffering is viewed as a mood-destroying interruption (in our best moments) or a faith-wrecking obstacle (in our worst). Whether we are hitting one too many red lights, causing us to be late for work, or we have just received a bad […]

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How Suffering Prepares Us for Heaven

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, […]

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Finding Freedom in the Wilderness

“How long, O Lord?!” I prayed through tears over my son after a long and painful battle with him. I forced myself to pray despite the anger and frustration stirring in my heart. He burst into tears and cried, “I don’t know why I am like this! I don’t want […]

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What to Do When You’re Not Being Persecuted

“There is a fellowship with Christ found in suffering that is greater than you will find anywhere else.” In light of the recent persecutions in the Middle East, Pastor Colin Smith shares biblical truths of great comfort and strength. Christians are reminded of the importance of dwelling on the gospel […]

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Hope in the Drought

Rough and harsh; dry and arid. Such is the season of the drought. And drought comes to everyone. We will all endure difficult “heat of life” circumstances. These are indeterminate of who we are or where we’re planted. We get flat tires. Our computers break. We struggle with the effects of aging. We […]

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How to Follow Christ in the Face of Difficulty

When the going gets tough, what is your response? The arrival of difficult circumstances should be no surprise to the Christian. The fact of the matter is that hardship is an unfortunate, yet unavoidable reality that every Christian must face in this life. Jesus, himself, spoke to his disciples about […]

Three Things I Learned In My Journey through Cancer

This blog post is a special guest post by Denise Halloran. Denise was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November of 2012 and shares some powerful lessons of God’s faithfulness and working in the post below. Over the past ten months God has taken me on a journey through treatment for […]