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Key Connections (May 19, 2016)

May 19, 2016

This week’s resources follow a biblical theme that no believer is exempt from experiencing in their Christian life: suffering. We pray these articles encourage you to endure suffering and hardship with patience and great joy. You might consider forwarding them along to someone whom you know is suffering.

Suffering Well: Acknowledging Sin’s Role in Suffering (Mike Riccardi, The Cripplegate)

And so when we undergo suffering—even intense suffering—we should not act surprised as if we deserved something better.

To the Family of a Child with a Behavioral or Neurological Disorder (Sarah Walton, Set Apart)

This is for the family whose life is not as they expected it would be.  It is for the family who may seem normal from the outside, but on the inside is hurting, lonely, exhausted, confused, stressed, and unsure of the future.

Suffering and Singing (Paul Tautges, Counseling One Another)

Suffering is not a mark of God’s indifference towards us, or his hatred of us. Suffering is a mark of his love for us. It shows us that we are his.

Who Gave Paul His Thorn? (Andrew Wilson, Think Theology)

So who gave Paul his thorn? God, and Satan, but with thoroughly different agendas.

Your Sin Is Not What You Think (John Piper, The Gospel Coalition)

Sin is the deepest, strongest, and most pervasive problem in the human race.

 


The Author
Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a writer and Bible teacher. She has previously served as content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband Brad are parents to their sweet daughter and members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Itasca, Ill.



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