Deadly Ingredients of Suffering

The following five observations taken from Job 22-31 are ways that we can begin to think as we become embittered at the suffering we experience. Job 22-31 is the third cycle of conversation between Job and his three friends and gives a window into the bitterness of suffering that Job experienced. Here are five ingredients that erode a believer’s soul: We assume that God

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Divine Sovereignty

Charles Spurgeon on Diving Sovereignty “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?—Matthew 20:15 The householder says, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?” and even so does the God of heaven and earth ask this question of you this morning. “Is it not lawful for me to do what I

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Why Suffering Exists

As we study through the book of Job, we learn that suffering exists for many reasons and none of which are reasons that Job suffers. Suffering exists because sin exists (Romans 5:12). This is not the Garden of Eden. This is a cursed creation. This is not heaven. We long for the new heaven and the new earth. Suffering exists to mature God’s children

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My First Southern Baptists of Texas Meeting

In March of this year, our church affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Last week I had the opportunity to be a messenger on behalf of Grace Life to the annual meeting of the SBTC. Here are a few of my takeaways as a participant for the very first time: I appreciate that the preaching of God’s

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Job’s Faulty Views of Suffering

Job’s friends weren’t the only ones with incorrect views of suffering. Job had his own problems because trials reveal the faulty views of the sufferer. I see at least three in Job 4-14. Death is better than life. (Job 6:8-13) This is the position when trials continue with no end in sight, when health crises are unavoidable, when emotional trauma is unending, when relational

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