Coping with affliction

Joel Beeke talks about some lessons he learned about suffering from the puritan Arthur Hildersham that he learned while enduring three rounds of the removal of basal cell skin cancer from his face yesterday: Just as my murmuring began to pick up, I came to a remarkable section of the book about the afflictions that […]

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Broken, yet intricately woven

From Emily Armstrong, wife of blogger Aaron Armstrong: I was diagnosed with epilepsy on Friday. My first thought was, “This is very inconvenient.” I asked the doctor how it happened, but there is no apparent cause. It just is. I didn’t do anything to cause epilepsy, nor is anyone else responsible for it. I find […]

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God is good. Always.

“…it doesn’t compute, it doesn’t make sense.  It’s not explainable.  I don’t understand how a baby dying can be good.  I don’t understand it, but I accept it…but I know that if it were better, if it would bring God more glory, or if it would be better for us if she were here, that […]

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A benefit of sickness

There are benefits to sickness, according to the puritan, Jeremy Taylor [Holy Dying].  Consider: Truth is, there are but two great periods in which faith demonstrates itself to be a powerful and mighty grace; and they are persecution and the approaches of death…By the faith of the promises we learn to despise the world, choosing […]

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Hymn Story — Just As I Am

The backgrounds to many of our hymns and songs provide additional testimony of God’s goodness and grace, expanding the effect of the words we sing.  The hymn, “Just As I Am,” is another work that grows in significance when we learn the story of its author, Charlotte Elliott: Just as I am, without one plea, […]

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The mercy of sickness

Charles Spurgeon: There is no greater mercy that I know of on earth than good health except it be sickness; and that has often been a greater mercy to me than health. It is a good thing to be without a trouble; but it is a better thing to have a trouble, and know how […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles recently spotted on the internet: Douglas Groothuis offers wise counsel on listening to sermons in “A short theology of listening.”  An excerpt: Listen . . . with all your might; hear the living and active word. The teaching and preaching of God’s imperishable word is truly a sacred event whereby the Truth […]

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‘Til death do us part?

A few days ago, Pat Robertson asserted that it was acceptable for one to divorce a spouse with Alzheimer’s since “Alzheimer’s is a form of death.”  He continued, “I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial […]

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