The fruit of suffering and trials

Trials start on page three of my Bible. On that page, the Serpent approaches Eve with the temptation to rebel against God, and in that moment, she and her faith are on trial.  And because she and Adam chose to disobey, suffering enters their lives on page four.  Pain in childbirth, conflict in marriage and […]

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If all things work for good…

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from All Things for Good. Inferences from the proposition that all things work for the good of the saints. (1) If all things work for good, hence learn that there is a providence. Things do […]

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Suffering as a ministry

We understand that the Lord often uses suffering as a means of sanctifying us — our trials are designed to conform us to Christ.  We don’t necessarily “like” the process, but we understand that this is what God does. Paul makes that clear in several places:  “And not only this, but we also exult in […]

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God is always good

Not everything that we know is true feels like it is true. We know that there is always hope for someone’s salvation (Heb. 3:12-13), but when that person has rejected Christ repeatedly and vehemently, we might not feel hopeful. We understand the power of Christ to reconcile believers to one another (Eph. 2:13-18), but when […]

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Living in uncertain times

This morning I glanced at the headlines of the newspaper and commented to my wife, “The Lord must certainly be coming back soon.” It wasn’t just the headline about China’s financial troubles and the resulting uncertainties in our stock market that triggered that comment.  It was also the moral chaos that we have seen unfolding […]

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