Suffering: Is the Joy of Jesus Greater Than the Suffering God Allows? Part 3

 

This is Part 3 of 3 parts answering the question, “Is the Joy of Jesus Greater Than the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?”

While Joyfully Suffering You Learn to Hate the Effects of Sin

I love the attitude that Joni has toward her disability. She humbly recognizes that one day all the effects of sin will be thrust away from the righteous (not as a result of anything that they have done, but because of the great love and mercy God has shown through the Lord Jesus!) Joni records, Continue reading

Advertisements

Suffering: Is the Joy of Jesus Greater Than the Suffering God Allows? Part 2

This is Part 2 of 3 parts answering the question, “Suffering: Is the Joy of Jesus Greater Than the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 3 will be posted tomorrow.

While Joyfully Suffering You Learn About God

In and from her suffering, Joni Eareckson Tada continues to teach us about victory, joy and the Lord. She also humbly allows others to teach about His greatness and faithfulness while they endure their own trials, Continue reading

Suffering: Is the Joy of Jesus Greater Than the Suffering God Allows? Part 1

This is Part 1 of 3 parts answering the question, “Is the Joy of Jesus Greater Than the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 2-3 will be posted on succeeding days. 

Salvation does not deliver you from suffering on earth. In fact, it more that likely intensifies it! That doesn’t make sense from the human perspective, does it? We tend to believe that God “ought” to give us victory from the agonies of life, because that is what victors achieve! Those who win get the glory, the prize and the rewards. So, how could it be God’s will that His people suffer and what is His solution? Continue reading

MSG: The Joy of His Presence – Luke 2:8-20

This message was presented on December 22, 2013 as a part of the Advent series.  May you experience the Joy of His Presence!

The middle class has always been the strength of the United States, but current trends are destroying it to create “elites” and the poor, who are dependent on these “elites.” That is just the way things were in the Roman Empire in Jesus’ day. The Roman Republic, begun in B.C. 508, became the Roman Empire around B.C. 27 with the rise of the Caesars as the Roman Empire. The wealthy elite of that day shared gifts of gold jewelry and trinkets. Continue reading

Q&A: The Joy of Anticipation: Luke 1:26-55

These are suggested answers to the Message Based Discussion Questions from the message presented on December 15, 2014, “The Joy of Anticipation.” The answers are designed to stimulate thought from one perspective; they are not designed to be the answers, which then stops thinking.  First, the insert is included and then the answers to the Message Based Discussion Questions. Continue reading

MSG: The Joy of Anticipation Luke 1:26-55

Did you notice when I had the children on the steps two weeks ago and asked how they would react to fireworks, they responded exactly how I expected? Ahhhh, Ohhhh, Wowwwww!  And Maura also did the hands on her cheeks and said, “Wowwww!” I love how honest and transparent children are. We love to see spectacular things and we also love to anticipate spectacular things.  Christmas is clearly a child’s greatest anticipation. They have the wonder, the freshness and, even in our culture, the innocence of anticipating presents at Christmas time.  Continue reading