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Behind the Scenes #7—Determined Faith

Jesus was handed over by the determinate plan and forethought of God … and put to death. But God raised him up again … since it was impossible for him to be held in death’s grip. Acts 2:22–24 In the midst of busyness and betrayal, in the heart of chaos and corruption, during the darkest … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #1—Shock and Awe

In a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams, the human heart has a tendency to despair. Down in the weeds of woe, we feel like we’re wandering in a maze with shifting walls. We recognize our own inability to navigate it successfully; so we look for guides, or maybe even a … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … God of All Comfort

God is the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). But what does this mean? If we want to get to the message that God has for us in the pages of his book, we must not read the Bible passively. Instead, we should formulate questions about what its statements mean. Then we should let … Continue reading

Help #4 — Hope-giving Help

We were so afflicted in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. … He on whom we have set our hope … Continue reading

Help #2 — Brotherly Help

Saul went out to seek David’s life while David was in the wilderness. But Jonathan arose and went to David and encouraged him in God: “Do not be afraid, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. Indeed, you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you.” 1 … Continue reading

Trials #2 — Available Escape

No test has ever come upon you but such as is common to humanity. And God is faithful: He will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability, but with the trial will also provide the way of escape, so that you will be able to endure. For this very reason, my beloved, flee … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Beating the If Only Blues

How distressed my heart can become when, after having committed myself to one course of action, hindsight indicates that another would have been wiser. Regret — this is a very painful difficulty we often face in life. John Greenleaf Whittier, in his poem “Maud Muller,” captured its pain in these words, “For of all sad … Continue reading