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I Was Just Thinking … About Strengthening Faith

Paul’s sole objective was to work so that people’s faith in the Lord might develop and make progress. In Philippians 1:25 he said, “I will again be with you so that your faith (and resulting joy) might increase.” The faith of these Philippian Christians was already quite advanced. Every time Paul remembered them, he thanked … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Being More Than Conquerors

According to Romans 8:37 we are “more than conquerors through him who loved us.” While studying this passage with a class I taught, the question came up: How is it possible to be more than a conqueror? We understand what if means to win against an opponent, but how is it possible to do more … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #3—The Grace of Suffering

When you  face opposition, strive together for the faith of the gospel … that you suffer for his sake as I do … So then in my absence, be very careful  how you effect your deliverance, because God is at work among you, both to will and to work as he pleases. Philippians 1:25–2:13 God … Continue reading

Civility #7—Hopeful Civility

If you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are fortunate. So don’t let it bother you. Rather, set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts, so you will always be ready to answer, with courtesy and respect, anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 1 Peter 3:14–16 Hopeful people can be … Continue reading

Integrity #6 — Suffering Integrity

Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to … Continue reading

To Make Us Strong — #2 Strong Examples

Be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. … Behold, we count those prophets blessed who endured. Also, you have heard of Job’s endurance and you have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, because he is emotionally tuned in and sympathetic. James 5:8, 11 Strength of heart occurs as … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About “Necessary Suffering”

The other day while I was memorizing and meditating on chapter one of 1 Peter, the Lord gave me something which I believe will strengthen me whenever tribulations strike. In the hope that some of you might also find this thought helpful, I will share it with you: 1 Peter 1:6-7 says, “In this [salvation … Continue reading

Abundance #6 — Abundant Suffering

As the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ, … which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. 2 Corinthians 1:5 Paul warned all his converts in advance that they would suffer as Christ did. For he knew that God … Continue reading