Resources on Suffering

Sep 4

Words For The Widowed by Grace Pike

In this fallen world permeated with sin and death, even adopted children of God may taste the bitterness of loss.

May 25, 2018

Won Kwak on Difficult Things in Life by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

Jan 22, 2017

Why You're Suffering by Charles Spurgeon

Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire.

Aug 28, 2016

Why You Must Sing Even When You Don't Feel Like It by Charles Spurgeon

There are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. In such a condition what are we to do?

Jan 24

Why We Suffer by David McLemore

In the Christian gospel, we have not only a God who answers our questions, but also a God who enters our pain. The fact that Jesus entered our world to live as a man of sorrows proves he’s trustworthy.​

Oct 21, 2018

Why Are You Troubled? by Charles Spurgeon

"Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."

Aug 14, 2017

Who Are You, Lord? by Lucy Crabtree

When he does not heal us the way we want to be healed, it is not because our afflictions or convictions overwhelm him. 

May 20, 2014

When We Get Small and God Gets Big by Jared C. Wilson

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms… —Deuteronomy 33:27

Natalie was one of my deaconesses. I say "was" because she passed away in January. One of my first memories of Natalie was at a funeral, actually, one of the first of the many I have officiated in my five years in Middletown. I don't even remember who it was for—it was not…

Aug 13, 2015

When The Clouds Gather by Collin Huber

As I write, I think of a 26-year old girl struck by a drunk driver less than five miles from my home. In an instant, a man’s carelessness wrecked her dreams and now she clings to life in a hospital bed. Around the world today, ISIS carries out its atrocities, natural disasters riddle lives with heartache, and still we drift forward. Can we find comfort? Peace? Hope?

Aug 18, 2017

When The Chariot of Guilt Rolls In To Town by Erik Raymond

It is deadly to wallow in guilt. It saps joy as it eclipses Christ.

Jul 15, 2016

When Tears Don't Satiate the Sorrow by Sam Bierig

Until the New Heavens and the New Earth, wear your mourning like a badge of love from your Savior.

Jun 29, 2016

When Sorrows Like Sea Billows Roll by Ian Conrey

One day, we will be with God in his Kingdom, along with the rest of the broken who turned to Christ.

Feb 3, 2016

When Joy and Sorrow Erupt in the Same Refrain by Michael Kelley

We live in the dual realities of what God has done and what He’s going to do; of the joy of salvation and the longing for redemption; of what is and what will be.

Feb 18, 2016

Were They A Believer?

Rethinking Inquiries About Departed Loved One's Eternal State

It’s usually best to avoid one question as we attempt to encourage the hurting.

Aug 5, 2015

Trusting God in The Valley by Nicholas Haines

Our valley has been long, and we are still in it. We do not know when we will begin to climb the hills again. But we do know our God.

Mar 15, 2018

Trials, Our Blessed Chauffeurs by Erik Raymond

Trials can be surprising ministers, serving us by showing our insufficiency and escorting us to our all-sufficient God.

May 18, 2018

Trevin Wax On Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

Apr 6, 2018

Trevin Wax on Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

Oct 2

The Uncomfortability Of Others’ Suffering by Margaret Bronson

There can be a temptation to put believers who are suffering in a petri dish, watching to see if they grow evidence that will confirm our doctrinal beliefs without making us too uncomfortable in the process.

Jul 27, 2015

The Responsibility of Suffering by Michael Kelley

Suffering is the gift that no one wants, and yet God chooses to give sometimes nonetheless.

Sep 16

There Should Be Two of Us

A Lament for Loss and A Look to Hope

We share a couple of things in common besides our name. One is a dark reality. The other is a greater Truth.

May 8, 2015

The Psalms as Prescription for Depression by Nick Murray

When the darkness is heaviest, it is hard to go to the Word. But I believe that those are the times where the Word is the most necessary. 

Jan 29

The Picture of Hope in Suffering by Jason G. Duesing

Trials, of all kinds, test our faith in crucible-like ways—ways that will show the greatness and goodness of God and result in our greater praise to him. This is, in part, because he endures the trials with us.​

Mar 10

The Path of Trouble is the Way Home by Charles Spurgeon

Lord, make this thought a pillow for many a weary head!

May 22, 2017

The One Who Treads the Waves by Allyson Todd

I can rest assured that my powerlessness to determine my future makes room for me to trust God who is most powerful.

Oct 8, 2018

The Honor of Suffering by Whitney Putnam

Jesus suffered well because saving mankind was enough for him. 

Oct 4, 2017

The Hard Road is Where You'll Find the Lord by Kole Farney

Although we know the destination and the way, the Lord often inserts trials that seemingly get us off track.

Nov 2, 2015

The First Cut is the Deepest

Self-Harmers in the Church

Rarely in Christian circles have I found the subject of "cutting" or other self-harm discussed with any depth. I don’t know why that is. But I do know one thing for sure: Christians who self-harm often experience an added layer of the guilt and shame that a self-harmer already experiences. The good news is that there is hope and freedom from the cycle of self-harm in Jesus Christ.

Sep 1, 2016

The Complexity of Pain and the Plight of the Sojourn by Matt LaMaster

Suffering is a story we do not often like to tell. Jacob's life recalls the hope found in our wandering and reminds us again, "Blessed are the sojourns, for they are like their Savior."

Apr 13, 2018

The Beatitudes for Today by Gabe Posey

If I want to soothe that deep, empty ache in my heart, am I ready to chase down the right things, even when it costs me dearly? 

Feb 20, 2017

Thankful for His Keeping by Keri Seavey

The gift hidden within difficult seasons is that we may see more clearly and understand more deeply our desperate need of His keeping. 

Nov 30, 2018

Surviving With Hope by Gail Emerson

For every brutal act, every time your voice fell on deaf ears, each betrayal and misplaced shame—all of this will be overcome in victory. 

Sep 24, 2018

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark by Jared C. Wilson

When we suffer, we tend to ask lots of "why" questions. Here's the one thing we can know in our hurts.

Mar 8, 2017

Suffering is a Doorway, Not a Dead End by Gavin Ortlund

Because Christ walked ahead of us, we know greater fellowship with Him as we follow in his steps. 

Apr 22, 2016

Strengthened by Affliction by Joel Littlefield

In affliction you have the opportunity to draw closer to Christ, to His pain, to His cross and thus to His comfort, all by the hand of the loving Father.

Jan 4, 2016

Still Sick in the Bay of Biscay

An Unremarkable Reflection

Union with Christ means the Lord of peace remains present in your joy, in your pain, in your liftoffs, and in your layovers.

Jun 22, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Narnia by Chris Thomas

Tribulation is real—we should not be surprised by it—but it is not our defining reality. We have a living hope, an imperishable inheritance, and a secure salvation.

Jun 12, 2018

Russell Moore on What Difficult Thing in Life Has Taught Him the Most by Russell Moore

FTC.co asks Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What difficult thing in life has taught you the most?"

Aug 10, 2015

Repurposed Pain by Tish Hedger

Pain is a funny thing. How I wish I could shield my baby from it all. But that would not be love.

Apr 12, 2017

Provided We Suffer With Him by Ian Conrey

Suffering does and should cause us to ask deeper questions about life and the nature of God.

Apr 20, 2017

Present Darkness by Jeremy Wilson

The church should not be afraid to acknowlege the depth and range of human suffering even as we place our hope in God.

Mar 7, 2018

People are Watching by Whitney Putnam

Jesus has come and he is ushering in Eden day-by-day.

Feb 10, 2017

Pastors and the Problem of Evil by Gary Shultz

Our people need the hope of the cross and the assurance of the resurrection.

Aug 17, 2018

Pastoring Amid Depression by John Starke

Carrying the consistent emotional weight of the various pains, fears, criticisms, suffering, and transitions of a congregation is a challenging vocation.

Jul 12, 2018

Pain to Gain for Others by Jim Elliff

Let’s face it: being nominal is a breeze, but standing strong as a true believer can be very costly. 

Aug 25, 2017

One Life, Two Worlds by Margaret Bronson

Even death, the great scourge, only serves to unite us to the One we long for. 

Apr 5, 2018

On Brokenness and Our Two-Speed Culture by Sam Parkison

God shows his love for us not by affirming our brokenness, but by receiving us while still in such a state, and then slapping an expiration date on it.

Jun 7, 2017

Offering Comfort and Hope to Those Who Hurt by Sarah Walton

I have a moment-by-moment choice to press on through the trenches or give way to the crushing burden of my circumstances.