Resources on Suffering

Jan 22

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?

Aug 14

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

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.

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.

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. 

May 22

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.

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."

Feb 20

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. 

Mar 8

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

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.

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

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

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.

Feb 10

Pastors and the Problem of Evil by Gary Shultz

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

Aug 25

One Life, Two Worlds by Margaret Bronson

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

Jun 7

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.

Jun 15, 2015

Michael Kelley on His Child and Cancer by Michael Kelley

We sat down to ask Michael Kelley, "What did you learn about God while your son Joshua was battling cancer?"

Oct 10, 2015

Joy Comes in the Mourning by Drew Griffin

In order to have great heavenly riches we have to become poor in spirit; now, in order to find comfort, we must mourn.

May 6, 2016

Jesus Died For Your Depression Too by Cody Barnhart

There is no spot that the blood of Christ is unable to cover.

Oct 26, 2016

Jesus' Comforts Are Not 'One Size Fits All' by Jared Sparks

We would do well to learn how to grieve with people. 

Apr 12, 2016

I Will Boast In My Weakness

How Chronic Illness Shows Christ's Glory

My immune system rips ragged holes in my intestines the way a tailor tears broadcloth. You can imagine the results: I wake up, eat, drink, read, work, drive, and play with my kids while in constant pain. All this bodily chaos disrupts every part of my life. By the time I reach the end of a day, I too often feel like a useless, paralyzed limb on Christ’s body.

Aug 29

It's OK to Be Sad by Mike Phay

When it comes to suffering, avoidance and escape are our defaults. But there is an invitation to consider the trials in our lives as sources of joy.

May 1, 2015

Is Your God Big Enough? by Derrick Lynch

The God who governs all things can be trusted, even when He can’t be understood.

May 14, 2015

How ISIS Helped Salmaa Become a Christian by Garrett Kell

ISIS thinks they are destroying and ending Christianity by killing Christians, but what they do not understand is that their evil acts are causing people to look not at them, but at these who are dying with the peace of Jesus.

Dec 19, 2015

How Can We Praise God During The Hard Times? by Casey Lewis

We will face difficult situations, but none of them will ultimately defeat us because God will keep us in Christ.

Jul 14, 2016

He's a Good Father, Even in Our Suffering by Garrett Kell

Few things are as isolating as pain. When we suffer, we feel like no one can really understand what we are experiencing. Yet, no matter how alone we feel, we are never ultimately alone. Our heavenly Father is there.

Aug 14, 2016

He Knows Your Sorrows by Charles Spurgeon

The child is cheered as he sings, "This my father knows;" and shall not we be comforted as we discern that our dear Friend and tender soul-husband knows all about us?

Jun 21, 2016

Greatly Beloved in the Midst of Anxiety by Melissa Affolter

The only perfect love is the love of Christ - it's where we tether ourselves in the midst of temptation and trial.

Jan 31

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle by R.D. McClenagan

We've heard it said, "God will not give you more than you can handle." Truthfully, God can and does give us more than we can handle - all because it leads us back to Him.

Aug 18, 2016

God of Your Grief by Chris Thomas

No matter the source of your grief—be it silent, relational, or communal—you must know today that God is not deaf to your pain. You soul's ache is not foreign to him.

Aug 3, 2016

Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering by Bethany Murray

As I sit here quietly while my little boy naps, I remember that day one month ago so vividly. On that day I realized that I was miscarrying our second child. It was the child who we had been dreaming of and planning for after receiving news that I was expecting. This was the child who we could not wait to meet. This was the child to whom our little…

Apr 27, 2015

Fanny Crosby Wishes She Was Born Blind by Staff

"Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?" said the poet.

Jul 3, 2016

Do You Suffer With Christ, For Christ? by Charles Spurgeon

If we do thus suffer, what is our "light affliction" compared with reigning with him?

Nov 2, 2016

Don't Be Greedy With Your Pain by Michael Kelley

“I’m a private person,” we might argue. “It’s no one else’s business,” we might say. “It’s my cross to bear,” we might conclude. And yet, we cannot weep with each other if we never see or know that we are weeping.

Jul 14

Dignity over Despair by Grace Pike

When distress comes, do not succumb to the pride-filled response of the world.

Jun 8

Confidence in God When You Don't Understand by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Job's story is one of trusting God’s heart, even when he could not trace God’s hand.

Apr 6

Brother, I Wish I Would Have Known by Russell L. Meek

Be that friend. Love the addict. Remind them of the gospel - that there's another way that is better.