“I think I’m still surviving today because our God is great”

Acts 8:1-4   And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. 3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off … More “I think I’m still surviving today because our God is great”

Responses to suffering

Suffering arrives in our lives in many ways, sudden or slow-onset, long-lasting or short-lived, many different varieties afflict us.  How do we handle suffering?  What is our response to tragedy in our lives? In Job 2, we see a man faced with not only the loss of his children and all his earthly riches, but … More Responses to suffering

Risk and the Cause of God

 In America, generally,Christians have not had to face the kind of risk and persecution that is common in other parts of the world.  Here is a recent report from northern Nigeria, from the Persecution Blog (VOM)   “The militants attempted to force the pastors to convert to Islam, but they refused to abandon their faith. … More Risk and the Cause of God

We are destined for this…

ESV Study Bble: 1 Thess. 3:3–4 Paul’s motive for sending Timothy was to strengthen the persecuted Thessalonians (cf. 2 Thess. 1:5–7). we are destined for this. Christians are destined to suffer tribulation for their faith (Rom. 8:17–18; 2 Tim. 3:12; also Mark 10:30; 1 Pet. 4:12–13). Apparently the Thessalonians had been taken aback by the unrelenting persecution.

The Costs and Blessings of Frontier Missons…John Piper on Matthew 10

As someone passionately active in missions (vvmi.org), I am still NOT on the frontlines.  I experience the joys of being involved and seeing God at work, but I do not yet personally suffer any of the costs of frontier missions.  John Piper explains the COSTS and the BLESSINGS of frontier missions, in his sermon, “I … More The Costs and Blessings of Frontier Missons…John Piper on Matthew 10