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A Prayer for Hope when God Appears to have Turned Against Us, Seemingly Abandoning Us to the Whim of Our Enemies, Leaving Us Comfortless in Our Grief

Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat! I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments…Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”—Job 23:3-4, 8-10 Job felt abandoned by God and his grief was increased … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 278

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - October 5 Happy is the man whom God correcteth. —Job 5:17 Happy, because the correction is designed to bring him into paths of blessedness and peace. Happy, because there is no unnecessary severity in it. Happy, because the chastisement is not so much against us, as against our most cruel enemies—our sins. Happy, because we have abundant words of consolation. Happy, because whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth. Happy, because our light affliction is but for a moment. —George Bowen Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | Pandemics, Plagues, and Natural Disasters Part 3

When a crisis strikes, whether personal or public, some decide to fall back on the notion that God may not be all-powerful, thereby decreasing his culpability. In today’s episode we learn that true comfort is found in the truth that no disaster can befall us without His express permission. Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Play On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Transcript: Welcome to “5 Minutes with Pastor Lutzer.” I’m so glad that you joined us today as we continue … Read More >

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A Prayer that We Might Know that it is More Important that We Worship God in a Trial than Try to Discern a Silver Lining in the Tragedy

 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know…I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”—Job 42:2-3; 5,6 Last time, we saw Job’s despair in trying to find God in the midst of his unforeseen trials, and yet he also saw the … Read More >

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Why Did God Make Me Disabled, Different, and Despondent?

Her name is Kourtney. I will tell her story in a moment. First, however, I’d like to explain some theological matters about God’s relationship to those who are born with a disability or with limited giftedness and a perceived lack of physical beauty. What is God’s involvement, if any, in the way each of us was formed, our appearance, or who we would strive to become? Many theologians seek to absolve God of all responsibility for the “mistakes of nature” by posing the argument that because of sin, nature is fallen. Therefore, God has a “hands off policy” about many … Read More >