Tag Archives: Suffering and Faith

Faith Struggling with God–Psalm 44

“All this happened to us, though we had not forgotten you or been false to your covenant.” This psalm is one of those texts that gives pause. The psalmist is asking why. His nation has known victories over its enemies. … Continue reading

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Among The Tales of Sorrow

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Our grandson Sully died at age fifteen months after a thirteen month battle against leukemia. Sully is on my heart and mind daily. Like Sully the children I see weekly at St. Jude Children’s … Continue reading

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“Keep Loving Jesus”–Celebrating My Mother’s Life

I spoke at my mother’s funeral on June 4. A cousin, who was not able to be with us, requested I send her a copy of my message. I decided to do so by posting the message below. Reading it … Continue reading

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Psalm 89–Only The Memory!

“I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” God is trustworthy. He is able and will faithfully keep his word. The psalmist especially praises God’s love and … Continue reading

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This is my fight song, Amazing Grace!

With words of self-assurance and determination Rachel Platten’s hit song, “This is my fight song”, has spoken to children and young people with pediatric cancer. Listen to the words and you understand why. “This is my fight song, Take back … Continue reading

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Never Question God–Psalm 64

“Here me, O God, as I voice my complaint.” “Never question God,” people warn. “Faith doesn’t ask ‘Why?’ Faith accepts,” we are told. Some Christians shudder when I share those times in my life when I have shaken my fist at … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 4)

“‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23). The biblical texts are abundant testifying to God’s initiative and to the willingness of Christ. … Continue reading

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“God is not dead; nor doth He sleep.” (Revision of an earlier post.)

San Bernardino, Paris, Umpqua Community College, terrorism, hatred, fear. Personal loss and pain, whatever it is you have experienced or are experiencing. Cancer, pediatric cancers, Alzheimers, other debilitating and life threatening diseases, debilitating and life threatening injuries. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow … Continue reading

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Sharing in the sufferings of Christ

“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (1 Peter 4:19). This fall my wife and I have especially found joy in the beauty and wonder of … Continue reading

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FACING DEATH

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! We know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see … Continue reading

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