Tag Archives: Suffering and Faith

Psalm 116:15, The death of His faithful is precious to God?

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” People turn to this verse and ministers quote it at funerals for comfort of the grieving. How is the death of God’s faithful precious in His sight? … Continue reading

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Angry with God, Forgiving God

(August 2, 2015, this Sunday, will mark seven years since our grandson Sully, fifteen months old, died. For thirteen months he battled leukemia. His illness, his suffering, his death, challenged my faith as it had never been challenged. I first … Continue reading

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The Day after Good Friday

(From my CaringBridge site in honor and memory of our grandson Sully. Written on the day after Good Friday, 2010.) A Grief Observed is C. S. Lewis’s journal of his grief when his wife Joy died after a painful battle … Continue reading

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Good Friday

(From my CaringBridge site in honor and memory of our grandson Sully. Written on Good Friday, 2010.) On this Good Friday, I remember the suffering of Jesus. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so … Continue reading

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The Birth of Christ and Pediatric Cancer–Remembering Sully

In Revelation 12 the Apostle John describes a very different scene of the birth of Jesus. John uses bold, vivid, striking, and startling images. His is a story powerfully and imaginatively revealing the spiritual reality of God’s invasion into his … Continue reading

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There Is Nothing in Life of which We Need Ever Be Afraid. Part Three

There is a twelve year old young man of faith whose story I have been following.  Since age nine Mark (not his real name) has been battling a fierce and horrifying giant, a cancer called neuroblastoma.  His suffering has been, … Continue reading

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There Is Nothing in Life of which We Need Ever Be Afraid. Part One

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested on April 5, 1943, for his role in the resistance efforts in Germany and the attempted assassination plot against Hitler.  He was imprisoned in a Gestapo prison in Berlin until February 1945.  Then he was transferred … Continue reading

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“He was heard.”

The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews writes of the suffering of Jesus. In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Sovereignty of God

The sovereignty of God, how he acts in his creation, is a subject with which I have wrestled during my forty-one years of ministry. My struggle with God’s sovereignty became more keen during my grandson Sully’s thirteen month battle with … Continue reading

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The Depth of God

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever … Continue reading

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