Bearing the Burdens of Others

Bearing the Burdens of Others Another reason God sometimes allows us to be tested and experience hardships is because that helps us understand, sympathize with, comfort, strengthen, and help others who are going through similar things. That’s what Jesus went through for us. He c
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Why God Allows Troubles

Why God Allows Troubles Why does God allow His children to have troubles? Well, there are many reasons, but they can best be summed up in one word: benefits. He sees the benefits. Tests and trials strengthen and shape our character. They make us better people and better Christians. Th
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A Trouble

A Trouble-Free Life? Maybe you had the impression that all your problems were going to go away the minute you received Jesus as your Savior, or at least that life would get a lot easier. You have felt His comfort and care, but you still face many of the same daily struggles. Maybe you
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The Positive Power of Praise

The Positive Power of Praise When your heart is weighted down with worry, fear, sorrow, or pain, instead of dwelling on your losses and woes, think about Jesus and His love. Count your blessings. Think about the love of your family and friends. If you can’t think of anything els
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Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare The Bible explains that we are engaged in a war of the worlds, a spiritual battle of good against evil. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wick
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Things Could Be Worse

Things Could Be Worse … When going through a rough time, it helps to put your troubles in perspective by considering what some others have gone through. Take the Apostle Paul, for example. He suffered plenty. “Five times I received forty stripes minus one,” he writes
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Feeling the Squeeze

Feeling the Squeeze One advantage of passing through trying times is that we are drawn closer to God by being drawn closer to Jesus, our Savior and Friend. We seek safety and security in His arms, and we find that and more. He loves us with a love that is everlasting and never-changin
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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes The Bible promises that “all things work together for good to those who love God.”1 That means not just some, or most, or many, but all. That’s quite a promise! It’s sometimes hard to believe that God can actually get some good out of even the
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Take Advantage of Your Handicap

Take Advantage of Your Handicap Whether from birth or the result of an accident or debilitating illness, a physical handicap can be one of the most trying of human experiences. The irreversible loss, the limitations, the stigma of being different from others, the humiliation of having
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God is in Control

God Is in Control Not only can you trust that all things that come your way will work out for your good, but you can be assured that things don’t “just happen” to children of God. Each event that comes your way is a part of God’s personal and unique plan for yo
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