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Going Deeper Into the God of Comfort

C. S. Lewis said, "Pain is God's megaphone." Pain certainly has the potential to drive us deeper into Him. Paul mentioned this to his friends in Corinth when he said, "We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us." (2 Corinthians 1:7 NLT) And that was right after He called God "the God of all comfort." I don't know why we suffer. I can't explain the existence of evil or why bad things happen to good people. I have …

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The Greatest Songs, We Write from Brokenness

When Paul and Silas were beaten and jailed for the crime of healing a young girl and freeing her from slavery in Philippi, the Bible says "at midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." (Acts 16:25 NKJV) When (the future) King David had lost his family, his wife, his mentor (Samuel), his home in the palace with King Saul, and his best friend (Jonathan), he hid in a cave, scratched out a meager life alone for a …

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Video: Why Does God Allow Evil?

Here's a two minute snippet from my message this past Sunday at Grace Hills where I address the question of why God allows evil. Cruise over to GraceHillsChurch.com to watch the full message entitled The Reasons for Our Hope. …

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Pastor, Find a Good Perspective

Today was interesting. Little things were already mounting up before I left the house this morning and my perspective became, "this is a cruddy day." Then I attended a memorial service in which a fellow Pastor and Saddleback staff member was preaching the funeral message of his beloved wife. He challenged us to sing and to worship, which we did. Perspective. …

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Sometimes I Wish You Knew

I define myself with clear priorities. I am first and foremost a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, a born again child of God. I'm also a husband to an awesome wife, and a Dad to a wonderful daughter. Then I'm a Pastor to a great church. Sometimes I'm also a web and graphic designer. I love all of these realms of life and appreciate the people I've come to know in each. As a Pastor, and I'm sure other church leaders will identify with what I'm about to write, I can say …

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If Your Spouse Doesn’t Love You

I said a couple of days ago, and in our midweek Bible study, that one of the hardest things I deal with is not being able to help or repair broken situations. It's not in me, but it is in the power of God to do so. Nonetheless, there are times I face a question I just can't answer for one who is suffering, and this one is common, "My spouse doesn't love me." What's tough is that we can't make someone love us. That's something even God won't do. Love is a choice, and we …

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Coping With the Stress of Infertility

We have a beautiful six-year-old daughter, for whom we are so incredibly thankful. Our own struggle with infertility is not as harsh as that experienced by many because of her, but it's a struggle nonetheless. We had some issues leading up to her birth and were so incredibly grateful when we were finally blessed with Ella that we gave her the middle name of Grace (God's undeserved favor). Since having Ella, we've endured an ectopic pregnancy and another miscarriage and have …

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Real Christians Hurt… And Show It

As Paul concluded his second letter to Timothy, he expressed some hurt. Demas had forsaken him. Alexander the coppersmith had caused him much harm. At one point, no one was willing to stand with Paul. Rejection, criticism, and abandonment hurt! The world is watching believers to see how we're going to handle it all. …

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What A Wonderful World

At our wedding, Angie and I chose to have Louie Armstrong's song played... What a Wonderful World. In light of yesterday's shootings, and so many other monumental tragedies in recent years, is it really a wonderful world? We were driving to Fort Smith yesterday for the annual meeting of the BMA of America and were reflecting on some of the tragedies that have taken place at this same time of the year such as the Oklahoma City bombing (April, 1995), the Waco compound burning …

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Unquenchable Thirst

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary." -Psalm 63:1-2 There is a longing deep in the soul to know God, to hear a revelation from His heart. We all long to meet with our Creator, to discover Him, to develop a familial relationship with Him. This deep longing, this intense thirst, can only be …

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