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Wayward Son 

A father sat with hidden face,  His sobbing shoulders shaking.  Drops from his beard rolled down his robes.  Beneath, his heart fell, breaking.    “My son…my son…” the warrior choked,  Upon the chief of all his woes.  His voice sunk down through hands stained red,  With more blood than his foes.    A spot along […]

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A discouraged prophet

But he himself [Elijah] went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.  (1 Kings 19:4)  The history of […]

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In doubt and temptation

This month we return to the topical approach with a theme addressed to the very practical issues of suffering, grief, and despair. Each of these trials has a way of sowing doubt in the mind of a believer and may even present the temptation to become suspicious of God’s goodness. The purpose of this issue […]

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In Times of Suffering

Suffering. Something that none of us likes or wishes to endure, yet it is a necessary part of our lives. As children of the Lord, we suffer daily and are reminded of his sovereign control in our lives as we are weighed down by the burdens placed on our backs. What are your sufferings? We […]

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Serving Among the Suffering

There are many things that a young man who desires to be a pastor does not know. If it is God’s will that he be called to office, the young man does not know where the Lord will call him to labor. He does not know the circumstances that God may bring to his ministry […]

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A Light Affliction

Why me? What did I do to deserve this? I deserve better. These are all things that I find myself thinking too often. When God puts certain trials and hardships in my life, my first reaction tends to be anger and frustration. I am blinded by my own struggles, and I fail to see that […]

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Praying for God’s Will to be Done

“If it be Thy will.” How often don’t we use those words in our prayers? “If it be thy will.” It’s important for us to use those words. When Jesus instructed his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, he taught them to pray “Thy will be done.” Later, toward the end of his ministry, Jesus […]

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Count It All Joy

What are the things you count as joy in this life? You take a moment to absorb the question, and then the list of all the good gifts God has given you begins to roll through your head. His grace, his salvation, his word, my family, my friends, my work, my dreams, my successes, my […]

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A Savior In the Time of Need

There in the darkness did I lay, In the pit of mire and clay. The darkness was so cold and deep, And to my soul then did it creep. The presence of one else was near, It chilled my bones with sick’ning fear. It’s cruel voice did drown my soul. He came to me, I […]

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Stitches

Images of terrible things flashed across the screen of the television. Susan wanted to shut her eyes, but somehow they couldn’t help taking in all the suffering that was being shown on the news. People in one country were starving. People in another country had been hit by a flood. And still another country had […]

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Contentment in Suffering

Thank you for the privilege of speaking to you.  It has been a number of years since I have spoken at a Young People’s Convention.   And I am grateful for the opportunity to address you tonight. Christians, you and I too, know a SECRET: it’s the secret of being content not just when things are […]

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Contentment in Suffering

Thank you for the privilege of speaking to you. It has been a number of years since I have spoken at a Young Peoples’ Convention. And I am grateful for the opportunity to address you tonight. Christians, you and I too, know a SECRET: it’s the secret of being content not just when things are […]

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A Word to Our Sick

The psalmist sings: “Truly my soul waiteth upon God.” Ps. 62:1 Our Psalter renders the original quite properly: “My soul in silence waits for God.” A soul in silence, or a silent soul!  What a blessed gift of grace!  A silent soul is the opposite of a turbulent, restless, impatient, rebellious soul.  It is a […]

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Blessedness for the Persecuted

They will do it! You may be sure, Young People, that they will do it. To what do I refer? Well, we considered the seven Beatitudes and saw that in them we have a seven-fold picture of the citizens of the kingdom of heaven. They are poor in spirit, mourn over sin, are meek, and […]

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The Sorrows of Conception (9)

In the last Ladies’ Society held in Edgerton this past season, our pastor asked us the question: “Why does God give us the struggle with sin in this life? He could, when He regenerates and converts us, make us so perfect that we would never again sin even in this life. . .and we could […]

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Saved in the Way of Suffering

Suffering is an aspect of human life. Suffering is common to all men. Most people do not want to talk about this aspect of their life. They would rather ignore this harsh reality. It is therefore, strange that young people would desire to discuss this subject. Young people are foreigners to physical pain and suffering. […]

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The Blessing of God’s Love

.. the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. . . The Christian virtues named in scripture are characteristics which every Christian has in embryo form but which must grow from this embryo starting point into full-blos­somed flowers which characterize the whole person. So […]

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Youth is a time characterized strongly by impatience. The average young person is impatient with almost everything: the imperfect world about him, government, his parents, his teachers, his church, his preachers, even himself. The youth wants to see action and change and see it NOW! In a discussion of patience, it would literally describe many […]

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No earthly suffering is judgment on me. What a wonderful, almost unbelievable statement! How incredible that I should experience no judgment on my sin! Can I believe that? “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…”  Romans 8:1 No condemnation! None! In the context of these articles, that means that […]

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