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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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The Stormy Sea

You are at sea.  Your ship is sound, having passed all pre-departure checks with flying colors.  The waves are calm, beating a slow, low rhythm against the hull.  You climb the rigging and reach the crow’s nest for another long, boring day of keeping watch along the horizon for any signs of trouble.  Hours of […]

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Questions About the Suffering of Little Ones

Question #15 I know you don’t know me but I know you’ll pray for my family. My four-year-old niece, (name), will be undergoing brain surgery on January (date). She has a disease called tuberous sclerosis which, in the short-hand version, causes hard tumors to form on the brain and possibly other organs. This has caused […]

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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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Day by Day

A young wife sits holding her husband’s hand as the doctor tells them the results from the tests she had last week. “It’s cancer,” he says, “we must start treatment immediately.”  Her fears rise; she has two young children at home.  How will they handle this, what will life be like six months from now […]

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The Story of the Sea

The skies turn dark And the winds blow strong And everything seems To be going wrong Rain that pelts The sandy shore The lightning’s flash The thunder’s roar Waves so strong So fierce and bold Tell a story That hasn’t been told A story of days And years gone by The groan of a ship […]

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Trials to Triumph

The trials of life are not easy to bear— The illnesses, poverty, snares, Disappointments, failures, the death of a friend, And feeling that nobody cares. But friend, don’t despair, you don’t suffer alone; Your heavenly Father is near; He answers our prayers, sends grace unsurpassed Allaying our heartaches and fear. Just looking around us may […]

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Shaking of the Nations

“Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:6 and 7). Can […]

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Waiting on the Lord

“Wait.” This term can be so foreign to our vocabulary. Yet, the Lord requires us to wait upon him. The idea can be found all throughout God’s Word (Psalm 25:5; 27:14; 62:5; 123:2; Proverbs 20:22; Isaiah 8:17; Hosea 12:6—just to name a few). We would benefit from studying this idea of waiting and what it […]

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God Is In Control

Riley sat by the window and watched as the sun slowly dropped behind the trees. Tears dripped down her face as she thought about the day’s events. Today during story time their teacher had read them a story about a man that died. The story was about a man who had cancer and was struggling […]

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You Can Be a Beacon on a Troubled Sea

About the only thing that the sailors could be certain about was the fact that their lives would soon end unless something changed quickly. They were not sure where they were, but they knew from the depth soundings that they were getting closer to land. Without warning, the next big wave could hurdle them onto […]

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Affliction For Our Profit (3)

In the previous article we looked at the various reasons children of God are afflicted. We also noticed how we should view God’s affliction of others. Now we hope to see how God deals mercifully with His children in affliction and how we benefit spiritually from God’s chastening. That God sovereignly controls our afflictions is […]

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Affliction For Our Profit (2)

In the previous article we examined God’s sovereign control over affliction and the difference between His judgment of the wicked and of the righteous. We saw that God’s people experience various afflictions as chastisements from a loving heavenly Father who is faithful to His covenant and who will not allow His people to walk in […]

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Affliction For Our Profit (1)

We sing in various Psalter versifications on Psalm 119 that affliction is for our profit. That affliction is for our spiritual good is a confession unique to God’s people. In this article and the next, we will examine the theme of affliction in the light of God’s word. We hope to answer a number of […]

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By Fire

The fire is inescapable. It laps at my skin. My head is screaming for help but no voice escapes. My throat is dry and parched. My mouth is pasty. I try to scream again. Again there is nothing, no voice, no sound, nothing. My stomach is reeling because of the pain that surrounds my body. […]

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Qualified for Glory

Throughout our lives it becomes necessary for us to examine our beliefs as children of God and determine what we stand for and how these beliefs impact others and ourselves. Most often this is not of ourselves but is occasioned by God through trials and hardship. Especially, it seems, are these beliefs tried, tested, and […]

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Glory Worked In Us Through Afflictions

There are many different and difficult circumstances that Christian young people face today. Times of discouragement might come when you don’t do as well in school as you had hoped or as your parents had expected. Or, the situation might be that you begin to wonder whether it is even in God’s plan for you […]

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Our Trials

Bonnie is a freshman at Heritage Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois. God gives us many trials that We think we cannot bear But to worry is not the answer, For we know we’re in His care. There’s sickness all around us and Our loved ones chances may seem dim, But remember we’re His children […]

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Frost Faces

Frost-faces and frost-flowers, Dingles, dales, hills and towers, Curlicues and sprinkled bowers Etched on transparent canvas, Sketched on a canvas of glass. Silently, unseen God plies His etching tools of frost. Silently, unseen God plies His etching tools of trial, And pours from His sacred vial Acids that mark the soul, Etching on life’s little […]

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The Death of a Stranger

We will be publishing some interviews that were done by students at Covenant Christian High School. These are interviews that serve well as examples of those whom God has preserved through times of trial. The following is an interview by Missi Slager of her mother, Barb. Missi is a sophomore at Covenant Christian High School. […]

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I Will Not Leave Thee

God is with us in our sorrows.  There is no pang that rends the heart, I might almost say, not one which disturbs the body, but what Jesus Christ has been with us in it all. Feel you the sorrows of poverty?  He “hath not where to lay His head.” Do you endure the grief […]

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April Showers

You’ve all heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” right?  Well, what does it really mean?  To me it means not only what it says literally – flowers will bloom after the rain – but something further:  the rain and bad weather won’t last forever; be patient and look on the bright side.  Soon […]

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Clear Shining After Rain

The sway of Christ as King, according to David’s description, is like “clear shining after rain,” whereby the tender grass is made to spring out of the earth.  So have we often seen it.  After a heavy shower of rain, or after a continued rainy season, when the sun shines, there is a delightful clearness […]

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Lean Hard

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee.”—Psalm 55:22               Child of My love, Lean Hard,             And let Me feel the pressure of thy care;             I know thy burden, child, I shaped it;             Poised it in Mine own hand, made no proportion             In its weight to thine […]

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Fight the Good Fight of Faith

Oh, young people, you are assured of your faith, aren’t you? You know in your hearts and minds that you are a child of God. No one could persuade you otherwise. When you pray to God and repent for sins committed, your heart grieves, doesn’t it? And you pray that the Lord will forgive such […]

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