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Why Is There So Much Suffering in the World?

As a pastor, I’ve had many people ask me why there is so much suffering in the world. It seems that on any given day, we can peruse the news and hear about one senseless tragedy after another—shootings, natural disasters, political corruption, crime, and death. These trials occur on a personal level as well. Perhaps right now you are grappling with a divorce, bad news from a doctor, or losing something or someone important to…

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Three Things to Hold on to in the Middle of the Storm

Life has its peaks and valleys, its hardships and troubles. If you are going through a difficult time, or are feeling like a stranger in the world, you will find great comfort in the book of 1 Peter in the New Testament of the Bible. It is a letter that the apostle Peter wrote to believers in the first century who were being persecuted for their faith. From this letter, we can garner three reliable,…

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Diversity in the Church: Christ’s Love for All

One way that Christians can demonstrate their love for Christ is by how they love people—all kinds of people.  Not just those who look like us or speak our language, but also those who come from different social and cultural backgrounds.  According to Ed Stetzer, a Christian pastor and missiologist, diverse churches remain rare.  He said, “Everybody wants diversity, but many don’t want to be around people who are different.” The early Christian churches were…

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Hope for Relationships

Relationships are the building blocks of humanity. They can elicit overwhelming joy, such as the special bond between parent and child or the enduring love between a husband and wife.  However, the breakdown of relationships—seen across the ages and across the world—can cause unbearable devastation. Couples divorce, family members become estranged, siblings fight, and longtime friendships dissolve bitterly. Yet, God has created within every man and woman the desire to form lasting, loving, and meaningful…

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