Categories Suffering

Chains for Christ

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[b] that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14

A promise of grace and power

6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, i
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Stay the course

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pione

Worry Part 3: The Attitude

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Ph
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Prayer killer #3: Giving up

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1 It was grade 0 sports day at Petra. In amongst all the laughter and fun, there was a very moving scene. One of the little ones fell over duri
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The crown of life

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 In Colossians 3:1-2 we are encouraged to set our hearts and our mind
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Believe and do not doubt

6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable i
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Suffer wisely

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 The Reformed Study Bible says that “to be wise in biblical terms is to know and understand godliness, to d
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Do you have staying power?

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lackin

Is there joy in hardship and suffering?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds… James 1:2 I like the phrase “pure joy” because it suggest a joy that is contrary to one that is counterfeit. It points to a joy that is deeply
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