Is My Suffering Meaningless?

Vaneetha Rendall

A few weeks ago, I met with a friend who believes that while God draws near to us in our trials, people often suffer in ways that God never intended. God reacts to our suffering but never causes it.

To her, the Calvinist view that God has ordained all our suffering is inhumane. She sees it as completely against God’s loving character — hurtful at best, and vindictive at worst.…

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The Unexpected Answers of God

Jon Bloom

In John 16:23–24, Jesus makes a stunning, sweeping, glorious promise to us:

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

So we ask the Father for things we…

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A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget

Marshall Segal

The Bible is clear that we will put our money where our hearts are, so it is important that we regularly test our treasure. There are lots of ways to lose our life over a love for money. We want our money to serve our greatest lasting good and happiness, not kill it. So I proposed four questions to keep close to your wallet:

  1. Is my spending marked by Christian…
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Evangelism at Ease

Jenny Frank

Sweaty hands and a gnawing in the stomach. Nervous thoughts that can’t sort themselves out fast enough. The all too cognitive sense that the words coming out are forced, a formula you’d rather memorize than fumble through.

If you’ve ever tried to intentionally share the gospel with an unbeliever, you might relate to such an experience.

Throughout college, and especially this past year in Central Asia, it has been a…

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Reformation and the Critics

Douglas Wilson

The Reformation was a great work of the Holy Spirit of God, and it was a royal mess. Is there a problem?

One of the problems we have when we remember and appreciate great events from the past — which of course we ought to do — is that a number of these messy details fall away and are forgotten. This means that when we pray for a return of…

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The Story of You

Jared Oliphint

This is the story of your salvation. This story includes your conversion, but extends through time-twisting dimensions, immeasurable privileges, and lavish gifts beyond anything our brains can contain.

Start Here

Scripture’s first words capture creation’s first moments: “In the beginning, God. . .” (Genesis 1:1). And before the beginning — God. Before anything at all, before the first light shot through to introduce history’s first tick of the clock, God…

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Before the Children Are Gone

Jon Bloom

Time is our most precious earthly asset because all other earthly assets are governed by it. We can’t really save time. We can only spend it. So we try to manage it.

But that’s very hard. Never in history have human beings had so many options for spending time. And there’s no way to manage time well enough to spend it on all the things we want to do, nor…

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