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Category Archives: Suffering

6 Biblical Perspectives on Strength in Weakness

It’s human nature to detest pain, suffering, and weaknesses. Perhaps that’s why I find 2 Corinthians so intriguing. It shows how Paul suffered for his faith and responded to criticisms. By that time, Paul had planted churches and proven his … Continue reading

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God’s Strength Displayed Through Our Weakness

A quadriplegic son was not what Sharon and I had envisioned for our sixteen-year-old son, Matt. We brought Matt into our home when he was just three day’s old. This bundle of energy, now after an accident during basketball practice, would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The Ware family entered the world of families affected by disabilities. Continue reading

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Healing for the Holidays

Holidays… They’re supposed to make us think of words like “Thankful,” “Merry,” and “Happy.” We’re supposed to associate holidays with a phrase like “Home for the Holidays!” But… what if a loved one is not coming home this holiday season? What if death, divorce, distance, or family discord causes us to associate the holidays with words and feelings like “Loss,” “Depression,” “Loneliness,” “Anxiety,” “Painful Memories,” and “Stress”? Continue reading

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Giving Thanks with Contentment

As we gather around friends and family this year, in all honesty, many in our churches will find it hard to say the time-honored Thanksgiving family prayer from a grateful heart. Maybe you find yourself asking the question, “How can Paul say that he had learned regardless of the circumstance to be content (Philippians 4:11)?” Continue reading

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The Nightmare—and the Gift—of Being Weak and Needy

After a harrowing year-and-a-half, our daughter’s first birthday last month reminded us how Jesus meets us in our brokenness, not our strengths. Are you weak enough for Jesus to save? Or are you too strong and competent to need Him? Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Faith, Grief/Loss, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Suffering | Tags: , , , , ,

Lion or Lamb: Which Do You Need?

Have you ever considered reading the book of Revelation when you needed some encouragement? Most people avoid this book altogether due to the rich but confusing symbols. I confess, the symbolism can be confusing but once understood, Revelation becomes a very practical comfort in the midst of daily life. Continue reading

Topics: Faith, Pastoral Resources, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Suffering, Theology | Tags: , , , ,

BCC Weekend Resource: Gospel Response to Abuse—The Sufferings of Jesus and the Soul of the Abused

Often on weekends at the BCC’s Grace &Truth blog, we highlight one of our many (and growing list of) resources. This weekend we make you aware of the resources: Gospel Response to Abuse: The Sufferings of Jesus and the Soul of the Abused by Paul Tautges. Continue reading

Topics: Audio, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Suffering, Violence/Physical Abuse | Tags: , , ,

Emotions: Thinking About What we Feel, Part 2 – A Case Study

In a broken world, pain and suffering are inevitable. How we view them and what we do with them will change everything. The crystal clarity of the God-filter brings matchless hope and power to the sufferer. Continue reading

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Responding to Emotional Abuse in Marriage

My desire is that God might use this blog post to encourage those who are weary, to challenge those who are not trusting God or seeking counsel, and to provide some help to those who are not sure how to help women in emotionally abusive relationships. Continue reading

Topics: Approval-Seeking, Biblical Counseling, Codependency, Conflict, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Suffering, Women/Wives | Tags: , , ,

God’s Word for Life in a Broken World

As the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Executive Director, one of my privileges is to serve as editor for our BCC books. It was a joy to serve in that capacity for our first book: Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling. Over the past year, twenty-two co-authors have been working on the BCC’s second book: Scripture and Counseling: God’s Word for Life in a Broken World. Jeff Forrey and I are now editing the book for submission to our publisher—Zondervan. The book is scheduled for release in 2014. Here’s the working draft of the Preface to Scripture and Counseling. Continue reading

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