Category: Suffering

Why Do We Experience Trials?

Why Do We Experience Trials?

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

A familiar passage of Scripture greets us today. It seems that we all have enough troubles on every side, don’t we? As I think about the depth and severity of the “various trials” we encounter it is very easy to become depressed and morose.

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The Beyond Suffering Bible: A Review

The Beyond Suffering Bible: A Review

When I first began my training to become a biblical counselor, I purchased Jay Adams’ Christian Counselor’s New Testament and Proverbs. It was a helpful tool as I began to familiarize myself with the most-used verses and passages for biblical counseling. I’m glad I have it, but honestly, I don’t use it much anymore. Since it is just the text of the New Testament and Proverbs, once I’d memorized those most-used passages, and honed my own skills at finding applicable Scripture, it mostly sits on the shelf. Beyond Suffering Bible But now, there is a new Bible available that...

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Processing and Grieving Loss

Processing and Grieving Loss

I am just back from attending the annual conference of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on the topic of suffering and sorrow. The timing of the conference was interesting in that one week ago I buried my 95-year-old father. The Lord was, of course, aware of the proximity of my dad’s death to the workshop I would teach at the conference. As many of you know, he had been suffering for the past few years from vascular dementia and was slowly going downhill. Since having double pneumonia in February,...

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