How Can I Deal with this Emotional Pain?

  Remember that line from “M*A*S*H? Margaret was terrified by the shelling and she said, “I don’t like being afraid. It scares me!” I think we can all relate to that! We can also relate to something like this: “I don’t like pain. It hurts.” Yes, it does. And it also scares us.

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Why Pain?

  We are not one-part beings. This means each part experiences a different type of pain. These can usually be classified as physical pain and emotional pain. They can also be named as body versus soul pain, since the soul comprises the mind, will, and emotions. Do we also have spiritual pain? I believe the…

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Separation from God

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” These haunting words of anguish send chills to my spine. From a medical standpoint, I understand a lot about how much physical pain Jesus suffered for us. Crucifixion was torture to the entire body:   Nerves pierced by nails in the wrists.   The brachial plexus…

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Should a Christian Have Pain?

I finished reading “The Problem of Pain” by C.S. Lewis last week. What inspiration! He expounds on animal versus human pain, on heaven and hell, and on the fact that our fallen world is a place of pain. We live surrounded by it. We experience it. Unfortunately, we’ve also often been misled by ministers who…

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Can You Recognize Your Own Voice?

  “I just can’t tell if this is God, the enemy, or my own voice I’m hearing. I don’t know what to do!” Have you ever said something like this? Have you ever worried that what you thought was God’s voice, wasn’t? And that the decision you made based on what you heard was completely…

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Do You Know Your Enemy?

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of…

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How Does God Speak to You?

The Bible has all sorts of examples of God speaking to people, from Joseph and Mary to Saul to Moses and beyond. And He spoke in different ways to each. Variety seems to be high on His list!   Sometimes He talks to me like a Jewish grandmother.

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Whose Voice Do You Believe?

The Bible is rife with descriptions of who we are. Not who we might become. Not who we ought to be. But who we are.   For example, we are beloved of the Father. We are joint heirs with Jesus. We are righteous in His sight. We have been sanctified and set apart for His…

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A Living Sacrifice Requires Inner Honesty

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6 NASB) How do you respond to this verse? Do you figure you’re an honest person and therefore God will give you wisdom? Maybe you acknowledge that God desires inner truth and you have that…

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No Resuscitation!

During my college years, I heard a preacher say, “There’s a problem with living sacrifices—they keep crawling off the altar.”  Yep.   Have you ever offered all of yourself to God and then took it back when it became troublesome or inconvenient? Crawled right off that altar, didn’t you? Paul knew all about this struggle:…

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