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Entries in Relationship (5)


The Mourner's Release

Nothing would appear to call the sovereignty of God into question more than the presence of death and the suffering it brings, expected and unexpected, especially when it involves a child -- from our perspective the greatest expression of human innocence. A variety of reasons may be provided for the death of an adult, but it is that of a child that shakes the foundation of any worldview holding to ultimate goodness. Every rationality seems to fail both to comfort and relieve the questioner.

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To the One Who Hurts

What wisdom is behind your suffering?
What lesson is there to gain?
When everyday carries ceaseless hurt, you wonder what you have done.
Is there virtue or reason as worry increases?
Knowing the why may alleviate the senseless, and yet question is felt.
Silence seems the response to prayer and doubt, the true watcher. In all that you know of His Word...His character...His love, is there glory in pain?

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Discord of Disconnection

There are times when I feel such a disconnection from the Lord. When from Him I wonder where I am. How did I get into this desert valley - the only one crossing this "no-man's land"? I hunger... I thirst and every step grows heavier as my shoes fill with sand and sink below the surface. Sweat fills my brow. Pain enflames every limb. Doubt clouds even the notion of confidence. My direction has faded....

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Job: A Testimony of Abuse, or of the Unchained Love of God?

Recently, a YouTube user posted a dissenting point of view to our commentary on Job, Chapters 19b & 20a. We value an open forum where everyone may cordially express what they think/feel in regards to the topics discussed, and we are committed to answering any questions or statements made when time and opportunity permit.

We do not know the personal understanding this commenter has with this particular book of the Bible, but considering the nature of the questions and at what point in our Job series they chose to post, our response is more exhaustive than it would be to, say, someone posting on Chapter 1, or another person expressing more familiarity with Job.

Below, you will find our answer to their comments.

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Three Relationships

Can you define Christianity without simply citing Bible verses to me? It's not just about your personal relationship with Jesus Christ - to say so sounds selfish. A relationship with Him is the heart of the spiritual body encompassing the whole belief. The body can no more live when separated from the heart than the heart from the body. To live, in loving Christ you must love others too, and in loving others you must also love Christ. With these you have established primary and secondary relationships, yet there is still a third.

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