Mark Talbot knows firsthand what suffering is about. He's gone through his share of trials in his Christian life. Talbot's book, When the Stars Disappear, is a discussion about suffering from a biblical perspective. It's a very short book - it's less than 100 pages of writing. And it's not a difficult book to read,… Continue reading “When the Stars Disappear” A Review
There are times in the Christian's life when God's providence is not pleasant. What I mean by this is sometimes God in his sovereignty allows hard trials to befall his people. The 30-year-old Christian man gets the diagnosis that he has lymphoma. A Christian mother has to go through the painful and heart-breaking experience of… Continue reading A Frowning Providence – Why?
Many Christians have memorized the great promise of Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (NIV)." Although afflictions and trials usually cloud our judgment and cause us to sometimes second guess this promise, it is… Continue reading Afflictions as Medicine, Providence as a Whole (Manton)
Peter and James both wrote about rejoicing during trials, tribulation, and suffering (1 Peter 1:6; James 1:2). Yes, God keeps his people even through tribulation. Yes, he is with us when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Yes, we know that not even trials can separate us from the love of… Continue reading The Difficulty of Rejoicing During Trials (Huss)
Calvin, Letters In 1555 there was persecution of Protestants in France. Specifically, Renee, Duchess of Ferrara, was facing hardship and trials for following in the footsteps of the Reformers. John Calvin wrote her at least two letters to encourage her to keep follwing Christ and his word. Here are some paragraphs of a letter from… Continue reading When Human Means Come to A Stop (Calvin)