We live in a culture that thrives on the instant. We want things to happen right away—from packages arriving in the mail in two days to downloading movies immediately to our phones.
“Would you go through all the pain of childbirth again, just to be able to have that beautiful child of yours?” For most mothers, the answer to this question is obvious.
Our faith is not only tested, but it is tested to the point of being proven genuine. Persecution and suffering may feel like they are too much to handle many times,
“A lot of foods we eat have interesting origins. For example, the bacteria responsible for sourdough bread originally came from rodent feces.
“Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. The love of God is of a different nature altogether.
In an interview with Christianity Today, John M.G. Barclay speaks about Paul’s view of grace in his book, Paul And The Gift. When asked,
“When trials come no longer fear
For in the pain our God draws near
To fire a faith worth more than gold
In the film The Fellowship of the Ring, the elf queen Galadriel says, “And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost.
“Hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck tells the story: ‘Desiring a rest for his wife and four daughters as well as wishing to join and assist Moody