Tag Archives: Suffering

Spurgeon’s Depression

During the sermon this past Sunday, I briefly mentioned Charles Spurgeon’s struggle with grief and depression. Spurgeon (1834-1892) was an English Baptist pastor who was known in his day all throughout England and America. He preached to thousands regularly and … Continue reading

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“The Grace of Lament”

This past Sunday, Mark Vroegop preached a sermon at Capitol Hill Baptist Church on Psalm 77 entitled, The Grace of Lament. Vroegop has recently published a book entitled, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament, which I haven’t had an opportunity … Continue reading

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“Christ’s Grace and Your Sufferings”

“The love of Christ for me will get the last say. My indestructible hope is that he has turned his face towards me and he will never turn away.” -David Powlison On Friday morning, the church lost a brother who … Continue reading

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Longsuffering

Calvin on endurance and perseverance in suffering: Paul fittingly describes the war that believers wage against natural feeling of anguish in their pursuit of endurance and perseverance: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven … Continue reading

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Sunday Replay

With football season upon us, I thought a little replay action from Sunday’s sermon would be appropriate. I want to emphasize the final three implications I mentioned at the end of the sermon. I wanted to highlight again how hope … Continue reading

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Homesick

I have a clear memory from my early childhood of waking up sick in the middle of the night and calling out to my Mom. As she was caring for me I can remember saying through my moans of discomfort, … Continue reading

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Serving the Suffering

I didn’t need to be a Pastor to see that suffering was a part of the life of the Christian. However, pastoring certainly magnified the reality. The year I began weekly pulpit ministry was the same year my mom began … Continue reading

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“Home in View”

Suffering in the life of the Christian should produce a homesickness. Suffering reminds us that things are not as they should be and we are still awaiting Christ’s return. At the same time, this homesickness or longing for Christ’s return … Continue reading

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Sorrow and Joy

Over the past two weeks we have taken up the issue of suffering in the life of the Christian. After preaching on lament this past Sunday, I was thinking further on my drive home and here are the Scriptures I … Continue reading

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Suffering in the Furnace

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found … Continue reading

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