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"Pain"

"Pain" 2 Corinthians 12:9-10          And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. The Apostle Paul suffered with “a thorn in the flesh” and requested three times that God remove it from him. Though God denied his plea for relief from this pain, Paul realized that the weaker he was as a human instrument, the more magnificent God’s grace radiated. His power was perfected in Paul’s weakness which supplied him with glorifying grace to endure. 
Can we, like Paul, thank God for pain when in the midst of suffering it can be quite overwhelming? God assures us that His grace is sufficient, enough, for these unbearable times. His grace gives…

Where Are You, God?

Where Are You, God? Psalm 42:9-11KJV I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?  As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
The King of Israel, King David, was going through some very troubling times at this point in his life. His family was disintegrating, his kingdom had been disrupted, and he himself was on the run from his own son, Absalom. Adding to his misery, David was continually badgered by those who mockingly asked him, “Where is thy God?” (Psalm 42:3,10).
Have you ever asked the question, “Where are You, LORD?” Did it seem that during those troublesome times in your life that God was not there? Despite the appearance of what is happening, He is there with you and is at work in your …

The Depth of Love

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The Depth of Love


Ruth 1:16,17 NASB But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”
As the love story of Ruth unfolds, picture three women -- Ruth, Orpah, and Naomi -- traveling along the road toward Bethlehem. Their hearts are broken by death; they are in despair and most likely afraid. Naomi stops them on their journey and lovingly reminds them of the reality of their devastated lives. She relays to them that she has no more children for them to marry and if she would have children, they would be too young to marry. They would be better off going home to their families than to continue with her.
Orpah shows her love for Naomi, kisses her mother-in-law good-bye, and walks away back to her gods. Ruth cleaves to …

Holding on to Grudges

Holding on to Grudges  "A strong, continued feeling of hostility or ill will against someone over a real or fancied grievance." (Webster).
Ephesians 4:31 KJV Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking (slander), be put away from you, with all malice:
If we carry a grudge, it means we are unforgiving and unloving. Carrying a grudge will cause us to hold hatred and bitterness in our hearts. Anger, an internal hostility, fuels grudges and puts hatred into action. Grudges, in a Christian's life, are evidence that the old man is not being put off (Colossians 3:8-9). Grudges promote gossip and slander. People that continue to repeat a difficult situation to others are those who hold grudges––showing they have neither love or forgiveness.
Take a good look around you. Does the sight of someone bring bitter feelings to the surface? Do you avoid someone just to keep from having to speak to them? Oh, my! Can you think of others that are not even around you, …