• God in the Wasteland by

    The life of a Christian is often characterized by happiness and abundance. God loves to lavish good gifts upon His children, and those who know Him are reminded of His love and faithfulness when they experience His gracious blessings. However …

  • Living with the Mystery by

    Even when we believe God’s promise that He uses trial and hardship to accomplish great things, we may not be quite satisfied. Often we think that suffering would be easier to endure if we had access to God’s …

  • Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh by

    When we find ourselves in trying circumstances, we often cry out to God for deliverance. Yet, these prayers at times appear to remain unanswered, and our suffering may continue unabated. Rather than giving in to despair in these situations, the …

  • Better than I Deserve by

    We are much better at finding areas of sin in the lives of others than we are at identifying our own sins. Jesus spoke wisely when he urged us to remove the plank from our own eye before attempting to …

  • I Create Calamity” by

    For many believers and non-believers alike, the so-called “problem of evil” calls the goodness and sovereignty of God into question. In order to defend God’s power and holiness, many Christians go to great lengths to distance God from the …

  • Wounds in Heaven by

    Jesus Christ’s victory over death was indeed the turning point of history. In His triumph, He reversed the earth’s cycle of chaos and destruction and revealed Himself as the rightful ruler of the cosmos. It is significant that …

  • Job by

    Many of the questions that we raise about God’s sovereignty over human suffering find their answers in the book of Job. Though Job was a godly and faithful man, he suffered to such a degree that that his name …

  • The Tears of God by

    Even when we begin to understand why God sends suffering into our lives and what He is bringing about through that suffering, we may still wonder how to relate to Him in the midst of our suffering. In what way …

  • Mourning & Dancing by

    Though the kingdom of God has been inaugurated in the Person and work of Jesus Christ, the kingdom has not yet come in all its fullness. Consequently, life in this period of “already” and “not yet” is complex and multifaceted …

  • Being Like Jesus by

    The term “sanctification” is a common buzzword in many Christian circles, and it is rightly associated with the teaching that Christ’s disciples are being made holy by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. However, we must …

  • The Man Born Blind by

    It can be dangerously easy to jump to conclusions about people around us who are suffering. Whether someone is destitute, ill, homeless, or alone, our first inclination might be to wonder how they managed to get themselves into their current …

  • Our Union with Christ by

    Our union with Jesus Christ is vast and multifaceted. In our previous session, we spoke about how Christ shares in the sorrows and suffering of those who are united to Him. As we continue our time together, we will see …

  • A Sovereign Birth by

    Contemporary culture prizes independence and autonomy. The spirit of the day is one of self-determination and personal fulfillment, in which all people—at least in theory—are free to go where they please, do what they want, be who they …

  • A Monergistic Birth by

    The previous lesson discussed God’s sovereignty in bringing about the new birth. As we examine what Scripture says about the way that God sovereignly works in bringing a person to faith, we encounter the truth that the new birth …

  • All Things Work Together by

    One of life’s most difficult questions concerns why bad things happen. Whether minor things like being delayed in traffic or major things like coping with injury and disease, all people face disappointment and heartache. In the midst of the …