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  • Blessed Are the Reviled by Donny Friederichsen

    The professor’s face was contorted with anger as he yelled and shook a fistful of torn paper in my face. He accused me of harassing and attacking university students. What egregious act had I committed? I had properly posted an …Read More

  • Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake by Michael Glodo

    The Beatitudes begin with Godward attitudes—spiritual poverty, mourning, meekness, and hunger—and progress to manward concerns—mercifulness, purity, and peacemaking—before concluding in Matthew 5:10 with the inevitable reality of persecution and insults (see also Matt. 10:22; John 15:20). But this unpleasant inevitability …Read More

  • The Blessing of Persecution by Cal Thomas

    In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33; NIV). “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice …Read More

  • Bound to Come Some Trouble by Chris Larson

    We Reformed types have it good. I mean, really good. Call it the doctrines of grace or historic Christian faith or even the C-word (Calvinism) and you have to admit that sinners such as us have received something amazing. The …Read More

  • Caregiving: A Cause for Christ by Ken Tada

    Lots of people agree: I have a beautiful wife. With her ready smile and engaging personality, most people hardly notice her wheelchair. And when they learn that she writes books, travels extensively, and leads a dynamic ministry to people with …Read More

  • Coaching and the Suffering Christian by Joe Holland

    I have spent my life being coached or coaching. I’ve played most of the major sports and some of the more unusual ones as well. I’ve learned that coaches face one major perennial challenge. It is the difficulty of motivating …Read More

  • The Consequences of Addiction by Heath Lambert

    Addiction is not an abstract concept to me. I have counseled many people in my ministry who have been beset by addiction. The costliest encounter I have had with this problem was with my mother, who was addicted to alcohol. …Read More

  • Count It All Joy by Scott Devor

    Just a few days after the death of his wife, Idelette, John Calvin wrote these words expressing the depths of his suffering: “The death of my wife has been exceedingly painful to me … . I have been …Read More

  • Death, Disease & the Gospel by Burk Parsons

    I was sixteen when my father died. It was a Sunday evening in late September of 1992 when I heard the news of his death. I had just returned from work when my mother came into my room in tears. …Read More

  • The Decree of God by Derek Thomas

    Joseph has just revealed his true identity to his astonished brothers. It had been a tearful moment (Gen. 46:2, 14; cf. 42:24; 43:30). He is about to engage in a discourse on predestination and the divine decree (yes, really!), but …Read More

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