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Q Zone: Tongue Tied about Trials

Two weeks of teaching on trials from James 1 no doubt leaves us with questions. But what is unique about the questions that have surfaced this week is they touch on core issues that are not only difficult to answer, but seemingly impossible. Frankly, some of these questions get to matters that have no answer […]

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They Just Barge In

One of the realities of life is that bad news rarely, if ever, sends up a warning signal. Trials never knock and ask for permission to enter. Tragedy doesn’t give a 30-day notice. These things just barge in. I was reminded of this last Friday as I drove west along highway 20 heading to northwest […]

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Best of 2015

Because we’re all more forgetful than we realize (or readily admit), here’s a look back at the most-read articles from Inklink in 2015. Perhaps these links will remind you of specific truths God used in your life this past year, or of concrete moments when his presence was especially powerful. Or maybe you’re new to Inklink […]

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Remembering Ryan

My heart hurts for the Jace and Julie Day family today as they attend the funeral, and later burial, of their son Ryan. No doubt we will celebrate his life today, but there’s no way around the pain and grief that sudden tragedy brings. So my soul aches with them in this time. It aches […]

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I Choose to Forgive

As 2014 closed and 2015 dawned, I asked myself: What one thing makes the largest difference in life and ministry? To me, one word sums it up: Forgiveness. Admittedly, this is my opinion. But this opinion of mine is flanked by two things that bring great weight to it—Scripture and experience. In fact, I’d be […]

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My Top 5

With new readers each month, often previous posts go unnoticed or unread. So each January I like to provide a quick list of the previous year’s top 5 posts (i.e., most-read). But underneath the stats is an intriguing observation. It’s not surprising that the two most-read posts last year dealt with suffering, for pain is […]

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A “Trial Run” of Observations about Trials

Though I briefly unpacked these insights in an earlier message, here are the four observations about trials we glean from Hebrews 3:7-19. Trials are essentially spiritual crossroads. The testing of our faith is always a fork in the road, an intersection of sorts where we must put what we believe into practice. Regardless of the issue, […]

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Tragedies are Blessings? Just Ask Joe.

29 years ago this week, Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a broken leg that ended his career. I remember watching it over and over, cringing each time Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson crashed into him, twisting Theismann’s leg and pinning it under him. Lest you think I keep some kind of odd calendar charting […]

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Five Things That Happen in Trials and Suffering

In our recent series “Sanctifying Suffering,” I taught through one set of verses over five weeks (2 Corinthians 4:7-18). Our campus pastor in Bondurant, however, Carlos Jerez, taught through five different passages, using each one to answer the question in the subtitle of the series (i.e.,what’s going on when we don’t like what’s going on?). So […]

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Sanctifying Suffering: Renewal in Real Life

I received this email a few days ago from FFCer Felicia Helms, and it gives us another glimpse into what renewal looks in real life. In first-person. Up close.  I appreciate so much Felicia’s willingness to share part of her story, and I hope it encourages you to see suffering biblically—as a means of sanctification […]

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