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True Woman: LIVE from Ft. Worth: Three Questions About Your Trial
James MacDonald took the stage at True Woman this evening to talk about trials. To be honest, there is a part of me that always cringes a bit when someone starts to preach on trials. God's Truth on trials isn't easy to digest. The passage that James focused on tonight is the perfect example...
Revive Our Hearts: Habakkuk: Moving from Fear to Faith
Do you ever feel like God is not hearing your prayer? The prophet Habakkuk did. He looked at the injustice around him and wondered why God did not seem to change the situation. As he continued to look to God, the prophet ended up getting answers—but they were far different from what he expected. Learn how to worship in the middle of worry, confusion, and frustration in this practical series on Habakkuk.
True Woman Blog: Mary Ann on "Voices": Whimpering to Jesus
"Recently I had my fourth kidney stone. Have you ever had one? The pain is unrelenting, consuming, and unresponsive to any 'over-the-counter' pain meds. It's a paralyzing, helpless, hopeless kind of feeling. My initial response to the pain was to focus inwardly and whimper to Jesus for relief."
True Woman Blog: “Lessons Learned in the Dark”
"Blindness is one of those words like cancer, like divorce, like autism, like bankruptcy that we just don’t ever expect to hear, and we certainly don’t expect it to become our word . . ."
Arcade Fire video The Wilderness Downtown: pain, growing up, healing, which Jesus can answer
Remarkable video from Chris Milk (who has previously worked on the Johnny Cash Project) and friends at Google who have produced an experimental HTML5 multi-screen video called The Wilderness Downtown, based on Arcade Fire’s new song We Used To Wait. The concept is thought-provoking (read recent online comment) and the lyric deals with issues of pain, bewilderment and hope, which are therefore valuable conversation starters. There’s big potential to use in a youth group or discussion setting. Some leaders are already considering how to use it as a component of an outreach meeting. It’s also a concept that could be adapted to extend this ministry potential.
True Woman Blog: Joni’s Tenacious Trust
You may or may not have heard that Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, was diagnosed with breast cancer last month . . .
Finding beauty amidst brokenness
Can beauty come out of brokenness? God has the startling ability to bring out moments of grace and beauty out of even the most wrenching despair.
Is Suffering Essential to Faith?
Often in times of trouble we run to God for answers and comfort, and we often emerge from the experience more faithful then we were before; however, I don’t think I’m alone in wondering if pain and suffering are absolutely necessary to our faith in Christ.
Avoid Spankings - #2549
You will ultimately submit to God's way sooner or later, after a little pain, or a lot of pain. Now, take advantage of my friend's scientific thinking, why not eliminate any more pain? Why not do what God said to do, now! It's the road you were made for anyway. Is your way really worth all this pain?
The Garbage Miracle - #3010
Beauty from ashes - praise from despair - something very special from something very ugly. If you will let Jesus be the Lord of your life's pile of garbage, He can make of it a mountain from which many will be able to see Him.