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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - Even Better Than Gold - #8252 | Radio Program | A Life That Matters
I’m Ron Hutchcraft, and the same day I was reading about the skyrocketing value of gold, I read in the Bible about something God says is even better than gold. You might be surprised what it is. It says, “For a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold—may be proved genuine” (1 Peter 1:6-7 ).

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - A Light For All the Dark Places - #8237 | Radio Program | A Life That Matters
I’m Ron Hutchcraft, and it was really good to carry a light that could go in all the dark places with me. Of course, not all the dark places in our life are because we don’t have electricity. We walk through dark stretches because of what’s happening in our family, in our job, with our health; important decisions, unexpected bad news, situations that seem like hopeless.

Perseverance in the Bible: Romans 5:1-4
The apostle Paul writes that we aren't just to endure suffering and persecution--we're to patiently persevere in the knowledge that God uses trials to shape us into better and more Christlike people.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - Hit Hard But Bouncing Back - #8227 | Radio Program | A Life That Matters
I’m Ron Hutchcraft, and I decided I want to be like Mr. Cedar Tree. Well, in a word—resilient. No matter how hard the hit, no matter how heavy the load, resilience is the ability to bounce back.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - The Truth About the Weather Channel - #8223 | Radio Program | A Life That Matters
You know, it didn’t really matter what any of us had planned for that week. God changed all our plans.

Pressure in the Bible - a Christian perspective
The writer speaks of enduring pressure and trials so great that he wondered how he could possibly live through them--but in the end, he persevered, bolstered by the knowledge that God was in control.

Endurance in the Bible: 2 Timothy 2:8-10
The apostle Paul suffered greatly for the Gospel, to the point of imprisonment and death. Here he states confidently that he is able to suffer through these trials because he wants everyone to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

"Suffer" in the Bible: Romans 8:18-27
There's no denying that life on earth involves pain and suffering. The writer of this passage, however, asks us to look at it from a different perspective: whatever we suffer here on earth, it's nothing compared to the glory that God has in mind for us.

"Restore" in the Bible: 1 Peter 5:10
The Bible doesn't promise that followers of Christ will be spared suffering and difficulty--on the contrary. But what it does promise is that God will always restore us after any trial that we undergo. This passage tells us that suffering is for a "short time" only, and will be followed by God's healing.

Discipline in the Bible: Hebrews 12:1-12
Not all of the trials we face in life are evils that we should seek to avoid. Sometimes, God is using life's challenges to discipline and strengthen us, as a father does to his children. When difficulty strikes, we should prayerfully consider whether it's something God might be using to strengthen your faith.