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How God Uses Suffering for His Glory

Since God is the source of all goodness, his glory is the wellspring of all joy. What God does for his own sake benefits us. Therefore whatever glorifies him is good for…

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7 Truths to Remember in Troubled Times

Years ago our family of eight and some dear friends of ours with their two kids vacationed in a small condo on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Southern…

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Marriage Always Turns Out Different Than Expected

Editor’s note: On April 21, 2008, the world changed for Jay and Katherine Wolf. Just six months after giving birth to a son, Katherine suffered a massive brain stem stroke….

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How can I keep my family strong in the midst of tragedy and suffering?

The older you become, the more you realize that trials and problems and even calamities are inevitable—they are a normal part of life. Things may be peaceful in your life…

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Face Your Blitzes With Confidence

Having played quarterback in college and for 11 years in the NFL, I’ve been blindsided a few times. And I’ve definitely been hit by some blitzes that I wasn’t ready…

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Staying Strong in the Midst of Suffering

The older you become, the more you realize that trials and problems and even calamities are inevitable—they are a normal part of life. Things may be peaceful in your life…

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How Firm Is Your Foundation?

March 21, 2011 Like many of you, I’ve watched the news from Japan in trepidation and amazement over the last two weeks. The home videos of tsunamis raging through Japanese…

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One Man’s Walk Through Tragedy

As we consider the terrible events of Hurricane Katrina, or the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we can find wonderful encouragement in the Old Testament. When we hear the personal stories…

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Praising God in the Midst of Misery

by Ed Underwood   My once-fit fifty-year-old body had morphed into a swollen, purplish red, moon-faced distortion of its former self. I hated seeing my new Jabba the Hutt figure in…

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Starting Over

They were riding bikes, side by side down a sidewalk in West Palm Beach, Fla. It was May 5, 1995, and Floyd and Diana Green were staying at the Four…

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A Fiery Trial on 9/11

Life changed forever on September 11, 2001, for Brian and Mel Birdwell. Mel was home-schooling her 12-year-old son, Matt, when a neighbor called to tell her the World Trade Center…

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Surprised by Miscarriage The Helplessness Hurt and Healing

by Kay Mathwig The doctor’s clinical tone failed to relieve my fear. My voice trembled as I replaced the phone. “They can’t do anything. If it’s happening, they can’t stop…

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A Year-Long Season of Suffering

It started in the summer of 1976. Barbara and I were not getting along very well—nibbling and picking at each other. Our sexual relationship was at an all-time low. And when…

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Surviving Tragedy: A Couple’s Story of Hope

When it seems like those you love the most are ripped from your hands, how do you release your grip long enough to see the face of almighty God? And…

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After a Failed Pregnancy: Our Road to Better Days

On April 9, 1999, my pregnant wife Lisa returned from a prenatal doctor visit, pulled into our garage with an ashen look on her face, and delivered the crushing news….

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The Impossible Response

One of the most extraordinary phrases in the Bible to me is found in the opening chapter of the book of James.  “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you…

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Angels Dressed in Black

The hot puffs of air turned to vapor around Chuck’s head as he jogged back towards his apartment. Brick and steel skyscrapers twisted the crisp breeze off of Lake Michigan…

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We Know That Life Is Short

by Andy Bray Editor’s note: Andy Bray is director of FamilyLife in New Zealand, and has experienced a number of triumphs and tragedies in his life. In his book, Treasures in…

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Coping With Your Husbands Job Loss

by Lori Fletcher My cell phone rang on Monday morning while I was working at a client’s office. “Lori, can you meet me at home? I’ve just been let go…

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When Life Doesnt Seem Fair

I may never buy another Hershey’s chocolate candy bar for my grandkids to split—no, not the solid milk chocolate with the squares, but the one with almonds. There is absolutely…

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Distance Runners

The rain pelted hard against my face as I leaned into the wind and made a turn toward the south. It had been pouring steadily all night. When my alarm…

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When Life Gets Tough(er)

We had just weathered seven years of storms. We lost Joe’s dad to cancer and Cindi’s brother to suicide. Then Cindi’s mother died suddenly, followed by her dad’s death just five days…

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When Your Spouse Is a Survivor of Sexual Abuse

by Nicole Braddock Bromley Have you ever been talking with a friend whose breath smells so bad that it makes you hold your own breath? Have you ever wanted to tell…

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Feeling His Tears

by Cyndi Warren In the summer of 1996, rheumatoid arthritis raged through my immune system like a dragon aroused from slumber. Without warning, pain overwhelmed me; I couldn’t even dress…

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Where Is Your Trust?

October 2008 Are any of you a little weary of bad news right now?  For the last month, and especially during the past few weeks, negative news about our economy…

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Is It Okay to Divorce a Spouse With Alzheimer’s?

September 16, 2011 I was surprised this week when I read about the comments Pat Robertson made about divorce and Alzheimer’s on The 700 Club. On Tuesday, in a segment…

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Weathering the Storm of Job Loss

I was sitting at my desk on a Thursday afternoon typing some notes for my manager when I saw my cell phone flashing, indicating that I had a voice mail….

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The Amazing Story of John and Donna Bishop

In 1995, a man woke up in a hospital bed in Arkansas and had no idea who he was.  In fact, he didn’t know anything. He didn’t know that his…

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