When the Storms of Life Don’t Stop

You and I are not facing the same kinds of persecution the Apostle John was when Jesus appeared to him in a prison cell on the island of Patmos. In many parts of the world, of course, this kind of overt physical persecution is still common. Compared to the average believer in Afghanistan or Libya or China, our lives are pretty easy.

And yet, we have more in common with John than we’d like. Most of us are facing powers we believe vastly overwhelm our own. We can see storm clouds rising on the horizon of our lives.

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When the Storms of Life Don’t Stop

https://outreachmagazine.com/features/discipleship/40170-when-the-storms-of-life-dont-stop.html

Christian, Your Depression Is Real. So Is God’s Deliverance.

Christian, Your Depression Is Real. So Is God’s Deliverance.

A few years ago, I read a book about Ernest Shackleton’s failed mission to be the first explorer to cross Antarctica. His plan was to sail as far south as he could and then walk a hundred or so miles across the South Pole. But there was an early freeze, and the ship got caught and crushed in polar ice several hundred miles from their destination. For more than a year, Shackleton’s group fought to stay alive in subzero temperatures. But the worst thing for these men was not the temperature. It was the darkness. At the South Pole, you see, the sun goes down in mid-May and doesn’t come back up until August. Those who have experienced this say that there is no desolation so devastating as the polar night—darkness all the time. Weeks upon weeks of no light at all.

The prophet Jeremiah described how he felt driven to a place of “darkness without any light”:

I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long. He has made my flesh and my skin waste away; he has broken my bones; he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago…though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.

Lamentations 3:1–8 ESV

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How to Pray When You Don’t Want to Pray

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Christian, Your Depression Is Real. So Is God’s Deliverance

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/335245-christian-your-depression-is-real-so-is-gods-deliverance.html

Don’t Be a Fundamentalist (Calvinist or Otherwise)

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How to Pray When You Don’t Want to Pray

https://jdgreear.com/blog/how-to-pray-when-you-dont-want-to/