Sometimes the “light at the end of the tunnel” is seen when we choose to examine what Scripture reveals about life rather than how quickly we can remove our pain. The New Testament book of James is a great place to begin.
Don’t be fooled by its size. The letter of James may be small, but it’s strong. It refuses to let the reader hide behind the walls of theological theory or intellectual faith. True faith produces authenticity. “No authenticity…no faith”—that’s James’s conclusion on the matter. James’s letter may make us squirm, but it also makes us tear down our facades.
Complaining never happens solo. When you complain, you not only discourage yourself but those around you. Listen to yourself today. Are you impacting those around you with complaints or with encouragement?
True to James 1:2-4, my troubles tested my faith. They brought hardship and hidden tears, but, also true to Scripture, they became opportunities for great joy. Here are several insights I gleaned through my experience.
We shouldn’t be surprised at suffering—we should expect it. Suffering shapes us and matures our character.
Suffering has a way of simplifying life. It stretches our faith and pulls us back to the basics of prayer and dependence on God.
Some books in the Bible teach profound theological doctrine like Paul’s epic letter to the Romans. Some tell amazing stories of powerful leaders who rose and fell. In this message, Chuck Swindoll describes a book that does neither. It’s a manual on how to walk with God.
We'll do anything to avoid the slightest semblance of pain. We have pills for headaches. Heaters for a cold house. Fast food when our stomach growls. But satisfying our physical needs doesn’t work in the spiritual realm. So what do you do when your troubles won't go away? Chuck Swindoll answers the question in this message.
As Christians, we know that we're supposed to avoid sin. But because Jesus has paid our penalty, there’s a tendency to treat sin rather lightly. Chuck Swindoll describes the dire consequences of giving in to temptation.