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We all have them.  Some more than others.  James tells us to count them all joy (1:2), but it’s easier said than done. The book of Job offers wisdom for trusting God in times of distress.  When Job emerged from his test of faith, he told God, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes” (Job 42:5 NLT).  Job’s trouble transformed his knowledge of God from “crumbs of rumors” (42:5 MSG) to feasts of faith.  Here are three reminders to help us grow spiritually during trial seasons: 1. God’s plan is…

“The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise.” (Proverbs 27:21, English Standard Version). I think it is safe to say none of us will escape experiencing tough times at some point in life. John 16:33 tells us, “In the world you will have tribulation” (NKJV). It’s not if, but when. Considering this, it seems logical that our biggest test of faith comes when we face a serious trial. But let me ask a question. When do we pray most relentlessly—during the good times or the bad times? The situation…

Life Reference: Mark 6:41-44, Matthew 14:19-21 Focus Verse: And straightway He constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people. (Mark 6:45) I find it interesting that Jesus sent the disciples on vacation (or so it looks like) while He took care of crowd control. If we look in the preceding verses, we find that the disciples had just finished the busy task of dispersing food to the hungry crowd of over 5,000 men plus women and children. Notice the verse states Jesus constrained them.…