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But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (II Corinthians 4:7-9, NKJV) When the twelve disciples answered Jesus’ invitation to “follow me,” none really understood the drastic changes that would come into their lives by that action. Yes, becoming a part of the ministry of Jesus was an unbelievable experience—the miracles, the multitudes, the powerful teachings of the Lord. But they also…

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world. (John 16:33, New English Translation) The Book of Job tells the story of “the greatest of all the men of the east.” Job possessed wealth, flocks and herds, and many servants. God called him “a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil” (Job 1:8, NET). High praise indeed! Yet, would we really be interested in the story of Job if it was only…

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…