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Encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. (1 Thess. 2:12 NIV)

Suffering

Life is not always fair

Life Is Not Always Fair – Ecclesiastes 9:11

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Life is not fair. But we can look forward to life in the Father’s house as his dearly loved children, with every tear wiped away.

God responds to our prayer for help

God Responds to Our Prayer for Help – Psalm 18:4-6, 9-10, 16-17

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God may not make all our problems disappear. But we do not have to walk through them alone. Cry out to God. He will respond to your prayer.

Why do wicked people prosper?

Why Do Wicked People Prosper? – Job 21:7, 13

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As a believer in the Lord Jesus, you may not understand why wicked people prosper. But it is temporary. They will be held accountable.

Treat Hardship as Discipline

Treat Hardship as Discipline – Hebrews 12:7

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God uses the hardships we go through as a form of discipline, training us, and helping us to grow in our faith.

Tell God about Your Troubles

Tell God about Your Troubles – Psalm 142:1-2

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Seek mercy and deliverance from him. You may not experience the deliverance you hoped for. But he will see you through it if you trust him.

A Prayer for a Wounded Heart

A Prayer for a Wounded Heart – Psalm 109:21-22

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Are you experiencing heartache and loss? Turn to the one who is best able to bring healing and wholeness. Who can heal a wounded heart.

He has not hidden his face from us

He Has Not Hidden His Face from Us – Psalm 22:24

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Life can be hard, even for believers. And it might seem like God has abandoned us. But he will never turn his face away from us. Trust him.

Be Patient and Stand Firm

Be Patient and Stand Firm – James 5:7-8

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As believers, we may suffer because of circumstances or because of our faith. But, when we do, wait patiently and stand firm in the Lord.

God works through our suffering

God Works Even Through Our Suffering – Genesis 45:7

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Suffering is not pleasant. But the story of Joseph demonstrates that God can work, even through our suffering, to accomplish his purpose,

obedience learned through suffering

Hebrews: Obedience Learned Through Suffering (5:1-10)

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Jesus, the Son of God, learned obedience through his suffering on the cross. He knows what it is to obey the Father, even in suffering.

our light and momentary troubles

Our Light and Momentary Troubles – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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We may face many challenges in serving Christ. But our light and momentary troubles are producing an eternal glory for us. So be faithful.

The problem of evil

The Problem of Evil: Why Does God Allow Evil to Exist?

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The problem of evil is concerned with all the bad things happen in the world? Why doesn't God prevent all this bad stuff from happening?

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