Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 19, 2004
I think that pain and suffering is the price we pay for being alive. Being alive means living with original sin and the mighty power of Jesus’ death on the cross. When we understand that, our question will change to, What do we do with our suffering and pain? Our pain and suffering must become
Contributed by Jack Kale on May 10, 2016
The blades needed replacement on the old red Murray riding mower we use at the camp. I purchased two 21” blades from Lowes and got around to replacing them this past weekend for the first mow of the year. I hoisted the front end of that insanely heavy grass cutter and secured
She was a Hindu; but all the same, an active member of the Students’ Christian Movement. Then the shocking news came that she was diagnosed with cancer. She was admitted in a hospital. When we went to see her, I expected her to be very bitter. At such a young age to get such a sickness!
Contributed by Martin Kim on Nov 1, 2004
Joni Eareckson, back in July of 1967, at 17 years of age, dove off a diving platform in the Chesapeake Bay. She hit the shallow bottom and broke her neck. She became a quadriplegic. She was paralyzed from the neck down. I will paraphrase what she wrote in one of her books. She writes
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009
AMERICANS IN PAIN
Americans in households making less than $30,000 a year spend nearly 20% of their lives in moderate to severe pain vs. less than 8% of those in households earning above $100,000, finds a study by Princeton economist Alan Krueger and Stony Brook Univ. professor Arthur Stone. The
Contributed by Bill Lobbs on Nov 4, 2000
There are six varieties of wounds that a person can receive in their body.
Abrasive wound - Where the skin is scraped off. This can result from stumbling or by carrying a rough object or by a glancing blow
Confused wound - caused by a heavy blow.
Incised wound - produced by a knife or spear or
Contributed by Nick Scarpa on May 28, 2004
Paul Duncan was an Accountant for a large manufacturing firm in Lansing Michigan. When it came to numbers he was the best! But when it came to pain he was a wimp. Paul hated pain of any type. A common cold would set him back for a week. He couldn’t work or do anything.
In 1997 he was diagnosed
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 19, 2006
"There is also a mimetic aspect to the sufferings of Christ. Peter tells us that Christ in His passion left us an example to follow in His steps (I Pet.2:21).
The Bible makes it clear, however, that pain and suffering are not to be sought after for their own sake. That would indicate a
Contributed by Charles Wallis on Feb 18, 2009
Does God exist? Barbers Don’t Exist…
This is one of the best explanations of why God allows pain and suffering that I have seen. It’s an explanation other people will understand.
Does God exist? A man went to a barber shop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to
Contributed by Dale Harlow on Dec 17, 2007
We live in a society that has this upside down. A guy gets arrested for dog fighting. He is in big trouble. It is not only federal trouble, but the state is going to try him for animal cruelty too. Now I want you to know that I am not opposed to that. I joke about not liking dogs, but I am
We can glorify God by how we react to life and death.
Some of you know Dorothy Krist a lady who was a member of our congregation for over 20 years.
For much of that time Dorothy had cancer.
And she encouraged me to use her story whenever I saw fit.
She spent the last three months of her life
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 17, 2009
Remember with me if you can when your last child was born. For my wife and me it was in Hoffman Estates Medical Center, on October 17, 1986 at 1:58 a.m. We entered the hospital on a cool dark evening with great expectation about what was soon to occur. Birth pains gradually came in shorter and
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 25, 2006
Do you know where pearls come from? They come from oysters. An oyster is a shellfish that lives in the ocean. They have a very hard shell that protects them, but sometimes something like a small grain of sand can get inside the shell and it causes a lot of pain and discomfort for the oyster.
Contributed by Bret Toman on Jan 7, 2010
William Borden was born in 1887. He was a Yale graduate and heir to great wealth. But he rejected a life of ease to bring the gospel to muslims. He refused to buy himself even a car and gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars to missions. Then, after only four months of zealous ministry in Egypt
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 21, 2010
Simpson’s Most Valuable Discovery
In the year 1847, a doctor from Edinburgh, Sir James Simpson, discovered that chloroform could be used as an anaesthetic to render people insensible to the pain of surgery. From his early experiments, Dr. Simpson made it possible for people to go through the most
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 10, 2009
Renoir on Suffering: The Beauty Remains, The Pain Passes
Our greatest battles are not won on the mountain tops of life but during the tough times while we are in the valleys.
Among the famous painters of the French impressionist school, Henri Matisse and August Renoir were the closest friends.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 1, 2010
Missionary Paralyzed Learns How To Thrive in Suffering
Scott Larson shared a personal encounter. “Annette and her husband were missionaries in Western Europe when she began to have pain in her back. When the pain became so unbearable that she could no longer function, even with muscle relaxants,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 7, 2008
Spiritual Values in Collegians A UCLA study found college juniors are more likely to be engaged in a spiritual quest compared to when they first entered college as freshmen. The study showed 41.2% of freshmen in ’04 reported they considered developing a meaningful philosophy of life “very
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Apr 8, 2009
Here is a conjecture about a historical event, but it could have happened just this way. A man named Barabbas had been involved in open revolt against Roman rule, and was guilty of murder. He was in prison awaiting crucifixion – death by extended, painful, torturous suffering. Possibly the prison
Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 22, 2001
Timothy McVeigh. Six years ago, on April 19, 1995, at 9:01 a.m., Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb which destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In doing so, he ended the lives of 168 people, nineteen of them children, and became the worst mass murderer in American history.