Contributed by James Pless on May 22, 2006
12433. Beaten Into Higher Value
A bar of steel is worth five dollars. When it is wrought into horseshoes, it is worth ten dollars. If made into needles, it is worth three hundred and fifty dollars. If wrought into penknife blades, it is worth thirty-two thousand dollars. And if
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
One of the most powerful prayers in the midst of suffering was uncovered from the horrors of Ravensbruck concentration camp. Ravensbruck was a concentration camp built in 1939 for women. Over 90,000 women and children perished in Ravensbruck, murdered by the Nazis. Corrie Ten Boom, who
Contributed by David Tack on Jan 11, 2012
"It is a very difficult matter to understand when God permits affliction or loss to come into our lives. Our humanity wants to cry out, "Why me God? I love you and faithfully serve you. Why did you permit this sorrow to happen to me?" . . . one reason for affliction is to make us
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 2, 2004
THE SUFFERING OF THE TRINITY
In the National Gallery of Art in London there’s a picture of the Crucifixion that is so dark that when you first look at it, you can’t see anything. But if you stand and ponder it, and if you do not permit your gaze to falter, eventually you will see in the darkness
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 18, 2005
A VIEW OF SUFFERING
Yes, suffering is the enemy of the average American.
In America, Christians pray for the burden of suffering to be lifted from their backs. In the rest of the world Christians pray for stronger backs so they can bear their suffering. It’s why we look away from the bag
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 31, 2002
THE MARK OF SUFFERING
In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many Buddhist temples in different Asian countries and stood respectfully before the statue of the Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing
Contributed by Mark Armstrong on Jun 10, 2009
Roger Staubach is an American football player. He was once asked when injured, "How do you keep on keeping on if you’re playing professional football"? Roger said something important, "If you’re not playing hurt, you’re not playing football."
Paul expresses a
Contributed by Davon Huss on Jul 3, 2011
THE SUFFERINGS OF THE PILGRIMS
The sufferings of these pilgrims has been a theme often repeated and yet it remains an amazing story. Within three months of the Mayflower landing in December 1620, only about fifty of the original hundred survived. Their graves had to be unmarked and grassed over
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on May 31, 2012
THE ALLY OF SUFFERERS
The author and church minister Ray Ortlund says this:
"Sometimes there is no way to get out of suffering; but there is a way to get through suffering, because God is the ally of sufferers." He also says that
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 9, 2009
WORTHY TO SUFFER FOR HIM
John Balca was one of the early pioneer missionaries in Eastern Europe. He was particularly focused on the country of Yugoslavia in the 1930-1950’s. In his autobiography, he writes of the many difficulties that God helped him to overcome in the establishing of an
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 13, 2003
THE SUFFERING OF "EL SANTO"
Sister Yolanda Tarango discovered "El Santo" one day when as a small girl she was sent to the family shed to finish throwing her pity party. She noticed a strange parcel in the corner, covered with a heavy cloth. Peering under the cover, she was shocked to find
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
IDENTIFIES WITH OUR SUFFERING
His name was Joseph Damien, and you’ve probably heard his story before, but it bears repeating. A Belgian priest, he was sent in 1873 to minister to lepers in Hawaii. As soon as he arrived on Molokai, he began trying to build friendships with the residents of the
Contributed by Brian Harvison on May 29, 2008
THE EMBLEM OF SUFFERING AND SHAME
Crucifixion was a form of execution that the Romans had learned from the Persians. The Persians had developed a method of crucifying victims by impaling them on a pole. Later cultures developed different methods of crucifixion, And Rome employed several of them.
Contributed by John Boquist on Aug 9, 2008
“The suffering of Christ’s messengers ministers to those they are trying to reach and may open them to the gospel.” John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad p. 91
In this book, Piper tells the story of an indigenous missionary in India who walked barefoot from village to village sharing the gospel.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 28, 2009
SUFFERING BOY GIVEN AN EXTRAVAGANT GIFT
In his book Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them, John Ortberg tells of a young man named John Gilbert. At age five, John was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic, progressive, debilitating disease. At age 25, the disease finally
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
"Present suffering is not enjoyable, but life would be worth little without it. The difference between iron and steel