We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, And character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. ROMANS 5:3-5 (NLT) I’ve learned a great deal since the advent of cancer in my life. I’ve learned how precious my wife and my childrenSEE DETAILS
Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.” Joseph named his second son Ephraim, for he said, “God has made me fruitful in this land of my grief.” GENESIS 41:51-52 (NLT) It’s important to see that Scripture never glorifies suffering for its own sake. The kind of suffering the Bible so consistently pairs with joy is not pain for pain’s sake but suffering that produces something else, suffering that goes somewhere, suffering that creates godlySEE DETAILS
The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with Him! Whenever you seek Him, you will find Him. 2 CHRONICLES 15:2 (NLT) The book of Psalms sings of Joseph’s abduction, slavery and captivity. “They bruised his feet with shackles,” we are told, and “his neck was put in irons” (PSALM 105:18) An old translation renders the last phrase of that verse, “the iron entered into his soul.” Somehow, the iron of Joseph’s shackles entered into his soul. He became strong and wise, just and merciful; he wouldSEE DETAILS
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