Doubting Thomas and Suffering
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Living Our Doubts?
Many have said that we should live with our doubts. After all, Christ could have come back the moment Thomas issued the challenge to Christ's resurrection, but He didn't. And when he did come, he told Thomas, and us, to stop doubting and believe!
Today brother Garron turns to the Word of God which shows us how we can turn our doubts into belief, and ties this in to the reason there is pain and suffering in the world.
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Why is there Pain and Suffering?
Thomas wanted evidence! He wanted to know if Jesus rose from the grave. It wasn't enough that people told him so, he had to see it himself. It is NOT wrong to seek evidence. It is not wrong to seek evidence to end your doubts. God will not abandon those who seek to trust Him.
This is very important today. One of the bigger doubts of the Christian faith is understanding, for example, suffering and death. A lot of Christians doubt God because they can't understand how an all powerful and all loving God could allow suffering and death.
But the answer to this doubt is written plainly in God's word, right at the beginning of the Bible. And those who, instead of living with their doubts, will seek for understanding in the Word of God, searching the Scriptures to answer the questions with which mankind has strugled for thousands of years, they will find the truth, and the Truth will set them free from their doubts.
So get in the Word and pray. Seek evidence if you have to. Don't allow your doubts to fester. Don't continue to live in weak faith, and doubt God's promises to you. God's Word can be trusted. Stop doubting and believe!
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Baby with Hypoglycemia – Beacon writes, I was just informed by my daughter that baby Dominick has a form of hypoglycemia - instead of his blood count being at 80 its at 13...was admitted to the neo natal unit...on ivs and is responding well. When I told Britt that I would ask you all to pray for him she smiled and thanked me...we are aware of the power of the prayers of the faithful. Will keep you updated! Thank you! Love you all!
Chronic Pain – Karene writes, Hi everyone, Thank you to you all for praying for me. Well, The doctor says I have peripheral Neuropathy (nerve pain), joint hyper mobility syndrome- (over stretched joints) which causes alot of pain, and chronic pain syndrome (all over body pain). so needless to say I am in alot of pain. even doing the simplest thing around the house tires me out so I have to pace my self. I am not used to doing that, but I guess I have to. The doctor wants me to exercise so a couple times a week my Mom and I walk around our neighborhood. We don't walk very far yet but we are working up to it. Right now the doctor has me on Neurontin and extra strength Tylenol for the pain, we shall see how that works. I saw the doctor on 7/7 and nothing has changed; except that the vitamin D level in my body is low so he has me taking calcium and extra vitamin D. I assume to prevent me from getting Osteoporosis. It's really the pits getting old sometimes. I will be 50 in December and I used to think that was so old and now I am almost there. UGH ! Hope all is going well with all of you. I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs, Karene
Delivered from Depression – Loo writes, A note of praise...I noted many of your prayers are about depression. This time last year I was battling with depression. my GP offerred antidepressants, but I declined. Pentecost Sunday 2007, I had a prophesy I will share. "There is somebody here in a storm, that will continue, you will have to find people to help find your anchor". I did and have victory over my gloom. I pray that you too find your anchors and people to help. A prophesy 1 year later ...from a Brother who never met me said,'I feel God is telling me to say to you rest beside the still waters' Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" Stop struggling allow the Holy Spirit to work and get people to help with your anchor. Praise be to God.
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