Why Is God Punishing Me? (He’s Molding You Like Clay)

If you feel like God is punishing you, he may be molding you like clay, spinning you 'round and 'round on his potter's wheel to remove the impurities you've picked up throughout your life. Here are a few well-known pastors' words about the process. Dr. Charles Stanley "When clay is placed on the wheel, the … Continue reading Why Is God Punishing Me? (He’s Molding You Like Clay)

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God Wants You to Obey Him (Notes from a John Jenkins Sermon)

A quick Google search reveals that 11 million articles have tried to answer the question "Why is God punishing me?" That means a lot of people have asked it. As the Israelites illustrated, God sometimes punishes people for doubting his promises and complaining about his provision. But as the following notes from a John Jenkins … Continue reading God Wants You to Obey Him (Notes from a John Jenkins Sermon)

Why Is God Punishing Me? (Maybe Because You Doubted Him and Complained Like the Israelites)

As the Israelites learned the hard way, God doesn't like it when you doubt him or complain, so he will punish you for doing so. How the Wishy-Washy Israelites Vacillated Between Doubt and Belief In the book of Exodus, God told the Israelites through Moses that he was going to deliver them from slavery in … Continue reading Why Is God Punishing Me? (Maybe Because You Doubted Him and Complained Like the Israelites)

Six Things God Hates and Seven He Detests

According to the book of Proverbs -- and Pastor John Jenkins -- there are six things God hates and seven he detests: "When you do any of these six things, it means you are putting yourself in a position to be an enemy of God," Jenkins said. "The reason some of us are never able … Continue reading Six Things God Hates and Seven He Detests

Three Possible Reasons God’s Allowing You to Suffer

In John 16, Jesus warned his disciples that they'd have trouble in this world. If you're wondering why you're having more trouble than other Christians, here are three possible reasons God's allowing you to suffer. Reason 1: God's allowing you to suffer because he's testing you. Now that "the glitter is gone," as Bishop Noel … Continue reading Three Possible Reasons God’s Allowing You to Suffer

Why Does God Allow Christians to Suffer?

"There are certain things you can only learn about God through suffering." "The place of your greatest agony will also be the place of your greatest ministry. The area where you paid the greatest price and made the biggest sacrifice will be the same place where God will release the ultimate success in your life." … Continue reading Why Does God Allow Christians to Suffer?

Things I Should and Should Not Say on Baptism Day

In T-minus 15 hours and counting, I'm getting baptized along with three small children. Having worked as a pool attendant at a local yacht club, I know what kids do in pools, so I will volunteer to go first -- but I never intended to do this at all. Much like the Christians who flip … Continue reading Things I Should and Should Not Say on Baptism Day