One More Possible Reason You’re Suffering: God’s Shaking the Nest

Before I get back to the memoir and tell you why I've been suffering and how God delivered me today, here's one more possible reason you're suffering: God's shaking the nest. Some CliffsNotes: When God stirs the nest, you can't sit where you used to sit. You can't [lie] down where you used to [lie] … Continue reading One More Possible Reason You’re Suffering: God’s Shaking the Nest

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The Most Obvious Reason You’re Suffering: You’re out of the Will of God (I.e., You.Don’t.Listen)

Life would be a lot easier for everyone if people listened to what God says via the Bible, a pastor, or another person he's opted to use. Sometimes, I just want to throttle people. God undoubtedly felt the same way about me during my buttercream frosting phase this summer, but as I shared with my … Continue reading The Most Obvious Reason You’re Suffering: You’re out of the Will of God (I.e., You.Don’t.Listen)

Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People? (The Story of Job)

If you feel like God is punishing you, it's possible if you disobeyed him, complained about what he gave you, or plotted evil against someone else. But it's also possible -- though not probable -- that you did nothing wrong. Below, Pastor John Jenkins tells the story of Job, a wealthy man who lost everything … Continue reading Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People? (The Story of Job)

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)

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