Is there a reason why so much injustice and suffering exist in the world? How can we change it? Or can we?
Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of... - Hosea 2:14-15
In this series of articles, Michael Horner, philosopher and apologist, invites us to consider whether the existence of evil and suffering provides adequate reasons to conclude that an all-good, all-powerful God does not exist. He points out that it is common for people to approach the question from two quite different perspectives, intellectually and emotionally, and that each perspective requires a uniquely tailored response. The investigation ends with a surprising twist.
Have you ever had someone tell you that your Christian faith is a crutch? Well, the best response we've heard to that is: "Absolutely." Our faith helps us see that we are all broken people who really need to borrow strength from a Savior, to lean on a deep and abiding faith. We are always growing, always depending on the grace of God.
We know it can be hard to remember and articulate all the things you've learned about sharing the Gospel. So, as you teach others, we're here to do the heavy lifting.
The abundant life Jesus offers you is a journey of faith. It won't happen by accident. Daily surrender is required, but it's not about letting go and letting God. It's about running to Jesus, holding on to him, and saying "Yes" to what he asks you to do. It's admitting that you can't do it without him — that you need the Holy Spirit to empower you.
Praying is simply having a conversation with God. It's asking Him for your needs, yes, but it's also a time when you can praise Him for who He is and learn to hear His voice.
Connecting with like-minded people who genuinely care about one another is a gift we take for granted all too often. But it's not always rosy; sometimes, friendship gets messy.