Posts Tagged: suffering

God in the Hood by Anneliese Wahlman

God in the Hood

December 21, 2016 | Anneliese Wahlman

Have you ever had one of those Christmases where your entire pajama-clad family is gathered together, the tree is wrapped in lights that shine à la star of Bethlehem, and mugs are filled with hot chocolate and freckled with marshmallows? You know the kind of thing I’m talking about, where the snow is falling silently and you light candles with names like “Burning Christmas Tree Deluxe” to give the illusion that you live in a cabin in the woods instead of a cookie-cutter condo in suburbia? All the brown paper packages are tied up with string and lovingly laid under the tree, and your whole clan is singing carols together around the piano while you unitedly promote a wholesome sense of Pinterest-inspired Christmas joy?

Yeah, me neither.

I’m part of a generation that likes to create false realities on social media; we like to make our lives appear just as glamorous and magical as what we see on TV. And during the holidays, this lust for a movie-scripted life and …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

Lessons From the Book of Job: Elihu—Friend or Foe? by James Rafferty

Lessons From the Book of Job: Elihu—Friend or Foe?

December 2, 2016 | James Rafferty

Elihu exemplifies one of the major reasons why we might not listen to what someone has to say about God. Young and obscure, Elihu presents a testimony that carries little weight among many intellectual greats. This may be one reason why God has employed farmers, shepherds, fishermen and even children (the child Samuel) as messengers of inspired truth. Heaven has a way of placing truth beyond the ken of intellectual pride.

Yet even if God speaks to us through a little child, or perhaps a donkey, He always gives us enough evidence to discern His voice. In the case of Elihu there is more than enough evidence to recognize this young man as heaven sent.

Elihu is not out to terrorize Job or overwhelm him with guilt. He assures Job that he, too, is only a vessel of clay (Job 33:6-7).

Instead of condemning Job, he desires to justify or clear him (Job 33:32).

He always gives us enough evidence to discern His voice.

He does not use the same …
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James Rafferty

Light Bearers

The Joy in Anna

The Joy in Anna

December 15, 2015 | David Sherwood

Expecting our second child, Luke, Jeannie and I ignorantly prayed that God would manipulate our circumstances to give us an easier child than our first. Life with a healthy, rambunctious two-year-old seemed so challenging to us, and we whole-heartedly believed that a life made easier would be a life made better. In His mercy, God blessed us with a son with a set of trials which would teach us that an easy life is often the enemy of a better life. Luke’s constant joy in the midst of painful and maddeningly frustrating circumstances cut us to the heart. He exposed our lust for comfort and control, our bent toward pitying but not helping those who suffer, and our sense of wimpish entitlement to health and leisure. Of course, he did all of this without saying a word. Words could never have exposed so much in such a short time anyway. We’ve learned much about ourselves through Luke, and much more about who we want to become. Being a witness to …
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David Sherwood

Bible Teacher
Collegedale Academy

New Zealand Re-Revisited

May 19, 2011 | David Asscherick

Every time I go to New Zealand something good happens. There are at least two reasons for this, and neither is because of me. Those reasons? God is good and New Zealand is the best place on earth.

God’s goodness is a certainty, as the Gospel makes clear.

New Zealand’s position as “the best place on earth” is, I’d like to think, perfectly objective. After all, it’s like California, but with a tenth as many people and four coasts (north, south, east, and west). Add to that mountains, meadows, forests, rivers, and some of the friendliest people on earth and you’re just getting started. Have your doubts? I’d advise a visit. The longer the better. You’ll see.

But bad things happen there too.

This is, after all, earth we’re talking about.

My most recent trip exhibited the following pattern: first a good thing, then a bad thing, and then a good thing again.

The first good thing was our What Does the Future Hold? Bible Prophecy Seminar held in the …
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David Asscherick

Light Bearers