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Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

how to avoid the trap of bitterness
Have you ever wondered, Why did God let me suffer that injury? lose my job? have a car accident? forget that appointment? have a fight with my spouse? let my parents get divorced? let me be born with a defect?

How Suffering Prepared a Leader

the story of Joseph
How would you respond if your family despised you so much that they arranged for you to be sold to a slave trader? How would you feel if your boss, whom you had faithfully served with impeccable integrity, was quick to believe a lie about you and subsequently have you thrown into jail?

Giving: A Spiritual Gift

the characteristics of a motivational gift
A Christian’s motivational spiritual gift represents what God does in him to shape his perspective on life and motivate his words and actions.

Advice on Sibling Relationships

tips on sibling harmony
Although family relationships are some of the most valuable ties we have, most children and youth struggle to get along with their brothers and sisters. Irritations, competition, quarrelling, and other typical challenges can quickly turn a household into a battle zone.

Praying for God’s Provision

asking in accord with God’s Word
God is aware of our physical needs, and it is His delight to provide for His children. When we face times of need or we want increased funds for a specific project, we are to bring our petitions to God.

The Principle of Ownership

keys to understanding irritations and resolving anger and worry
The Biblical principle of ownership involves recognizing that all things ultimately belong to God, that He entrusts us with resources and responsibilities to steward for His glory, and that yielding our personal rights and expectations to Him helps us resolve irritations, anger, and worry.

In the Muddle of a Mess

keys for organizing the home
The house was a mess. The kids had made toy creations with the babysitter the night before, and now they were strung from one end of the house to the other, awaiting my admiration.

Key Scriptures on God’s Design

keeping God’s Word in our minds
Consider the following truths about God’s design in our lives.

How to Respond to Suffering

learning to obey four “impossible” commands
When we face disappointment and pain, how can we continue to trust God, give Him thanks, and choose to rejoice always?

The Common Traits of Givers

learn about the characteristics of those with the spiritual gift of giving
Following are some traits commonly observed in those who have the motivational spiritual gift of giving. These traits can be used to benefit others, or they can be misused and thereby cause discord in the Body of Christ.

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