Suffering

He Opened Not His Mouth

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.  (Isaiah 53:7) Isaiah uses the phrase “he opened not his mouth” twice in this sentence, and I…

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Are Christ’s Afflictions Lacking?

Are Christ’s Afflictions Lacking? Colossians 1:24: ” Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” In a previous post, I explained that God grants us suffering, thereby blessing us greatly.…

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Bearing your Cross: A Four-Part Pattern

The cross is ever before the believer, beckoning the us to share in the sufferings of Christ. At times, life will feature unfairness, personality differences, differences of opinion and situational miscalculation.  You, the believer, will be on the receiving end and wonder why you deserve such treatment. In this moment, the cross of Christ is…

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