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Cleaning Out the Closets

I’ll never forget when I went to Carrie’s mom’s house for the first time. I distinctly remember Carrie telling me to be careful when I opened any kitchen cabinets, because her mom kept them very full. I assured her I would use extreme caution. Unfortunately, I forgot her warning, opened the pantry, and was brutally …

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Purpose in the Pain: Is Pain Good?

You’ve heard the “triumph in tragedy” stories. Someone went through a very painful experience and was able to pull through as a better and stronger person. James tells us to consider it a great joy when undergoing various types of trials because we become stronger, more mature, well-rounded believers (James 1:2-5). Solomon tells us in …

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Purpose in the Pain: Lessons from the Wounds

Numb. Paralyzed. Helpless. These are the best words I can conjure up to describe my state after that awful day. My perfect little world was falling apart. My prideful heart had been humiliated. My carefully maintained facade of external piety had been stripped away in a moment, and I had nothing to hide behind. It …

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