007 – Changing Your Lens: How Should We View Suffering, Part 2
In their second discussion of suffering, Pastors Brad and Alex talk about how Christians can suffer well. Both Brad and Alex share personal examples of how they have dealt with suffering in their own lives. They give practical advice on helpful things to do if you’re suffering or if you’re walking with someone who is. They also give some examples of things that are not helpful if you’re walking through something difficult.
— Recommended Reading to Dig Deeper —
Color of Rain by Michael and Gina Sphen. This is a true story that reads like a Hallmark movie. Both Micheal and Gina lost their spouses and found each other in the aftermath. Their story reveals how God walks with us through every circumstance we face. https://bit.ly/3hKwF8G
Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler – Diagnosed at 35 with Stage IV colon cancer, Kate Bowler looks at modern Christian teaching and some of the lies it inadvertently tells. Bowler, who is also a professor at Duke Divinity School, speaks in a theologically correct and approachable way about suffering. This book also includes a list of what NOT to say to someone who is suffering, a very helpful resource. https://t.ly/SBhB
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. In this classic work, C.S. Lewis processes his wife’s death as only he can, with deep insights and profound statements. https://t.ly/A4nb
A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser. Jerry shares his own tragic story and his journey through grief into a deeper relationship with God. https://bit.ly/2FHxeDf
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