Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 16:36

Believers are often asked why God allows suffering. Those who are experiencing a period of grief, sorrow, or pain often seek an answer to this question in the hopes it will help them to make some sense of their circumstances. There are no easy answers. Only the Lord truly knows why He permits difficulties and pain in our lives, but the Bible does give us hope and encouragement to strengthen us when we face trials.

 

II Corinthians 1:3-6 tells us:

 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”

 

The Lord is the God of all comfort. When we undergo difficult times in our lives, God wants us to know that He is there to give us the comfort and help that we need. When things are going well in our lives, sometimes we forget about the Lord. We become so wrapped up in our everyday events that we fail to spend much quality time with Him. Yet when turbulent times come, we turn to the Lord for answers and comfort. The Lord is there for us through the victories and through the trials. We never have to face a storm alone.

 

Verse 4 states: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” There is great peace in knowing that the Lord is going to use our time of sorrow and grieving to teach us how to help another. During times of crisis and trouble, people truly do want to be a help and a blessing. The greatest comfort is found in the counsel and support of one who has experienced the very trial that we are going through. What an encouragement and help it is to know that someone else has been there and that God gave them the grace and the strength to survive the storm. Somehow it is easier to endure pain when we know that the Lord is going to use it for our good and for the good of others.

 

Why does God allow suffering? First of all, so that we may be a help and comfort to others.

 

Secondly, the Bible tells us in I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit he keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Why does God allow suffering? God allows suffering to see how faithful we are to serving Him. Do we serve the Lord only in the good times, or are we faithful in the hard times as well? Many people turn their backs on the Lord when things take a turn for the worse in their lives. They reason that if this is what serving the Lord is going to do for them then they might as well live for themselves. But the truth is the Lord never promised the Christian life would be easy.

 

Trials come into our lives for our own good. When a jeweller refines gold, he must subject it to the highest heat in order to allow the impurities in the gold to rise to the surface so that he can skim them off and leave behind only the purest gold. So it is with our Heavenly Father. When the Lord turns up the heat in our lives, it is because He has to skim off all of the impurities that He sees, so that when He is finished with the refining process, He can see His reflection in us.  It is often during these times that we are most tempted to quit, but the purpose in this suffering is to show the Lord that we love Him, and we will continue to serve Him faithfully in the good times and in the bad.

 

Thirdly, God allows suffering to come into our lives to prove to us what we are made of. It takes no strength whatsoever to quit. God holds out His highest praise for those who hang on through the tough times; those who trust Him to help them through. The Bible tells us in Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” Only the Lord knows how much we can handle. Often we underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” It is through these times of testing that we are made stronger and better for Jesus. It is difficult, but at the end of the trial, our walk with the Lord has been deepened because we have learned what it means to lean solely on Him.

 

Are you enduring a period of suffering? Do you need the assurance that God is still in control and caring for you? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554. We would love to talk with you.


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Missionaries Ministering to the Imprisoned of Canada

The Crossman Family are missionaries serving under Prince Albert Baptist Church through Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples. We serve the incarcerated or addicted individuals in Saskatchewan. We also seek to help and encourage churches across Canada to become trained and active in prison and addictions ministries.

Following By Faith - An Expanding Ministry

In the past few years, God has blessed as we have served Jesus here in Prince Albert. Now, we find that God is opening other doors of opportunity to help individuals and churches in other towns and cities. Please pray for us as we  use Prince Albert as a home base and be of assistance in other areas as well.

Good News to All People!

God loves the whole world! No matter what nation or ethinc group you're from, God loves you and we want to be a help to you. Look at these Bible verses that talk about what all humanity has in common.

Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Luke 2:10b Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Psalm 107:3-7 3 And (God) gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way,

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Three ways to connect and get help.




Connect with the Anchor of Hope Team

We love helping people like you find help, healing, and victory over addictions and stubborn habits through a relationship with God.


Connect with Prince Albert Baptist Church

The people and pastor of Prince Albert Baptist Church are dedicated to helping people live a free and abundant life through Jesus Christ.


Connect with the Reformers Unanimous Team

Reformers Unanimous was started to support people who struggle with stubborn habits and addictions. Their materials are used successfully worldwide.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.








A Walk of Hope, Help, and Recovery Starts Here

Devotions

Ps 119:105 says Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. From time to time I do morning devotions in facility seeking to encourage the men to walk with the Lord. I also seek to encourage each day those on the outside with precious jewels from his Word.

Chapel/Bible Study

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ. We do Bible studies every week seeking to present a God who wants to walk with us and change us to His glory. Chapels are like a mini church service with hymns and preaching bringing spiritual insight to all who come to seek the Lord. Over the years, we have noted that many are attracted to Gospel music as it soothes their troubled heart and speaks to their soul.

Faith-Based Anger Management Classes

Cease from anger and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. (Psalm 37:8) We live in an angry world. The Bible has much to say about anger. My wife and I were trained in Anger Management by Almond Tree Ministries. Dr. S M Davis' website and Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries also have excellent resources. Contact our ministry, our church, Dr S M Davis' website, or Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries for help.


Faith-Based Addictions Classes

We use Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries materials designed for institutional use.  We have used them in four facilities in Ontario and Saskatchewan.  We praise the Lord for Him working in men and women's lives.  We also use Rock of Ages Prison Ministry courses as there is a demand for them.  We have also taught the Reformers Unanimous Recovery material on First Nations Reserves as God has opened doors.

Training in Prison and Addiction Ministry

We have done conferences on Prison Ministry and Addictions all across Canada in the past.  Our church, Prince Albert Baptist Church, has allowed us to help train prachers, their wives, and a First Nations Chief in prison and faith based recovery ministry.  While here in Prince Albert, God has allowed us to train folks from Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and Manitoba.  

Indigenous People Outreach - First Nations and Metis

We are blessed to love and minister to First Nations and Metis people from over 70 different reserves in Northern and central Saskatchewan. God has allowed us to take HIs message to reserves in four provinces.

Ephesians 3:20 says Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. 

God in Heaven desires to enable us to recover from the hold of bad habits or choices we make.  

John 8:36 says If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  

The battle is in the mind.  You need help to recover.  God's help and wisdom is needed first.  You need to deal with the root cause of the bondage.  

Be aware that some addictions may require a family doctor, such as addiction to prescription medication.  Withdrawal from some drug or alcohol addiction requires that you or your friend enter an addiction treatment facility.  Our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry could be a help. The Bible that gives a glimpse of God's perspective on the different forms of bondage this world faces.  

Mental Stresses

Turn to the Lord. Casting all your care (burdens) upon Him, for He careth for you. (I Peter 5:7) 
It helps to talk. If we can assist you, please contact our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry.

Emotional Stresses

Feeling overwhelmed? Hear my cry, O God: attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 102:1-2)
If you need help, please contact our our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry.

Family Stresses

God has a plan in His Word for the family and for couples.  The Christian family is under attack fromt he devil and the world.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:31-32).  Please contact S M Davis (www.drsmdavis.com), our church or our ministry if we are able to help.  

Peer Pressure

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21) 
A good Bible preaching church and be your best support group, positive peer pressure, and spiritual hospital. 
If you need help, please contact our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry.

Alcohol & Narcotics

Ephesians 5:16 says Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.  

God's desire is that you and I be controlled by His Spirit, not alcohol or drugs.  Over 75 verses in the Bible give God's perspective on drinking and its effects.  Pretty compelling evidence from God's Word.  His desire is for us not to be controlled by drugs or alcohol.  God wants to heal our hurts.  



Pornography / Sex

Galatians 5:16 says This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 
 
God has a wonderful plan for marriage and the family.  It is found in His Word.  The devil and our flesh seek to destroy that plan.  God desires to set us free from the bondage that following the flesh brings, and with His help,  to walk in liberty.  Thank God for forgiveness of sin through Christ's precious blood.  If our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry can help you, let us know.  

Food

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, whose glory is their shame, who mind earthly things.  

Wrong appetites can cause health problems and even death.  God's greatest concern is our inner beauty and walk with Him.  A good doctor may be needed or a nutritionist.  If our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry could help, please contact us.


Anger

Psalm 37:8 says Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any way to do evil.  

We live in an angry world.  Some people try to control life around them with anger.  There are more verses on anger in the Bible about God than man.  God is angry at sin.  God's anger is always right; always controlled.  Two things many people struggle with are forgiveness and how to respond to the anger of others.  Drugs and alcohol magnify the effects of anger in lives.  Contact our church,  Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry.  Dr S M Davis has good DVDs that could help also.  


Internet / Gaming

I Corinthians 10:5 says Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing captive every thought into the obedience of Christ.  

Computers, games, the internet, cell phones, and many other things can be addictive and control our lives.  They can be wonderful tools, but we have to control them.  We need to strive to maintain a Godly balance.  If our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry can help, let us know.




Work

Ex 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work. 

God set an example to show that we should work six days but have time for family and church. Workaholism is a very real problem in our world today.  While we need to work to provide for our families, it is critical that we keep our priorities straight.  It is God and the family that should be placed at the top of our list not accumulating money, possessions, or even career advancement.  God wants to deliver people from the painful addiction of workaholism.  If our church, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, or our ministry can help you, please feel free to contact us.  

Anonymous

My mother taught me about the Lord since I was a child. I grew up knowing about God, but not really knowing God personally...

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I try to encourage people on the outside facing challenges.  Most times, you send the right verses that help us in the moments of our troubles!

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