Is There A Reason For The Struggle?

Is There A Reason For The Struggle?

If you're going through something difficult right now and you're wondering why then take a moment and read. There's a reason for what you're going through, and it has a good ending, but *spoiler alert* it may not be the ending you’ve imagined. The circumstances of life are most difficult – there's always something going on to cause worry, fear, and anxiety. But have you ever considered those difficulties to be invitations to draw closer to the Lord? Have you ever thought that the dryness of your soul is meant to be quenched and that the thirst is meant to drive you toward Jesus, not away from Him? I’ve been thinking a lot about the wilderness lately. It's actually kind of a funny story. I was asked to preach at church on a Sunday morning about a month ago, and the message was about the wilderness. My message followed my lead pastor's message on the same topic, I just had an additional perspective....
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The Blind Man

The Blind Man

“Why is this man blind?” the disciples asked Jesus. Did somebody do something horribly wrong and bring upon themselves this tragedy?   Every moment of every single day the man’s parents lived with the stigma that they had sinned, or even more inconceivable, that the baby inside the mother’s womb had sinned. I image the guilt and shame were so great that these parents could not even lift their eyes to greet their neighbors. I imagine them going through life with eyes downcast, looking but not seeing, existing but not being known. I imagine them knowing every turn of the road not by the buildings surrounding them, but by the dirt, the rocks and curves of the roads themselves. Their son was blind and though they could see, the dark cloud surrounding them kept them just as much in the dark as their son.   It’s one thing to know that you are a sinner, falling short of God’s law, but it is quite...
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