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Trouble Exceeded

In our continuing series on Parents' Groans Over Their Ungodly Children, the author endeavors to “show the greatness of this calamity, by comparing it with other troubles and showing how this exceeds them.” Under usual circumstances, “my sorrow is worse than yours” isn’t something I normally recommend. It can be divisive, harsh, and needlessly antagonistic. […]

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Unbelieving Children are a Great Calamity to Their Parents

The word “calamity” is a strong word. Very strong. It is defined as: Any great misfortune or cause of misery; in general, any event or disaster which produces extensive evils, as loss of crops, earthquakes, etc., but also applied to any misfortune which brings great distress upon a single person; misfortune; distress; adversity; an event […]

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Parents Can Have Ungodly Children (Part II)

In the second part of our series on Parents’ Groans Over Their Ungodly Children, Lawrence begins laying the groundwork with this: it is ordinary for Christian parents to beget unregenerate children. He supports his belief via three premises: Character qualities of godly parents Character qualities of ungodly children Other instances Character Qualities of Godly Parents […]

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Of Pain, Glory, and Apologetics

A couple of excellent articles I've recently come across: Grief: An Apologetic of Grief and The Crushing Weight of Glory. Below is an excerpt from latter. I love this... W.A. Criswell was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas for 50 years. He told the story of taking a flight to go and speak at […]

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The Showcase of a Faithless Heart

I never knew joy could be so difficult. But it is. Consider the following account. "The two venerable Martyrs, Ridley and Latimer, had both been brought before the same Commission on the charge of heresy… [Ridley] maintained his noble bearing to the end. He was adjudged “an obstinate and incurable heretic,” and condemned to the […]

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It's Hard to Tell the Difference

I cannot make myself happy, but I can remind myself to believe. I can say, "Whether I feel it or not, I believe the Scriptures."