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How the Reviled Become What They Really Are

| Sep 18, 2013

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Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.—Matthew 5:11–12 As we saw two weeks ago, the blessed people of the Beatitudes are humbled […]


Suffering Means Knowing Jesus More

| Jan 28, 2013

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Philippians 3:10–11, that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. “God helps us prepare for suffering,” John Piper writes, “by teaching us and showing us that through suffering we […]


Suffering as a Christian

| Aug 27, 2012

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1 Peter 4:16, Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. The main topic of the paragraph in which this verse is found (4:12-19) is the suffering of Christians. Peter explains that it is not an unusual thing for Christians to suffer (4:12), […]