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How Dare God Create a World Filled with Suffering?

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When I was growing up, I remember asking an adult “Why don’t you believe in God?” Her response stunned me: “If God was real, I wouldn’t have had seven miscarriages in a row.” Whether we go through cancer, lose a loved one, experience mental ill-health, or even just turn on the news, suffering is a universal experience. And it evokes within each of us a question that we rally at the God who claims Himself to be both powerful and good: How can God allow it?
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Anzac Day: Lest We Forget - Eric Harding Chinner

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Would you pack your bags to leave your comfortable home, set sail on a ship that’ll take months to reach a  foreign destination, live in frigid trenches filled with mud that were infested by rats, wear uniforms laced with lice, and fall asleep (if sleep were to come) to the sound of falling bombs filling the night air?  

Easter: Hope for When Life Feels Too Hard

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What do you pray when there is so much trouble around you and nothing you can do? For my pregnant due-any-moment friend with no power and roads covered in ice between her and the hospital? For my former neighbor who cares for her husband with dementia—as if that weren’t enough, she hurt her back right before all this happened. Who is taking care of them? I wondered. How do I pray in this situation?

6 Ways to Be a Better Friend

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Recently, my friend shared that he doubted if he would still be a Christian if it weren’t for the friends who were there for him in 2018. That was the year he had lost a very dear cousin to sickness. And then, barely two months later, the rest of his cousin’s family members died in a tragic road accident. My friend was devastated, and struggled to understand why God allowed for it to happen.

Childlike Faith

Every Sunday morning in the foyer, our eyes meet. Her eyes are full of joy, twinkling.

Dance Again

Amanda Varty was diagnosed with a chronic illness and lay confined to a bed in a darkened room for nine years.

Troubles and Comfort

Several years ago when my follicular lymphoma (cancer) was first diagnosed, I participated in a cancer clinical trial.

Felt Presence

Hearing an infant cry at bedtime can be one of the most unnerving situations for young parents to handle.

ASK YMI: How Do We Live in the Tension Between Rules and Grace?

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What’s the difference between comfort and casual? Imagine you had the chance to meet one of your heroes—maybe your favorite actor, or an author you’ve read, or a musician you love. And instead of being an aloof celebrity-type who’s hard to talk to, this hero of yours is actually friendly, warm, and approachable. He goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable.