The Pains We Face: Rejection
Sep08

The Pains We Face: Rejection

by Carolyn Hope “Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. ‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of...

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The Pains We Face: Loss
Sep07

The Pains We Face: Loss

by Carolyn Hope “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (Job 1:20-22) When Job said this, he had just heard the news that all his oxen,...

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The Pains We Face: Disappointment
Sep06

The Pains We Face: Disappointment

by Carolyn Hope  “Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?'” (Exodus 15:22-24) One of the most sinking sensations is that of...

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The Pains We Face: Failure
Sep05

The Pains We Face: Failure

by Carolyn Hope “One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand … When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian.” (Exodus 2:11-12, 15)   “‘So now,...

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The Pains We Face: Regret
Sep04

The Pains We Face: Regret

by Carolyn Hope “And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, ‘Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about.’ And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.  And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the rooster...

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The Pains We Face
Sep04

The Pains We Face

by Carolyn Hope This world is filled with pain. There are many kinds of pain: physical, emotional, and mental are some. Pain is hard to deal with, not only because it’s so unpleasant, but also because it can be challenging to explain. Sometimes, the deeper you dig into the pain you’re feeling, the more it hurts. This week, I’d like to delve into some of the pains we face. There are much more than can be covered in a...

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