Tag Archives: God’s Character

The Allure of the Dream World

We avoid pain because… We love our dream and don’t want to wake up Have you noticed that we humans are a stockpiling people? Even those of us who aren’t too good at savings accounts know how to accumulate stuff we … Continue reading

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The Fantasy of Quick Fixes

We avoid pain because… We’re enamored with quick fixes Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner was absolutely my favorite meal of the year. I looked forward to it all year long. My parents would literally spend days preparing for it — shopping, chopping, marinating, … Continue reading

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A Clear Context for Suffering

We avoid pain because… We have cultivated unhealthy perspectives God commonly uses pain and suffering in people’s lives to get their attention and to grow  them up into spiritual maturity. Nonetheless, most people work very hard to avoid pain. Why is … Continue reading

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God’s Goodness vs Refining Fire

How can a “good” God directly cause suffering? (Question 4 of 8 in the Goodness of God series) The world is full of pain and suffering, but not all pain and suffering is the same. We’ve already talked about the fact that some of the … Continue reading

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God’s Goodness vs the Reality of Evil

Where does evil come from? (Question 4 of 8 in the Goodness of God series) In our discussion on suffering to-date, we have considered that pain and heartache enter people’s lives in four distinct ways: We suffer when we experience the consequences of our own sin. We … Continue reading

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God’s Goodness vs Human Suffering

Why do bad things happen to good people? (Question 3 of 8 in the Goodness of God series) A Brief Word of Encouragement Having talked about God’s goodness and how it compares to wish fulfillment, I feel it’s important to interject a word … Continue reading

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God’s Goodness vs Wish Fulfillment

If God is good, why didn’t I get what I wanted? (Question 2 of 8 in the Goodness of God series) Although it might not seem like it at first blush, I think this question could be the greatest barrier to a life-giving … Continue reading

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