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Resources: Suffering and Evil

A Righteous Angel Writes to His Commander about the Man He’s Assigned to

Diane’s conversion took my breath away. Only Elyon’s Spirit can pierce the hard shell of their hearts. When she accepted His gift and asked His forgiveness, Elshar and I embraced.

What’s the Hurry with Evangelism?

Lord Foulgrin's LettersThey drove wordlessly to the retirement center to see Diane’s mother. Diane had asked Jordan to come. He said yes, hating that he hadn’t seen his mother-in-law for nearly a year, and hating that he didn’t want to see her now.

When he walked in the door, Jordan barely recognized her. But he noticed her eyes light up the moment she saw him.

“Hello, Jordan.”

“Hi, Mom.”

She gave him a surprised smile. “I hardly remembered what you look like, Jordan. I know you’ve been busy.”

“Yeah. Too busy sometimes.”

“Here, Mom, let me prop up ...

A letter written by Randy to a friend who was struggling with suicidal thoughts

These are some passages to study, meditate on and memorize. Some of these aren’t new to you, but they have a cumulative force as they touch different aspects of our struggles and God’s counsel to us.

A. W. Tozer: Trials and Pain

The Sharp Blade of the Plow 

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)

The fallow field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow...But it is paying a terrible price for its tranquility: Never does it see the miracle of growth; never does it feel the motions of mounting life nor see the wonders of bursting seed nor the beauty of ripening grain. Fruit it can never know because it is afraid of the plow and the harrow.

We May Expect Troubles

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

A Grace Returned

When their son died unexpectedly, Joseph and Mary Lou Bayly received comfort and help from a poem sent to them by the young woman their son loved and planned to marry. The poem was "New Year, 1945," written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer, imprisoned by the Nazis, had written the poem for his fiancée—just three months before he was executed.

Then, thirty years after Bonhoeffer's death and 12 years after their son's—Joe and Mary Lou received a letter from a young Massachusetts pastor. He told of frequently visiting a woman seriously ill in a Boston hospital ...

A Grieving Mother’s Two Responses To Her Son’s Death

Randy's book Heaven was dedicated to many people who departed prematurely, yet in God's good time. Daniel Traugott was a 13-year-old boy who died in a car accident, leaving behind his mother, father and four siblings. His mother, Sandy, sent us the following poems she wrote that reflect two different perspectives on his death. (Reprinted with permission.)

To Those Who Are Hurting and Confused

During the two years it has taken me to research and write this book, many people have asked about the project. I expected that my answer, containing the words evil and suffering, would prompt a quick change of subject. Most, however, expressed keen interest and asked penetrating questions. Several launched into their own stories, as if having received permission to uncork the bottle.

What, after all, is more universal to human experience than suffering? And what is more important than the perspective we bring to it?

What is Wicca?

Wicca prides itself in being a diverse movement.

Ann Stump’s Testimony

Ann Stump's testimony, after the death of her eighteen-month-old son, was referenced in Randy's book If God Is Good... Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.

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