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Title: Must We Suffer in Silence?

The topic of suffering is not often discussed in many churches, yet the Bible guarantees us that we will be required to experience it in our Christian walk. In this week's podcast, Mike Calvo shares from his heart what God is teaching him about suffering in his own life and in the lives of all Christians.

Here is a scripture along with several Facebook posts from Mike dealing with the subject of suffering:

Bible Gateway passage: 2 Thessalonians 3:5 - New International Version May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Facebook posts from Mike Calvo Fortunately the good news of the Gospel is not an admonition to: "Hold on to God with all your strength and willpower and you'll be okay." The good news of the Gospel is not some encouragement to view your suffering in the right way or understand the theology of the cross more deeply. No, the good news is that God is hanging on to you! He's not waiting for you to save yourself or mature in to someone who no longer needs Him. He will never let you go, no matter what! Jesus will never ever leave you nor forsake you!!! Nothing you can do or not do can separate you from the love of Christ!!! In fact, the only thing God needs from you may be the only thing you have to offer, your death. Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to reward the rewardable, improve the improvable, or correct the correctable, He simply came to take a stand on a death He can use instead of on a life He can not.

Grace is available because Jesus went through the valley of the shadow of death and rose from death. To your pane the gospel says, "you will be healed." To your shame the gospel says, "you can now come to God with confidence!" To your rejection the gospel says, "You ar accepted!" To your lostness the gospel says, you are found and I won't ever let you go!" To your sin the gospel says, "you are forgiven and God declares you pure and righteous!" To your death the gospel says, "you were once dead but now you are alive!" Trust in God, not explanations from God, is the true path through suffering.

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May 31, 2013 by Mike Calvo | Comments (0) | Suffering | Faithwalk | Church


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