(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

Last time we saw that when our circumstances are dark, difficult, and disappointing, our first need is to rekindle our confident trust in the ability of our God, as Paul did in 2... Read More »
(Part 2) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

(Part 2) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

When our circumstances feel overwhelming, how are we to respond? Out of any number of possibilities, we will focus on two—one today and one next time—both from the experience of... Read More »
(Part 1) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

(Part 1) Handling Disappointment with Circumstances

In our last series of blogs, we considered how disappointment can visit spiritual servants through the actions and attitudes of other people. Sometimes, however, our disappointments... Read More »
(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with People

(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with People

We have seen that disappointment is an inevitable part of ministry. People let us down, and sometimes, as was Paul’s experience with Alexander the coppersmith (2 Tim. 4:14), they do... Read More »
(Part 1) Handling Disappointment with People

(Part 1) Handling Disappointment with People

People are, to say the least, a mixed bag of blessing and disappointment. As spiritual shepherds, we see plenty of both—and it doesn’t always occur at a distance. Sometimes the... Read More »
Leaders and Disappointments (Part Three)

Leaders and Disappointments (Part Three)

We have been considering Nehemiah 13 this week, and the disappointment of the spiritual collapse that followed Nehemiah’s revival. We conclude today with Nehemiah’s... Read More »
Leaders and Disappointments (Part Two)

Leaders and Disappointments (Part Two)

Yesterday we saw in Nehemiah 13 the first of two causes for Israel’s spiritual collapse following Nehemiah’s revival. There is a third cause, and it is one that very real... Read More »
Leaders and Disappointments (Part One)

Leaders and Disappointments (Part One)

When Oliver Cromwell was sitting for his official portrait, the artist assured him that he planned on “touching up” some of Cromwell’s facial imperfections. Cromwell... Read More »
Leadership and Opposition (Part Two)

Leadership and Opposition (Part Two)

Yesterday we saw that criticism is often a part of serving God, and that sometimes that criticism can be very destructive. Today we return to Nehemiah 4 to see how Nehemiah responded... Read More »
All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Right where I am is where I have to be. —FOLK SONG I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had... Read More »
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