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Power of Suffering

3-28-2014 – Rarely do we realize in the beginning what we are looking for or why the adversity has over shadowed us. It is like we go from task to task, event to event almost numb to the things happening around us. We find that all wisdom, understanding, insight into our plight evaporates.

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Power of Suffering

3-26-2014 – So what is the connection between the wilderness experience and adversity? Actually the two go hand in hand. As much as we seek it most will say that when faced with great adversity friends, companions or others are of little comfort. Rather, in many circumstance these can be an irritant. Job’s friends serve as an example of just how bothersome ‘friends’ can be.

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Power of Suffering

3-25-2014 – The text indicates that even Jesus had to be ‘driven.’ into the wilderness. Most of us who have had a wilderness experience will say that we to had to be ‘driven’ in to it as well.

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Power of Suffering

3-22-2014 – Loneliness, finds its purpose in that it drives us from the cares of the world, the pain and anguish of our existence into the arms of the Lord. Yet, most of us resist it because this intense emotional experience sears our souls.  

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Power of Suffering

3-18-2014 – I think not. For this situation in Jesus life is the exact same situation the Lord frames for each of us. The purpose is the same. Whether Jesus, Moses, David, Job, or all of the great leaders of God’s people.

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Power of Suffering

3-14-2014 – However the concept of our loneliness does have an important purpose and resolution in scripture. For this answer we have to turn to Jesus and his wilderness experiences and a question. Was the wilderness experience the only purpose of temptations? 

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Power of Suffering

3-13-2014 – Loneliness: One attribute of tribulations that more than anything intensifies sorrow and suffering is loneliness. Yet this critical attribute is not addressed in scripture. There is one Hebrew word that is found 4 times in Genesis which refers to aloneness. But nothing about loneliness.

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