Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering – A Word to Pastors and Caregivers – and Anyone helping those who are suffering.

Timothy Keller describes the two biggest mistakes we can make when we try to help those who are suffering. The book Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering is available October 2013.

See: timothykeller.com/books/walking_with_god_through_pain_and_suffering/ for more information.

There’s nothing pretty about the word “anger”…

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The poem below was written several years ago, but it’s all about my personal downfall, and my battle with anger. I am so thankful that my God is faithful to pick me up (I imagine myself like a body with a giant head that did a face plant in the mud… The mud has suctioned my whole head in and my body is flailing in the air trying to get up… Yes, I have a vivid imagination.), and pull me out of the mess I’ve made the minute I call for help. He’s such a loving and good God to a very undeserving spoiled brat… But BOY am I ever thankful!!! And the truth is, I know I can be a spoiled brat, but I know that’s not how God views me. I know, because His Word tells me so… and He honors His Word above His Name.

Now, I must clarify, I don’t believe every type of anger is bad. Depending on its motivation, it may be perfectly fine to be angry. Like so many have said to me, “But Amie, Jesus was angry when he took those moneychangers to task in the Temple!”
Ah, yes! He was. This is a perfect example of righteous anger… He even made a whip! He was certainly cleaning house. Continue reading