Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Jeremiah 33:5 – God’s Hidden Face

| July 13, 2016

Jeremiah 33:5 – “I have hidden My face from this city because of all their wickedness” Herein might be the true way to view suffering. Bad things happen not because of God causes them (although language is used that way), but because stops protecting His people (language is also used this way). Considering God sends […]

Job 2-3 – Praying through the Bible #159 – A Prayer Asking Why

| January 22, 2015

Waking up with something physically wrong with my right eye, I thought it was a stye. Hourly, my face’s right side deteriorated. Only 20 years old, I called home panicking and frightened. The entire right side of my face was becoming paralyzed. While traumatic, it was compounded by the fact I was considering becoming a […]

Psalms – From Pain to Praise

| April 9, 2011

The book of Psalms is to be experienced, even felt, as our emotions overtake our minds, before we take it apart to study. Even taking it apart is a different experience than found in most books, because the book of Psalms is actually five different books (1-41; 42-72; 73-89; 90-106; 107-150), none of which have […]

John 17:14 – Perryism – Suffering

| October 27, 2010

Perryism – What do you do when your world is falling apart? Remember that you are not of this world (John 17:14).

Deuteronomy 8:2,16 – The Problem of Evil

| July 13, 2010

The proverbial problem of evil is that evil is not always the problem.  Sometimes the problem is not even a problem, but is rather the solution. Sometimes the problem is not evil, but rather is godly in origin and purpose (Deut.8:2,16). Deuteronomy 8:2,16 NASB  (2)  “You shall remember all the way which the LORD your […]

John 11 – Painful Truths About Pain

| May 2, 2010

First, the world is filled with suffering and the Bible does not deny nor diminish that reality. To do so would be a lie. There is no pretending or idealism with the scriptures. There is no philosophy or theology that suggests suffering is a state of mind caused by sin. Second Jesus loved Lazarus, Martha […]

John 11 – The Death of a Loved One – The Opportunities of Pain (Sermon)

| April 18, 2010

The below account is courtesy of Robert Turner: This story came right out of the heart of my native Kentucky, and I may have scooped Joe Creason with it. A well-known preacher of the past generation was hurriedly called to preach the funeral of one of two brothers. He had known the two men well […]

John 11:35 – The Problem of Pain for God

| April 18, 2010

One of the wondrous revelations within John 11 is that the problem of pain is not just a problem for mankind. It is a problem for God. Does that strange at best, or at worst, blasphemous? If so we are missing the reality behind the relationships which are filled with pain not just for the […]

John 11 – The Death of a Loved One – The Problem of Pain (Sermon)

| April 15, 2010

No one told me about the pain and the suffering, about all the funerals.  As a young man focusing on the supposed glories of becoming a preacher, never did I ever think of emotional and spiritual tribulations found at the bedside, in the hospital, at the funeral home, and by the graveside. If I had […]

Job 2:9 – When Suffering Becomes Personal

| March 27, 2010

When the reality of suffering becomes personal we can doubt the love of God. We need to not doubt the reality of something else – the hatred of Satan. Satan hates God and therefore hated Job. Satan’s hatred led to the suffering of innocent people, parents, children, friends and servants. Evil persisted on earth, while […]