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Thursday, October 6, 2011


What will your trials and troubles reveal about you?

How is it possible to worship God when the worst thing we can imagine happens to us?

Beat.  Separate.  Reveal.

I've read a lot of books, articles, and studies on pain and suffering and God's purpose in it all.  I've recently finished reading Rick Lawrence's Sifted:  God's Scandalous Response To Satan's Outrageous Demand, which was sent to me by Audra Jennings with The B&B Media Group, Inc. for the purpose of review. 

In Sifted, Lawrence dissects Luke 22:31-32
 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
phrase by phrase and provides his reader with the clearest biblical response to the "whys" of pain and suffering I've ever read.  God's sovereignty and goodness is exalted on just about every page of the book.
"Applied metaphorically to our lives, as Jesus did with Peter and His disciples in the upper room, the essential effect of sifting is a violent separation followed by a beautiful revelation - sifting shakes us apart for the purpose of destroying our complacent wholeness and revealing what is valuable and permanent and needed."
So, if you want more than "rhetorical truisms, religious equations and jargon-y metaphors" in the midst of your trial and pain, Sifted is a solid resource I can recommend to you. 

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