Posts with the tag “trials”
Transforming Our View of Trying Times
by Patrick Swayne on December 2nd, 2023
Job somehow knew that he would come through the fires that tested him "as gold" (Job 23:10). As great as Job was, he knew less about God and His eternal plan than even a babe in Christ knows. Does what you know change what you see when you are tested?
Not Surviving but Thriving as Christians
by Patrick Swayne on November 17th, 2023
1 Peter can at first appear to be a handbook for survival in the face of trials. Closer examination though reveals frequent allusions to the church being not just an institution of transformed people but an institution that exists to transform people.
Are Christians Saved by the Skin of Their Teeth?
by Patrick Swayne on April 1st, 2023
More than once I’ve heard a preacher say that Christians are saved by the skin of their teeth, meaning "by the thinnest or barest of margins." Is this how we should envision our salvation?
Trials in Three Biblical Lights
by Patrick Swayne on October 15th, 2022
James 1:2 commands us to be joyful when facing trials. This difficult command makes more sense when you examine trials in the other lights in which it is portrayed. Let's consider three ways trials are discussed in the Bible.