Resources from Pastor Kelly (Pt. 8)
May God provide you grace this week to live well the truth of James 1:12, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
Here are some more opportunities to think on truths about God, His work, His truth, and how we as Christians can live that truth.
(1) Here is a short devotional on Psalm 46:10 by Curtis Solomon. If you were able to join us last night for our 5pm Zoom call, you will notice how this is a nice compliment to Andrew Jone’s devotional on God’s absolute sovereignty.
(2) Here is a 30 min sermon by Tim Keller, Heman’s Cry of Darkness. I referenced Psalm 88 in during the discussion with Nathan and Gus yesterday. This is a very helpful explanation of this psalm, as well as a helpful consideration of its application for us as we struggle through difficult, dark seasons.
(3) Here is a longer series on the Book of Job by Derek Thomas. Maybe yesterday’s message on trials sparked your interested to think more about God, His character, and His work in and through suffering. My wife and I have enjoyed working through this series these past few weeks. May it be an encouragement to you as well.
(4) Maybe you are ready to purchase and read a book on the topic of suffering. The first I recommend is God’s Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison. This is a short, accessible, helpful book on the issue of suffering and God’s grace.
The second I recommend is Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller. This is a longer book that covers the topic of suffering and God’s grace more in-depth. It is worth the effort and time. It is very accessible and applicable for you and your sufferings. It will also serve to equip you for helping someone in their suffering.
(5) Lastly, here is a conversation between Al Mohler and Attorney Luke Goodrich about Goodrich’s recent book “Free to Believe: The Battle over Religious Liberty.” I found it to be helpful in understanding current issues, as well as encouraging to consider how I can be wise and intentional in how I pray and engage the culture God has placed me in.
I miss you all and look forward to when we will be gathered together again.
Regards, Kelly Wright