Category Archives: Crucible of Crisis

January 11 – The Crucible of Crisis – A crisis prayer God didn’t forget

Read Isaiah 49:15; Luke 12:6-7 God used two things to make me passionate about a ministry in crisis response. The first was studying crisis throughout the pages of Scripture, which has provided most of the source material for these devotionals. The … Continue reading

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January 10 – The Crucible of Crisis – The strategic place of prayer in crisis

Read: Psalm 22:5-21; Matthew 26:39; James 5:13 Whatever you may think of the movie “The Crucifixion of the Christ” (Mel Gibson),  I think the scene at the foot of the cross got a lot right. Looking down from the cross, Jesus sees a … Continue reading

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January 9 – The uncomfortable truth about trouble: God is complicit!

Read: Genesis 37:26-28 & Genesis 45:4-5; Job 2:1-8; II Corinthians 12:7-10; I Cor. 2:7-8 This is our second day of venturing out into uncomfortable waters concerning the connection between God and trouble. Yesterday we contemplated God’s sovereign control over everything. Today’s truth is perhaps even more uncomfortable! … Continue reading

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January 8 – The Crucible of Crisis – The uncomfortable truth about trouble: God could stop it!

Read Ephesians 1:11 For the next two days we venture out into waters that will feel choppy and uncomfortable as concerns the connection between God and trouble. One month after 9/11, Christian apologist John Piper wrote an article entitled, “Why … Continue reading

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January 7 – The Crucible of Crisis – All that we don’t know about suffering

Read: John 16:33; James 1:2,12; I Peter 1:6-9; I Peter 4:12; Hebrews 12:5-13 When questioned about the existence of God, Albert Einstein sometimes answered: Man knows perhaps 2% of all there is to know. That leaves 98% we do not know. Isn’t there room in … Continue reading

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January 6 – Crucible of Crisis – The “why” and “what” behind suffering

Read: Romans 8:28; Job 1:6-8 The WHYs in life are tricky, and this is never truer than when it comes to WHY God allows a trial. Maybe it’s to move someone geographically – “Their house burned down because God wants them to move to … Continue reading

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January 5 – Crucible of Crisis – God uses crisis to move people – Changing minds

Read: Jonah 1 & Jonah 3:1-3 No discussion of God using crisis to move people is complete without dealing with the uncomfortable subject of how He uses crisis to change rebellious minds. Sadly, there are way too many Bible examples from which to … Continue reading

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January 4 – God uses crisis to move people – Changing hearts

Read: Acts 9:15-16; Acts 14:22; II Cor. 11:23-29 Saul of Tarsus. The best of the best. Sincere. Zealous. Smart. Highly educated. Passionate in his zeal for God. And dead wrong. Suffering is central to Saul’s story. It starts with him inflicting suffering on the church … Continue reading

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January 3 – God uses crisis to move people – Geographically

READ: Genesis 45:5; Genesis 46:1-4; Acts 8:1 My thoughts on the subject of crisis have evolved a lot since a year ago, when I was first approached by Encompass World Partners about developing a Crisis Response ministry. To be honest, at that time … Continue reading

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January 2 – The Crucible of Crisis

Read: Psalm 119:67 & James 1:2-4 Who in their right minds would prefer hard times to easy? Ask 100 people which they prefer and 100 would answer the same: give me the GOOD TIMES! So how does one account for two very strange statements … Continue reading

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