The hope we have in Jesus is not a promise to avoid hardship, but rather that God Himself meets us in our hardship and empowers us to overcome our suffering.
We know that evil exists and we shouldn’t follow it, but that can be easier said than done.
Everyone loves to laugh at a sitcom, a created world where any tensions that arise are guaranteed to wrap up neatly and happily (in 30 minutes or less). Of course, real life doesn’t often provide those happy endings, at least not in ways we can recognize. Sometimes accepting Christ is presented as an assured path to a pain-free,…