Afflicted to Comfort

Why does God lay trouble upon His people and comfort them in it? It is that He may make them comforters of others— ‘that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble.’ A man who has never had any trouble is very awkward when he tries to comfort troubled hearts. Hence, the minister of Christ, if he is to be of much use in God’s service, must have great trouble. ‘Prayer, meditation, and affliction,’ says Melanchthon, ‘are the three things that make the minister of God.’

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Out of Town Today

I’ll be in Birmingham at the VA regional medical center to visit the speech pathologist to see if we can keep from losing my voice while my ALS-like, unidentified illness continues. If it should come to mind, please pray for wisdom for my doctors and therapists.

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My Light, Unidentified Affliction

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” —2 Corinthians 4:17, 18

Thank you all for your prayers. Some of you have stuck with me for a few websites and several blogs now. Many of you have been praying for my health situation for quite some time; some of you, faithfully, for since October 2006 when we began to notice these symptoms.

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