We are each given strengths by the Lord to do wonderful things. But rarely do we grow our character from our strengths. It is through our weaknesses, our failures that the Lord ministers to us and creates new ways for us to minister to others.
When I look over my life, I can think of many devastating moments. Although tragic, these moments are the beauty and the fabric of my life experience. And even though I try to avoid them at all costs, in hindsight I would never remove them for the gifts the Lord has given me through them.
The purpose of this issue is to address those times of failure and to help you to cope with them, and ultimately use them as catalyses for change in your life: change in the way you see yourself, others, and how you fit into the world.
I hope the articles here provide you with a new sense of hope and courage as you navigate life’s challenges.
& Creative Director
Articles in this issue
Temptation in the Bible (Bible study)
The Bible has a great deal to say about the spiritual trials that we have to face, and we can find there the way to…
Why do I have to have failures?
Why do I Have to Have Failure? Will I be Punished for My Failures? How Do I Forgive Myself?
In times of trouble
Here are some uplifting quotes of encouragement.
From depression can come spirituality and empathy
Curtis says depression has made his life intense and miserable at times, but that the suffering has provided a deep level of empathy towards others.
Learning from Bible characters who messed up
Explore the lessons to be learned from Biblical characters who grew to success in spite of failures. Good for small group or individual study.
Surviving the storm
What does the Bible teach us about surviving storms in our lives?