Difficult Times, Encouraging Words

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CrossBooks, 2009 - Religion - 168 pages
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From global terrorism to crashing economies, we need a message of hope more than ever. Families are under extreme pressure. Parents and children alike are hurting from divorce. Murder, crime and violence dominate our lives. The world is increasingly dark and forbidding. In this kind of world, we need hope for the present and the future. That s what this book is all about.

While trouble and pain are universal companions of us all, the ultimate answer to our questions, doubts and concerns is to encounter God personally. It is His presence in our lives that ultimately brings peace. When life collapses around us there is still hope and help offered. God s word shows the way to embrace that hope.

Difficult Times, Encouraging Words is for anyone experiencing devastating events, disappointment and dissolution of relationships, as well as those who have lost hope or are doubting their faith. It examines the ways we respond to difficulties and the hope and encouragement that can be found from the experiences of another in his time of calamity: Job of the Old Testament. He wrestled with the questions we all ask: Where is God when I hurt? Why is there pain? Why does God allow tragedies into our lives? Is there any hope in such times?

Find God in a fresh new way and discover clear, resounding answers that will comfort and encourage you and your loved ones in these difficult times.

 

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Contents

The Cynics Assault on Faith
1
The Cry of Pain
11
When Life Goes from Bad to Worse
21
When Life Seems Hopeless
31
Born for Trouble
41
Songs in the Night
51
With Friends Like You Who Needs Enemies?
61
Rescue from Despair and Discouragement
73
Where in the World Is God?
93
After Death What?
103
When God Steps Down
113
When Wisdom Comes
123
Seeing Gods Hand in Everything
131
Longing for the Good Old Days
141
When a Man Sees God
151
The Prayer that Brings Blessing
161

Mans Inevitable Appointment
83

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About the author (2009)

Jimmy Draper is a highly respected pastor, author and executive who currently serves as president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, where he served as president and CEO for 15 years. He also served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention for two terms and has authored more than 25 books.Draper has spent 35 years serving as associate pastor and pastor of churches in Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and holds honorary doctorates from Howard Payne University, Dallas Baptist University, and Campbell University, California Baptist University and College of the Ozarks.

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