Lesson 8: Seeing the Invisible (Romans 8, John 14, Psalms 55)

When we think about what we have studied so far regarding suffering, we might get the impression that we are to hunker down, take it, and resist giving up on God. Is there a more positive view of this? Are we empowered by "the invisible" to fight back? Should we refuse to meekly take suffering? Or, should we "grab it by the horns" and throw it to the ground? Let's jump into our study of the Bible and learn how we can best respond to suffering!

The Current Quarter’s Bible Studies on Jesus and Suffering.

Lesson 7
Indestructible Hope
(Job 1, 31, 38 & 40, Habakkuk 1, Hebrews 12)
Do you have difficulty understanding God? We have learned in past lessons in this series that a primary reason we suffer is that Satan sends problems our way in the hope that we will reject God. Sa...
Lesson 6
Struggling With All Energy
(Colossians 1, John 16, 1 Peter 1)
Do you view living the Christian life as a struggle? Your struggle? My experience reveals what I see as two errors. On the one side are those who live in a free market economy and have learned that...
Lesson 5
Extreme Heat
(Hosea 1, 2 Corinthians 1, Isaiah 43)
In the recent lessons I challenged the idea that God brings suffering to us to improve our character. We may come to a Bible story that proves me wrong, but we have not found one so far. What we ha...
Lesson 4
Seeing the Goldsmith’s
(Genesis 1, Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 3, Job 1 &
Navel gazing is natural. It is normal to consider how some change will affect you. Indeed, you probably spend most of your time thinking about changes and how they affect you. I fear that we let th...
Lesson 3
The Birdcage
(Exodus 14-17, 1 Peter 1)
I read a story about how a covered birdcage helps a bird to concentrate on learning a specific song. You know the expression, "bird brain?" It is not a compliment! Are people like birds? Do they ne...
Lesson 2
The Crucibles That Come
(1 Peter 4, Romans 1, Jeremiah 9)
Some people are more frequently surprised than others. Cautious people consider the future and only get surprised occasionally. Careless people are constantly being surprised because they do not th...
Lesson 1
The Shepherd’s Crucible
(Psalm 23)
There is tension in the Bible when it comes to the issue of suffering. On the one hand God calls us to obey to limit our suffering and give us success. On the other hand, we see that Jesus and His ...

Emotional Intelligence

Can the Bible help you get promoted at work? Can the Bible increase your pay? Can the Bible help you keep your job? Improve your marriage? The answer is “Yes!” The Bible teaches principles of “emotional intelligence” that can actually help you to be smarter and get along better. Bruce Cameron, the writer of these Bible studies and a law professor, has published a paper written for lawyers which presents 17 Bible-based rules of emotional intelligence which God gave us to improve our lives. Best of all, Professor Cameron’s paper is free and you do not have to be a lawyer to understand it. To get your free copy, first click on this link. Second, when you see the title of the paper (EI, EI, Oh What an Employee), click on the “One-Click Download” and the paper will download to your computer as a PDF. If you have friends who want to read the paper, have them go to the website and download it as well.