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The Power of Suffering: Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner's Fire
 
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The Power of Suffering: Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner's Fire [Kindle Edition]

John MacArthur Jr.
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In today’s modern world of convenience and comfort, suffering can seem senseless. This idea has even crept into the church, where many believe that if we make the right choices and do the right things, pain can be avoided. So it’s little wonder that when do encounter tough situations, we face even tougher questions: Why does God allow suffering? Where is God when I’m hurting?
 
The Power of Suffering takes an in-depth, honest look at the reality of pain and hurt in the life of a believer. Filled with rich Biblical truths and fresh insights, this study explores how God ultimately uses suffering for good in the lives of His children, and offers encouragement and hope for the heavy heart.
 
Includes a guide for both personal and group study and features discovery questions, suggestions for prayer, and activities, all designed to connect life-changing truths with everyday living. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; 2nd edition (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SZEBVQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written! Aug. 3 2013
By NBreuk
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I always enjoy reading anything by John MacArthur. It is clearly written, easy to understand and full of Biblical truth. We all suffer from time to time. And when that suffering hits I want to know how to deal with it Biblically. A good read for any Christian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suffering: Challenging and Sharpening to your faith Jan. 15 2005
By Gina - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no doubt that suffering is one of the hardest topics there are to think and talk about. It is a subject that makes us uncomfortable and many times we want to avoid it. In the Christian's life, however, this subject is one that should be seriously pondered upon. As witnesses of light to a darkened world it is important that we know what God has said in His Word about this subject. Many non-Christians (and some Christians) struggle with the question of why a loving and all-powerful God would "allow" suffering to occur on the earth and this is one reason why some people reject the Gospel. Christians should be knowledgeable about what the Bible says on this topic in order to proclaim God`s truth revealed to us in His Scripture and in order to be strong witnesses who are pleasing to Him. In addition, it is important that Christians know what God has said about suffering in His Word because He wants us to know about it: "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."--2 Timothy 3:16-17. Not knowing what He has revealed to us in Scripture about this topic is crippling to a Christian's faith and leaves us unprepared for trials, persecutions and sufferings.

This book is wonderful and challenging. At the beginning of the book, MacArthur writes about how suffering is in the plan of God (Isaiah 45:7, see also Deuteronomy 32:39, 1 Samuel 2: 6-8 ) and he provides several reasons why He sends trials, sufferings and persecutions into our lives. Some of these reasons include:

1. To test the validity of what believers profess.
2. To test the strength of our faith.
3. To humble us.
4. To wean us away from worldly things.
5. To call us to a greater realization of our eternal hope.
6. To show us what we really love.
7. To teach us to value the blessing of God.
8. To enable us to help others in their suffering (empathy).
9. To develop us in enduring strength for greater usefulness.

He states that God will give believers what they need to get through every suffering, persecution, etc. by His Spirit and His Word. He provides commentary about believers in the Bible who served as wonderful examples for how we should deal with persecutions and sufferings in this life. He also writes about Christ's own example that has been left for us, preparing for suffering, dealing with suffering, and the lessons from suffering. MacArthur boldly proclaims the truth that God is more concerned about our growth in Him rather than our temporal happiness on this earth. The Lord sends sufferings into our lives to sharpen us and prepare us for the world to come (Psalm 66:10--"For Thou hast tried us, O God; Thou hast refined us as silver is refined."). This is a wonderful book that is sure to challenge your faith and well-equip you for future sufferings and trials that are inevitable to come in this life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book Oct. 30 2010
By K. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so chalked full of powerful messages that give fantastic understanding to why there is suffering in God's world, that I feel there is not a soul on earth who would not be able to take away something helpful from this book. Macarthur is outlines his messages in a very comprehensible way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power July 15 2013
By ChrisG - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking at reviews. You should invest in all MacArthurs books. He provides valuable learning from scripture. If you ever wanted to go to seminary. I would suggest reading MacArthur books. He provides just as much knowledge as a classroom professor.
3.0 out of 5 stars to be reminded that "bad things can happen to good people" in a book can be too much! April 23 2014
By Diane Ganzer - Published on Amazon.com
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For me to read this when I was going through a rough spell, it was OK. The author dwells on the fact that suffering can be good for us. NOT a good book to read, if a bad situation has just occurred. We can't always see to the other side of our issues....sometimes they tend to drag on....and although I appreciate the fact that suffering can and does lead to something better, (the whole, "when God closes a door, He opens a window" thing) to expound on this fact for a whole book does get to be a bit much!
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, theologically sound and realistic. Feb. 27 2014
By Pavel Espinal - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. MacArthur addresses the topic of suffering from a biblical perspective. Suffering is a reality for Christians and non Christians.

It is important to notice that the author assumes the position of suffering that comes as a result of honoring and serving Christ. Nevertheless, it is very useful to understand how to handle every kind of suffering that comes into our life.

Notice: At the end of the book you will find a reading guide with questions and advice how to take the most out of this book. Please take a look at that before you start reading it. You will greatly benefit from it.

I highly recommend this book and I'm planning to read it again (following the reading guide located at the end of it).
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