I met Paul Tautges, Pastor of Immanuel Bible Church and father of several children with disabilities, last month at The Gospel Coalition – what a joy that was! I’m very grateful to God for that unexpected, divinely-appointed time of conversation and prayer!
Paul is also a writer, and yesterday posted From Womb to Tomb: The Constant Reality of Suffering at a new blog sponsored by The Biblical Counseling Coalition. David Powlison (who has spoken several times at DG conferences) is one of their board directors, and Paul Tripp, a frequent contributor to DG’s blog, conferences and DG live, is also a board member.
I recommend his blog post to you, which is full of Bible. Here is a sample:
Christians can rejoice in the midst of trials because even though we do not see God we believe in Him. This maturing faith produces joy that exceeds speech and is full of glory—even in the face of pain. “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Rom. 5:3–4).