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  1. Duane Arnold says:


    Nicely said… and true.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Duane…

  3. Paige says:

    Amen. Beautifully said…. and, as Duane said, true.

    The message of suffering ‘according to the will of God” and the attendant questions, is rarely mentioned from the pulpit or in small groups or private conversations. Thank you for bravely stating what many experience and think about, but are afraid to speak, lest be scorned.

    Much love

  4. dusty says:

    I know you are suffering Michael, I’m so sorry! You re in my prayers big brother.

  5. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige…much love to you as always!

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dusty…much love to you as well, my sister.

  7. Cash says:

    “That’s where Jesus asks the Father for Plan B…
    Plan A was going to demand suffering and death.
    There was no Plan B”
    Such truthful and disappointing words at the same time. How I wish there was a plan b. How I wish the Father’s will didn’t include that cross for Jesus and that prison and execution for John. But it also gives me hope that both Jesus and John were given enough grace to make it through. Suffering is our lot in this life. The cross and the prison. Michael, your suffering has made you a man of great compassion, one who empathizes with others who are down and suffering themselves. That may not be much comfort to you but it brings a lot of comfort to me when I hear your words of hope. Thank you.

  8. John 20:29 says:

    Amen to all the above, Dr. Duane Paige, dusty Cash…. and i know more amens will follow tonight – we don’t have too many preachers these days willing to remind us of these things
    But God is not capricious – “if it be possible” to find another way – it wasn’t – that ought to make us, like the old spiritual says, tremble

  9. richard says:

    thank you for your post, michael.
    All that you said, and in addition, consider it all joy.
    James 1:2.

  10. JoelG says:

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    I think we are all going to suffer in this life, believer or not. I’m probably one of the younger commenters here at the PhxP (44) so I haven’t experienced the sufferings that many here have. As Cash pointed out, the words above from Jesus are a promise that He will give us grace to get through whatever is coming our way. He’s got us this far. I expect He will be with us every step of the rest of the way.

  11. John 20:29 says:

    One of the blowbacks of experiencing God’s strength in great sorrow are the folk who’ll come along and accuse you being callous or worse… That’s when the Church has an opportunity to be a friend… Years ago God sent good and dear fellow Believers to run interference for me… It was some of my own family on the attack

    I was in my 40s before i saw the ugly side of the self righteous Believers… well, except for the little church girls when i was 10 who asked me what i was doing at the church party and proceeded to tell me that i didn’t belong and that i should go home. One of them was the darling daughter of a radio preacher.
    I wasn’t a church girl, but i wasn’t dumb. I went to the hostess and apologized for crashing the party as “Lucinda and JoJo” just told me that i wasn’t supposed to be there. ? i wasn’t dumb, but neither was i a Christian then LOL

  12. Muff Potter says:

    The painting up top moves me to no end.
    The very Creator of reality itself, of all worlds and of all powers seen and unseen, sorrowful unto death.
    It makes my heart catch in my throat that He became human and that He cares for me personally.

  13. Captain Kevin says:

    This post is gold! Thank you, Michael. I know you not only are expounding the scriptures, but speaking from the depths of your own experience. May God give you His comfort and strength.

    Making my own application takes no effort, in this case.

    “He knows the way that I take, and when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold” ~ Job 23:10.

  14. Captain Kevin says:

    Such beautiful comments throughout this thread. Blessings to each of you.

  15. Michael, I would love to share this with my recovery ladies. The words “You’re not alone” can sometimes move mountains.

  16. Michael says:

    Thank you all for the kind words.
    PH, if you think it helpful, it’s yours…

  17. Josh the Baptist says:

    Yep. Good word.

  18. JD says:

    Encouragement is always needed and appreciated, may you also be encouraged and enriched in faith. 🙂

  19. JTK says:


    Especially as I lay here recooperating from a second surgery in 6 months and 4 days…

  20. Michael says:


    Get well, my friend…

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  22. Captain Kevin says:

    Praying for you, JTK.

  23. Captain Kevin says:

    Is that Tom Stipe?

  24. Michael says:

    Yep…we were on the same page…

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