Suffering and Discipleship

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Photo Credit: Brad.S.Cook via Compfight cc

I recently had a conversation with a group of friends about the role of suffering in discipleship. We all agreed that most books or sermons we have read or heard don’t really talk about the relationship between people’s pain and suffering as it relates to the life of a disciple of Jesus. We also agreed that pain and suffering are realities in life and necessary parts of our progress toward godliness.

Sadly, many Christians and others have been deceived by false teachers, leading them to believe that the whole goal of the Christian life is to be happy not holy. [Read more…]