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Bite-sized Bible readings for time-starved teens! Here are 366 faith-building meditations to help your kids connect with God's Word every day. Through selections from the readable HCSB translation, they'll cover the central themes of Scripture in one year. Includes thoughtful quotes, biographical sketches of major Bible characters, "One-Minute Memory" verses, and a topical index. 416 pages, softcover from B&H, Copyright 2007.
Is suffering always punishment - February 1
Now when Job's three friends— Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite—heard about all this adversity that had happened to him, each of them came from his home. They met together to go and offer sympathy and comfort to him. When they looked from a distance, they could barely recognize him. They wept aloud, and each man tore his robe and threw dust into the air and on his head. Then they sat on the ground with him seven days and nights, but no one spoke a word to him because they saw that his suffering was very intense... .
Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: Consider: who has perished when he was innocent?
Where have the honest been destroyed? In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same. They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of His nostrils... .
However, if I were you, I would appeal to God and would present my case to Him.
See how happy the man is God corrects; so do not reject the discipline of the Almighty.
For He crushes but also binds up; Hc strikes, but His hands also heal.
— JOB 2:11-13: 4:1, 7-9; 5:8, 17-18
Related Texts: Job 4-5; 8; 11; 15; 18; 20, 22; 25; 32—37 Hebrews 12:5-11
Empathy =Comfort + Sympathy is possessing and showing genuine interest and concern in what is happening with another person. Empathy means that you can actually feel others' pain.
People are experiencing tragedies on a daily basis and they're all around you. Expressing empathy will reveal God's love.
BIG TIME WORDWhere there is empathy, there is support; where there is support, there is encouragement; and where there is encouragement, there is love.
Next time a friend is hurting and you don't know what to say, don't worry . . . empathy communicates the right words: "I care!"
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