Author: Christina Fox

The Tempted One

What does it mean to you that Jesus faced temptation? The fact that Jesus experienced temptations is important for our salvation as well as for our own daily battles with temptation. The writer of Hebrews captured the significance of this vital aspect of Christ’s ministry when he wrote: “For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Consider all that the Scriptures teach us about this: In the Wilderness In Matthew 4, after He was baptized by...

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How Jesus Answers the Cries of Our Heart

Have you ever turned to the Psalms during a time of emotional turmoil? Most believers have found comfort in the words of the Psalmist because his descriptive prose seems to give voice to what they are feeling. Many of us have favorite Psalms—perhaps even some we’ve memorized—which gives us hope in the midst of sorrow, fear, loneliness, or grief. If we were to study the Psalms in detail, we would notice certain patterns. In the darkest Psalms, the Psalms of Lament, we find a common structure. I discuss those patterns in detail in my book, A Heart Set Free....

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Preparing for the Storms of Life

Where I live, it is hurricane season. And like anyone familiar with the Atlantic or Caribbean knows, it’s important to be prepared for a hurricane. Every summer we stock up on supplies of batteries, water, canned goods, and other necessities. We make sure to keep our tree limbs trimmed. We map out where we will go in the case of an evacuation. For many who live near the coast though, we can get lax in our preparations. When it’s been a few years since the threat of a storm, we let our stock of supplies go. Though the meteorologist...

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The Sovereignty of God: An Anchor in the Midst of the Storms of Life

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet When the storms of life wreak havoc on all you know and love, what theological truths anchor your soul? What doctrines do you turn to when the world around you seems to give way under your feet? What truths about God bring you the most comfort when life is uncertain, and nothing makes any sense? Though all of God’s word is essential for us to read, learn, memorize, and study, and though all of God’s word teaches us all that we need to know to weather the storms of life,...

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Theology Matters When Counseling the Suffering

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Consider these ministry scenarios: you are teaching a Bible study and during a time of group discussion, a woman reveals that her husband left her for another woman. What do you say? Or someone you serve in ministry learns they have a debilitating disease of which there is no cure. Their future is dark and bleak. How do you comfort them? Perhaps a couple shares that one of their children has denied Christ and now calls themselves an atheist. How would you help? These scenarios are not out of the...

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