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Where is God when I am suffering

Where is God when I am suffering

The following Pathfinder Discipleship Guide focuses on one of the most commonly asked questions that people bring to pastors: Where is God when I am suffering? Does He even care?  I pray that the points which follow will bless you and be of help and comfort.


  1. A possible explanation for suffering: Suffering can help us to identify sin in our lives and also avoid it. (Job 36:1-21)

  2. A prayer in time of anguis (Psalm 22)

  3. God’s Compassion: Via the Prophet Isaiah, God tells all of his people througout all time that He will have compassion on them and bring their suffering to a close. (Isaiah 49:8-1)

  4. Jesus promises us both suffering and peace, we will overcome the world because He did first (John 16:33)

  5. God promises us that we will share in future glory with Him (Romans 8:15-20)

  6. Help in our times of need: Since Jesus has come to Earth and lived among us, he understands our struggle and we can come to Him for help in our suffering (Hebrews 4:15-16)

  7. God is sovereign, cares for us, and will see us thtough (1 Peter 5:6-10)

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have given us your Holy Spirit to be with us until you come. When we suffer, will you have Him bring your Scritpture to our minds and let us feel His comforting presence. Most importantly, when we suffer, help us to use that suffering to bring glory to Your Name. Amen

God’s Kingdom

God’s Kingdom

God’s Kingdm is a major theme of the Scriptures. It is both a literal and a spiritual kingdodm and we need to understand it. Therefore we are offering this Quick Scripture Reference Guide for you to begin your studies.

You must turn from sin before you can enter God’s Kingdom (Matthew 3:1-2)
Jesus describes members of God’s Kingdom (Matthew 5:1-19)
Obeying God’s commands yields great rewards in his Kingdom (Matthew 5:19)
Only righteous people will enter God’s Kingdom (Matthew 5:20)
God’s Kingdom is open to those who do his will (Matthew 7:21)
Healed lives are associated with God’s Kingdom (Matthew 9:35-36)
Entering God’s Kingdom costs someone everything (Matthew 13:44-45)
God’s Kingdom is reserved for the humble (Matthew 18:2-3)
No one deserves God’s Kingdom (Matthew 18:23-35)
God’s Kingdom is within our hearts (Luke 17:20-21)
God’s Kingdom will fully arrive in the future (Luke 21:25-31)
Only those who are spiritually reborn can enter God’s Kingdom (John 3:3)
Entering God’s Kingdom is not easy (Acts 14:22)
Christians should tell others about the Kingdom of God (Acts 28:31)
God’s Kingdom affects our lives (Romans 14:17)
God’s Kingdom is powerful (1 Corinthians 4:20)
No immoral person will be allowed into God’s Kingdom (Ephesians 5:5)
Christians are members of God’s Kingdom (Colossians 1:13)
Christians’ lives should reflect their membership in God’s Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
God calls people into his Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
God’s Kingdom cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28)
God’s Kingdom will one day be fully consummated (Revelation 11:15)

Sin, Confession, Repentance

Sin, Confession, Repentance

It seeems that many churches have forgotten sin and that redemption therefrom requires repentance and confession. It is vital that we recall, the true remedy to society’s ills is to repent, that is turn toward Christ and embrace Him as Lord and confess our sin and need for redemption.  So we present this Reference Guide as a reminder.



  • Sin has consequences (Genesis 3:1-19)

  • God must punish sin (Exodus 32:34)

  • Our consciences can identify sin (2 Samuel 24:10-15)

  • We should humbly confess our sins to God (Ezra 9:5-15)

  • We should ask God to forgive our sins (Psalm 51:1-10)

  • Stay away from people who lead you to sin (Proverbs 1:10-19)

  • Sin begins in the mind (Matthew 5:27-28)

  • All people have sinned (Romans 3:23)

  • Sin leads to eternal death (Romans 6:23)

  • Jesus takes the penalty of our sin on himself (Romans 8:1-2)

  • Sin begins with temptation (James 1:15)

  • We can sin by avoiding something we should do (James 4:17)

  • God is willing to forgive our sins (1 John 1:8-9)


  • Sin must be confessed (Leviticus 5:5)

  • God will restore those who turn away from evil (2 Chronicles 7:14)

  • Remorse accompanies confessing sin (Ezra 10:1)

  • God forgives confessed sins (Psalm 32:5)

  • Do not try to hide sin (Proverbs 28:13)

  • Confession of sin accompanies a changed lifestyle (2 Timothy 2:19)

  • God purifies those who confess their sin (1 John 1:9)



  • Repentance of sin opens the way for a relationship with God (Luke 3:7-8)

  • Unless we repent of our sins, we will perish (Luke 13:3-5)

  • Angels rejoice when a sinner repents (Luke 15:7)

  • Forgive those who repent of wrongs done to you (Luke 17:4)

  • Repentance is essential for the Holy Spirit to work (Acts 2:38)

  • God can use difficulties to encourage us to repent (2 Corinthians 7:9-10)

  • God would like everyone to repent and believe (2 Peter 3:9)



Adapted from NLTse Bible Verse Finder. Tyndale House Publishers. 2013

The Bible on Discrimintation

The Bible on Discrimintation

It seems like everyone has ssomething to say about discrimination. Wheat about the Bible? What does the Bible teach us about discrimination.

Be fair in your judgment of others (Leviticus 19:15)

Don’t discriminate against someone who is not powerful (Deuteronomy 1:17)

Do not oppress the disadvantaged (Malachi 3:5)

God does not discriminate among his people (Acts 10:34)

All Christians are equal in God’s eyes (Galatians 3:28)

God will judge those who discriminate (Colossians 3:25)

Do not discriminate against the poor (James 2:1-9) [(2013). 

The Bible on Comfort

The Bible on Comfort

In an effort to minister to troubled hearts, we are bringing you this Quick Scripture Reference Guide on Comfort. We pray that, as you study, the Holy Spirit, who is the God of all comfort, will minister peace to your soul.

Friends should comfort each other (Job 2:12-13)
God comforts us (Isaiah 40:1-11)
God promises to comfort those who mourn (Matthew 5:4)
God’s Holy Spirit is our Comforter (John 14:16)
Jesus has overcome the world’s troubles (John 16:33)
God comforts those who are hurting (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)
Christians should comfort each other (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
All pain will end (Revelation 21:3-4) [(2013). 

The Bible Speaks on Justice

The Bible Speaks on Justice

Does the Bible truly have anything to say about justice? The Bible has plenty to say about justice, especially since God, Himself, is the essence of righteousness and justice. We offer the following Scriptures to help you begin understanding what the Bible teaches us about God’s views on Justice.

Romans 12:19 
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Proverbs 21:15 
When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Amos 5:24 
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Psalm 58:11
Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

Isaiah 30:18 
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

Isaiah 1:17 
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

Proverbs 28:5 
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Psalm 37:27-29 
Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever. For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.

Isaiah 61:8 
For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

Psalm 106:3
Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!

Romans 13:4 
For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Luke 6:37 
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Zechariah 7:9 
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another,

Ecclesiastes 3:17 
I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.

Psalm 50:6 
The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah

Jeremiah 9:23-24
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Isaiah 56:1-12 
Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.” Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.” For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. …

Isaiah 42:1-9 
Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: …

The Books of Life (Scripture References)

The Books of Life (Scripture References)

Our continuing study of Revelation brings us to the topic of the Books of Life. The following Scriptures provide a bit of a quick reference on the subject and there will be an in depth sermon to follow.


Revelation 20:15

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Luke 10:20

“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

Hebrews 12:22-23

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,


Daniel 12:1

“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.

Philippians 4:3

Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Revelation 3:5

‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Revelation 21:27

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Exodus 32:31-33

Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. “But now, if You will, forgive their sin–and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.

Psalm 69:27-28

Add iniquity to their iniquity, And may they not come into Your righteousness. May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

Revelation 13:8

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Revelation 17:8

“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.



Psalm 56:8

You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle Are they not in Your book?

Psalm 139:16

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

Malachi 3:16

Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.


Verses of Hope

Verses of Hope

Often in times of struggle, we ask the natural question, “Does God care?” Not only does He care, He also gives us messages of hope in the Bible (The following verses are from the Christian Standard Bible)

  • And at the end he will stand on the dust. Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet I will see God in my flesh. I will see him myself; my eyes will look at him, and not as a stranger. My heart longs within me. –Job 19:25-27

  • For the needy will not always be forgotten; the hope of the oppressed will not perish forever. Psalm 9:18

  • The Lord will send his faithful love by day; his song will be with me in the night—a prayer to the God of my life. . . . Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God. –Psalm 42:8,11

  • Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. –Psalm 62:5-6

  • “For I know the plans I have for you”— this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” –Jeremiah 29:11

  • For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of him who subjected it—in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. –Romans 8:20-22

  • Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. –Romans 15:13

  • I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints. –Ephesians 1:18

  • . . . while we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. –Titus 2:13

  • . . . so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. –Hebrews 6:18-19

  • Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. –Hebrews 10:23

  • He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. –1 Peter 1:20-21

The Bible’s Answers to Fear

The Bible’s Answers to Fear

This is a season when many are in fear and so we are providing this Reference Guide on Fear in hopes it will help you.


  • God promises to protect us (Genesis 15:1)

  • God will not forget us (Genesis 46:3)

  • God leads us through the dark, frightening valley (Psalm 23:4)

  • The Redeemed have no need to fear any longer (Psalm 27:1)

  • God is our source of strength (Psalm 46:1-3)

  • We need not fear darkenss nor violence (Psalm 91:5)

  • We need not fear bad news (Psalm 112:7)

  • Nothing is outside God’s control (Isaih 46:9-10)

  • God does not chnage so we need not fear (Malachi 3:6)

  • We are seald in the hands of Jesus (John 10:28)

  • We are secure inthe Holy Spirit until the Day of Redemption  (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30)

  • Love drives out fear (1 John 4:18)

The Atonement

The Atonement

Recently, our Discipleship Class covered the Atonement. We want to provide this Quick Reference Guide to aid you in your study.

  • God provided a perfect sacrifice (Exodus 12:5)

  • God requires a blood sacrifice for our atonement (Leviticus 17:11)

  • Jesus paid for all our sins (Isaiah 53:3-12)

  • The Atonement is good news (Luke 4:18-19)

  • Jesus willingly dies for sin (John 10:17)

  • Jesus secures salvation through His blood (Acts 20:28)

  • Jesus, Himself, provided the atonement for our sins (Romans 3:23-25)

  • The death of Jesus purchased our forgiveness (1 Corinthians 7:23)

  • The Atonement allows us to have relationship with God (Ephesians 2:13)

  • Jesus’ death rescues us from eternal punishment (Colossians 1:13)

  • Jesus’ death pruifies God’s people (Titus 2:14)

  • Sin requires a sacrifice be made (Hebrew 9:22)

  • The sacrifice of Jesus was perfect (1 Peter 1:18-19)

  • Jesus took our punishent (1 Peter 2:21-24)

  • The atoment is complete and cannot be improved upon (1 Peter 3:18)