Surprised by Suffering


In suffering, our minds change their focus. We ask, "Why?" "Will things ever get better?" These questions push us to thoughts about God. We wonder, even demand, an answer for our struggles from our Maker. Sometimes we grow angry with God Himself until we flee to Him for our comfort. Like the ancient Hebrew people, we long for the consolation of Israel. In times of suffering, faith leaps to the forefront of our concern. Faith engages in a wrestling match with our emotions. The enemy is despair. Despair assaults our faith and the outcome of the battle is not always certain for us. When Erasmus complained about the apparent unfairness of human misery, he cried out, "Let God be good!" To this implied assault on the righteousness of God, Martin Luther replied, "Let God be God!"


— Rev. Dr. Brad Klostreich

Right now, the whole world is suffering. Suffering from a virus pandemic. Suffering from job and economic loss. Join us for this 5-week study as we look at the role that suffering has for the Christian and whether or not God has a purpose for our suffering.

Click on the image or "Video Link" to watch Pastor Brad's weekly session.

  • session 1

    "Does sUffering have purpose?"

    May 27, 2020

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  • session 2

    "Suffering As VocatIon"

    June 3, 2020

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  • session 3

    "DYING IN FAITH"

    June 10, 2020

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  • SESSION 4

    "Life After Death"

    June 17, 2020

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  • SESSION 5

    "The Comfort of christ"

    June 24, 2020

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