What is a Jesus Follower to do when faced with disappointment, disaster, and despair? We know from Scripture “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Yet when we encounter difficulties and tragedy we often ask “Why?” The truth is we may never understand why something bad happens. Sin and free will are not caused by God, but the results of sin and free will can still be used by God for good. As we choose to trust God and accept the grace He gives us in these situations, the Holy Spirit will work in us and we will gain Hope. Here are ways you can endure tragedy and trials through God’s grace:   Give thanks. Being thankful in a difficult situation is sometimes the most difficult thing you can do. Scripture is very clear about this, though: “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thess. 5:18). To be thankful rather than to complain takes a conscious act of the will, but it opens the door for God to directly act in your life.   Rejoice! We are instructed to rejoice in...

Partnership is a concept we usually think of in worldly terms like business partners, two or more people undertaking a venture together that features risk and/or profit. Partnership from a biblical standpoint is different. It isn’t based on potential profit, or a risk/reward analysis. Biblical partnership is based on love. In fact, Jesus says love relationships/partnerships are of extreme significance (Mark 12:28-34). The greatest example of partnership in the Bible is that of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who provide a perfect model of partnership for us. They exist in complete harmony, each supporting the others in all ways. We see examples of their relationship throughout the entirety of Scripture (Gen. 1:26-27; Matt. 28:19; John 14:26; 15:26; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rev. 1:4-5). What makes their relationship significant to our understanding of partnership is that God also calls us, His children, into a relationship with Him, He calls us to partner with Him to fulfill His plan for redemption, and He mandates that we watch over His creation (Gen. 1:28; Ps. 8:3-8). Jesus reaffirmed our relationship when He said, “All authority in heaven and earth is given to me. Therefore (you) go and make disciple of all nations … and surely I...