The following articles are related to the topic of GRIEF

The Trail of Tears

More than 500 times in the Bible there is mention of human tears (crying). A consideration of the various emotions that generate tears is a fruitful study indeed. This week’s Penpoints takes a look at this topic.

A Prayer of the Afflicted: A Study of Psalm 102

A simple statement spoken in sincerity, “I know how you feel,” are words that are like apples of gold in settings of silver ... especially during times of great tragedy and distress.

The Emotions of Jesus

In addition to possessing a divine nature, Jesus Christ was also flesh and blood (John 1:14), a human being. He thus shared with us the full range of human emotions.

The Christian and Depression

In spite of relative prosperity, better health, and considerable freedom, many people (even Christians) suffer with depression. What does the Bible say about depression? Is there a spiritual solution for this mental state?

Praying for the Dead

In times of great crisis, people cry out to God in prayer. While this is understandable, prayers for the dead are both futile, and contrary to biblical truth.

Is It a Sin for a Christian To Be Depressed?

“Is it a sin for a Christian to be depressed? I am depressed sometimes, and I feel guilty about it. Can you give me any advice?” Christians should have the “peace that passes all understanding,” which Paul describes in Philippians 4:6-7. But this assurance is conditioned on habitually fighting anxiety through prayer. In life, we will all suffer emotional downturns. But Christians look to Christ for comfort and support, and they will be blessed through the divine promise of peace.

What About Your Funeral?

If you could plan a message to be delivered at your own funeral, of what would it consist? You might want to give some thought to this question.

A Misguided Statement Regarding Miracles

A popular Christian teacher recently stated that sincere people, regardless of their religious affiliation, should not be discouraged from praying for miracles. In this week’s Penpoints, Wayne Jackson respectfully challenges this assertion.

The Work Ethic

We are living in a time when the “work ethic” is suffering enormously. More and more people want to do less and less for higher pay.

Is God There?

When we are suffering, is God really watching over us? Does he really care?

Another Voice from the Tomb

The recent discovery of an ossuary (bone box) in Jerusalem, which mentions the name “Jesus,” has been hailed as the first extra-biblical archaeological discovery relating to Christ. But is it? An earlier discovery, in 1945, also contained a reference to Jesus. This article cites that evidence.

Corinth – A Troubled Church

The church in Corinth had numerous spiritual problems, one of which was its tolerance of flagrant immorality. In his letter to this church, the apostle delivers a sharp rebuke. Happily, it produce a healthy result.

The Land Where God Is Not

The lessons learned from the Parable of the Prodigal Son – concerning the consequences of estrangement from God, and those qualities necessary for restoration, are treasures indeed.

Testing the Spirits

A preacher or teacher must accept the heavy responsibility the Scriptures lay upon that role. His audience also has a responsibility—to test his message, whether or not it is from God.

A Reflection Upon Three Crosses

In the spring of A.D. 30, three men were crucified just outside the city of Jerusalem. A consideration of the historical facts associated with each is rewarding indeed.

The Intercession of the Spirit

In a marvelous passage designed to inspire confidence in God’s oversight of our lives, Paul affirms that the Holy Spirit assists the Christian in his prayer life.