Stewarding Our Stories: Affliction & God's Design for One-Another Care

via Real Life Conversations with Dr. Venessa Ellen
Mercy means that Christ already took our punishment, so [affliction] is not a punishment. Since it's not a punishment, how can we respond to it in faith, in a way that will honor God, help others, and help us to grow and mature in Christ?
Stewarding Our Stories: Affliction & God's Design for One-Another Care
Paul David Tripp once wrote, "Our suffering does not belong to us." In this Facebook LIVE rebroadcast, I join Dr. Venessa Ellen to talk about affliction, stewarding our stories, and God's design for one-another care. This is a topic I am deeply passionate about, mostly because it's the heartbeat of the ministry God has given to me. But the stewarding of our painful pasts and present pains is for every follower of Christ. It's how he glorifies himself. It's how he grows us. It's how he means to dispense his comforts to the afflicted.

Thank you to Dr. Venessa Ellen for the invitation to speak on your Real Life Conversations segment. Connect with Dr. Ellen on Facebook or Instagram to access her growing collection of video Bible teaching and guest interviews.

This interview originally aired on Facebook on October 15, 2020.
Christine M. Chappell
Author • Writer • Podcast Host • Speaker
Christine is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heart, Help! My Teen is Depressed, Help! I've Been Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder (forthcoming with Shepherd Press in early 2021), and Midnight Mercies: Hope for the Dark Hours of Motherhood (forthcoming with P&R Publishing in fall 2021.) She hosts IBCD's Hope + Help Podcast and is passionate about advocating for biblical one-another care and discipleship in the context of the local church. Her writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, and other Christian platforms. Christine blogs regularly at and lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children.
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