by Matthew Bassford “Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, is he who sings songs to a troubled heart” (Proverbs 25:20). The other day, a friend of mine unburdened himself on Facebook about his struggles with depression. He talked about his confusion and fear and self-hatred.…

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Question: It’s been some time since I’ve written. I’m the fellow whose wife joined a charismatic group and said that God told her to divorce me and this was supported by her Christian friends because I was not Christ-like and had an issue with the charismatic stuff. Although I’ve given up any hope of ever reconciling,…

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Question: What do I say to people who are suffering great grief? Answer: Much of what you or I would like to say seems so empty or inadequate. How do you tell someone who has just lost a child you know how she feels when you haven’t experienced such grief? How do you tell a…

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Question: I’m sorry if I’m always coming to you for answers. It’s just that I can’t still sleep at night. I think and think they’re still coming home, but what I don’t understand is why do bad things happen to good people that have nothing but good in them? I don’t understand why God lets…

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Question: The only man I thought I would ever love died in a car accident. I feel lost, cold, and alone; and I can’t even think of anything else. He’s in my mind all the time, as I last saw him, and I don’t feel that I will ever love anyone the way that I…

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