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Blessed Suffering

Life In Exile

March 7, 2021 • Pastor Ben Cross

Life is hard. Hurt can run deep, especially when it’s intentionally inflicted by another person. Suffering plays a central role in the life of a Christian. It’s essential to our spiritual development as followers of Jesus and can be the source of great blessing for us and others. In our text in this sermon, Peter shares several insights that reveal how we can have a blessed life, no matter how much it may hurt. Read 1 Peter 3:13-18 to prepare.

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