What we Can Expect from God Now Video Series
Tim is very happy to share with you his most recent book, “What We Can Expect from God Now: Seven Spiritual Truths for Trusting God in Troubled Times” in this format, designed for English speaking viewers with Burmese subtitles added for my students, colleagues, and friends in Myanmar. Tim originally wrote the book to offer a biblically-based perspective on how to live by faith in the COVID-19 crisis, but the spiritual truths are relevant in any time of uncertainty, hardship, and suffering. In this eight-part video series, he will be reading the entire book, chapter by chapter, as well as offering some additional words of encouragement each week.
In chapter one, Tim talks about the impossibility of understanding all of God’s ways with our limited human minds. However, when Jesus opens our eyes, we can see God’s presence among us, and we can reach out to receive and benefit from all that God offers to us.
In this second chapter of the book, What We Can Expect from God Now: Seven Spiritual Truths for Trusting God in Troubled Times, Tim talks about his struggle to discern the will of God when he was conducting workshops in Myanmar, when the COVID-19 pandemic first started, back in March 2020. Through this difficult time, and in many situations since then, he has seen the wisdom and effectiveness of a “both-and” approach to decision-making, which he explains in the video.
In this third chapter, Tim talks about three types of responses to the COVID-19 crisis: there are the action-takers, positive-thinkers, and overwhelmed observers. Which type of person best describes you? Which kind of person do you want to be? On your own, you may feel very weak and afraid sometimes, especially when you are suffering so much. Yet, the Bible teaches that if you put your faith in God’s working in your life, you can expect God to strengthen your faith, build your character, and restore your hope through your suffering. That’s our prayer for you.
In this week’s chapter, Tim will be talking about the mysterious and encouraging promise that those who share in Jesus Christ’s sufferings will also share in his glory (Rom. 8:17). What was Paul thinking when he said this? What does he mean by sharing in Jesus’ glory? Why is this message so important for all followers of Christ, especially for those facing persecution, oppression, disease and possible death? Our prayer is that God will speak to you through this chapter to give you more hope, strength, and courage to face whatever you must face in these very difficult days.
In the midst of such a disturbing and frightening time in Myanmar, and many other places around the world, what is the role of faith and prayer for Christians. This past week has been especially terrifying for the Burmese people. More brutality. More death. More uncertainty. More and more displaced people are on the run, fleeing for their lives. While the great struggle continues, how can any of us draw on our relationship with God to help us face the horrors and incredible challenges that we must face?
In this week’s chapter, I talk about how the Apostle Paul encouraged other followers of Christ who were facing great suffering, deprivation, and even death in their day. His teaching is reassuring and practical for all those who looking for more strength, courage, and confidence to sustain them throughout their long dark night, whenever and wherever it may come.
Light in the Darkness Video Series
This series of short videos are to support and encourage the Burmese people and all those who need and want God’s help in the midst of their suffering. Each video focuses on one spiritual truth, based on the teaching of the Bible, my faith journey as a Christian, and decades of experience as a minister and professor of New Testament and Christian Spirituality. Though the immediate context for this video series is the attempted military coup in Myanmar, the spiritual truths discussed are applicable for all those who are facing overwhelmingly difficult times and who are looking to Christ for guidance, strength, and courage to face their darkness.
The Burmese subtitles were created to be able to reach more Burmese people, who especially need encouragement and spiritual guidance from the Bible in their suffering.