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21 June 2016

New video series explores the problem of suffering

New video series explores the problem of suffering

The Biggest Question: why does God allow suffering? is being tackled in a video series produced by Focus.

Diane Louise Jordan, presenter of Songs of Praise, introduces the resource designed to help Christians think through suffering.

Seven people feature in the series, each with their own experience of suffering.

John Glass, chair of the Alliance Council and general superintendent of the Elim churches, said: "There is much in this helpful resource that assists believers in dealing with one of the most pressing arguments that both Christians and non-Christian sometimes struggle with."

Eric has been through 20 years of severe pain, through more than a hundred hospital admissions and 30 surgeries.

'Miryam' became a Christian out of a Muslim background in Iran, and was persecuted for her faith. Robin's son was killed by a terrorist, and Mavis has terminal cancer.

When she was born, Hilary was given only three weeks to live. Nick was paralysed in a sporting accident, while Ed struggles with same-sex attraction.

Through the series, each of them talk not only about how their lives have been changed, but about how their faith has been challenged.

Have they ever wondered if God is really there? Have they been tempted to disbelieve that God is good?

A small group leaders' guide is also available, including a free DVD of the videos.

There are 20 episodes, each available on Focus' website, on YouTube, and on Facebook.