When God’s Wonderful Plan Doesn’t Appear So Wonderful

An Interview with John and Lynn Hampton

How many times have we heard someone say, “God has a wonderful plan for your life”? I stopped counting years ago; maybe you have too. Reconciling the truth that God’s plan for our lives is good when all we are experiencing is pain can cause tremendous confusion.

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After all, Scripture emphatically says:

Two Inescapable Truths You Must Embrace

It started like most days when I work at home . . . coffee, comfy sweats, quiet music, definitely no make-up. My son Austin was home from college for a visit.

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He was showing me some stuff I needed to do to be healthy—an almost impossible task—and we laughed, I listened, and I promised to give his suggestions an honest shot.

He went to grab some breakfast; I headed to my office.

That is the last thing I remember.

A Great Panic Attack Can Change Everything

After my first marriage fell apart, I vowed that Christ would return before I would ever consider getting married again. Why on earth would one desire a messier life than I had created by age 40 . . . HONESTLY!

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Meeting people—well, okay . . . men—occasionally wasn’t problematic. People fascinate me, and I enjoyed making new friends in the aftermath of it all.

On the Mend

One guy stood out as a fantastic, lifelong . . . friend. We could—and did—talk for hours. His kids, too, had a history of health challenges. He was . . .

Beneath

Beneath the struggles and the emotions, through your faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit working in your life, you possess the ability to endure, to persevere, to fight the good fight, to run across the goal line. God helps you run the race like a champion.

Daring Greatly in a Declining Culture

What makes cowards run and champions rise? How is it that some people can face their fears, die to their dreams, and still have an abundant, fulfilling life? The book of Daniel answers these questions.

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David and Jason Benham know exactly what it’s like to live courageously—like Daniel. Their message leads us all down that path. It’s time to rise above our circumstances and trust God regardless.

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The prophet Daniel lived as a slave in Babylon when Babylon ruled the known world. Commanded to adopt and practice Babylon’s carnal, cultural ways, Daniel chose to trust in the sovereignty of God.

He never compromised. In so doing, Daniel was eventually honored by all the people and by God.

Interview Questions:

  1. What experiences caused you to write your new book?
  2. What similarities do you find between Babylon and today?
  3. Tell us about some “oven” experiences you have been through.
  4. Isn’t the enemy amazing with distractions?
  5. What’s the difference between strategy and spiritual thinking?
  6. Which spiritual disciplines led you to the crossroads?
  7. Why does the gospel sometimes come across as offensive?
  8. What does it mean to stay on the altar in troubling times?
  9. What has been the hardest struggle besides the TV show?

Let Me Hear from You

Do you have what it takes to stand up to opposition? Would you have made the same choices Daniel made?

In our current culture, it is vital for each believer in Jesus Christ to have a solid faith; one that does not waver when the storms of life rage on. We are easily caught up in yearning to know the whys, whats, and hows of life; God calls us to trust Him alone!

Are you cultivating a courageous, committed faith or are you stuck in wanting God to answer all your questions? What part of this interview struck a chord in your life? How have you chosen to live? Do others see Jesus in you? What needs to change so you can live a victorious, Daniel-like life?

About David and Jason Benham

David and Jason BenhamThe Benham brothers are former professional baseball players, nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and best-selling authors of their first book, Whatever the Cost. Clearly, they are twins; each is uniquely gifted and passionate about helping others find an abundant life in Jesus Christ. Both of them are happily married and love life with their kids in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Benham Brothers Resources

For information, resources, links, and a Bible-study outline, please visit the Benham Brothers’ Web site. You will love it!

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