40: Enduring Hardships: Interview with Joe Propri

What You'll Discover in this Episode:

James tells us, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials". It doesn't say if you fall into trials, but when you fall into them. Hardships are a part of life that every Christian must endure. There is hope and it is found in Scripture. When you counsel those who deal with hardships and trials we must communicate that hope is found in the Word. God will continue to help you grow and learn about his sovereignty. As Christians we must first understand that God works all things together for our good. As we counsel others we must show empathy in order to direct those we counsel to the divine plan that God is orchestrating. 

God is always at work and we don't always see what He is doing. When we ask why we are suffering, there needs to be an understanding that God is ultimately going to use all things for His divine plan. We can rejoice in our sufferings because He is using us for His glory. We must be content in our sufferings because there is nothing in this world that can separate us from God. 

In this episode Jeff interviews Joe Propri to talk about enduring hardships and how to overcome hardships. There are ways that we can counsel others through hardships. 


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  • Joe Propri talks about hardships he has overcome through the word.
  • God will continue to grow you through His word to overcome hardships.   
  • If we are to be like Christ we must go through the difficulties that Christ endured.   
  • We live in a fallen world and there is going to be suffering, tragedy and trials. 
  • .How we respond in the face of trials and hardships will gauge our relationship with God.
  • There may be no reason that we face these hardships. God is sovereign and He is in control. 
  •  God is going to do a work through people that face hardships. .


  • Psalm 139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me...  
  • Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 
  • Philippians 4:11-12 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
  • John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

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  • harry Innerst says:

    The interview was very good. To hear Joe’s story of losing his brothers tears at the heart. We don’t hope for those kind of hardships but sometimes they come. I am reminded of 2Ti 2:3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. As we grow in Christ we realize that we are involved in a spiritual war and these hard times will come. Some time ago a good friend of mine lost his son to suicide. He was devastated. He ask for prayer so that he would not break down when he testified at the funeral as one who had no hope. He spoke to his relatives about the Gospel in the midst of that hardship and God blessed him for it.

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