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Touching the Hem: A Biblical Response to Physical Suffering
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Touching the Hem: A Biblical Response to Physical Suffering


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How should you respond to suffering? What does God say about healing? As humans, we are bound to suffer physical affliction on this earth. However, as Christians, what should our response be to that affliction? Should we simply accept it and stoically go on with our lives? Seek help through prayer, but reject medicine? Does God still heal sickness today? If so, how do we access His healing? Touching the Hem considers these questions and more. It starts with a thorough look upward at God—who he claims to be, what he has done for us in the past, and what he promises to do in the future. It then looks at our circumstances, observing physical affliction through the lens of God’s word. Only then does it turn the gaze inward, considering our response to physical suffering, and how to live according to biblical principles.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by valuable functionality and features. Scripture links directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches with the Topic Guide to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources, enabling you to jump into the conversation on suffering with the foremost scholars. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Looks into the Biblical perspectives on how to deal with suffering
  • Answers questions that arise from physical suffering
  • Acts as a guide for those who need hope and encouragement


  • A Look at God’s Character
    • God’s Immutability and Faithfulness
    • God’s Knowledge and Wisdom
    • God’s Goodness
    • God’s Loving-Kindness
    • God’s Sovereignty
    • Names of God
    • Overview of God’s Character
  • A Look at God’s Works
    • Ministry on Earth
    • Work of Atonement
    • Promise of Glorification
  • A Look at Our Circumstances
    • Certainty of Suffering
    • Origins of Suffering
    • Purposes of Physical Suffering
    • Examples of Physical Suffering
  • A Look at Our Response
    • Scriptural Principles for Healing
    • Physical Means of Healing
    • Sinful Attempts at Healing
  • A Look at God’s Response
    • Putting It All Together
    • Waiting for Healing
    • Lack of Healing
  • Healings Performed during Christ’s Earthly Ministry
  • General Purposes of Trials
  • Practical Suggestions for Dealing with Illness
  • Suggested Readings by Topic

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About Elizabeth A. Johnson

Elizabeth A. Johnson is an author and blog writer who started a blog ministry called “DogFur and Dandelions” after being diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis in 2007. Through her illness she has empowered others to strive toward Christ-centered living.