Matt Chandler, pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, preached on the need for pastors to prepare their congregations for suffering. Since hearing that sermon, I have made it a personal mission to do just that. Perhaps, I may sound like a broken record sometimes, or perhaps I may seem like a downer, but that isn’t my intention. I am wanting to be faithful to God’s Word that promises us suffering in this life because of the fallen universe and fallen body in which we exist. Here is the sermon that has put suffering on the forefront of my mind as I pastor. It is not just about preparing the congregation to suffer, but Matt Chandler also testifies to his own time of horrific suffering as he was diagnosed with brain cancer.