Sermons on Suffering

Sermons on Suffering

When God Sends You The Long Way

No one likes the scenic route when you want to be on the direct route.  Yet that is exactly the way God led the Israelites.  And the long way was a form of his grace to them.  If you are on the long route, you’ll be encouraged by this message.

Funerals & Fast Food

It’s the tenth plague over Egypt and God is going to set His people free. But, how He does that is a critical part of the story. Passover and the feast of the unleavened bread are not just for the Israelites, but preparing us for Jesus.

In the Cave with Jesus

Depression is like a cave. It is a dark place with no clear road map out and many pitfalls. To experience depression does not mean you aren’t loved, you don’t love God enough, or you aren’t saved. We are invited to bring our pain to Jesus because he knows how it feels and he can relate to us.

When Anxiety Was Great Within Me

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the USA. The past year has added to the already high levels we face. If you don’t deal with it in helpful ways it can have negative physical and spiritual consequences. When your mind is under attack, how do you fight back?

Why Me?

Many of us are guilty in asking “Why me?” when something goes wrong or out of plan.  We can tend to view it as a personal attack. Joesph felt that same way when he was victimized by the very people who were to protect him the most. That is only when Christ came and revealed himself more valuable than what he had lost. More valuable than that attack.

Thorns of Grace

Do you feel like your life is full of thorns right now? Too often we feel thorns are punishment when in reality a thorn is precious because what it produces in us. More of the power of God displayed in out lives. God uses that pain to show what he can do, not what you can do.

Fighting Normal

How do we return to “normal” without returning to normal? When your circumstances change and things seem to return to your normal, remember who brought you there. Don’t just use God in a time of need. Stay consistent in worship, cultivate a heart of obedience, practice generosity, and assist others in need.

Courting Trouble

Conflict is inevitable, combat is optional. Keep from destroying the community of believers by following the Pathway to Reconciliation.

Hated Me First

Rejection is a favorite tool of the enemy. Jesus wanted us to be prepared how to handle those moments.

The Real Tragedy

Is it a tragedy when a young missionary is killed serving abroad?  Or is there a greater tragedy?  Paul’s mission work in a difficult city provides a framework for how to think about current events. 

Itinerary Change

Unfortunately accidents and disasters get our attention in ways that normal life doesn’t.  In fact, we may listen to voices we might have earlier ignored.  Paul is ignored when he warns about an upcoming disaster.  But the shipwreck gives him a platform to be a voice of hope.
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