Sermons on Suffering
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.
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.
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.
Conflict is inevitable, combat is optional. Keep from destroying the community of believers by following the Pathway to Reconciliation.
God grows in us what He wants to receive from us.
Rejection is a favorite tool of the enemy. Jesus wanted us to be prepared how to handle those moments.
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.
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.
If you find yourself praying “how long, God…” then you are in good company. 600 years before Jesus, a man prayed the same prayer. God’s response changed his heart.