Category Archives: Suffering

HOPE: God’s view of Justice

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Deuteronomy: A challenge to a new generation

January Bible Study 2015 By way of introduction The lead actor – a 124 year-old Moses – the only leader Israel has ever known The Book – his prophetic farewell speech to the Israelites – his last will and testament The people stood on the plains of Moab – just outside the Promised Land It was

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Your God and Your Tears

Psalm 56:8-11 Children are experts in the crying business. They can fall and skin a knee, and the tears flow. They can fall off their tricycles or bicycles, and the tears well up in their eyes and trickle down their little cheeks. They know how to cry. Crying, shedding tears, is a part of life.

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You Can Do It!

Philippians 4:13 Introduction: I. I can do. What was Paul doing? a) Content with his circumstances (V. 12) Paul has learned the secret of contentment . . . he can be hungry, or well fed . . . he has learned to be content with much, or with little. He was rejoicing in all things

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Save Us From Our House!

Job 1 The theme is why do bad things happen to good people. The house-saving team responds to frantic families who have been suffering in their space. Relationship strategist, Hina Khan, tackles the emotional damage first, leading the family through a series of challenges and therapy models designed to address fractured relationships. Meanwhile, contractor Scott

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My House is Worth What?

Romans 2:1-24 Illustration: Three home owners in three different parts of the country strategize on maximizing their homes’ values. Romans is talking about the family of God . . . the Jews. They were valuable in God’s sight. Yet, they neglected this value, turned their backs upon God, and suffered greatly. Today, thanks be to God,

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God Sees, Hears, and Understands

Luke 1:5-17 I. God Sees and understands your sufferings, (Luke 1:5). In the time of King Herod . . . this was a dark time for God’s children. Herod is one who is called “the Great” because he built some magnificent buildings. He is responsible for rebuilding the temple, but also polluted the land with

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A Message from the Bone-yard

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Introduction The Bible says in Hebrews 1 that God spoke in the Old Testament through a variety of means. For example, God spoke through men, through a donkey, and through a burning bush. But in Ezekiel 37, God sent a message through a pile of bones. Imagine a skeleton preaching a sermon to you! This morning, I

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Lessons In Tragedy

The horrific events of last week are fresh on our minds, and our hearts go out to our friends throughout the area who lost family members and property. Many of our churches collected funds last Sunday for food and shelter, and other opportunities will come in the days ahead for people of faith to step

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It’s a Hard-knock Life

John 16:33 The little redhead sang the song so joyfully, “it’s a hard knock life”. I remember seeing the movie, based on the Broadway play, which was based on the comic strip. “Little Orphan Annie” and smiling as she dance and declared victory over the hard-knock life. The year was 1982, as I recall. My

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