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John 3:16, the most famous verse in the Bible, who said it and what did they mean? God loved this broken world so much that he gave us Jesus that he might bring new life, life from above.
“Everything has an end” Chaucer, Dickens, Riley as well as many others have offered variations on the “all good things must come to an end” sentiment. Tragedy seems to be as much a part of the human condition as life itself. From the soaring heights of last weekend’s Creation story, we find ourselves entering into seemingly irreparable brokenness. And the story continues… Innately, each of us recognizes that things are not as they should be. But do we truly see how deep the problem goes? ‘Living a better story’ means coping with the reality of the one we’ve written to this point.
There is a war for our understanding of grace and of giving thanks in our hearts. When we feel entitled to something there is no reason to give thanks. When we feel like we earned something, there is no one other than ourselves to give thanks to. When we feel like we suck, we won't receive anything from others, thereby not giving them thanks. But what if it's not about entitlement, earning or that we suck at life? What if it's about grace? What if the truth is that our brokenness is greater than we could imagine, AND God's love and response is greater than we could have ever hoped?
With the dominion of God thrown off, Adam and Eve immediately feel the brokenness of their relationships: guilt before God, shame about themselves and blame toward each other. In the act of judgment God gives what they asked for sent the out of the place of blessing. While this is not Eden anymore, it can still be good.
The ultimate cause of brokenness is sin. The ultimate answer to sin is Jesus. We need to admit our sin and ask God for forgiveness and place our trust in and submit our lives to Jesus.
Why do bad things happen to good people? And why does it seem that wicked people prosper? Listen as Solomon helps us to figure out how to deal with the brokenness in our world. Pastor Jody Sledge calls us to see that trying harder to be good nor giving over to sin can fix the brokenness and calls us to look to Christ, the one who can mend all that is wrong.
We take a short break in our Acts series to recast the vision that God has for our city, through the ActNow series. What does it look like to be truly broken for our city? We take a look at Ezra and see how he responds to the sin in the life of the people around him.
Why is brokenness so necessary in authentic faith. We're talking to best-selling author and Women of Faith speaker Sheila Walsh about her new novel that talks about how if you don't deal with your past, it will deal with you.