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We celebrate mothers and the gift of life they give us. But the life of a mother is filled with pains that only a mother can fully understand.
What is the nature of suffering? What makes suffering so hard? How can we do better at weathering suffering? How should we respond when trouble comes our way? Peter desires to answer all of these questions in chapter 4 of 1st Peter. So, what is the way through suffering?
In Part 3 of the Mountaintop Experience series, Pastor Rudy Bropleh references scripture from John 12:12-19 and Hebrews 10:36 to emphasize the are of PERSERVERING. The following key points are offered as guidelines for you to know how you can perservere: 1) In the midst of problems, stay true to your PURPOSE; 2) Keep saying, "My midnight will change into MORNING LIGHT"; 3) Don't allow a short-term distraction deny you a long-term CELEBRATION; AND 4) Desire the PRIZE more than you despise the pain.
Pain, difficulty and sometimes suffering is a part of every person's life. But those experiences have particular value in a Christian's life. This message looks at the reasons Jesus gives us in John 16 for why God permits suffering in the life of his children and the good that can come from it.
The Christian life is not pain free. God uses the pain to help us grow. This is a very challenging concept but unfortunately a very true reality. Seeing a larger purpose in pain can help us as face it.
The book of Job is filled with more questions than answers about God, suffering, and faith. That’s because the answers don’t fully satisfy until we are left with just one answer: suffering carries the unique potential to reveal the closeness of God’s presence. As we journey to the cross of Christ, the God Who Suffers for Us, we voice the questions of Job beginning with his first painful cry: Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? Have you asked this question? Are you asking it today? Do you dare ask it? We will find courage to ask this Sunday. You are invited to come along and ask it too. You will also be invited to receive anointing with oil as we pray for healing together.
Joy is a virtue, expressed in wit, humor, irony. Unlike the happiness movement in American culture, which peddles "out-there, short-term, pain-free bliss" as its end, the biblical concept of Joy has staying power. Paul advocates most for joy during his hardest times--in prison (Philippians) or defending his apostleship (2 Corinthians). His notion of joy is "Christ-centered, long-lasting, muscle-torn trust in God." This sermon encourages us to laugh at ourselves, our world, and see the smile on our Savior's face. In other words, "For God's sake, lighten up!"
God brings joy into our lives not by substitution, but by transformation. Prayer is the pathway to joy. You may not know why God does what He does, but you know God and can rest in His love for you!
Philippians is a book of joy. The key verse of the book is Philippians 4:4. In addition, throughout the book, joy is the theme. The Greek word for joy is used 9 times and various related words (with prefixes, etc.) are used approximately another 7 times. So our question is “why joy?” “How joy?” Considering his circumstances, Paul has a remarkable outlook on life. He is under house arrest as he writes this letter. This book helps us to develop some conclusions about joy. Joy is not dependent on our circumstances. Joy is a choice—a choice to receive a gift. It is appropriate that we think about thanksgiving today as we receive the Lord’s Supper. There is always reason to give thanks.
Is there a "peace" available to us no matter the circumstances in our lives? Can we actually have an emotional stability in the midst of the storms that will come into our lives? Paul seems to think so. Jesus Christ does as well. In this sermon we will discuss the definition of peace, the counterfeit of peace, the enemy of peace and the recipe for peace in our lives.