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When evil occurs, we all ask, "Why?" but there is a fundamental flaw in the question. Because the seeming calamity has happened to us, we think that the answer to the question of evil has to do with us, too, but it doesn’t: It’s always about God.
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.
Jacob left home under the threat of death from his brother Esau in order to seek a wife from his father's family. Jacob is in a difficult place and yet God is with him revealing his word to him and assuring him that the promises made to his grandfather, Abraham and his father, Isaac will be fulfilled through him. It is God giving Jacob strength for a difficult journey. We know that we have the same strength of God's powerful presence when we receive God's word and respond as Jacob responded with the right worship of God.
Sermon #4 from "The Four G's" series. Scripture from Psalm 145.
In Philippians 1:12-13 God was Providentially: 1. Removing Obstacles through Paul's Predicament 2. Reaching Sinners through Paul's Imprisonment In Philippians 1:12-13 we learn that the Gospel is unstoppable.
My introduction to the Lord’s prayer was, perhaps like most of you, as a child. We memorized it and got a pencil or something for our memory work. In our Baptist tradition, we have not recited this prayer as often as other Christian traditions. My next phase of interaction with this prayer was as an athlete. Unfortunately, as a team, we said this prayer more as a cheer, I’m afraid, then as a prayer. Only in more recent years has this prayer had for me the kind of impact that Jesus intended. I went through it slowly a few years ago, studying the prayer phrase by phrase. I shared some of that during Wednesday evening prayer time and Bible Study.