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Lamentations 3:1-24 - What Shall We Say? Lament and Remembrance Within the Community of the Redeemed
God has given the laments of Scripture to shape the individual and the community of the redeemed in their darkest hours. In this sermon, we approach some basic questions of lament and remembrance: What does it look like to lament biblically? How can we come along side those who are grieving? How does remembering God's promises relate to lamenting well?
When tragedy strikes, theological truths often are not enough. We ask, “Does God see me? Does he care?” Thankfully John records in his gospel two words that meet us in our need – Jesus wept.
In these troubled times, there’s so much tragedy, misfortune, and bad that happens in the world. How do you emotionally handle it, make a difference, and respond the right way? This inspiring message will empower you to experience a turnaround in your expectations, make a positive impact in the world, and see the goodness of God in your life, even when life’s not fair.
In facing tragedy with dignity we should trust the Lord even though we don't understand, rejoice in the Lord even when we weep, rest in the Lord even when sleep eludes us, and wait upon the Lord for renewal.
The greatest tragedy in life isn't death... but life without purpose.
Today we continue the message series, “The Holy Spirit: God Alive in You!” In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were following God’s calling and experiencing powerful ministry when they hit choppy waters that would land them in prison. With God’s strength and their resolve, Paul and Silas advanced through their adversity to bring about a great witness for Christ. Pastor Kevin presents six stages of their story, revealing how to follow the work of the Spirit in your life and not despair when heavy adversity strikes.
We are in a series of messages that we are calling “Defining Moments.” Our lives are sprinkled with defining moments—moments that shape the rest of our lives, moments that are so important that the rest of our lives hang in the balance of these moments. We have talked about such topics as our births—both our physical births and spiritual births, baptism, and marriage. We even talked about how historical moments are defining moments (wars, hurricanes, etc.) On Easter Sunday we talked about “The Most Defining Moment of all of History”—the resurrection of Jesus. We have since been trying to isolate other defining moments. We have talked about such things as failure, crisis, and last time parenting.As we begin to wind this series down, I want to share with you this morning that one of life’s most defining moments could come at any time. There are many examples in the Bible. Moses wasn’t looking for a defining moment when God appeared to him in the burning bush. None of the disciples were looking to be part of a history-changing band of disciples when Jesus called to them, “Come follow me.” The Apostle Paul certainly wasn’t looking for a defining moment when Jesus met him on the Road to Damascus. In the midst of all of these examples, we turn to the Book of Ruth this morning.The book of Judges and 1 Samuel is separated by Ruth, which gives an account of a “bright spot” for Israel in the days of the judges. Ruth points to the theological truth that God is still sovereign and in control, even in the darkest days of rebellion and sin.
Unless you repent you will also likewise perish
Hear the life story of James Love, FUEL's Worship Director, and the mighty and humbling lessons God has shown him