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WHY O why is our lives such a mess, why do people hate you? Why cant they see who we are, Why are they Rejecting me, Why is God not hearing me or answering those prayers? ARE THESE YOUR THOUGHTS OR SOME OF THEM ? Have you ever wondered as to why, and want to know what is happening? Then put aside whatever it is that you are doing and ask father God to speak to you, as you listen to these words now, and then see yourself in the Eyes of Christ Jesus If you do not beleive me, then listen for yourself -
Loss, misery, despair and shame aren't the end. Hope exists and a new future is possible.
Grieving is not something we are really good at...nor, do we really want to get good at it! After all, to grieve is to acknowledge our loss, our pain & hurt, and that isn't always an easy thing to do. But when we grieve (doing so with honesty and humility), our hurt ultimately becomes the basis for a brand new initiative in our lives. Grace eventually takes the ashes of our lives and trades them in for beauty, our tears for joy & laughter, our death for resurrection. Pastor Luke wraps up his series with the "sushi finale", unpacking the hurt of Lamentations Chapter 5 and revealing the hope of a "new beginning"...
We cannot hide from God because he knows everything there is to know about us, every deed, every action, every thought. This is bad news for Israel and for us. We see in this passage the ugly reality of sin and judgement and what happens when we ignore God and live life our own way. We see the dangers in being comfortable with things that are familiar to us and to the sins of this world. But we learn in Romans 8 that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; we don't need to try and handle it all on our own as Jesus has dealt with sin and eternity.
The gold always loses its luster, but may Jesus Christ shine more brightly in your life than anything in this world.
Consequences...not exactly a "warm-fuzzy" word, is it? There's no escaping it though, we all deal with consequences...intended or unintended. And the million dollar question is: "where is God in all of this?" Pastor Luke unpacks the text of Lamentations Chapter 4 to discover the age old truth Jeremiah so skillfully communicated in his day and age...
What happens when our expectations and our experiences don't match with reality? Join the people of JRCC as we explore the conclusion of the book of Lamentations.