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Sermons on “Suffering”

God’s Grace Is Sufficient

We have been exploring practical ways the grace of God changes us, when we come to discover His unmerited favor in our lives. In 1 Corinthians 12, we learn that the grace of God not only saves but sustains us through the challenges and difficulties of life. When we think we can’t go on, the Lord fill us with strength, as we trust in Him.

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The Prophet Who Sank

Sometimes, in the course of our lives, we finding ourselves sinking into despair. It could be that we are facing problems greater than we can handle on our own, and there doesn’t appear to be a solution. Jonah literally found himself plunging to the depths of the sea, but in that time of need he cried out in prayer, from the belly of the great fish. His situation seemed impossible, but he praised God for His salvation. There is much we can learn from Jonah’s prayer.

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An Unlikely Sanctuary

When good things happen in life, our natural response is to rejoice. We praise God, and thank Him for the blessings He has shown. But what about in times of adversity or sorrow, when the world is falling apart and our heart is breaking? Is it possible to sing songs of praise in those times of darkness? Scripture shows us that God is worthy of our praise all the time, and worship has a way of changing our perspective.

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2 Peter

How long will it be, before the Lord returns?  Many have offered their own predictions, and the world scoffs every time a so-called prophet gets it wrong.  People laughed in the days of Peter, as well.  But the apostle reminds us that the Lord is not slow in fulfilling His promises, but patient not wishing for any to perish.

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1 Peter

It’s not easy to follow Christ in a pagan culture. That was especially true for early Christians, many of whom were looked upon with suspicion, slandered, and treated as outcasts by neighbors. How does one respond to these kinds of adversities? The Apostle Peter encouraged his readers to look to the example of Christ. When others hurls insults upon the Lord, He did not retaliate. When suffering, He made no threats, but entrusted Himself to the One who judges righteously.

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The King Who Prayed

God is not deaf. He is listening intently to the prayers of his children, and He will always hear us when we call out Him. We can approach our Heavenly Father anytime, day or night. No matter where we are, He is always with us, eager for us to quiet our hearts and enter His presence. We can talk to Him about anything: our joys and sorrows, our failures and victories. And we can share with Him the concerns of our heart.

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The King Who Trusted God

Where do you go, to find refuge, in times of crisis? Where do you turn, in moments of distress, when it feels like you are being attacked from every side? I’m not talking about the little things. I mean struggles that are so intense and overwhelming that you’re not quite sure how you’re going to make it through. It would be nice to have our own fortress, where no matter what happens you would know that within those walls you are secure.

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