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Sermons on Suffering

When I was a child my parents used to read me a little book called, Hinds’ Feet on High Places. And it is the story of a little orphaned deer named, Much-Afraid. And Much-Afraid has deformities on her face and on her hands. She feels and she is unloved. And she lives in the Valley of Humiliation while all the other deer are running freely where Much-Afraid longs...

Rooted

There were false teachers troubling the church at Colossae and they were actually pretty skilled politicians. They realized that if they were to be effective in poaching the Colossians from Paul, stealing them from Paul and making them followers of their new teaching, they had to do more than simply attack his message; they also had to attack his ministry. "If we can make the Colossian Christians question...

Before we do so, just a moment to remember together where we’ve been. The apostle Paul has introduced us to some marvelous concepts, some beautiful truth, and we have enjoyed together some soaring preaching and teaching on this portion of God’s Word. That’s not Acts chapter 8; Romans chapter 8. I’ll get there eventually! I mean, I don’t even know how we got off verse 1 – “There...

Affliction in Verse

Alright, so you see his position. “A pox on both your houses. You’re all wrong.” He adopts that tertium quid, that third way. He has an alternative perspective for us. And in chapters 33 through 37, he outlines that third way in answer to Job’s sufferings. Essentially, he sets out to deal with three complaints that Job himself has articulated over the course of his debate with his...

Affliction in Verse

Last Sunday evening, we began the second cycle of speeches that comprise the large, central section of the book of Job. This is round two, if you like. And so last time in chapter 15, remember, Eliphaz had his second swing at Job. And tonight, we’re going to hear a second time from Bildad and again from Zophar; Bildad in chapter 18, Zophar in chapter 20. And our...

Affliction in Verse

As we have read through the book of Job together, we have been confronted with the nature of Job's trials, his loss, and his grief. We need to keep those in our minds, especially as the book unfolds. We ought never to overlook his physical pains – his illness, his acute suffering in his body. But the major attention of the book, as we get into these central...

Affliction in Verse

And you remember the situation. Job has become the object of Satan’s attacks under the mysterious permission of the sovereign Lord. His children are dead, his wife has deserted him, his home and his business lie in ruins, his health has collapsed; he’s left sitting in the ashes of his former life, mourning and pouring out his confusion before God as he scrapes the sores on his skin...

Affliction in Verse

The book of Job. We have been introduced to Job in the opening chapters of the book as a remarkable man of God who has been terribly afflicted in the mysterious, sovereign purposes of the Lord. God has given permission to Satan to assail Job and all his riches have been stripped away, his ten children killed, his wife holds him in contempt. And his so-called friends, when...

Affliction in Verse

You may recall last time we considered the opening five verses of Job 1 and we were introduced to Job and his family. We saw them living in contentment and joy together and we noticed there were a number of convictions and habits that were operating in Job’s life that built in some resilience and some strength of character that enabled him, and that will enable him as...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

A pastor I follow on Twitter told a story recently. He was at the movies with his kids and having done that not too long ago with my three girls, the previews get a little bit longer when you’re a parent. Don’t they? They sit there and wait and they’re ready to see this movie. Well, that’s what this pastor was encountering with his sons. One of his...

Behold, A Throne

The city of Smyrna, present day Izmir in Turkey, was built on a hill often called the “Crown of Smyrna.” Look at verse 10. Those who are faithful sufferers for Jesus in the city of Smyrna will be given a better crown, a crown of life. Jesus, you see, wants them to endure when faithfulness to Him becomes really costly. He wants them to be like rocks on...

Our Scripture lesson tonight comes from Romans, the eighth chapter, beginning at verse 26. In the New Testament, we meet Paul the theologian, Paul the missionary, Paul the prisoner, and tonight Paul the pastor who, writing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, encourages suffering Christians like you and me. Let’s go to our God in prayer.

Man does not live by bread alone,...

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Romans chapter 5.  It’s on page 942 in your pew Bible; Romans chapter 5.  And before we read, something to consider - I shared this story a few months ago, but last April, my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she now comes to Jackson every three weeks and she does her treatment at St. Dominic’s Hospital.  And when...

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