When we face difficult times, we might feel like we’re in the midst of darkness and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In other words, we don’t see hope. Some of us might describe it as being in the midst of a storm, and we worry the waves will swamp our boat. A storm threatened to sink Peter and the disciples’ boat, but Jesus arrived on the scene and caused them to think differently. Peter even requested to take a risky step while the other disciples were boat potatoes.
Have you ever heard the statement, “if you have enough faith God will answer your prayer?” Yet when your prayer doesn’t get answered the way you like, you may feel there is something wrong with your faith or maybe God doesn’t exist. Fortunately we can learn from the Apostle Paul who suffered the same problem when he had a “thorn in the flesh.”
Joseph frequently gets left out of the Christmas story. He doesn’t seem to be one of the main characters. Some people have even called him the forgotten man. But Joseph is talked about seven times in the Gospels as Jesus grows to be a man. Each time he is mentioned there is sorrow and difficulty. So how does Joseph find joy?
The Bible is full of joy. There are more than 400 passages in the Bible about joy. But some of the passages in the Bible are about having joy in the midst of adversity. That seems to be surprising. How do we find joy if we are struggling? How do we find joy when there seems to be no hope? In this message we will take a look at finding joy in difficult places.
Noah and his family spent a long time on the ark with the animals during the flood. Longer than most of us realize. This time was the in-between time. It was a time of waiting and wondering if God had forgotten him during the storm. Sometimes we find ourselves in the same in-between time as Noah. Through the story of the flood we can learn some ways to weather the storms of life.
Have you ever felt that God is silent? That He wasn’t there when you prayed to Him. This may have caused you to doubt. You are not alone in these thoughts. You are in good company. In this message Pastor Fred Steinberg will share how John the Baptist struggled as well. And Jesus hearing that John had questions sent him some good news.
Everyone experiences storms in life. Some are brief and pass quickly but some last a long, long time. How do we survive the storms? What will see us through the difficulties of life? Pastor Fred Steinberg will talk about how important it is to make critical decisions and preparations before a storm hits. How will you get ready?
Often in times of difficulty someone will say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” The words are meant to comfort. But when you think about the meaning behind the words it sounds like God gives us the troubles we face in life which doesn’t sound so comforting. Pastor Fred will share a […]
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on January 7, 2018 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on December 17, 2017 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg