Often we hear about death and disease, tragedy and betrayal, poverty and pain. In light of this suffering we might ask, why do these things happen God? Where are you in the midst of suffering? As we gather today as people who’ve experienced the deep wounds of pain in our lives we are hungry to hear the voice of hope and to know that God hears our cries.
We may experience frustration when we ask God to do something but God doesn’t do it. We may wonder why didn’t God do something to help my family member? Why didn’t God help me land that job? Why didn’t God help me get that date? Why didn’t God keep me from getting sick? What do we do if our request isn’t answered?
The world is filled with disappointments, challenges, joys, and tremendous sorrows. It is also filled with the worries of COVID-19. But in the middle of this Jesus speaks a fresh word for us. He speaks a word of hope. He speaks a word of grace. What fresh word do you need to hear?
In the middle of a crisis how do we find peace in the midst of difficulty? How do we come out on the other side of tragedy with more faith? The book of Job in the Bible helps us struggle with this. Job’s friends make serious mistakes as they try to console Job. How can we do better?
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.
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 […]
When you have experienced a devastating loss have you ever had someone approach you and say, “Everything happens for a reason”? Did you find that hard to accept? It’s not surprising. On the surface it seems to make sense but when you think about it there are some big problems with the statement. In this […]
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on April 26, 2015 by Rev. Fred Steinberg
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on April 19, 2015 by Rev. Fred Steinberg