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.
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.
Dogs are well known for their unconditional love. They express selflessness, loyalty, faithfulness and even sacrificial love. Some dogs have even given their lives to save someone. Have you ever bothered to think that dogs exemplify the love God has for us?
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 June 19, 2016 by Rev. Joel Hurley