NEWS

Life, it’s more than a game – September 12

This is it! Our final week has arrived but this doesn’t mean our online studies are ending!!

Be sure to sign up for our next series beginning on September 18.

Because these are loosely based on our sermon series, if you weren’t here on Sunday now is a great time to catch up on the podcast.

To listen to this week’s sermon click here.

Reflections:

For me it seems no coincidence that the topic of Trusting God fell on September 11.  When I was young I can remember people saying they could remember exactly where they were when JFK was assassinated.  I never really understood that until September 11 happened.  That day and the days that followed are forever ingrained in my mind.  I was teaching when a coworker came to my room and whispered to me that both towers had been hit by airplanes.  It was unreal, we were so confused.  I can remember spending my prep period with other teachers sequestered in Library watching the only TV in the building.  I remember watching the second tower fall. It brought me to my knees. Followed quickly by the palpable panic in the eyes of coworkers who were desperately trying to reach their husbands or children who were unaccounted for.

 

Trust is easy when things are good.  Trust is assumed, taken for granted.  It is when the world seems to be crumbling before our eyes that trust takes on a new meaning.  When we are beyond ourselves, when there is no where to go but to God.  Those first weeks it was an easy time to lose hope. An easy time for trust to falter. We have a decision to make during those dark times in our lives.  Do we trust God with these things beyond our understanding or do we rage against Him?  I can imagine the disciples felt this way as they watched Jesus their Lord dying on the cross. They didn’t understand, it wasn’t what they expected. But ultimately it would be more than they could ever imagine.

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While our free will allows us to perpetrate horrendous acts of evil upon one another, we have a God who is in the business of redeeming these circumstances.  God is in the business of Collateral Beauty. What others intend for evil God will use for good.In those weeks we learned of incredible acts of heroism.  We saw God’s hands and feet in action. We saw people embrace and serve each other in unprecedented ways.

Despite our circumstances, in the darkest of times I will choose to trust.

 

 

 

What else does the Bible say about Trust?

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 12:22

Proverbs 16:20

Proverbs 28:25

Proverbs 28:26

Jeremiah 17

Hebrews 11:8-19

Genesis 50:20

Questions:

Was there anything in particular that jumped out at you from yesterday’s sermon?

 

Have you chosen to trust? Do you know that through the darkest times Jesus will never leave your side?

 

Is there an area of your life you are struggling to trust God with?

 

 

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