Sermons on Pain

The Realization of Our Hope

LUKE 23:40-43 When life is as bad as it can get, with Jesus there is hope (Luke 23:40-43). What was the only hope for the thief on the cross? What is the greatest and the only hope for us? (I Peter 1:8-9) We have already been seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:6). How can a realization…

Thirteen Years of Hope

GENESIS 40 God personally gave Joseph reasons to have hope (37:5-11). Whatever would happen to him for the next 13 years, what assurance did he have? Whatever happens to you in your life, what assurances do you have? When rejected by his brothers and sold as a slave, he needed hope (37:23-28). In that cistern,…

There Is Hope for the Hurting

LAMENTATIONS 3:1-26 Jeremiah in experiencing terrible anguish says, “I hurt!” (v.1-18) How badly was Jeremiah hurting? (2:11-12; 3:48) Why is it so important for us to take our anguish to God in prayer? Jeremiah, still in terrible anguish says, “I remember!” (v.19-21) Besides his past trials, what else does Jeremiah remember? Besides our past trials,…

The Honor Belongs to God

NUMBERS 20:1-13 There are situations that provide excuses for bad behavior (v.1-5). When we lose loved ones and endure complaining, what is our responsibility? How can we strengthen our resolve to honor God even in hard times? Moses and Aaron initially honored God (v.6-9). Why is it so important for us to come to God…

Punished by Guilt

GENESIS 42 Ten older brothers had good reason to feel the weight of guilt (37:17-35). How could you sell your little brother as a slave to your cousins ? How could you stand to see your father’s tears because of your actions and your lies? They had suffered with their own guilt for over 20…

Arguing Reveals and Increases Pride

JOB 27:2-6 Job, the most righteous man on earth, maintained his integrity (2:3). Why is it a good thing for us to maintain our integrity? What is the danger of focusing too much on maintaining our integrity? (27:5-6) Job’s three friends argued that he was being punished for his sin (11:14-15). Why would they stoop…

Shall We Accept Good from God and Not Trouble?

JOB 1-2 Before we read Job, we must be reminded of God’s nature (Exodus 34:6-7). Why was it important for God to let Moses, the leader of Israel, know His nature? Is the story of Job able to transform the nature of God (I John 4:7-9)? Since God is love, why would He initiate this…