2010-03-21 Robert -Suffering


Sunday March 21, 2010 –  Before start of service I found the audio cord that connects my laptop to the PA system missing so I had to make a fast trip home for a replacement.  Because of that I missed recording Rick's opening and part of the song service so this recap will be lacking.

While waiting for me to return, Cindy led the boys in singing a couple of worship songs with out any recorded music.  The boys did well, thanks to Cindy's leadership.  She continued with background music leading the boys in singing "Now is the Time to Worship", "Imagine" and "Yes Lord". 

Our morning speaker was Robert and his subject was "Suffering".  Robert spoke of two terrible accidents that still physically trouble him to this day.  He remembered feeling terrible pain and relating it to what is must be like for those condemned to hell.  It was that feeling that prompted him to speak this day about the power of God and His ability to remove the fear of hell with a promise of everlasting life in paradise through Jesus Christ.

We can rest on the finished work of God.  He is bigger than any problem we might have. Jesus is our advocate continually making request to God on our behalf.  He spoke of all the suffering the apostle Paul went through and where in Romans 8:17-19 he writes "And since we are his children, we are his heirs.  In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God's glory.  But is we share his glory, we must also share his suffering.  Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.  For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are."

All this suffering Robert had went through would seem like nothing when he stood before God in his kingdom.  This promise gave him rest in his suffering.  Sometimes our pain can seem overwhelming but if we can somehow look to what the future holds for us the pain will truly subside.

Remember none suffered like our Lord.  Because of that he understands and is willing to help each of us.  No matter what the past was, the future can be full of love, truth and joy.  Don't be afraid to ask him to intercede on your behalf. 

He closed relating the story of a man who had spent 25 years in prison even though he was innocent.  When he was finally released he was asked how he felt about being unjustly sentenced to 25 years in prison.  His answer was; "I am content because I found God in prison."   What a testimony.  Use it to find your own contentment.

In closing Ken called a young man, Austin, who would be taking his final lie detector test and possibly going home in the next week, forward to be prayed for.  Another boy, Chase, asked for prayer because he would also be tested on Wednesday.

Ken spoke for a few minutes on the subject "Where is God".  In heaven, In creation, In Jesus Christ, In love and in you by way of the Holy Spirit.