Sermons on Suffering

Sermons on Suffering

Plant Your Sorrow, Harvest Joy. (Columbia Heights)

Psalm 126  1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,    we were like those who dreamed.2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,    our tongues with songs of joy.Then it was said among the nations,    “The Lord has done great things for them.”3 The Lord has done great things for us,    and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,    like streams in the Negev.5 Those who sow with tears    will reap with songs of joy.6 Those who go out weeping,    carrying seed to sow,will return with songs of joy,    carrying sheaves with them.

Put your Hope in God (Columbia Heights)

Psalm 42-43 1 As the deer pants for streams of water,    so my soul pants for you, my God.2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.    When can I go and meet with God?3 My tears have been my food    day and night,while people say to me all day long,    “Where is your God?”4 These things I remember    as I pour out my soul:how I used to go to the house of God    under the protection of the Mighty One[dwith shouts of joy and praise    among the festive throng.…

Out of the Depths (Lowertown St. Paul)

Psalm 130 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;2     Lord, hear my voice.Let your ears be attentive    to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,    Lord, who could stand?4 But with you there is forgiveness,    so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,    and in his word I put my hope.6 I wait for the Lord    more than watchmen wait for the morning,    more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,    for with the Lord is unfailing love    and with…

Caring for the Suffering (Lowertown St. Paul)

Isaiah 53 53 Who has believed our message    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,    and like a root out of dry ground.He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.Like one from whom people hide their faces    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 4 Surely he took up our pain    and bore our suffering,yet…

How to HELP a suffering friend. (Columbia Heights)

Exodus 17:11-13 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Hebrews 2:14-18 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared…

How Do We Help Those Who Are Suffering? (Downtown Minneapolis)

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. Download Message Slides Download Message Notes

Where is God When I’m Suffering? (Columbia Heights)

John 11:1-44 11 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified…

Who is Satan and what’s his problem? (Columbia Heights)

Genesis 3 3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”…

He Is Risen! Death Brings Fear, but Life has come and brings Joy. (Columbia Heights)

Mathew 28:1-11 28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead…