October 13th – 16th, 2016
John Elmer, Lead Pastor
- Bad things happen to good people.
“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Helpful Steps in Processing Painful Change
- Remember Jesus still loves you.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:35, 37-39
- Give yourself time to grieve.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
- Trust that Jesus can make beauty out of pain.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to. . . bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. . .”
Isaiah 61:1a – 3a
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
- Keep an eternal perspective.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Action Step: I will reach out to someone this week who is in the
midst of painful change.
Watch the full message here.