Sunday Follow up: The Wilderness

On Sunday we talked about the wilderness as a place that no one wants to go to. We followed the Israelites in Exodus 16 and Jesus in Mark 1 and thought about the ways in which God sustains us and shows himself in the times of our suffering.

If you listened to the sermon, available on our church’s website (launch the media player) you may want to use Seeing God’s Glory in the Wilderness to reflect upon your own wilderness experiences with God.

We need not be afraid of the wilderness because God is present there:

Kara shared her journey faithfully to the end. May she inspire you to “be not afraid” of even dying in the wilderness.

And if you really want to practice the discipline of finding God in the wilderness, check out Leaving Egypt by Chuck DeGroat.

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At the Cross of Jesus

As we move closer to Good Friday, take some time to reflect on Jesus’ story and its shaping of your own.crosses

Christ Community Church has been journeying through the Gospel of Mark since the beginning of the year. Each week, their Pastor has shared reflections on the text that weren’t touched upon on the sermons. Read the reflection for Mark 15, “When a story ends & Hearing a New Grace” if you want to find some new perspective.

Here are three reflections on why Holy Week and what Jesus did still matters everyday from The High Calling:

 How can our lives intersect with the slow, significant events of the cross? Read on in, “Why Holy Week Matters: Meeting Jesus at the Table”

Jesus understands what it means to worry and be overwhelmed. Learn from him in “Why Holy Week Matters: Letting Go in the Garden”

Finally, don’t take the sacrifice of the cross for granted, instead, “Why Holy Week Matters: Taking Up Your Cross”

 

The image, “Crosses” is ©CreationSwap/Ron Loveday.

Stories of Suffering, Stories of God

The never ending question of “why?”

Our links today won’t answer that question, but they will help you seek God.

This week, Philip Yancey’s book, The Question that Never Goes Away, has been a free Kindle download.

Looking at Romans 8.28, Stephen speaks the bittersweet truth that “Jesus Hates Your Suffering.”

When you suffer, run to Jesus. He too experienced pain, rejection, sorrow, grief, and temptation. Because Jesus suffered, he knows exactly how to comfort, strengthen, encourage, and even deliver you.
Randy shares about learning “The Hardest Lesson:” what God provides to those who suffer.
In suffering and trials of all kinds, globally, locally, or in the inner sanctum of your soul, we pray:
May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Rom 15.13

 

This post is about suffering.