Sunday to Monday | Finding Peace When Danger's Everywhere

“Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction . . . everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness, whether pursued or attained. In other words, if it ever were to be possible to eliminate affliction from our earthly existence by means of some drug or other medical mumbo jumbo . . . the result would not be to make life delectable, but to make it too banal and trivial to be endurable. This, of course, is what the Cross signifies. And it is the Cross, more than anything else, that has called me inexorably to Christ.”

~ Malcolm Muggeride

On Sunday Pastor Dave concluded the series on Jeremiah.  Jeremiah came out strong against the ways of the Priest Pashur and he got hammered for telling the truth.  How do we find courage to do what is right?  Get past loneliness?  Move through hurt?  Deal with anger?  Renavigate priorities?  Gain renewal?

Pastor Dave took a hammer and smashed a piece of pottery which was a good illustration of how God can use us in any form and how sometimes our perfectly formed life is broken in order that God may shape us into different vessels for his use.

Some questions to think about this week:

  • What blessings have you gained through affliction?
  • Have you ever prayed through your “loneliness?” (Jeremiah 15:16-17) Anger? (Jeremiah 15:18)
  • Who might you ask God for “renewal?” (Jeremiah 15:20-21)
  • “Talking to God I felt, is always better than talking about God; those pious conversations – there’s always a touch of self approval about them.” ~ Therese of Lisieux
  • Spend some time talking to God.

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