November 4, 2018 Sermon

Today we've got Netflix, Crackle, hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO...we're saturated with movies today. Some movies today makes us laugh, think, cry. And certainly many movies have those famous lines. You know them: "Here's lookin' at you, kid", "What we've got here is a failure to communicate", "There's no place like home". Just as we have great lines from movies, we have great quotes from The Bible.

One quote is Romans 8:28: "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." God will take all things and use them to work through us for His Purpose. Life in this world is corrupted; it has the effects and by-products of sin. Life on earth is not fair, correct? Hurricanes destroy homes, hardships take place, people get hurt or die. Yet, we have a promise that all things are working together for good.

But what about John The Baptist? What about Paul? What about Jesus? Think about the dangers, injuries, rejections, sentences, beatings, and ridicule they received. Even here, the world is unfair, but everything still works together for good.

Problems and difficulties are short-term. These lead to the revealing of the Glory of God. This world we live in will provide us with hard times, and that is guaranteed.

Difficulties can lead to greater blessings. The trials lead to blessing. Great challenges lead to a greater reward. Does anyone win a race without some suffering. Difficulties help us maintain a proper perspective. Eternity is getting close and close, and our trials get us closer and closer to Heaven. Think about how often we hold the Presence of God when things are going bad, yet we 'forget' about Him when things are going good. But, know that God's Attention is on us through all things and He'll give us strength in every situation.

His Promises are just that: promises. When we live in obedience, we can live radically for His Glory.

He will make Grace abound to us. There's no problem too big where His Grace won't get us through.
In an insecure world, Jesus gives us security. God wants to take the broken & dirty pieces of our lives and build something beautiful.

Romans 8:28

- Jon Bruney
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