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Sermon shared by Bradley Kellum

August 2009
Summary: People don’t recover from losses, they get restored by God. Everyone faces major losses in their life and then must deal with how to handle the aftermath. Often people talk about recovering from a loss. Losses however are not so much recovered from as
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
on the cross to save me, rescue me, restore me to a place of forgiveness and love with Almighty God.
What I’m saying is that when you are going through a loss, don’t just try to be optimistic, find Hope. Real Hope.
There’s a difference between optimism and hope. Optimism says, “When I go through a loss, I’ll bounce back. A better day is ahead.”
Hope says, “When I go through loss, God will restore me in my loss.”
Optimism says, “Things are going to get better.”
Hope says, “Things are already better because God’s in the house.”
The cross is God restoring us to Himself.
Sin is not something you recover from on your own. Sin is something God has to intervene and forgive.
You don’t bounce back from sin. God restores in you a clean heart.
Jesus’ cross is where we find hope. For in that one moment, that death, His sacrifice, we are healed.

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)

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