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Summary: In Facing the Giants, both Grant and Brooke Taylor wrestled with depression at some point. Grant couldn’t seem to get ahead as a coach, and he felt inadequate as a husband when it came to having children. Brooke wrestled with God’s faithfulness and her de

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Sherwood Baptist Church has one of the most dynamic media ministries of any church in America. They have produced Facing the Giants, arguably the best feature-length movie ever made by a local church. It’s a God-glorifying, excellently created sports film in the tradition of Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, and Friday Night Lights. Facing the Giants is being released by Sony/Goodwyn and will be in theaters on September 29th.

Accompanying the movie are numerous sermons by such leaders at Johnny Hunt of Woodstock Baptist Church, Michael Catt, Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church, and Dr. Jay Strack of the Student Leadership Network. You may copy and paste the following links to access these sermons:

1. Evidence of Christian Growth (Johnny Hunt)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94258&ContributorID=15171

2. Overcoming The Grasshopper Syndrome (Dr. Jay Strack)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94257&ContributorID=15170

3. Faith to Face Your Impossibilities (Michael Catt)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94256&ContributorID=15169

4. Hearing God When You’re Hurting (Michael Catt)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94255&ContributorID=15169

5. It’s Always Too Soon to Quit (Michael Catt) URL:

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94254&ContributorID=15169

6. What Does It Mean to Live By Faith? (Ron Dunn)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94253&ContributorID=15167

7. Will a Man Serve God for Nothing? (Ron Dunn)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94252&ContributorID=15167

Also, a study curriculum that accompanies the movie may be downloaded at:

http://www.facingthegiants.com/resources.php

Hearing God When You’re Hurting

Psalms 42, 43

Michael Catt

A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I’m thirsty for God-alive. I wonder, "Will I ever make it—arrive and drink in God’s presence?" I’m on a diet of tears—tears for breakfast, tears for supper. All day long people knock at my door, pestering, "Where is this God of yours?" These are the things I go over and over, emptying out the pockets of my life. I was always at the head of the worshiping crowd, right out in front, leading them all, eager to arrive and worship, shouting praises, singing thanksgiving—celebrating, all of us, God’s feast! Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God –soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God. . . . Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God, "Why did you let me down? Why am I walking around in tears, harassed by enemies?" (Psalm 42:1-5, 9, 10, MSG)

Even though we do have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside us, sometimes we get discouraged and depressed. In Facing the Giants, both Grant and Brooke Taylor wrestled with depression at some point. Grant couldn’t seem to get ahead as a coach, and he felt inadequate as a husband when it came to having children. Brooke wrestled with God’s faithfulness and her desire to have children. Both characters experienced despair and helplessness. Some would lead us to believe that if we can’t praise our way out of sorrow, then we aren’t spiritual. Well then, Jeremiah wasn’t spiritual because he knew depression. Elijah wasn’t spiritual because after Mount Carmel, he got so depressed that he went and hid himself and asked God to take his life.


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