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  • Pain And Hardships Series

    Contributed by Eddie Snipes on May 5, 2002
    based on 126 ratings
     | 9,431 views

    Part 2 of a 3 part series on suffering.

    Pain and hardships We have already looked at suffering with an eternal perspective. Now let’s dig in a little deeper into this subject. In the modern church, we have been led to believe that pain and hardships are symptoms of mistakes or a greater problem in our lives. This is a tragic ...read more

  • Enduring Hardship

    Contributed by Wayne Searls on Apr 24, 2002
    based on 63 ratings
     | 4,475 views

    To encourage the discouraged hearer to look beyond the difficulties in order to embrace the possibilities before him/her

    ENDURING HARDSHIP Hebrews 11:32-12:2 TEXT: And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the proph-ets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths ...read more

  • Hardships And Rewards Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 7, 2001
    based on 61 ratings
     | 5,131 views

    PAUL USES THREE PORTRAITS TO EXHORT TIMOTHY TO DEDICATE HIMSELF TO THE HARD WORK OF THE GOSPEL MINISTRY – FOCUSED ON THE ULTIMATE REWARD

    TITLE: THE RIGHT STUFF FOR THE HARD WORK OF THE GOSPEL MINISTRY (COUNT THE COST … AND BE WILLING TO PAY IT!) HARDSHIPS AND REWARDS! BIG IDEA: PAUL USES THREE PORTRAITS TO EXHORT TIMOTHY TO DEDICATE HIMSELF TO THE HARD WORK OF THE GOSPEL MINISTRY – FOCUSED ON THE ULTIMATE ...read more

  • Hardships For Heaven's Sake Series

    Contributed by Greg Nance on Sep 27, 2003
    based on 39 ratings
     | 3,534 views

    Need strength to face difficulty as a Christian? Paul supplies us with purpose and focus in this fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians.

    Chapter 4 of 2 Corinthians finishes what he starts in chapter 3 and begins what he discusses in chapter 5. The chapter and verse divisions of your Bible were not put in there by God. In fact, Stephen Langton first divided the Bible into chapters in 1228. The Old Testament was first divided by ...read more

  • How To Respond To Hardship

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Aug 3, 2004
    based on 16 ratings
     | 1,155 views

    When we look at life from an eternal perspectives it alleviates stress and helps us focus on God’s perspectives rather than our own limited-selfish view-point.

    How to Respond to Hardship (John 15:20) Illustration: All the Ethiopian teenager had to do was tell the men who were beating her that she no longer believed in God, and they would have stopped. Yezeshewall was being detained and beaten because of her faith in Christ. But she told her tormentors, ...read more

  • Turning Hardship To Joy

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jun 24, 2004
    based on 53 ratings
     | 3,315 views

    Sometimes God allows things to get difficult so He can produce greater joy in and through and with us. Jesus knew that His Father often used tragedy to cause people to look to heaven for solutions to their problems.

    John 15:11-16 Illustration: A cynic asked an elderly believer who had endured great physical pain for 20 years, "What do you think of your God now?" The godly sufferer replied, "I think of Him more than ever." Sorrow can be the means of bringing us heart-to-heart with God. When repeated ...read more

  • Persevere Under Hardship Series

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on May 30, 2005
    based on 18 ratings
     | 2,838 views

    Are you going through tough times? It could be that God is making you into a wonderul tool - to use in furthering His kingdom. Find out how Paul encouraged Timothy to stay with it under pressure.

    Paul has just gotten finished telling Timothy that despite the fact that he was abandoned in Rome – that there were a few – like Onesiphorus, who were a great comfort during hard times. Now he takes it one step further – be strong yourself, and look for people you can trust – then pass on good ...read more

  • Why Does God Allow Hardship In Our Lives

    Contributed by Ray Carver on Dec 13, 2003
    based on 48 ratings
     | 6,094 views

    Have you ever look around at your life and simply asked: WHY? Have hardships and trials ever come into your life for seemingly no reason? Hear are a few possible reasons why.

    WHY DOES GOD ALLOW HARDSHIP IN OUR LIVES? Text: Psalm 73:1-2 Intro: Have you ever look around at you life and simply asked: WHY? Have hardships and trials ever come into your life for seemingly no reason? I want to share a few things from my own personal experience, only to illustrate the ...read more

  • Hold On Good Soldier

    Contributed by Eric Jackson, Sr. on Oct 17, 2003
    based on 67 ratings
     | 17,098 views

    Endure Hardships

    2 Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. First, let me inform you of something you may already know. There’s a war ...read more

  • Patience In Suffering

    Contributed by Chris Hodges on Jul 28, 2003
    based on 19 ratings
     | 976 views

    To learn how to endure hardships.

    Patience in Suffering Text: James 5.1-12 Thesis: To learn how to endure hardships. Introduction: (1) We live in an age of impatience (2) Christians will face hardships (2 Tim. 3.12). Discussion: I. Warning to the Oppressors (vv. 1-6): A. General warnings to the rich (vv. ...read more

  • Why Me, Why Now?

    Contributed by Keith Davis on May 5, 2003
    based on 48 ratings
     | 1,720 views

    Trying to get a grip on the hardships of life.

    Title: Why Me Why Now? Text: Philippians 4:10-13 Do you know someone whose life is falling apart? ‒ The business man who’s business is great until the market goes south. ‒ The college kid who has a career in baseball ended with a torn ligament. Introduction: Have you ever ...read more

  • 280 – Storm, Sinking Ship & Savior

    Contributed by Joel Vicente on Dec 27, 2003
    based on 27 ratings
     | 2,485 views

    Lessons learned from hardships. Two kinds of storms.

    Opening Humor: Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents’ house the week before Christmas. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers. The younger one began praying at the top of his lungs: "I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE..." "I PRAY FOR A NEW ...read more

  • Where Is God When Life Tumbles In?

    Contributed by Ray Ellis on Sep 16, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 1,874 views

    This message is given to give people hope in times of hardships.

    Where is God when Life Tumbles In? As Christians how do we cope with tragedy and Crisis? What do we do when life tumbles in? We can face crisis in a number of ways: Unreal Optimism: We can become numb to pain and say, "All is okay." If anything good is going to happen it will happen to ...read more

  • How To Handle What You Can't Handle

    Contributed by Mike Logan on Sep 28, 2004
    based on 39 ratings
     | 4,487 views

    Getting through tough times of affliction and hardship.

    How to Handle What You Can’t Handle Read Job 1:14-17 I was getting dressed for one morning, and suddenly the words on a can caught my eye and caught my attention… As they did, I picked up the can of shaving cream, and read the words on the label… over and over again… In fact, ...read more

  • Smyrna, The Suffering Church Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 6, 2002
    based on 17 ratings
     | 2,318 views

    The faithful of Smyrna suffered hardship, but they were spiritually prosperous and steadfast in their devotion to Christ.

    "Smyrna-the Suffering Church" -Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts. Sermon series on the Letters to the 7 Churches of Rev 2-3 When school report cards are issued, it’s can be a stressful time. Any assessment we receive is supposed to help us see our ...read more