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  • Absence Of Pain Or Pain Of Absence? Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Nov 9, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,653 views

    We either want to disengage from conflict situations and save ourselves the pain, or we have to absorb the guilt of being absent and causing others pain. Trust an abundant God, who is able to take our pain and express abundant love.

    We serve a God of abundance and not a God of scarcity. Ours is not a dilettante deity with nothing in His hands. Ours is the God who possesses the cattle on a thousand hills, who flung the stars into space, and who has made all things – all things. All things are made by Him and all things are ...read more

  • Growing Pains Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Russell on Mar 13, 2011
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     | 2,272 views

    The early church’s response to an internal problem teaches the contemporary church some valuable lessons.

    * The dramatic growth of the early church: last count (4:4) around 5,000 men (probably around 20,000 total) * Such growth led to a “good” problem: many more needed to be ministered to than there were people to minister * The 12 did not have the ability to both effectively deliver the Word and ...read more

  • The Pain Of Growth

    Contributed by Denn Guptill on Oct 5, 2015
     | 5,479 views

    We all want our churches to grow, but do we understand the growing pains that go along with the process?

    The Pain of Growth You ever have growing pains? If you didn’t you probably know someone who did, maybe your own kids. You know when you were around 8 or 9 you’d wake up with your legs aching. Growing pains are kind of a generic diagnosis that covers a variety of aches and pains ...read more

  • Growing Pains Series

    Contributed by Scott Jewell on Oct 16, 2016
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     | 8,260 views

    The good news and the bad news is that growth brings people and new people bring different ideas. What do we do in times of conflict? Check out these thoughts from the church in Jerusalem.

    Growing pains- they can be a good thing. There’s a saying that goes, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” Growing pains can also be bad- after all, they’re a pain. It hurts. As a child growing to maturity, there are a number of times you go through ...read more

  • No Pain, No Comfort

    Contributed by B H Grace on Jan 17, 2018
     | 3,766 views

    How do you confort the comfortable.

    No Pain, No Comfort 2 Corinthians 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort ...read more

  • Pain And Suffering

    Contributed by Dennis Lee on Mar 24, 2019
    based on 3 ratings
     | 11,678 views

    Today's sermon looks at the reasons why humanity goes through pain and suffering.

    Spiritual First Aid Pain and Suffering Introduction This is probably one of the more difficult sermons or teachings I’ve had to present, because how can I bring comfort and peace to those who are in pain and going through a time of suffering? But then I realized that I can’t, only God can, and ...read more

  • Pain And Growth

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 9, 2019
     | 1,765 views

    Is pain merely weakness leaving our body?

    First Sunday of Lent 2019 I have to admit that whenever I hear the words, “He ate nothing during forty days [of combat with Satan and prayer] and at the end of them He was hungry,” I am tempted to doubt. I don’t doubt that Jesus fasted and prayed, like Moses, for over a month. But I have trouble ...read more

  • Growing Pains Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Feb 11, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 7,840 views

    As we face various trials in life we must learn to respond appropriately to the work God is doing in us: Embrace your trials and ask for God's help.

    Growing Pains James 1:1-8 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 ...read more

  • 'painful But Needful' Series

    Contributed by Aubrey Vaughan on Oct 1, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,183 views

    Unpacking the first clearing of the temple by Jesus of Nazareth in Jerusalem and its appplication to the Church & believer today.

    Jhn 2:12-25. Painful but needful After the wedding Jesus travels down from the hill country of Cana ( 16 miles) to Capernaum by the sea of Galilee. Here we see they stayed a few days ( this area served as head quarters during his ministry) (12). The Passover was approaching and ...read more

  • Labor Pains

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Mar 4, 2016
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,234 views

    A sermon on job satisfaction. Do you have a dead-end "job" or a holy "vocation"? Work worthy of your calling.

    I’d like to read to you a workplace memo on the subject of “Absenteeism”… “The frequent absences by personnel have been brought to the attention of the company executives, and the following changes will be in effect immediately: -Sickness: There is no excuse. ...read more

  • Patience In Pain Series

    Contributed by C. Philip Green on Aug 31, 2017
     | 9,322 views

    God says to the wealthy, wicked oppressor: Weep for your miseries are coming. But He says to you and me who have trusted His Son: Wait for your Master is coming. Don’t quit. Don’t complain, and don’t lose your cool, because Jesus is right at the door!

    Once upon a time, there was kindergarten teacher in Texas, who was helping one of her students put on his cowboy boots. He asked for help, and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had ...read more

  • No Pain - No Gain

    Contributed by Ronnie Smith on May 19, 2018
     | 1,705 views

    It may not be easy, but it is worth it!

    No Pain – No Gain Hebrew 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. The greatest things in life - are not plans, but responses. In 1853 George Crum, a ...read more

  • No Pain No Gain Series

    Contributed by Patrick O'loughlin on Nov 7, 2016
     | 6,472 views

    There is no gain without pain so being a voice for God will bring you opposition

    Sermon Series: Being a Voice for God (a study of Acts chapters 1-4 Text: Acts 4:1-4 Title: No Pain, No Gain "Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus ...read more

  • The Paradox Of Pain

    Contributed by Bill Sullivan on Sep 17, 2015
     | 4,914 views

    We rejoice in our sufferings, because God uses them in our lives and has a purpose for our good and His glory

    The Paradox of Pain TCF Sermon October 13, 2013 There is a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip that sums up what life often feels like, and I think even for us as a fellowship, it describes at least part of our experiences in the past few years. It’s a series of panels, each depicting a ...read more

  • Growing Pains Series

    Contributed by Russ Adams on Jul 26, 2013
     | 3,564 views

    This message looks at the challenges of a growing changing congregation.

    July 14, 2013 Church Planting Growing Pains Acts 6:1-7 Opening words: After a one week absence we return to the Books of Acts. You know the story. Jesus was executed on a Friday. Everyone thought it was over. However, everyone was wrong. (I love it when everyone is wrong!) It was just the ...read more