Summary: Four Ways we use to solve problems with 5 steps to solving them

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Weather the Storms of Life

(Problem Solving)

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Jn . 6:1-14

+ > Video Hurricane Katerina & New Orleans

- Ends on sign “God Bless New Orleans”


> True Or False - The World produces enough food to feed all it’s people well

> T - In terms of grain alone, enough is grown to provide each person in the world with 4.5 kilograms, or 3,000 calories, a day

Minimum requirement -2,300

> True Or False - The areas of the world that suffer from food shortages are those areas which have a high population density

> F - N. America & Europe Have areas of high density yet are able to feed its people by manufacturing goods to exchange

- Hunger is an example of a need within our lives,

- All 4 Gospels Carry The Story

-------- Mt.l4:15 -- Mk. 6:35 -- Lk. 9:12 ---------

- Mk. 6:35 - Getting Dark & Desert Place

- Problems can bring darkness of despair & Emptiness of life

- Small Difficulties can defeat us

+ One who had walked from Golden Gate Bridge to New York what was his greatest difficultly

> Mountains? - Rivers? - People? What almost defeated me was the sand in my shoes.



> A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too

close to your eye, and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus.

> Hold it at proper viewing distance, and it can be examined and properly classified.

> Throw it at your feet, and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway to eternity.

+ Proposing Solutions

> 1. Ignore the Problem

- Jn. is the only gospel that does not send people away

- Give Up. Quit’

Prov. 25: 19

Confidence in an unfaithful man

in time of trouble is like a broken

tooth, and a foot out of joint.

• Try to chew with a broken tooth

• Try to walk on a foot that is sprained

- Gen 37:16-20 - Plotting to get rid of Joseph

- Num 14 ----- Spies have come back -- v. 3, 4

> 2. Pay for the Problem

Jn. 6: 7

Penny - Two Hundred Pennyworth Roman denarii a days wage worth about 15 cents

- So 200 working days could not pay for all the bread that was needed

$50 x 200 = $10,000

- James 5:1-3

- II K.6-7 Samaria under seige

- 2 prospectors in the Klondyke forgot about winter

> Money will buy:-

A Bed but NOT sleep

Books but NOT brains

Food but Not Appetite

Finery but NOT beauty

A house but NOT a home

Medicine but NOT health

Luxuries but NOT culture

Amusement but NOT happiness

A crucifix but no a Saviour

A church but not heaven



> 3. Discuss The Problem

- v. 5-9

- "Jesus did not say discuss me; he said follow me."

- We do not make terms with Christ; we surrender to Christ.

- We do not compromise with Christ; we submit to Christ.

- Christianity does not mean being interested in Jesus Christ; it means taking the same oath as a President takes in allegiance to uphold the Constitution at an Inauguration Ceremony and saying,

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God."

- Bible talks about outhers who discussed issues

- Eve & Serpent

- Abrasharn & Hagar

- Moses & Pharaoh

- Samson & Delilah

- David & Uriah

- Job & His friends

> 4. Give Him The Problem

- Jn. 6:9-11

> Ps.107: 13 – “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.”

>Answer – Is 53:4 Christ, “Hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows”

+ Five Steps To Problem Solving

> Bring what you have to Jesus

> Place what you have in His hands

> Give thanks

> Let God do His Work

> Gather up His blessing


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