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Summary: This is the final message in the series "From The Problem To The Solution". This answers the question, "What good are problems?", and examines five benefits to all of life's problems.

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From The Problem to the Solution

9 – WHAT GOOD ARE PROBLEMS?

This morning, we are bringing to a conclusion the SERIES OF MESSAGES we began this fall, entitled “From the Problem to the Solution”

And I trust, that you have been blessed, encouraged, and strengthened, as we’ve talked about sure ways we all can go from our problems to THE SOLUTION

Now, by way of review (and I will be brief), we, first of all, learned the 6 reasons for all of life’s problems

--*****world we live*****

--*****choices we make*****

--*****enemy we face*****

--*****people we know*****

--*****progress we gain*****

--*****God we serve*****

And regardless of the problem, there is a way out

Now, understand that there’s a RIGHT WAY and a WRONG WAY to handle life’s problems

Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose in to other people's business. Several members did not approve of her extra curricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon. She emphatically told George (and several

others) that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.

George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away. He didn't explain, defend, or deny... he said nothing. Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's

house... walked home... and left it there all night.

Now, that’s the WRONG WAY to handle problems – but over the last several weeks, we gave you THE RIGHT WAY to handle problems

--1. Acknowledge the Problem (Sept. 3)

--2. Making the Right Choices (Sept. 10)

--3. Finding Your Evidence (Sept. 24)

--4. Learning to Listen (Oct. 1)

--5. Patience Works (Nov. 12)

--6. Giving Thanks In All Things (Nov. 19)

--7. The Anointing Is the Difference (Nov. 26)

--8. Conflict Resolution (Dec. 3)

All of these are the ways to go FROM THE PROBLEM TO THE SOLUTION

And as we conclude these messages, I want us to think about the whole idea of problems

And I want to leave you with the thought – WHAT GOOD ARE PROBLEMS?

Now, when it comes to problems, have you ever wondered what good are they? Do they serve a purpose? Is there meaning to…

--accidents

--heartaches

--bankruptcy

--sickness

--death

What good are problems?

Let’s read…

2 Cor. 2:12 through 2 Cor. 2:14 (KJV) 12Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, 13I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. 14Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…

INTRODUCTION

In our text, this morning, the great Apostle Paul, speaks of both open doors, and of problems

And the truth of the matter is that problems are going to always be a part of life – even when you’re doing all the good you can


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