"Where we Belong: At Home in the Kingdom of God"

How to Endure

Matt HammettAugust 14, 2022 Sermon Details  

How would you describe this past week? Has it been. . .amazing? restful? stressful? marked by both peaks and pits? I know for me it has been a very challenging week! I received some bad news and heard several stories of church members walking through loss, crisis, health issues, and financial stress. So how do we respond when life gets hard? Sometimes we have the tendency to pull back and isolate ourselves from others. Other times we ramp up our efforts, overfunction and just keep grinding. Then there are times when we feel stuck and don't know what to do. The early Christians Peter was writing to were experiencing suffering. In fact, Peter refers to the circumstances they were facing as a "fiery ordeal". I've had a tough week but thankfully I would not describe it as a fiery ordeal. And yet I have experienced seasons of life where that is an apt description. I recognize that some of you may be walking through a painful and confusing time. Whatever you are going through, you are not alone!

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