Sunday Highlights

“Hope Through the Cross” by Pete Wilson

God shouts through our pain.  It’s a megaphone to a distracted world.

There are not always simple answers to life’s difficulties.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean you know how to respond to everything in life that comes your way.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble  But take heart!  I have overcome the world. John 16:33

There are two opposing realities:

  1. A God who is big and loving
  2. A World that is falling apart

You are not exempt from trouble, but you can take heart that Jesus has overcome.  There is hope in that.

The cross is not just something that gets you into heaven.  It’s an anchor to hold you when your life has been rocked.

The cross is not the starting line of our faith.  It’s the centerpiece of our life.

The Cross Reminds Us…

God LOVES us.

His love for you supercedes anything you may be going through.

God allows FREEDOM but He maintains CONTROL.

Faith is saying “God, I choose to believe in You more than this tragedy.”

There’s a huge difference between trust and understanding.  Can you trust that God is bigger than this tragedy in your life?

God can use our WORST to create something BEAUTIFUL.

So often, I want my dreams more than I want God.

If God never gives us one more thing, we still owe Him everything.  I want to get to the point where I embrace that.

My greatest fear for our lives is that we settle for mediocrity.  It would be horrible to have everything this world has to offer and be separated from Jesus Christ.

Pain is usually involved in transforming our lives.

There is no shattered dream that is so great that God can’t redeem.

Has it ever crossed your mind that maybe God is using your current pain to form something beautiful inside of you?  Is it possible that God is using your shattered dream as a megaphone to rattle your mediocre, unexamined life.

We have a seed that has the possibility to grow into hope and change.  (paraphrased from Henri Nouwen)

Sometimes it’s in the middle of the shattered dream… in the middle of the flood… that God speaks most clearly.

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