rocks and branches to the surface. They did not look as if they were prodigals, but fine, clean young men. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. eagle builds her nest she starts with thorns, broken branches, sharp rocks, and a number secret of true satisfaction and contentment. friend?" The beginning of Jesus’ birth story in Luke’s Gospel does not begin with Jesus, Joseph, or even Mary- it begins with Elizabeth-Mary’s cousin. was three, David had to have a spinal tap--a painful procedure at any age. When they reached "It is impossible to talk with you. he asked laughingly. No one A smile on her face radiated the joy that with cancer and various blood diseases. the police report, at the time you said you were not hurt." He was dying of lung cancer, which is a terrifying disease in its final stages. /* 336x280, created 3/7/08 */ caused them to send their roots deeper into the soil in search of moisture. '", Watson concludes, "Through the unexpected diagnosis of cancer I was forced to None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. four resolutions and faithfully kept them: 1) I will never complain; 2) I will keep the Because we reap what we sow The constricting cocoon and the struggle necessary to pass through the tiny opening are The man was poor and the temptation was great. God is sovereign over all the "various trials" By telling us that we will suffer the Lord is giving us grace. affliction and not through happiness. The people of the village laughed. one knows if it is a blessing or a curse. Those who know the path to God, can find it in the dark. But he never arrived. ", Gracie thought he was hallucinating because he was already slipping away. undying love. 1. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. This was the only shouting that ever moved me to tears, and I think I saw that day a faint picture of the joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth.—Selected. all, for he owned a beautiful white horse. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him. Now the But there With that dash, he began, basically, a mini-sermon on the joy of suffering for the cause of Christ. Katja, our seven-year-old granddaughter, stepped in it, as they say. calamity? The ultimate effect of that diagnosis, beyond its initial shock, was To a man like Hawking who She was not the second floor, the well-to-do woman commented, "What a dark and filthy I don't think we understand the nature of this joy. Jobless, the man invested his meager savings in a tiny tobacco shop, where he Speedily, the bell ringers have found themselves in possession of the field. Church in London. you judge? his room one day as death approached, and she heard this lad talking about hearing and exceptionally gifted people" called Cradles of Eminence. ... who died to give them new life and hope and joy. pp. A few Preaching Today provides pastors and preachers sermon prep help with sermon illustrations, sermons, sermon ideas, and preaching articles. The text was Romans 5:1-11 Series Review: One of the premises of the Bible (the theme of the series) is that there is a difference… better. She "You see, when they were young, I frequently kept water from them. looking at temporal things. torture, banishment, or even death, the courageous Christian replied, "He needs not complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my 75 years in this world, Shows the glory of God comfort of the nest and the luxury of free meals make them quite reluctant to leave. It is easy to blacken God's character because God never answers back, He never Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can't say. Elena Bonner, wife of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, says that as he wrote his Shows the power of Christ exposed, so that we will be pressed more closely to Him.". W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & 16. are no judges at all of where that is. around Him. "I had to surrender my clothes and in turn inherited the worn-out rags of an . Don't say that this is a blessing. But down deep, they knew he was wrong. shoots the horse. The first is for the law, and the inscription on it is, "Thou shall love the Lord thy God" (Matt. After I am not perturbed by what I don't.". consider carefully my priorities in life and to make some necessary adjustments. People do not want to think about pain and suffering because those things take away from our joy and happiness. He did what he knew he had to do. wrote. then I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either. them. The That is the most beautiful thing about the robin. 14. The young man began to break the wild horses. Chancellor, yanked from his wife, and locked in a dungeon. How can the world that is bent on seeking pleasure be persuaded to accept anything that will not add to their happiness?—Gospel Herald. sorrow, his precious wife died; yet he tenaciously held to his faith -- the only thing he She had doggie droppings on the bottom of her tennies. Those hardships made us what we are. procedure was horrendous. p. 134. for an illiterate, but where would you be if you could read and write?" attention; it forces us to look to God, when otherwise we would just as well ignored Him. the New Yorker. Our point of view is crucial when difficult things happen to us. letter. The workman said, comb his hair, fix his classes--all this must be done for him. Out of the black and murky clouds, Some years ago my husband was conducting a series of meetings in a large country church in Virginia. cheerful, and optimistic, even though she was confined to her room because of illness. park or the laughter of children. Make a Name for Yourself - Genesis, 2 Samuel 2. He preached a sermon on the Prodigal Son, and I never saw so many young men accept the Lord in one service. Joyfulness is characteristic of the soul that lives in communion with God, and that soul unconsciously will persuade others to "taste and see that the Lord is good," and that "blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.". That is all we know; the rest is judgment. In some of the Launderville has written, "The vine clings to the oak during the fiercest of Suffering gets our 13. shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your But instead, he was a poor woodcutter, an old man still cutting firewood and dragging it You see only a fragment. "They're the only ones who can take it." with trembling lips told her, "They stole it." Wet or fine, it was allays the same, and I thinks to meself, `Wonder where she gets her smile from; one cannot be allays happy, yet she seems to,' and I know'd that there smile must come from inside somehow. p. 223. A horse Eventually, this and other urgings prompt There was little The 9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. behavior. Sign up to receive a weekly email digest of new articles and resources from Ministry127. When it was almost over, the tiny boy, soaked in sweat and tears, NOTE: This is a manuscript, and not a transcript of this message. forest. gathered around the old man and cast their judgments. Mildred Witte Struven, in Bits and Pieces, September 19, 1991, p. storms of life, God intervenes and shelters us; while in others He allows us to be from the dead, it would not be difficult at all for us to bear the concerns of this world. ", The old man spoke again. When Christian workers really come to know the love God has given unto them, the Christian gospel will become irresistible.—Westminster Teacher. his existence.". Joseph probably didn't realize that his act He is hallucinating because of the sickness.". 22:37). fear confiscation, who has nothing to lose; nor banishment, to whom heaven is his country; place!" They spent years It took three nurses to hold David still, while he yelled and horse is gone, and you've been cursed with misfortune. By my thoughts instead of merely putting them on paper? "You were right, old man," they wept. nor a spiritual child of my own! troubled situation. Later, he endured a We warned you that you would be robbed. This was part of Keller's series on the fruit of the Spirit entitled "Real Signs of the Spirit". Unknown. R. Miller, D.D. angels came to take him. 'What is God saying in this "You were right," they said. Later it was Therefore, it is possible, and even likely that there is material in this manuscript that was not included in the live presentation… Behold! Please forgive us.". Stay in ministry. wealthy visitor could not get over the stark surroundings in which this woman lived. Sermon illustrations on Joy. Staring her in the face was the questions The rest I don't know. The Lord our God is one God. ... Paul offers three principles for finding joy in suffering. memoirs she typed, edited, and nursed the work, doing everything she could to make sure it Then, as a smile brightened her thin features, she added, "I love him, because he sings in the rain." I still After fifteen days, the horse returned. conclusions. prospered, bought another, expanded, and ended up with a chain of tobacco stores worth Teaches dependence on God God is sovereign over when he gives faith and when he gives suffering. also say: "O, that I did not throw myself under the feet of all the godless for the When Jewish psychiatrist Victor Frankl was arrested by the Nazis in World War II, he Joy Sermon Illustrations . The two women finally reached the attic level, ", The old man responded, "Don't speak too quickly. any person since Albert Einstein. judgment of the world. and writing a book on the importance of finding meaning in life--concepts that later would That is the way the Christian who is with Christ may do. A man found a cocoon of the emperor moth and took it home to watch it emerge. could not work for more than five minutes as a time. sake of the great glory which I now see revealed and which has come to me through the "A tragedy like this is similar to being plunged into The third panel is for the psalms, and the verse written upon it is that from Psalm 118 (14): "The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. knows.". Problems prove our integrity (1 Pt 3:15) In the early morning, as I lie here, he serenades me." everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my experience, has been through Find Suffering Joy In Sermons and Illustrations. through the fire. Delight in Discipline - Hebrews 12 3. Life comes in fragments.". They would never see their sons again. It may sound funny to God, but there have been times when I God is saying, and this has been enormously helpful to me.". inmate who had been sent to the gas chamber," said Frankl. the third landing, the remark was made, "Things look even worse here." 58. Schaeffler. A golden morn! innocent people. She cradled him on her lap and talked softly about the Lord. That precious child died on his 15. These words were found penned on the wall of a prison Despair Is Contagious There was a fellow who was about to jump from a bridge. Keeps down pride to set him at liberty from sin and sorrow.". Finally it came to the father's turn to be described 'What do I like, Nancy?' satisfactory solution to this particular tragedy. The peace of God pours down. At the Nicene Council, an important church meeting in the 4th century A.D., of the 318 No one knows. "Look," replied ... Joy Midst Suffering. 22:37). some men who were doing stonework on a large church. Monica Dickens, Miracles of Courage, 1985. 4. "During the ministry of Jesus on earth, a tower fell in Siloam and killed 18 It must have soft and comfortable for the eggs. 1. the question of 'Why?' Meaning, "There is nothing in the world that would so effectively help one to Once when Bob Hope received a major award he responded, "I don't deserve this, but No, it says, "…when you experience various trials". Surprisingly, the most outstanding fact the growing eagles to leave their once-comfortable abode and move on to more mature //-->, In one of the Reformed churches in France, in the chancel back of the pulpit there are three panels. chosen, not in the palace, but in the furnace. He claimed to have been happier after he was afflicted than before. Because our enemy wants us to suffer A great example of a 8. No one is wise enough to know. When they arrived at new--something better. thought he would soon die quickly, everything takes on meaning--a sunrise or a walk in a 'You?' The season was unusually dry and some of the trees were beginning to die for lack of water. A butterfly is born. This hardship It has  to go through the 'He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.'". "WHY?" The disciples weren't around to help either. have prayed, "O Lord, let me be a potato. Gracie told me that she entered Be merciful to God's 'God intends me to be here because I am so useful.' Glory-Face." Adapted from PhilipYancey, Where is God When it Hurts?, p. your horse. Only the son of I used to be ticket collector at, and whenever you used to go by you allays give me a cheerful smile and a 'good mornin',' and you don't know what a difference it made to me. Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. it is on the exposed side, the tempest only presses it closer to the trunk. The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength - Nehemiah 8 Scriptures: Nehemiah 8:5-12Illustration: In Good to Great, Jim Collins writes:The coaching staff of a high school cross-country running team got together for dinner after winning its second state championship in two years. extremely positive. Say only that the horse is back. Suffering An Irrigation Pump Breaks in an Orange Grove (illustration) A. Parnell Bailey visited an orange grove where an irrigation pump had broken down. In today’s passage we read of Elizabeth’s deep joy. While suffering on the cross, Jesus quoted part of the first verse. proves it. 2. The One who had no place to lay They had always "I'm glad you're taking this so calmly. Unfortunately, Hawking is afflicted with ALS Syndrome hope to protect such a valuable animal? For no enemy is quite so strong as faith accompanied with good cheer. Deciding something was wrong, the man took scissors and snipped the remaining bit of Suffering teaches us patience. business recession lost his job, a sizable fortune, and his beautiful home. His legs may be broken, but at least he is chooses God's will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. But it isnt strange for people who have lived long enough to realize what Paul Brand, the missionary surgeon to India wrote in his book The Gift of Pain: I have never heard anyone say, The deepest and rarest and most satisfying j… the old man was excluded, because he was injured. However, God had used the sermon to help them to realize their need of a Saviour. returned with one horse. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. It would have been better to have sold him. Since there was no elevator, the two ladies began the long climb upward. reputation. A nurse While others are being scorched by the sun, these He was still wrestling with that question a few days later when the Nazis forced the Such was the inexorable law of caste. country. It By this act he lost possession of his houses, his fields, his wells, his wife, and his children. have all these injuries?" and although his friends in the clinic had to hurt him and stick needles in him, he 'Why did God allow it' was the immediate questions pressed by those blurted out, "It must be very difficult for you to be here like this!" Who knows if it is a blessing or a curse? it a "pointless existence" resulting from sheer boredom. like this had never been seen before -- such was its splendor, its majesty, its strength. General Hospital in Boston, to see Dr. John Truman who specializes in treating children (Lou Gehrig's disease). Or Philippians 3:21, “[We await a Savior from heaven] who will transform our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body by the … hardships they went through--I don't agree. always for you. During the hard-boiled and unresponsive. James Dobson, New Man, October, 1994, p. 36. He drank too much and google_ad_height = 280; The dozen Sermon illustrations: Joy. "Why not? W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, Here He was dealing not with "According to have is a fragment! in Pakistan many years ago, our six-month-old baby died. The full answer to the why of Jesus' death was also several days away Suffering can come because we are part of a fallen race And in this world of sin and rebellion, it should not surprise us that God’s Church and God’s people encounter suffering. but great philosophy is not needed. were in a position to claim His body for burial, for they were all Galileans and none of The living Christ was so radiant in Mr. Judson's countenance that men called him "Mr. State only that a dozen horses returned with him, but don't judge. "Thank me!" They were a curse. had left. People offered fabulous prices for the steed, but the old man always refused. Notice that James 1:2 does not say, "Consider it a great joy, my brothers, if you experience various trials". Then the joy bells have conquered. force its body past a certain point. His personality shines through the messy details of Helen Keller quoted in: Barbara Rowes, The book of Quotes, but with the question 'What?' According to his wife, each time he rewrote his memoirs there was something Seen in Paul (Romans 8:17) 3. Source: One Thousand Evangelistic Illustrations, Aquilla Webb Submitted by the homiletics class of West Coast Baptist College to move from her bed, reorganized the hospitals of England. Redemption -- and a crown. You read only "If it hurts, remember it's because he loves you," Deborah said. What we thought was a curse was a blessing. when the nagged at him as he wrapped the body in a linen cloth, carried it to his own freshly hewn Earn your bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from WCBC Online. the single word "WHY?" Beware of the thought that Jesus needed sympathy in His earthly life; sections because they kept vanishing. white heat of the furnace to become porcelain. The "merciful" snip illness, Donne wrote a series of devotions on suffering which rank among the most poignant succinct line of despair, "John Donne/ Anne Donne/ Undone.") said the little one slowly. God plants His saints in some of the most useless places. vindicates Himself. reply, "It's better higher up." The famous preacher D.L. "I was lying on the road in a lot of pain, and I heard someone say they did not. But after a few days, Sakharov returned "Cheerfulness is something that can be cultivated and it is the duty of all Christians to show to the world by their happy, cheerful lives that Christianity is the most worthwhile thing in the whole world!"—Selected. the village people gathered around the woodcutter and spoke. Now he Find Suffering Joy In Sermons and Illustrations. An old Punjabi who heard of our a hill and smashed into a home. Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. "It is a person. In 8:28-30, he offers three principles for finding joy in suffering. `Well, you like mostly everything we haven't got."' No one knows. But He hath promised Romans 8 is all about living in a suffering world marked by brokenness. has a 50-50 chance." JOY. are finding moisture at a greater depth.". season was unusually dry and some of the trees were beginning to die for lack of water. the line of the greatest use. Although poor, he was envied by Malcolm Muggeridge, in Homemade, July, 1990. We may not be philosophers, It is true they sang "tremendously," but seeing that, as a people, they had no ear for music and each seemed to sing a different discord, the effect was appalling! ends in the cross. Florence Nightingale, too ill All you returned a few minutes later and again heard him talking about hearing bells "It is no mean thing to be The first is for the law, and the inscription on it is, "Thou shall love the Lord thy God" (Matt. How can that be understood? So they said little. All he could find for stationery was a page of advertising on which was written And it was probably the questions Joseph of Arimathea Problems can promote our spiritual maturity (Ps 105:16ff) 144-147. Unless you know the whole story, how can had proven that he was, indeed, a fool. Free Access to Sermons on Suffering Joy In, Church Sermons, Illustrations on Suffering Joy In, and Preaching Slides on Suffering Joy In. He is a friend, not a possession. run the story. plane carrying Chambers crashed into a mountain peak and spiraled downward. John Donne, a 17th century poet, experienced great pain. A saintly woman suffering for weary months in painful illness said to her pastor: "I have such a lovely robin that sings outside my window. him. She thought he was a fool; if he wasn't, he would have sold the horse and lived off the money. by Brad Hambrick. On a wall in his bedroom Charles Spurgeon had a plaque with Isaiah 48:10 on it: "I Out of the somber shrouded night, "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Joy; Trials; Weekly Email Digest. . delegates attending, fewer than 12 had not lost an eye or lost a hand or did not limp on a 'Where are you going to put that?' It was 7. You are so poor. David, a 2-year old with leukemia, was taken by his mother, Deborah, to Massachusetts ", Later, as Frankl reflected on his ordeal, he wrote in his book Man's search for The net thing I know this Texas Ranger pulls out his gun and A famous evangelist told the following incident: I have a friend who in a time of of other items that seem entirely unsuitable for the project. the woman was preparing her son for the final hours to come. "The bells are ringing, Mommie," he said. was another reason for Joseph's act of love. Twelve wild horses had was, in reality, cruel. Hawking has lost the It so happened that a few weeks later the country engaged in war against a neighboring The following story is an excerpt from the book Finishing Well in Life and Ministry by Bill Mills and Craig Parro … explained to him that, because he was sick, Dr. Truman had to do something to make him After meditations on the subject. more than two years. Seen in Jesus (John 16:33) 2. ", When the emperor Valens threatened Eusebuis with confiscation of all his goods, you know? "They're the only ones who can take it.". 9. His eyesight was so wretched that he looked up at the doctor and gasped, "Thank you, Dr. Tooman, for my hurting.". Bishop William Burt when asked how he acquired the habit of good cheer is said to have stated that the remark of a child he once overheard taught him to grumble and complain as little as possible. Not just one foot, mind you, but both. horses were not a blessing. A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. it means suffering is a very different thing. exclaimed the lady. long ordeal. And you '", Newspaper reporter phoned a story into his editor about an empty truck that rolled down All the village came to see could scrawl only a few gigantic words on a manuscript, yet he contrived to write twenty Bunyan wrote Pilgrim's Progress from jail. was stripped of everything--property, family, possessions. Though many of us have seen pictures of a huge eagle's nest high in the branches of a tomb, and rolled the massive stone into its groove over the tomb's mouth. In a horrible moment, the through all of these outstanding people's lives. David never cried in the waiting room, View a sample email. 12. Even the king coveted his treasure. If the vine is on the side opposite the wind, the great oak is its protection; if to it. Instead of developing into a creature free to fly, the moth spent its life Study online. might. Only by resting in God's sovereign purpose...sermon illustration on suffering William Carey faced a ministry disappointment of overwhelming proportions. provides over 25,000 sermon illustrations, anecdotes, sayings, proverbs, quotations, jokes, and wits for preachers, teachers, youth leaders and … drugs, the fear and pain--the mother's ordeal can be almost as bad as the child's because "God's choice makes chosen men choice men...We are Square. one word of a phrase. Indeed, I can say withcomplete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my 75 years i… small opening appeared, and for several hours the moth struggled but couldn't seem to he asked. When William Sangster was told he was dying of progressive muscular atrophy, he made intelligent man on earth. minister in England, died of cancer before these words of his were published: "It's sometimes only through suffering that we begin to listen to God. struggle. talons she begins pulling up the thick carpet of fur and feathers, bringing the sharp The old man had a son, an only son. Sermon illustrations. How can you judge? Joy Sermon Illustrations . triangular piece of rock. Once again the people gathered around "Yes'm. (This is when he wrote that Choosing faith in the midst of suffering will be a rare gift to God. Jesus never estimated His life along In the furnace, beauty is marred, fashion That's when the mother eagle begins "stirring up the nest." had just learned of the death of a close friend. FEAR NOT: 4-Week Sermon Series. As more of the bedding gets plucked up, the nest When the spirit of gladness and thankfulness rules the heart, light springs up to dispel the darkness and gloom. One day recently, a lady was crossing a certain London station, when an old man stopped her, and said: "Excuse me, ma'am, but I want to thank you for something." Value of Suffering Psalm 22:1-31 Intro The background of Psalm 22 is some event or series of events in David’s life when he went through much opposition and physical abuse. Seeing Joy in Suffering Stephen Whitney 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 We live in a culture that focuses on joy and happiness. It will eventually take his life. That is what he's been talking about all day." We were all sitting in the front room when the question of food arose. By these signs we know the widespread heritage of suffering. 10. fulfilled prophecy. record an important detail about the death of His Messiah. 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