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The Storm
Scripture: John 10:10, Hebrews 12:2, Galatians 5:22...
Running time: 1 hour, 19 minutes, 35 seconds.
Madison Park Youth Worship Sunday

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"Weathering Storms"

Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey; Second Guessing God: Hanging on When You Can't See His Plan by Brian Jones; Does God Care When We Suffer? by Randy Becton; Does God Care? by numerous authors. These are among the books you could find at a Christian bookstore on the topic of our suffering and how God relates to it. We don't need book titles to tell us that circumstances happen in our lives that lead us to doubt God. At times we doubt he cares; we possibly even doubt he exists.

When we doubt God we often turn to a habit in order to feel better. We look to something for comfort. During the opening video for "The Storm" a voice mentioned drinking to cope with her problems. Drinking is simply one of many bad choices when it comes to coping with life. But isn't there more to life than merely "coping" with it? (John 10:10)

In the youth-led worship this morning it would be easy to mistakenly assume the focus was on "The Storm." After all, we've all had one, or a hundred, in our lives. However, the focus should never be on the "Storm." Jesus alone is worthy of our focus. (Hebrews 12:2)

Unfortunately, when we face a "Storm" we often put our focus on our own comfort. We all have done it. Yet read Galatians 5:22-23. Did you notice "comfort" is not a fruit of the Spirit? Howevef patience is, as well as self-control. Remember, from just over a month ago, what the grace of God has done for us. (Titus 2:11-14)

Life is hard. The life we are called to as Christian is even harder. The world would have us drown our sorrows in alcohol, leave them behind in a drug-induced high, mask them with an illicit sexual relationship, trump them with our possessions, gossip about others so we feel better about ourselves, et al. However we know better.

Jesus had an intense discourse with some of his followers, after which many left him. (John 6:66) Jesus them posed a tough question to his disciples to which Peter gave the right response. (John 6:67-69) Perhaps some of us are waffling back and forth between the worldly way of facing life and facing it with Christ. One day we will have concrete proof that the Christian way was the better choice. Pray for our emotions to come in line with what Scripture says. "We have no place else to go." In addition to that, Jesus is always with us.

Please email to request this audio if you would like to hear it. This week was a free-form service run by the church youth.