This art by Jeremy Collins gives us what no words can express.
In light of the recent tragedy and school shooting, we find ourselves at a loss for words but yet full of emotion and grief.
Our message today @Discovery Church is simply titled “In Times Of Tragedy”
FACTS ABOUT THE CRISIS OF LIFE
1. Crisis are INEVITABLE – James 1:2 ” “when all kinds of trials come your way
2. Crisis are UNPREDICTABLE – Matthew 8:24 “Suddenly, a terrible storm camp up.”
3. Crisis are IMPARTIAL – Matthew 5:45 It rains on the just and the unjust.”
What Traumatic events do to us
They Shatters life’s ASSUMPTIONS – They conjures up GUILT – They produces a sense of FATE
1. EVIL IS RAMPANT
John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
2. GOD IS IN CONTROL
Psalm 103:19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
3. LIFE IS FRAGILE
Luke 13:1-5 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
4. GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY.
Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight
REEDS SHAKEN IN THE WIND OR OAKS OF SUPPORT?
Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
GOD’S CALLING IS ON US
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Isaiah 61:3-4 (NIV)
When tragedy strikes …that is the time for all of us to take on the Spirit of Christ and;
Pastor Steve Lummer