Where is God in My Pain?

We are all broken.

God created us to be whole, but we have all been fractured by sin. In the middle of struggle, we wonder: Where is God in My Pain?

This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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ATOKA | Jesus Is _ (14) | John 8:1-12

Jesus! What a friend for sinners!
Jesus! lover of my soul:
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole,
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.
-J. Wilbur Chapman, 1910

We all have different kinds of friends.

We have acquaintances, we have people that we talk to, and then we have close, intimate friends. The best, intimate friends have specific qualities. They stick with us no matter what happens. They are honest with us even if it hurts. They might even give up their life for the sake of their friend. By all these definitions, Jesus Christ is the greatest friend that her lived. Chapman’s hymn describes Jesus as a friend to sinners. Aren’t you glad that Jesus is a friend to sinners? That means that He is a friend to all of us even in the middle of our sin and struggle.

Nowhere is Jesus’ friendship to sinners more clearly seen than in John 8.

A woman caught in the middle of her sin is brought before Jesus. His response is epic, and challenges us to look ago our own self-righteous hearts and how we look at ourselves and others.

This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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Don’t Lose Heart

What in the world happened?  We turn on the news each day only to find that another tragedy has occurred somewhere in the world.  Mass shootings, race riots, terrorist attacks have become commonplace.  Confusion, doubt and fear seem to be a part of our everyday existence.  In the face of all of this, it is easy to lose heart.  We may think that things are out of control, and we may wonder what we are supposed to do as believers in the middle of all of the chaos.

It is important to remember that we are not the first group of God’s people to live in a tumultuous time.  The ancient church faced such persecution and confusion that some of them were ready to lose heart, give up, and even walk away from their faith.  God had perfect instructions for them…and for us.  In Hebrews 12, God gave His people a picture of how to live in a world of hate and fear.  He encouraged them not to lose heart, but to keep pressing on and focusing on Jesus.

We have choices as we live in the chaos.  We can lose heart, throw up our hands, and give up, we can rely on the shallow answers of politicians and political parties, or we can trust God’s Word and listen to His instructions.  Today, let’s press into God’s Word and find out how to live in the middle of the chaos.

This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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