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Misery Begs Mercy A cry of misery. An appeal for mercy. This commentary on Isaiah 64:1-9 reveals God's true, compassionate nature in our pain. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Elna K. Solvang Misery and the Disease of Happiness This quotation explains the misery of listening to the news or reading the newspaper, suggesting that misery is our natural condition and that happiness be classified a disease. It is well suited as a sermon illustration. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Theodore Dalryample “Misery needed company. Merry Christmas.” Kendra Mohn took up the challenge of writing a six-word sermon for her Christmas Eve service. She only needed five: "Misery needed company. Merry Christmas." Resource type: Article | Source: Working Preacher | Author: Kendra Mohn A Little Misery Goes A Long Way This sermon on Luke 13.1-9 explores the reasons why people put off facing the truth about Jesus and why the time we think we have to make that choice is less than we think. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection | Author: Arthur Landwehr Call to Worship: Be strong! Do not fear! Christine Longhurst presents Nathan Decker's call to worship inspired by Isaiah 35:1-10. It blesses God for salvation from sorrow and misery. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst “Merci Bon Dieu” (Haitian Creole) Three versions of the song “Merci Bon Dieu” (Thank You, God), an old Haitian song thanking God for deliverance from misery. A 2013 African dance remix, the original 1956 version, and an instrumental jazz bossa nova... Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship | Author: Alex Boyé Kenneth Samuel: Music and Misery Using music as a metaphor, Kenneth Samuel looks at the realities of good and bad times of life. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Kenneth L. Samuel Genesis 41 Sermon Starter In this sermon starter Kory Plockmeyer shows the story of Joseph as one of providence, misery, and most fully pointing to Christ; the rejected one who brings salvation. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Kory Plockmeyer Insight: Finding Someone to Worship "All the misery of this world stems from a deep thirst that results from living far away from God." This painting and reflection encourage us to suffer with a world seeking someone or something to worship. Resource type: Image | Source: Plough | Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt Job in Misery Job, sitting on a dunghill, is spoken to by his wife and his three friends. The Dutch artist and poet Johannes Luyken (1649-1712) drew and etched this emblem and wrote the accompanying poem Resource type: Image | Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive | Author: Jan Luyken Helping Those 'Carrying a Backpack of Misery' This sermon illustration for Psalm 9:9, 72:13, or Deuteronomy 15:7-8 focuses on outreach to the poor and marginalized, demonstrating the creativity and determination needed in reaching out to others for the gospel. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Adapted from Margaret Manning Sex Addict Admits Her Misery The story of a sex addict who admits her misery, appropriate for 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, and Romans 13:13-14. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today Full Text Hymns on Misery O Lord, how many MiseriesPD
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Is Their Span but Toil and Trouble? Acknowledging the silence of Jesus on matters of old age, this article by Francis Fike discusses the challenges and misery of aging in modern society. Changing ratios of elderly and young people may impact the Church. Resource type: Article | Source: Perspectives Journal | Author: Francis Fike Responding to the Firm Grip of Evil Explaining that God inflicted terrible plagues on the Egyptians because of the "stubbornness of evil," Stan Mast's commentary on Psalm 105 asserts Moses's mediating work to free God's people from misery prefigures Christ's redemptive work. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Stan Mast Hypocrisy and Grace Only by the grace of God can we avoid hypocrisy, recognize our sin and misery, and live fully into our identity as children of God. Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: Cornelius Plantinga Change Your Attitude, Change the World A bad attitude can create absolute misery. We may feel that our attitude is justified, but it still makes us miserable. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mike Chalk Singing Secret Messages This notes the coded messages within the spiritual, "O Mary, Don't You Weep." In Mary's weeping and the drowning of Pharaoh's army, slaves saw the promise of their own future freedom from the misery of slavery Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Discipleship Ministries Of Human Bondage “He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her. He would rather have misery with the one than happiness with the other.” Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Somerset Maugham Commentary on Isaiah 40:1-11 Against the experiential backdrop of exile, Isaiah's message is that in the midst of human misery the Lord continues to be the God who speaks and acts. His power is revealed in care and tenderness. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Samuel Giere Do You Believe in Second Chances? Reflecting on Acts 3:12-19 and repentance, he writes that God is a God of second chances. Life doesn’t have to end in misery. In the end, we can be healed. Repent. Turn toward God. Be forgiven. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Dave Peterson
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