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A theory of jerks Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel
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 The Prodigal Son in Misery This 19th century painting by Mary Ann Willson depicts Luke 15:14-16, where the prodigal son finds himself in misery and need. Resource type: Image Source: nga.gov Author: Mary Ann Willson 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 The House of Death This painting by William Blake depicts an episode from John Milton's poem "Paradise Lost," where the archangel Michael shows Adam the misery that will be inflicted on humanity now that he has eaten the Forbidden Fruit.... Resource type: Image Source: tate.org.uk Author: William Blake The Rejected Christ Bringing Salvation This sermon starter on Genesis 41:1-40 explores the story of Joseph as one of providence, misery, and most fully pointing to Christ as the rejected one who brings salvation. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Kory Plockmeyer An Invitation to Find Ourselves In his sermon on Exodus 1:8-2:10, William Dols uses the birth of Moses and the Israelites' suffering in Egypt to show that misery can be an opportunity for rebirth. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: William L Dols 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 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 Music and Misery Life is not all highs, as Kenneth Samuel explains in this devotional on Job 10:1. Real life is also about our trek through valleys filled with shadows of death. Resource type: Devotional Source: Day1 Author: Kenneth L. Samuel Help Me, God, I’m Overwhelmed Dave Peterson says that King David wrote Psalm 22 when his life spun out of control. It comes in two movements: first, a description of David’s miseries; second, a vision of God’s eventual triumph. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Dave Peterson Full Text Hymns on Misery When I came to him Christ came to mePD
Lord Jesus, Think on MePD
At the cross her station keepingPD
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Misery and Mercy This podcast examines how in the story of the woman caught in adultery Jesus demonstrates how mercy triumphs over judgment. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Word on Fire Author: Bishop Robert Barron 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 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 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 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 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 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 “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
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