Search ResultsThe 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. 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. 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. History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace” (Part 2) C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1779 iconic and universally sung hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): "Amazing Grace." Part 2 of 2 focuses on stanzas 2-6 of the beloved hymn. History of Hymns: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the beloved Christmas carol by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893): "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Originally written for children, the carol has captured the imagination of everyone who sings it. 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. 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.... 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. History of Hymns: “We Believe in One True God” This offers background and commentary on the credal hymn by Tobias Clausnitzer (1619–1684) and translated by Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878), "We Believe in One True God.” Full Text Hymns on Misery When I came to him Christ came to mePD
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See more hymns... 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. Advent After the Storms This liturgical reflection uses Job 26:10 to considers the season of advent in the context of storms and natural disasters. 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. 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. Worship Service - Suffering and Hope David Bridges offers a worship service about suffering and hope, based on the book of Job; the congregation is in the position of Job and readers give the speeches of his "friends." 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.