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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
“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...