July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Surprised By Suffering?

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Second Lesson Sermons For Lent/Easter

Harry N. Huxhold

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Belva Plain wrote about a battered housewife back when our national conscience was awaking to the serious problem of domestic violence. Plain's novel Whispers takes place in the comfortable affluent home of Robert Ferguson, a rising star in the corporate world. He and his wife Lynn are the parents of two daughters, Ann and Emily, and a son, Robert. An infant daughter had been lost in a swimming pool drowning.

The father is bright, handsome, winsome, thoughtful, and apparently very loving. On occasion, however, he is extremely physically violent with his wife Lynn. With his daughters he is harsh and cruel emotionally. It is obvious he can neither be contradicted nor challenged in making any major decision for his family. Each time Robert becomes violent with Lynn, he becomes exceedingly remorseful, but he always finds an excuse for his dreadful tantrums.

The periods between the horrible incidents are filled with warmth and devotion for Lynn and his family. Over and over ...

This sermon, Surprised By Suffering?, is based on 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11. This sermon relating to 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 is excerpted from the book 'ACCESS TO HIGH HOPE '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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