Sunday Worship Broadcast - February 17, 2019

Epiphany Sermon Series: “Discovering Divine Direction”
Sermon Theme:
“Turning Wounds into Wisdom”
Scripture: Luke 6:17-26
Overview: There is a great line from the movie Shrek, “Ogres are like onions! Lots of layers.” Emotional pain is like Shrek’s ogre, layer upon layer of tears. Yet like the onion, the more layers you peel back, the lighter it feels, and the greater your relief. If you peel back the pain far enough you discover that it has no lasting substance and less hold on your life in the present moment. And if you can do that, there might actually be something you can learn from the experience. When that happens, pain can be transmuted into happiness.
Remember these tips: 1) Don’t deny that pain exists. 2) Don’t explain pain away with trite truisms. 3) Don’t be so focused on getting out of difficult circumstances that you don’t get anything out of them. 4) Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God. 5) Turning pain into praise is God’s work. Lean into it.