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Romans 8:28, Matthew 7:7-11, Jeremiah 29:10-11, James 1:16-18, God is Good, Good Good Father, Troy Champ, King of My Heart, What Good is G0d?, Pain, Suffering

“Good Good Father“

Speaker: Troy Champ

Series: James: The Way of Wisdom

Primary text: James 1:16-18

Speaker: Troy Champ
Series: James: The Way of Wisdom
Primary text: James 1:16-18

When things aren't good, God is good and he brings good out of all things.

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. This true statement may strike you as a cliché – Especially if you are in a situation that feels hopeless or seems helpless. James pleads with his reader “don’t be deceived by your circumstances or suffering…” when things aren’t good, God is good, and he brings good out of all things. He is the good good Father. A good father cares for his children, provides for his children, guides them with wisdom, and disciplines with love. Maybe you aren’t ready to find the good, but take the opportunity to concentrate on finding God.

Our God is so loving and so large that he can take ALL things – your suffering, your sin, someone else’s sin, he can take the good AND the bad and make something good. I can’t tell you what “good” looks like, or when “good” will happen, but if you trust God with your disappointment or your dashed dreams he will bring good from them. Even when things aren’t good, God is good, and he brings good out of all things.

Other texts in this message: Romans 8:28, Matthew 7:7-11, Jeremiah 29:10-11

Homework

Book Recommendations:

Walking with God Through Pain & Suffering by Tim Keller
In this book, Keller respects the mind and the heart. He gives attention to the philosophical and theological questions of suffering while remaining sensitive to our emotions and the personal nature of our pain.

God is JUST Not Fair by Jennifer Rothschild
This book might be just what you need. Including chapters Justice Delayed, Justice Denied, Good God, Lousy Answers, and Not the God We Expect

Song Recommendations:
King of My Heart by Harvest Worship
Good Good Father By Chris Tomlin

And of course the book Good Good Father by Pat Barret and Chris Tomlin. A message that moms, dads, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and all families would do well to teach the little ones in our lives early.

Verse for the Week: Romans 8:28 We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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Worship Songs

I Lift My Eyes Up
written by Brian Doerksen

I Am
written by David Crowder and Ed Cash

Good Good Father
written by Pat Barrett and Anthony Brown

King Of My Heart
written by John Mark and Sarah McMillan

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