From Struggle to Hope

 

Welcome Message from Pastor Brad Herman https://youtu.be/JYRXU7SS6fw

 

Song                                            Come Thou Fount

Chris Rice https://youtu.be/NjfToqk5w5g

 

Paired Reading 

https://soundcloud.com/user-897558050-247704165/october-5th-paired-reading

 

Exodus 2:23-25 & Alcoholics Anonymous p. 56

23 After a long time the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under their slavery and cried out. 

 

“Our friend was a minister's son. He attended church school, where he became rebellious at what he thought an overdose of religious education. For years thereafter he was dogged by trouble and frustration. Business failure, insanity, fatal illness, suicide - these calamities in his immediate family embittered and depressed him. Post-war disillusionment, ever more serious alcoholism, impending mental and physical collapse, brought him to the point of self-destruction.” 

Alcoholics Anonymous p. 56

 

23 Out of the slavery their cry for help rose up to God.

 

“One night, when confined in a hospital, he was approached by an alcoholic who had known a spiritual experience. Our friend’s gorge rose as he bitterly cried out: ‘If there is a God, He certainly hasn’t done anything for me!’” Alcoholics Anonymous p. 56

 

24 God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 

 

“But later, alone in his room, he asked himself this question: ‘Is it possible that all the religious people I have known are wrong?’ While pondering the answer he felt as though he lived in hell. Then, like a thunderbolt, a great thought came. It crowded out all else: ‘Who are you to say there is no God?’ This man recounts that he tumbled out of bed to his knees.” 

Alcoholics Anonymous p. 56

 

25 God looked upon the Israelites, and God took notice of them.

 

 “In a few seconds he was overwhelmed by a conviction of the Presence of God. It poured over and through him with the certainty and majesty of a great tide at flood. The barriers he had built through the years were swept away. He stood in the Presence of Infinite Power and Love. He had stepped from bridge to shore. For the first time, he lived in conscious companionship with his Creator.” 

Alcoholics Anonymous p. 56

 

Song                                             Desert Song

AJ Michalka https://youtu.be/TrH8I73xsuA

 

Message (This message is from the October 5, 2019 service)

https://soundcloud.com/user-897558050-247704165/rlc-10052019-brad-herman

 

Strides & Struggles

Prayer & Share

Song                                        Your Grace is Enough

Chris Tomlin https://youtu.be/wtnE_e1LylY

Lord’s Prayer (Unison) https://youtu.be/EfSh-buNXcI

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Benediction (Unison)

“We are powerless over the fact that God loves us … 

and that God’s love for us is unmanageable.”

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