FAITH UNDER FIRE (Sunday’s Sermon)

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” ~ James 1:2-3

When hard times come have you every questioned your faith? I have. In fact in my lifetime, my faith has been under fire more than once. I’ve asked God questions like…

“Why did they have to die?”
“Why am I the one with cancer?”
“When, O Lord, will you answer my prayer?”
“Why me?”

As I look back on those tough times, I know I’ve grown spiritually from these difficult times. But how do we hold on? What can I sink my “spiritual roots” in that will help me to not to blow over during this storm of my faith? How can I hold strong when my faith is under fire?

Sunday’s sermon – “Faith Under Fire” … if you want to follow along or if you need a good 20 minute nap. (This is Part 2 to last weeks sermon “When God Doesn’t Make Sense”)

PS – Caution … I found out last week I have an accent :)

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  1. Monalea says:

    I always feel like I’ve won, when I’m the first blogger.

    Those times of testing are what I call my valleys. The sooner I or my family realize we are being tested, the testing time seems shorter. We pull together, pray and put on a different attitude. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

    Counting your blessings in ‘testing times’ makes the time speed by faster also.

  2. Mommysmart says:

    Trey,

    We felt so fortunate to hear this one in person. We both enjoyed it so much. God through you is doing great work in “C” town. And what accent…hummm. I guess if you don’t hear it you must share it.

    Monica

    P.S. I thought that the fellowship hall was cozy!

  3. TREY MORGAN says:

    Monalea … you’re one of those people that I look at and realize that my tests are so minimal compared to some of the things you’ve struggled through.

    Monica… it’s pretty cool packing into the fellowship hall. Singing is really good. I wish i had one of those Matthew McConaughey accents or even a Sean Connery accent. Those are cool.

  4. Monalea says:

    Trey,
    I would never call anyone’s test minimal. A test is a test is a test is a test……

  5. lisa leichner says:

    I tend to think the same way you do, Trey; I have never been tested with tragedy or a serious disease, yet I pity & “woe is me” myself all day long because of some of the struggles I do face, and I think I’m ridiculous for it. When I hear Monolea’s story, or my friend Lisa’s story (who’s currently battling cancer), I think, “wow, what have I got to complain about?”

    And, really, you need to drop the insecurity about your accent. :P

  6. Stachia says:

    Trey,
    Can you work on the Sean Connery accent?
    Stachia

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Lisa … I’m just giving you a hard time. :)

  8. nb says:

    Thanks for this sermon Trey! Perfect timing.

  9. lisa leichner says:

    Right back at ya.

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Thanks NB :)

  11. Chris (formerly anonymous) says:

    I am like most people, I look at my life and think I have had it bad until I confronted with just how good I have had it.

    The experiences from my life that have caused me the most difficulty are the ones that have been self-imposed, brought about as the result of my poor choices. Unfortunately, those are the ones that have had the most severe consequences.

    Which is one of the reasons I have had a difficulty letting go of the discussion pertaining to spiritual leaders and sin, especially as it related to certain comments about them being rewarded if they were able to continue in leadership position. For me, having had an affair, ruining two marriages, losing my children on a daily basis, as well as friends I thought would be there through thick and thin, and guilt remains even though the sin has been forgiven, it is quite humorous to hear someone talk about “being rewarded” if the church forgives as God does and allows one to remain in a leadership position. Obviously that person has never made a mistake of this magnitude. I hope he never does, because I would hate to see him endure what I did.

    I have really enjoyed the conversations and comments I have found on your site, Trey. I look forward to spending time on here in the future.

  12. TREY MORGAN says:

    Chris … I’ve appreaciated you sharing your heart. I’ve prayed for you and you pain and guilt. And you are right, poor choices do bring the toughest consequences and most guilt.

    I want you to know you’re always welcome to hang out aroung here. We’d be blessed to have you share what’s on your mind with us.

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