Excellent message This is excellent. The pastor I was saved under once said if we really knew and understood people's background, we would be much less critical and more understanding which would result in exhibited love toward fellow believers. I fear the church today has become a critical environment rather than a place where believers gather to worship Christ and feel the freedom to confess their sins and receive mercy. We are quick to judge when others don't meet "our" Christian standards--not Christ's standards (or our interpretation of His standards). This helped clarify the difference for me. A message worth listening to periodically.
ENCOURAGING SERMON! I know I'm not alone facing trials these days. Everywhere I turn I see & hear of people suffering. I want to encourage them but due to my own lengthy trial that has left me physically, emotionally and spiritually-spent, I don't have the wherewithal to reach out as I normally would. This message was exactly what I needed to hear. The ongoing trial(s) lasting months and months mixed with health issues escalated from environmental circumstances led me to a point of wanting to give up the other day. My hope was gone. Like a bruised & broken reed, I wondered if He cared as prayers have gone unanswered. This message was powerful & desperately needed to be heard by me. Of significance were his words at the 26 minute mark where he spoke of Satan's involvement. Pastor Mercer knows how to effectively communicate this truth without overdoing it. I easily forget that the enemy is actively working and how powerful he can be, even under the control of the almighty God. The evil one is slick and knows exactly what to whisper to bring added anguish and pain. I will be listening again (and again). May the Lord richly bless Pastor Mercer. He has a gift of preaching which I am very grateful for.
Great Sermon! I've heard this sermon several times already and have found it comforting and challenging to stay in prayer even when things look bleak or I don't have the words to say except "remember me, remember my situation..." this is an outstanding message for anyone going through painful times be it grief or discouragement or just want to hear a good exposition on Hannah. Of equal significance is the part two to this sermon, "lessons learned from Hannah." The whole topic of judging and being judged by others is relevant here. To remember Hannah's gracious response when she could have easily turned the tables on Eli. Excellent two messages. Thank you so much.
A Balm of Gilead I needed to hear this series and it came at the right time after I prayed that the Lord would lead me to a sermon to bring hope and help me endure the continuous trials I've encountered the last 10 or so months. Bill Crockett clearly knows what it is like and can encourage the fainthearted just like Paul said in 2 Cor. I was at the point of giving up after one thing after another kept striking me. Everything that could go wrong has from finances to health to church to housing to relationships and more. It keeps coming. Even friends have reached a point of shock not knowing what to say anymore. I understand their frustration. Eventually and recently, I hit despair. When I heard this series, it was the Balm of Gilead I needed from the Lord. I thank God for Bill Crockett and this series of sermons "When Life Seems Unlivable" which I will definitely listen to again... and again. Thank you, thank you so very much. May God richly bless your ministry. Blessings to you,
A Much Needed Message Pastor Mike Stone has really hit the nail on the head in this message. I could relate all too well from a personal viewpoint as well as convicted perspective. The Church needs more messages like this and renewed hearts. I stand convicted listening while at the same time, I have also been at the painful receiving end of hardened hearts. We (and I) need to leave our views and opinions at the altar and reach out to those who are desperately hurting, who cannot find the energy to ask for help. THANK you pastor Mike Stone for such a needed word. It is my prayer that the Lord will bring others to hear this sermon.
Wonderfully Encouraging This is similar to his other "Trusting in the Midst of Darkness." It is deeply encouraging as the darkness I have faced continues on. Thanks to Rev. Mercer's message, I am reminded to cling to the Lord despite the dark circumstances and try not to solve the situation on my own which is a temptation to want to do. This is definitely (along with the other sermon) a message for those who are walking a dark path--be it short or long. Let the words of this message reach deep into your heart and minister to your soul and spirit as you wait upon the Lord who will deliver you (Ps 50:15). Thank you.
Incredibly Encouraging I am so thankful for this pastor. He has a way with teaching and bringing Scripture alive, making it relevant to our lives. That is a gift. I am deeply grateful for this sermon for it is filled with a message of hope. It is one that I will listen to repeatedly.
AMAZING Sermon! I'm convinced that the Lord led me to this pastor at a crucial time. It was perfectly tailored to what I needed to hear. Through several of his messages, Pastor Mercer has been the Lord's appointed messenger to reach me and remind me that He has not forgotten me, nor will He fail me even though things look very hopeless.
If you are facing a similar outlook, take heart. Don't neglect this message. I also hope that listeners won't overlook two of his other complementary messages that complement this sermon: "Trusting in the Midst of Darkness" and "God's Purpose for His People" (oh and also "Take it to the Lord in Prayer")
In trying to express my gratitude, Philemon 1:7 came to mind (forgive me for the personalized paraphrased version)-- "I thank God for you... for I have derived much joy and comfort (and also hopeful encouragement) from your messages. My heart has been refreshed through you." God bless you, Reverend Mercer as you continue to preach the Word and serve Him.
A HOPE-FILLED ENCOURAGING MESSAGE This came at the right time! Normally, I am upbeat and positive. I always find hope amidst the darkness. I want to live for Christ, be used by Him and for His glory but suddenly I've found myself in an impossible situation. With no place to move in 30 days I will be out in the street. After looking for three months, I have begun to lose hope in finding a place to live. Am up against the Red Sea & the waters are all around me & in front of me. Only He can part it and do the impossible. Even my young pastor, God bless him, doesn't understand though he tries. I feel ashamed for feeling this low & discouraged/hopeless. This sermon was AMAZING. It is what the Great Physician and Wonderful Counselor ordered me to hear and remind me I'm not alone. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for such a needed hope-filled message and for your compassion and understanding which shines through this message. God bless you richly, Pastor. I plan to spend the whole day in prayer tomorrow because of this. This message was exactly what I needed to hear.
Wonderful and Very Helpful I've gone through a very hard 18 months with financial struggles after losing P/T work. I am not an orphan nor am I a widow. Because I never married it has left me with numerous questions at times. At the core, I desire to be self-sufficient according to 1 Thess. 4:11-12 but being on disability has made it uniquely difficult & challenging as I've looked for ways to become self-sufficient. As I've encountered unexpected expenses, I have felt burdensome. This message helped put things into perspective even though I don't fall into the widow or orphan category. Thank you for this much needed message. God bless.
Very Helpful! I've gone through a very hard 18 months with financial struggles after losing P/T work. I am not an orphan nor am I a widow. Because I never married it has left me with numerous questions at times. At the core, I desire to be self-sufficient according to 1 Thess. 4:11-12 but being on disability has made it uniquely difficult & challenging as I've looked for ways to become self-sufficient. As I've encountered unexpected expenses, I have felt burdensome. This message helped put things into perspective even though I don't fall into the widow or orphan category. Thank you for this much needed message. God bless.
WONDERFUL MESSAGE Oops. I posted a review of a similar message under the wrong message but the scripture reference was the same and by the same speaker, Dr. Minnick. I also accidentally typed the wrong scripture reference and said 2 Pet. 5:7 when it should have been 1 Pet. 5:7. That said, this message is one of the BEST I have ever heard on this scripture (and Phil 4:6-7). It has genuinely revolutionized (no joke) my prayer life as I have gone through various challenging difficulties, one right after another--like of like Job. I began to question and wonder until I heard this. The ending was worth it all. Make sure you have kleenex available.
I am so thankful that the Lord led me to this specific message. I have since shared it with others who have also been blessed. Thank you so much, Dr. Minnick for this life-changing message. Thank you! May the Lord bless you!
Great Sermon! How I wished I was saved and had such a love for God as Paul does, Just to know him personally is something I have wanted all my life, guess I was not selected,not elected. How I would like to give up but I just can't. not that God would change his mind, I wish he would, But after all it is God Kingdom with the ones he wants, Just wished he wanted me TEARS
Great Sermon!- so timely and needed Thank you so much for your courage n bringing this information out. So many probably do not know the danger until it is too late! As a grandmother of 2 young boys, 11 & 8, some of the questions I I am ask are those a grandmother should not have to be answering. When I say ask your dad or your mother, the 11 year old is too afraid he would get in trouble. Makes me wonder how many young people are out there with the same problem. It is also sad how many times at church he is bombarded with scantily dressed women and girls. It is already difficult to avoid pornography out in the world and on the Internet, and then have to encounter lustful thoughts at church. I have been praying conviction on these women to realize what a stumbling block this is to men and young boys.
Please, pastors and youth leaders address these problems from the pulpit.. I know it is uncomfortable and may be offensive to some, however you are called to preach and teach the whole Bible and the whole counsel of God. Are young people are bombarded with this stuff daily and everywhere they go as it has become the norm, and need answers from God's Word! Please!
A concerned Grandma...
Great Sermon! This started out great but lasts only 6 minutes and cuts off during the Scripture reading. Something went wrong. Whoever uploaded this goofed somewhere or the technology did. :(( No doubt it was a good sermon. I hope it can be reloaded in its entirety.
SUPERB Sermon! This has to be one of the most encouraging sermons ever! Everyone at some time in their life will encounter this. This was very timely for me after being verbally attacked by a family member and some close to me, I began to wonder if I had a sign on my forehead that said "kick me." Thank you, Pastor Steve! You are a fabulous expositor and make Scripture relevant while at the same time uplifting the name of Christ, always pointing us to the One who knows our plight, Who alone is worthy and controls everything. Thank you. Thank you. May God bless you richly.
Great Sermon! Thank you!! Finally, a godly minister that dares to speak the truth about C.S. Lewis!! It has always amazed and sadened me that ministers will quote and DEFEND this false teacher. It appears there is little spiritual discernment in our churches in these last days. Lewis should NEVER be quoted from the pulpit in a positive way. God bless you for speaking the truth!!
Great Sermon! Since I am only able to attend one hour of these sessions each night, I am so thankful that each session is on sermon audio. God bless you, Pastor Kevin for your faithful preaching of the Word.