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Hot Mess-Finding God in the Chaos of Life: Sharing
August 18, 2019

Hot Mess-Finding God in the Chaos of Life: Sharing

School is starting. Many families are getting back to a similar, but different, routine. Children and youth may be starting school, changing schools, or going away to college. Parents are adjusting to a change of homework, class, and athletic schedules or an empty nest. Even those who are not directly impacted by school, will face other transitions. Change can be chaotic and frightening. It can throw us off balance, disrupt our equilibrium. When this happens, an old southern phrase comes to mind: “hot mess!” Sometimes life is just a hot mess. This week, we begin a new sermon series: HOT MESS: Following God in the Chaos of Life! Transitions can be dramatic and even traumatic, so where is God in these moments? This series will come from 2 Corinthians with the first installment coming from 2 Corinthians 1:3-11. Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church was truly a hot mess of problems and conflict! In 2 Corinthians, we begin to sense that the Corinthians and Paul have found how to follow God through the chaos! As the Apostle starts this letter, he reminds the Corinthians of the foundational reality of God’s comfort which is present, even in the most dramatic transitions! In the sermon, Sharing, he also reminds them of a great resource available to us as we encounter the hot mess of life! As you read, 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 let it bring clarity of strength and comfort to your heart! 2 Corinthians 1:3-11:5 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. (NIV)

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