Sermon – November 16, 2014

The Lord's Prayer Sermon Series - What Does It Mean To Pray Like JesusPain Management“, by Rev. Tom Duley

Sermon Series: The Lord’s Prayer

To a great degree life is about pain management. There isn’t one person who has ever lived who hasn’t experienced pain. Pain is just a part of living. That means that managing pain is also a part of living. Of course, there’s physical pain. At some point along the way all of us will get hurt physically. There doesn’t seem to be a way to avoid it.

It would be nice if physical pain was all the pain we had to deal with. Yes, it hurts for a while but physical pain usually (but not always) subsides. However, there are other types of pain associated with living that do not subside so readily as physical pain often does. Spiritual and emotional pain is just as real as physical pain and is often more intense and longer lasting.
Spiritual and emotional pain arises when we become aware that we have disappointed God with our sin or when we hurt one another with our words or actions. We humans hurt God when we act sinfully. We hurt each other along a spectrum that ranges from slightly too profoundly. There seems no way to escape the pain we cause ourselves or the pain we must endure from others.

God has a way to manage the spiritual and emotional pain that so often confronts us. It is that pain management that we will discuss this morning.

~Tom Duley

The Word

Matthew 6:12

And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

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