The Value of Human Suffering - Power Points to Jesus

The Value of Human Suffering - Power Points to Jesus

Why Haiti ? How many Christians died because of this earthquake? 1 150 in one congregation

Most of the 40 building of the Church of Christ where destroyed 2 3 Delmas Church of Christ Haiti 4

Delmas Church of Christ - Haiti 5 Some of the 31 children that live at the Son Light Childrens home. Sponsored by the Estes Church of Christ - Henderson, Tennessee This is the home of Roberta Edwards Port au Prince, Haiti 6

Roberta Edwards 7 Why do those in Haiti have to suffer?

8 What about those devastated by Katrina? Why Me 9

The Value of Human Suffering 10 I walked a mile with Pleasure

She chatted all the way, But left me none the wiser For all she had to say. I walked a mile with Sorrow And neer a word said she; But oh, the things I learned from her When Sorrow walked with me!

11 Atheism alleges human suffering is an argument against the existence of God or a loving God How can God be all powerful and all loving and allow suffering?

12 God has an expression of his love 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

13 Gods love granted mankind Free Will 14 Joshua 24:15

And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

15 Free Will enables humans to make their own choices Foolish choices can have

devastating consequences 16 Therefore our responsibility for unwise choices is mans not Gods So do bad choices cause

God to bring about Earthquakes? 17 Genesis 6:5 And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only

evil continually. Genesis 6:6 And it grieved Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart. 18 Genesis 6:7 And Jehovah said, I will destroy man

whom I have created from the face of the ground; both man, and beast, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; for it sorrowed me that I have made them. 19 Question

20 Why did God destroy Earth? Because of Sin

21 Facts: Prior to the Flood No Rain, No Hurricanes, No Tornadoes, No Earthquakes 22

The Flood caused all these terrible things to happen Thus it was Sin that brought God to cause the Flood 23 Sin caused God to bring about

the Flood, and with the Flood mans earth now has many problems 24 Romans 3:23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;

25 Since we have all sinned, we all must take on the aftermath of what caused the Flood Sin caused God to bring about

the Flood, and we all must bear the consequences 26 So what can we do about suffering?

We must turn to the loving God who created us 27 What are the Benefits that suffering

brings to mankind 28 Suffering: Insight into Sin The Bible clearly teaches that this planet has been

heir to suffering as a consequence of mans sin. 29 Romans 5:12 Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed

unto all men, for that all sinned. 30 Suffering: A Reminder of Our Infirmity Suffering highlights that we are frail human beings.

We are not God 31 Too many humans believe they are their own God 32

From the words of the infidel William Ernest Henley We are the masters of our fate, and the captains of our souls 33

When we suffer, we are forced to focus upon our own weakness It is hard to be haughty when you are hurting. Pain can be humbling

34 Suffering: A Reason to Call upon the Lord Suffering can draw our interests toward the true God 35

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any

affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 3 36 Psalms 18:6 In my distress I called upon Jehovah,

And cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry before him came into his ears. 37 Suffering: Real Value of Things

Suffering aids us in seeing the real worth of things 38 As the poet John Dryden said: We, by our suffrings, learn to prize our bliss He that hath an ear, let

him hear what suffering whispers to the soul. 39 Suffering: The Seed of Compassion Suffering prepares us to be

compassionate to others. There is an old saying Do not judge a man until youve walked a mile in his shoes. 40

I suggest another proverb: One cannot comfort effectively until he has lain in the bed of suffering. 41 Hebrews 2:18 For in that he himself hath

suffered being tempted, he is able to aid them that are tempted. 42 The song lyric Are you weary? Are you heavyhearted? Tell it to Jesus; tell it to Jesus,

Can we truly say: Been there, done that! 43 Suffering: Making Us Homesick Suffering sharpens our awareness that this earth

is not a permanent home. 44 1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lust, which war against

the soul; Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. 45 Suffering:

Teaches Us How to Praying isPray an instinctive human response to severe hardship. But effective prayer is a learned exercise. 46

Luke 22:44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. 47 When do we see people

most often in prayer? When suffering occurs A song Suggest: Pray when youre happy; pray when in sorrow. 48 Suffering:

Grooming the Soul for Eternity Suffering tempers the soul and helps prepare it for eternity. 49 1 Peter 1:6-7

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold trials, 6 that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor

at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 7 50 Suffering: Nurtures Virtues Reflect for a moment upon the quality of courage.

Civilizations universally perceive courage to be one of the prime traits of humanity, and, by way of contrast, cowardice is considered to be utterly reprehensible. 51 Ralph Sockman wrote: Without danger there would

be no adventure. Without friction our cars would not start and our spirits would not soar. Without tears, eyes would not shine with the richest expressions 52

Suffering: Builds Character Suffering separates the superficial from the stable 53 1 Corinthians 3:12-15

But if any man builds on the foundation gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, stubble; 12 each man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself shall prove each man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work shall abide which he

built thereon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as through fire. 13 54 So, while no one actively

seeks suffering in his life Honesty compels us to admit that hardships do have great value Certainly, the existence of suffering is not a valid reason for rejecting the Creator

55 Suffering: Insight into Sin Suffering: A Reminder of Our Infirmity Suffering: A Reason to Call upon the Lord Suffering: Real Value of Things Suffering: The Seed of Compassion Suffering: Making Us Homesick Suffering: Teaches Us How to Pray

Suffering: Grooming the Soul for Eternity Suffering: Nurtures Virtues Suffering: Builds Character 56 What is your reason for rejecting the creator?

What is your reason for rejecting Jesus? 57 Jesus suffered for you Why not come to

Jesus now? 58

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