“By affliction, He teaches us many precious lessons, which, without it we should never learn. By affliction, He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, and makes us long for heaven. In the resurrection morning, we shall all say, ‘It is good for me that I was afflicted.’ We shall thank God for every storm.”
— JC Ryle
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how our passage this morning is one of the Scriptural foundations for Ryle’s outlook on affliction…
He understood what many of us miss when troubles come our way:
We see our troubles, and we sinfully draw the wrong conclusions.
If God can prevent our suffering then why doesn’t He?
Scandia Host:That’s a good question.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao steps to the pulpit once again following his son, Isaiah’s, tragic death… to wrestle with this. “How can we go to God for comfort when ultimately, God is the one who could have prevented it and has therefore ordained our pain?”
Average Guy: Exactly! That’s what I want to know.
Scandia Host: Well, you better pull up a pew and take a listen.
Average Guy: Wait a minute are we playing a game of opposites?
Scandia Host: No, but I can see what you mean. Because “sacrifice” sounds somber and costly.
Average Guy: –And “praise” sounds joyful… and a lot easier than “sacrifice.”
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao takes to the pulpit once again – following the fresh sting of the sudden loss of his son – and points out that when it comes to these two words, it’s not always one or the other, for the author of Hebrews tells us that we are to offer a sacrifice of praise. In fact, much of the New Testament describes the Christian life as the intersection between these two terms, where they not only meet but become intertwined into the very warp and woof of what it means to be a Christian.
Description: Psalm 119. It’s not a Psalm we usually go to when looking for comfort, but, ironically, it has more to say about comfort and affliction than any other Psalm.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues to preach in the aftermath of his son’s tragic death and points out that when you see a passage of affliction in the Bible, take heart in knowing that you are not far from comfort — for this pattern, of passages of comfort following passages of affliction, occurs over and over again… in almost every instance. God is the God of all comfort, and He comforts the afflicted.
When it comes to Psalm 119, we often categorize it as a Psalm about the beauty of God’s word and statutes, but what we’ll find is that, consequently, it is also a Psalm about God’s great comfort.
Description: How is it that the Christian can be devastated and yet hopeful at the same time? How is it that at the point when we are weakest is also the point at which we are strongest?
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao preaches in the aftermath of losing his son to a brutal horseriding accident and shows us, in the midst of that, that the Apostle Paul answers these questions in the book of 2 Corinthians; and within it we find more beauty in the Gospel for it is Good News even in times like this.
Description: On any Sunday morning in America you might hear a preacher proclaim that the only reason a person is sick is because they lack faith. Whoa be to the man who misrepresents the word of God. A proper search of the Scriptures will be offered today in response to that teaching.
Description: In order to correctly apply the book of Job to our lives, we must take into account the entire book, including the epilogue. It is in the final 11 verses of Job where we learn of his vindication and restoration and the condemnation of his three friends who have spoken falsely. While Job never receives the answer to the question of why he is suffering, what he does receive is far greater.
Description: This sermon (part 1 of 2) serves as an introduction to our series in book of Job — the aim of which is to see the Gospel and Christ even in the midst of an ancient book about the suffering of a man called Job. (Listen to Part 2)
Description: Peter informs his Christian readers to be on the alert for the “adversary, the roaring lion.” The roaring of the lion’s jaws is the power of suffering to destroy our faith. Therefore Peter has to remind his Christian readers, “resist him, firm in your faith.”
Description: In these verses Peter gives the climax of his urgent warning and strengthening of the church against the terrible persecution, already under way, but soon to issue in the death of countless numbers of the faithful. Although Peter primarily had in mind the prophetic destruction of Jerusalem, it should never be overlooked that the event itself was a type of the ultimate judgment of the Second Coming, giving all of the apostle’s teaching here a spiritual application for all generations to come.
Description: The Apostle concludes his teaching on submission with these two verses [3:8-9]. Whether it’s being in submission to every human authority, servants to a master, or even husbands and wives submitting to one another, we follow the example left for us by Jesus — we follow in His steps. Why? To inherit a blessing.
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