5/10/20 “Gold Star Moms” Mike McOrmond

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I. Introduction

  1. American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

  1. Shaking the Earth (Hebrews 12:26-29)

  1. Panning for Gold (Job 23:10)

II. Purpose- We can endure hard providences and come forth as gold by emulating 3 Gold Star Mothers in the Bible.

  1. Gold Star Mom 1- Hagar

  • First Runaway Crisis (Genesis 16:1-16)

  • Near Death Experience (Genesis 21:10, 14-21)

  • Gold Nugget- Hagar was shaken and swirled in the pan of desperation and discovered God as “The God Who sees me.”

B. Gold Star Mom 2- Naomi

  • Famine, Husband & Sons Death (Ruth 1:1-5)

  • Naomi = Pleasantness / Mara = Bitterness (Ruth 1:13, 19-21)

  • Pleasantness and Nourishment Restored (Ruth 4:14-17)

  • Gold Nugget- Naomi was shaken and swirled in the pan of hardship and God turned her bitterness into joy.

C. Gold Star Mom 3- Mary

  • Shame, Pending Divorce & Possible Stoning (Matthew 1:19)

  • 5 Moves in 12 Years (Nazareth > Town in Judah > Nazareth > Bethlehem > Egypt > Nazareth)

  • Losing Boy Jesus for 3 Days (Luke 2:41-51)

  • A sword will pierce through your own soul also” (Luke 2:34-35)

  • Watching Her Son Be Crucified (John 19:25)

  • Servant and Magnifier of the Lord (Luke 1:38; 46-55)

  • Gold Nugget- Mary was shaken and swirled in the pan of hard providence which revealed a worshiping servant heart of gold.

III. Conclusion

  1. Summary

  1. Application

  • Which Gold Star Mom inspires you the most to endure hardships so you can come forth as gold?

  • These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. (I Peter 1:7)

  • Closing Prayer


  • Describe the greatest hardship you have ever experienced?

  • Can you recall a time when God revealed Himself in a deeper way and helped you through a crisis?

  • What can we learn from the example of Hagar?

  • If you are currently in a desperate situation, do you believe that God sees you?

  • What does the life of Naomi teach us?

  • Are you experiencing a bitterness right now where you will trust God to restore and nourish you?

  • What encouragements flow from the way in which Mary endured hardship?

  • In the midst of your hard providence, will you keep serving and worshipping God through it?

  • Which Scripture spoke to you the most and why?

  • What is your biggest “take away” from this sermon?