10/25/20 “Hard Providences, VI” Don White


Sermon Outline for Luke 22:24-34, 54-62. Theme: God preserves hurting believers who humble themselves under His mighty Hand.

1. Jesus ___________ Peter about the trial to befall him.

A. He prophesies to Peter of the spiritual realities awaiting him.

B. Jesus reveals a transaction between Him & the Father re: Peter


2. Peter _________________ proclaims he’s up to the test.

A. Incredibly, Peter disallows Jesus’ claims, v. 33.

B. Sadly, we may also disallow God’s claims, feeling we’re wiser than He.

3. God’s _____________ to cope is reserved for His humbled ones.

A. Jesus directed Peter to his responsibility once he repented.

B. Peter, chastened, gives instruction out of his experience, I Peter 5:5-7.


Questions for Study

From where do hard providences ultimately come? “Providences” is a clue.

What ways of handling setbacks, unforeseen losses, etc., only complicate them & make them harder to deal with?

How does Peter’s handling of Jesus’ prophecy (Luke 22:31-34) negatively illustrate Proverbs 3:5-6?

Often in challenging times God’s Word counsels us to wait on the Lord (e.g., Psalm 27, 37, 62; Isaiah 8, 30, 40; Lamentations 3; etc.). Why is that so hard to do? What does it say about us and about where we really place our faith, when we don’t wait upon the Lord?

What is God’s general purpose in hard providences? See Hebrews 12:7-11.

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?