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Hear Our Cry
Sunday, August 6, 2017

Mourning in Faith

Pastor Kevin Brown

Mourning must be our response when our lives are touched by the fallenness of those close to us; when we see our own sin and when we see the sin of the world around us. When we see and experience these things and fail to mourn -- by turning to God and crying out to Him -- we become prideful, self-pitying and full of despair. Mourning delivers us from ourselves and our conclusions into God and His promises. We must mourn and we must mourn in faith.



 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Releasing the Comforter

Pastor Kevin Brown

The suffering we experience in this world is attached to purposes far bigger than our lives. Our willingness to mourn -- turning to God persistently with our hurts, disappointments and sorrows -- empties us of self-focused and self-contrived remedies and leads to accessing God's supernatural comfort. Releasing the comforter is attached to our mourning.



 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Comfort of God

Pastor Kevin Brown

White, black, brown, yellow, poor, rich, male, female, tall, short, young, old, educated, self-taught, Christian, Muslim, Jew, married, single and so on -- no one is exempt, this life will break you. Jesus knew this and His answer to this unavoidable reality was, "blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted." All of our addictions and dysfunctions are rooted in our inability to mourn. We must learn to mourn. We must learn to mourn and access the comfort of God as a way of life.



 


Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Cry God Hears

Minister Angela Brown

“God help me!” “Fix it Jesus!” “Save me Lord!” These are all common cries to God in times of trouble. Although necessary, shallow appeals like these frequently cease when we believe we’ve received the answer or help we want, often forfeiting the process of mourning for the “path of least resistance.” But how do we even know when our cries have reached God? More importantly, how do we respond when God cries out to us—do we even hear Him? It’s in places of mourning where God not only hears us, we hear Him, receiving His divine instructions and experiencing what is impossible with man—miracles, signs and wonders.



 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Cry of a City

Pastor Kevin Brown

We don't often think of cities in human terms, but we should.  If all we consider when thinking of a city is its crime rate, its poverty, its arts and culture or its sports teams we miss a very real truth and quite possibly our personal why and reason for being.  Cities are living, breathing masses of humanity working together to flourish and find fulfillment in life.  Cities have scars, pains, histories, aspirations, dreams and hopes.  Cities laugh, cities hope and yes, cities cry.



 


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hear Our Cry

Pastor Kevin Brown

Get over it!  It’s not that bad.  You’ve been through worse.  So much of contemporary culture is dominated by an unwillingness to experience and acknowledge mourning and sorrow.  In our insatiable efforts to see the bright side of things we can lose our ability to truly mourn.  We’ve been taught to see no value in feeling loss, hurt, grief or remorse.  But a society void of true mourning also becomes a society void of true joy. A society void of true mourning also becomes a society void of compassion and empathy.  A society void of mourning becomes incapable of releasing the cry that brings it close to the heart of God.



 


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