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Shawn is a pastor and speaker passionate about Jesus and people. He is also the author of "Ministering to Gay Teenagers." Shawn lives with his family in Ohio, where he helps pastor CMA Church.

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The other day, I came across this fascinating story via Youtube.

In 1992, Bob Sorge, a pastor and worship leader, suffered a serious injury to his voice. He can only handle speaking for an hour a day, until the pain overtakes him into silence. The video below shares his story, and the answer to a question he received from his sister, “Can you find a God of mercy in the book of Job?”

As you watched this video, what stirred in your heart and mind?

As you process these stirrings, allow God to minister His truth into your questions, doubts, wounds, heartache … to whatever situation or emotion that was brought up during the video.

He is a God who doesn’t forsake us, even when the journey seems that way.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior .. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you …Isaiah 43:1-4

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:28-31

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus … whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things … for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:4-13

Thanks for loving your students,

Shawn

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8 COMMENTS

  • Mark Siebert says:

    Thank you.

  • Mark Siebert says:

    Thank you.

  • Krystal says:

    Thanks for sharing…beautiful story

  • Krystal says:

    Thanks for sharing…beautiful story

  • Jean says:

    What a testimony and what a message. Thank you God for not leaving me alone.

  • Jean says:

    What a testimony and what a message. Thank you God for not leaving me alone.

  • Sharon says:

    Wow what a message. Thank you so much.

  • Sharon says:

    Wow what a message. Thank you so much.

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