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3 of 4 Easter Series at Tabernacle Baptist Church 2011

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<ul><li> 1. Beauty from AshesJohn 11:1-46<br />Comforting those dealing with the pain of lifes disappointments<br /></li></ul> <p> 2. Introduction<br />Oasis is a place of comfort and security <br />It is a very welcome site in times of storm<br />It does not seek to minimize the reality of the storm, just the damage <br /> 3. Introduction<br />Grief is a common response to the loss of something very important to you<br />Death of a loved one<br />Broken marriage, relationship<br />Firing, downsizing, laid off from job<br />Failure of a dream<br />Economic setbacks<br />Grief is very painful.<br /> 4. Introduction<br />We do not have to grieve like the unsaved do<br />1 Thes. 4:13<br />2 Cor. 1:4-6<br />In the resurrected Christ, <br />there is relief from pointless pain<br /> 5. The Bethany Story<br />Lazarus was very sick (11:1-2)<br />Jesus was not in Bethany (11:3-16)<br />Lazarus died and was buried (11:17)<br />Lazarus was loved and mourned by many (11:18-37)<br /> 6. BAD<br />WORSE<br /> 7. Short Circuits<br />1. God is too late.<br />The best time to respond is past<br />Now, it is a full blown crisis!<br /> 8. Short Circuits<br />2. God isnt in charge of my life.<br />God could have stopped this, but He didnt<br />Has He just set me adrift in the universe? <br /> 9. Short Circuits<br />3. God doesnt care about me.<br />God could fix this situation, but He isnt<br />Why bother praying? prayer doesnt change anything<br /> 10. Short Circuits<br />4. Big Christian boys and girls dont cry when it hurts.<br />There is a band-aid verse for this<br />Crying shows a lack of faith<br /> 11. The Bethany Story<br />Lazarus was very sick (11:1-2)<br />Jesus was not in Bethany (11:3-16)<br />Lazarus died and was buried (11:17)<br />Lazarus was loved and mourned by many (11:18-37)<br />Lazarus was raised from the dead (11:38-46)<br /> 12. Oasis Creation<br />Minister comfort to hurting people<br />Acknowledge the value of the loss<br />Affirm Gods love for them and His presence with them<br />Reassure them that there is a greater purpose <br />Pray with them<br /></p>