Elijah triumphs over the prophets of Baal when he calls down fire from heaven and prays for Israel's drought to end. After this victory, the prophet becomes discouraged and depressed, but God meets him in this lonely journey. When we suffer from discouragement, God can refresh, refocus and reassign us as well.
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-13, Psalm 139:1-3, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Philippians 3:13-14
Job knows how to handle suffering -- he mourns it and grieves it. Despair and depression are normal human experiences after times of loss and are not contradictory to our faith. Disappointment, disillusionment and discouragement are God-created emotions. Even the godly can be depressed. Processing pain in a healthy way can deepen our spiritual growth and prepare us to shepherd...
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Job 3:1-26, Matthew 5:4, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Psalm 139
2 Corinthians 1 deals with the defense of the apostle Paul for his blameless conduct and his confidence. God affirms him in his stability, commission, security and guarantee of salvation.
Speaker: Stanley Toussaint
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:12 - 2:4