Record thoughts and questions here that come up as you watch the
episode. Explore them later with the group.
Listen to God’s Word: Genesis 3:16-19, Romans 8:18-25
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Life is difficult. This is the great truth, one of the greatest truths—it is a great truth because once we see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled
…the sufferings and the glory [of God’s children] belong together indissolubly. They did in the experience of Christ; they do in the experience of his people also. It is only after we ‘have suffered a little while’ that we will enter God’s ‘eternal glory in Christ’, to which he has called us. So the sufferings and the glory are married; they cannot be divorced. They are welded; they cannot be broken apart.
John Stott, Romans: God’s Good News for the World
We all tend to operate out of a faulty assumption that looks something like this: “If only I could control my world, life would be manageable and have meaning and purpose.” Related to that assumption is an equally faulty one: “I ought to be able to control my world.” Before you dismiss that last statement too readily, think about your life. How much energy do you spend trying to manage your family life, your job, your life at church, your relationships?
Dan Allender and Trempor Longman III, Breaking the Idols of Your Heart