Saturday, March 9, 2013

When It Hurts Too Much to Cry

I found this gem the other day when I was unpacking a box of paperwork. It was sort of like finding buried treasure. Doesn't the title just grab you? Grab you Bible and spend a few minutes in John 16 today. Let God's Word penetrate your sadness, and rest in Him this weekend.

When It Hurts Too Much to Cry
(sermon notes from my pastor, Cornelius Hancock, at Springboro Baptist Church in Springboro, OH  Oct. 18, 2009)
John 16:1-33
Don't forget that you are not alone. The Holy Spirit is with you and relates to you.
  • The Holy Spirit is a person
  • The Holy Spirit is  God
  • The Holy Spirit is eternal
  • The Holy Spirit has emotions
Don't forget that God will transform your sorrow into joy.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
  • Lamentations 3:21-24
  • Sorrow and comfort can and do co-exist!
Don't forget that you can ask the Father for anything in Jesus' name
What does it mean to pray in Jesus' name?
  • Make requests consistent with God's will
  • Acknoledge your spiritual poverty
  • Express a sincere desire that God will be glorified
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33



  1. You must have felt the same as I did when I came across this Lorraine. hugs to you!

  2. Thank you Ferree..

    I love your words...."grab your Bible and spend a few minutes in..." I found that very comforting. ♥

    Last year I recall someone telling me to read my Bible..I picked it up and just went blank. Where do I turn in the Bible? What am I supposed to reading? When you're grieving; it can be overwhelming. What happens when you're overwhelmed? You stop what you are doing...

    I know sometimes I wish I had found this place a long time ago..but then I know I probably wasn't ready for it yet. I'm glad that God is my guide..he seems to know when and where one needs to be at a given moment.

    I actually did spend some time in John 16. If I had read that in the early days..I would have just cried in sadness and pain and I wouldn't have accepted the message. Now that I read it; it has a different meaning..I can cry because I'm starting to see that in God I will have peace and there will be joy again..

    I hope this will touch others today..

  3. Cathy, I'm touched by how you said
    "..he seems to know when and where one needs to be at a given moment." And you show us so perfectly how God does draw us out, each in our own time. It's a beautiful thing to see and such a privilege to walk with you through this part of your journey. <3


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