I wasn’t going to post these here, but Mark’s recent Fortune Cookie Sermons post made me do it.
A little parody with too much truth in it to be really funny.
This is the first of a two-part message broadcast over the radio several years ago. Each part is about 30 minutes. While there are nits that can be picked regarding a few things he says, this man is on target and the church needs to hear this message.
“The thing we kick against the most is the question of pain and suffering. We have naturally the idea that if we are happy and peaceful we are all right…Happiness is not a sign that we are right with God; happiness is a sign of satisfaction, that is all, and the majority of us can be satisfied on too low a level. Jesus Christ disturbs every kind of satisfaction that is less than delight in God. Every strand of sentimental satisfaction is an indication of how much farther we have to go before we understand the life of God, it is the satisfaction of a smug self-interest which God by circumstances and pain shocks us out of as we go in the discipline of life.”