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Pain is inevitable. We all feel it. Physical pain can be crippling. Emotional pain can be paralyzing. Pain can come in a thousand forms. Everyone has pain on some level. A failed marriage. A prodigal child. A failing business. A dying dream. Pain is a common denominator. Because we live in a fallen world and because we are sinners, pain is a reality.

Don’t let some happy-go-lucky philosopher tell you differently. Don’t let some prosperity preacher convince you to ignore the reality of pain. If pain is not a reality, the God owes Job and many others an apology. If pain is just something that existed before the health and wealth gospel came around, then God owes the first-century martyrs an explanation. Continue reading

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It has been said that hope is faith in the future tense. Paul wrote to the Colossians and reminded them of an eternal truth: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (1:27). The word hope is used 140 times in the Scriptures.

Thomas Brooks wrote, “Hope can see heaven through the thickest clouds.” John Bunyan wrote, “Hope is never ill when faith is well.” When our faith weakens, our hope darkens. Unfortunately, we have not taken a biblical view of hope. We have watered it down to mean little more than a wish, positive outlook, or optimism. We say, “I hope so,” as if we are handicapped and God is not sovereign. Biblical hope goes beyond a wishing well or a positive attitude. Continue reading

Free Series Knowing MCC Blog

Be sure to download this month’s FREE monthly sermon series through Sherwood’s online bookstore – Knowing the All-Knowing God.

 

In this 3-part series, pastor Michael Catt walks through Psalm 139 and examines the omniscience of God.

To download the free series, click here. Once on the series page, please check the box next to “MP3” for each message, then click “Add to Cart” for each message. After adding the messages you want, click on the shopping cart icon in the upper right corner of the screen next to “Quick Links”. Choose the option “Checkout”. Follow the prompts through the check-out process.

If you create an account in the bookstore, it will keep track of all your purchases. So, for example, if you download these MP3s to a laptop and then lose your files or change computers, you can come back to your bookstore account and download the messages again! It’s free and easy!

Free Series Control MCC Blog

Be sure to download this month’s FREE monthly sermon series through Sherwood’s online bookstore – Control: Out of My Control Is Not Out of His Control.

In this 11-part series, pastor Michael Catt helps us navigate the “out of control” situations in life. What do we do when life isn’t fair, when we face uncertainties, or when disaster strikes? The series includes:

The Rejection Of Pat Answers – Habakkuk 1:1-2
There’s No Answer To “Why?” – Habakkuk 1:1-2
What Leads to Judgement? – Habakkuk 1:2-4
Wrestling With Realities – Habakkuk 1:1-5
Heaven, We Have A Problem – Habakkuk 1:1-6
When Life Is Not Fair, Where Do You Turn? – Habakkuk 1:12
Have We Crossed The Threshold Of No Return? – Habakkuk
This Is No Time To Lose Faith: Learning To Wait And Listen – Habakkuk 2:1-4
What To Remember And What To Claim – Habakkuk 2
Learning To Wait On God – Habakkuk 2
The Prayer That Must Be Prayed – Habakkuk 3

To download the free series, click here. Once on the series page, please check the box next to “MP3” for each message, then click “Add to Cart” for each message. After adding the messages you want, click on the shopping cart icon in the upper right corner of the screen next to “Quick Links”. Choose the option “Checkout”. Follow the prompts through the check-out process.

If you create an account in the bookstore, it will keep track of all your purchases. So, for example, if you download these MP3s to a laptop and then lose your files or change computers, you can come back to your bookstore account and download the messages again! It’s free and easy!

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I was recently at a dinner with some of the Executive Team of an international ministry. We were discussing their incredible impact on the world and how God was doing “exceedingly, abundantly beyond” anything anyone could imagine.

At some point, our conversation turned to what we do at Sherwood. I was asked about what makes up the DNA of the church. What are the things that are important to us? When I’m asked these kinds of questions, I usually have no clue where the questioner is coming from. But what I discovered in that conversation was a lot of like-minded people. Continue reading