by Jeff Schreve

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Real Faith for Real Life (3 of 8)
Series: Roller Coaster - Facing the Ups and Downs of Life
Jeff Schreve
Psalm 27:1-14

I heard about a preacher years ago. He had only been married a short time. He was pastoring a church. He had no children. And he preached a sermon, and it was a very strong sermon. It was a very authoritative sermon on how to raise your children. And then, he had a child (laughter). And then, he preached on the same subject, but he changed it. The sermon was called Some Suggestions to Parents. Then he had two more kids. Preached again on parenting. He titled it, Feeble Hints for Fellow Strugglers (laughter).

Life has a way of changing our perspective of things. It has a way of redefining lofty theories and know-it-all answers. And real life, if we’re all honest, real life can be really hard at times.

Over the years I have counseled lots of people in various situations and problems and marital problems and spiritual problems and family problems and this problem and that problem and addiction problems, and I believe that when I counsel, I really pray and ask the Lord to show me what to say. And I believe that I give people good, solid, biblical advice. But I always add this caveat: ''What I’m telling you to do,'' I’ll say, ''is right, and it’s what you need to do. But know this: It’s not easy to do. And if I were in your shoes, I would have trouble, too, doing this. So I don’t want you to think that I’m just doling out answers like a pharmacist will dole out pills, and say, ‘Hey, take two Scriptures and call me in the morning.’'' It’s not like that. Real life can get really hard. And it can get hard for every one of us - from the Billy Grahams of this world all the way down to the Billy Bob’s. The Christian life is not easy. As Adrian Rogers says, ''It’s not hard; it’s impossible.'' The only one who can live is Jesus.

Now what do you do when real life slaps you in the face? And it happens to all of us, where you’re going along and, all ...

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