INTRO: The bottles aren't returnable;
The empty cans aren't burnable;
The sonic booms incredible;
The tuna isn't edible;
The off-shore rigs are leakable;
The billboards are unspeakable;
The slums are incurable;
The smog is unendurable;
The phosphates aren't dissolvable;
The problems seem unsolvable;
The people unforgivable;
And life's become intolerable.
There are a lot of problems in the world that can lead to troubled hearts. The 13th chapter of John's gospel records how Jesus told His disciples that He was going to be betrayed, He was going away to a place they couldn't come, and that Peter was going to deny Him three times. Believe it or not, they were troubled by this news. So in chapter 14 we read of some important truths Jesus told the disciples in order to soothe their troubled hearts.
This morning I want us to see four gifts of our Heavenly Father that soothe our hearts in troubled times.
I. THE FATHER'S HOUSE 2-4
A. THE FATHER'S HOUSE IS SPACIOUS
1) Jesus said 'In my Fathers house are many rooms.' That would have been comforting to the disciples. As Jesus' followers they were used to crowded conditions, often camping outdoors or being at the mercy of a stranger's hospitality. How many people had room for a group of 13 traveling evangelists? Jesus Himself once made the statement 'Foxes have their holes and birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.' Surely the disciples smiled when Jesus said there were many rooms in His Father's house. There was space for them.
There's room for us in heaven. We may have had the experience of being excluded from certain places or activities in this life on the basis of our social, economic or physical condition but we won't be excluded from the Father's house.
B. THE FATHER'S HOUSE IS SPECIAL
1) Jesus said 'I am going there to prepare a place for you.' I believe this communicates the id ...
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