by Dave Gustavsen

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Floods, Tyrants, and Other Impossible Challenges (2 of 5)
Series: Resident Aliens
Dave Gustavsen
Daniel 2:1-30

Good morning. We're going to be in Daniel chapter two today, if you want to find that place in your Bible. But I want to take a few minutes first and just give an update on the flood damage in our community, and some of the ways we've been able to provide help.

You know, we say this a lot around here: Jesus came into this world to heal the brokenness in the world. And the deepest kind of brokenness is spiritual brokenness. People have been disconnected from their creator because of sin. And Jesus came to reconnect people with God. So because of the cross of Christ, our spiritual brokenness can be healed. And that's really the heart of the gospel. So if we're truly continuing the mission of Jesus, we'll keep that central.

But when you look at the ministry of Jesus, he didn't only engage spiritual brokenness, right? There were other kinds of brokenness that he cared deeply about, and he brought healing to. So the world is broken in a lot of ways. And right now, this community has been broken by a flood. Things around here are not the way they're supposed to be, right? And you know, it's not just the physical damage of the flood…

I was talking to a homeowner on Wednesday afternoon-I was working with a team over in Wayne, right over the Pequannock border. He was an Arab guy; has a wife and three kids. And I asked him if his insurance is going to help at all with rebuilding. And he said, ''Yeah-insurance will come through eventually.'' But he said, ''You know, it's really not about the money. I just want to get my life back. Last year my family spent two months in a hotel while we rebuilt. And this is the fourth time this has happened in the past ten years. And we're just weary from it.''

And you've heard probably a dozen stories like that, right? Not only homes that are broken, but people whose lives feel like they're at the breaking point ...

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