October 25, 2015: To Truly Know God, II

Posted on : Oct 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday we welcome The Rev. Howard Fauntroy as our preacher and worship leader. After pastoring a local church in Detroit, Michigan for almost 20 years, Howard is pursing Christ’s call to serve the people of God as a Hospital Chaplain. Last winter Howard was a chaplain intern at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Currently he is serving as a Resident Chaplain in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at UCLA Medical Center. Howard has been worshiping with us for almost a year. We warmly welcome him and look forward to his message!

Here is a word from Howard:

My sermon is “To Truly Know God, II.”

I was last moved to speak from this passage (Job 42), the day after, I (a twenty-something Chaplain/Pastor) officiated at my father’s funeral and later that same evening officiated at my mother’s God-Daughter’s wedding. The sermon title on that day, Sunday, September 1, 1996 was, “To Truly Know God.”

After pastoring in Detroit, Michigan until two years ago AND serving as a hospital chaplain in two of our major Medical Centers here in Los Angeles, I can only imagine what version 2.0 of this sermon will be like!

BTW, Don’t forget that the book of Job is about “God and human suffering.” “Why does God allow humans to suffer?” All Job’s “friends” want him to curse God, but Job refuses. The text for Howard’s sermon is from the last chapter of Job’s story and the final words of wisdom from Job himself!

Blessings to you all!…And I have a sure feeling you are truly going to be blessed by Howard’s message.

Dan

 ~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Job 42: 1-6, 10-17

 

Then Job answered God:

            ‘I know that you can do all things,

            and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

            “Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?”

            Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,

            things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

 

            “Hear, and I will speak;

            I will question you, and you declare to me.”

            I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,

            but now my eye sees you;

            therefore I despise myself,

            and repent in dust and ashes.’

And God restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and God gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then there came to Job all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that God had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring.

God blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers.

After this Job lived for one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children’s children, four generations. And Job died, old and full of days.

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