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A coarse adage of our day would follow this up with, “and then you die.” Have you heard that before? Have you felt it? Try as we might to control everything, stuff keeps happening. Now, maybe you were taught that if you work hard and play fair, things would go your way. They don’t. Perhaps your understanding of faith is that bad things shouldn’t happen to good people. But they do. How can I make sense of all this stuff before I die, and where is God in all of this? Making sense out of the stuff – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Stuff Happens

A coarse adage of our day would follow this up with, “and then you die.” Have you heard that before? Have you felt it? Try as we might to control everything, stuff keeps happening. Now, maybe you were taught that if you work hard and play fair, things would go your way. They don’t. Perhaps your understanding of faith is that bad things shouldn’t happen to good people. But they do. How can I make sense of all this stuff before I die, and where is God in all of this? Making sense out of the stuff – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Why Stuff Happens

I had a new friend meet me at the front of the church last week with a pretty profound question: “If God is so powerful and He loves us so much, why doesn’t He keep stuff from happening in our lives?” Great question. I mean, we play by the rules, we work hard, we pray and pray and pray…and yet the stuff just doesn’t seem to change or go away. Why God? What is all this stuff happening to me? Why won’t you just take it away or fix it? The unwanted gift of our stuff – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

The Wrong Questions To Ask

Sometimes when the “stuff” in my life is really spinning out of control, I start looking around. You would think my first thought would be to look for help, a way out. Nope. Do I look for a lesson to be learned from all of this? Not on your life – I’m in no mood for a lesson. When the stuff really hits hard, I have a couple of more primal concerns – wrong ones – and so do you. This Sunday at Mendham Hills, we learn the wrong questions to ask in our stuff, and the right one to help us make some sense of it all.

Stuff Happens - Monkey See, Monkey Do

The playwright and novelist, James Baldwin, once remarked, “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” The apostle Paul also acknowledged this truth when we said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” When stuff happens, we may forget everything we think we know about handling crisis, but we will inevitably gravitate towards the actions of those we have watched walk through it before us. A model to imitate – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Stuff Happens - Joy & Pain

If you’re old enough for this to sound familiar, you just began to sway. Who knew Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock had such wisdom? This simple rhyme taps into a pretty deep – but often-hidden – spiritual truth. A truth that Paul, an early follower of Christ, said he had to learn. A secret truth he said he had to “be initiated into,” a truth about finding joy and purpose, even in the pain. This Sunday, discover the secret purpose of the “stuff.”