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November 13, 2022 | Dr. Jim Bradford | HARDSHIP AND FAITH - Loneliness

November 13, 2022 | Dr. Jim Bradford | HARDSHIP AND FAITH - Loneliness

November 13, 2022 | Dr. Jim Bradford | HARDSHIP AND FAITH - Loneliness

Locations & Times

Central Assembly

1301 N Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO 65802, USA

Sunday 9:00 AM

Sunday 10:45 AM

Rejection:

2 Timothy 4:9,10a
Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me...
Isolation:

2 Timothy 4:13
When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
Betrayal:

2 Timothy 4:14-15
Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
Abandonment:

2 Timothy 4:16a
At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me.
HOW DID PAUL COPE WITH SUCH LONELINESS?

* He valued the trusted friends the he still had.
2 Timothy 4:9, 10b,12
Do your best to come to me quickly…
Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia…
I sent Tychicus to Ephesus
HOW DID PAUL COPE WITH SUCH LONELINESS?

* He valued the trusted friends the he still had.

* He was willing to give those who let him down a second chance.
HOW DID PAUL COPE WITH SUCH LONELINESS?

* He valued the trusted friends the he still had.

* He was willing to give those who let him down a second chance.

* He ultimately trusted God's friendship over human loyalty.
"The Lord “stood at my side”

"The Lord “gave me strength”
Selwyn Hughes It is in times of deepest loneliness, when there is no one there but God, that we learn to know Him most fully….In periods of loneliness, the Master draws us into His presence so that later, when we speak to others, they sense we are speaking to them from holy ground.

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