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Heartbreak Hotel
January Sermon Series

Hotels are great to check in to on vacation. It's always so much fun to be in a place where you don't have to do laundry, clean your room, and you get to relax. Everyone loves to check into a hotel, unless it's the "other kind" of hotel. The other kind of hotel is not a wonderful place to be. It's called "Heartbreak Hotel." That's where we wonder about our future and if God is really who he says he is. The hotel where we struggle with bad choices made, shame, our superficial lives and how we've become passive and need change. It's not a good place to be. It's filled with doubt. Even if we've trusted the Lord for many years, certain conditions may cause our faith to waver. Let's look at some:

  1. We don't see God in certain circumstances. The Lord has promised to take care of us, but it may not be in the way we want. We may think that the Lord couldn't possibly be in the midst of a difficult or painful moment, but He is. According to Romans 8:28, He promises to work all things for our good if we love Him and are called according to his purpose.
  2. We focus on the problems and worry. Little problems can become huge when they dominate our thoughts. That's why we must always consider every situation in the light of our great God. God can handle anything and everything. When we stop worrying, we demonstrate that we truly do trust the Lord.
  3. We might feel guilt over past sins. Sometimes we doubt that God could possibly forgive us for something we did in the past. Even after we've confessed it, we still carry a heavy load of guilt. The problem is one of unbelief (1 John 1:9). As believers, there's nothing we have to do to earn his forgiveness since Christ paid for all our sins on the cross. But note, we may still have to deal with the consequences of our actions, but our guilt has been removed.

The good news is that hope is here. Jesus wants to check you out of the Heartbreak Hotel as soon as possible. And in the mean time, we will help you out on Sunday mornings.

See you in church,
Pr. Tom