04/21/13 Dealing with Hardship (Archive Sunday Service)

After the Boston Marathon bombing, we talk about the decline of society. 2 Cor 4: 7-18 — Do you have fear? Are you ever distressed?

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BOND Archive Sunday Service, April 21, 2013: After the Boston Marathon bombing, the people talk about the dishonest media coverage and editorializing, as well as the reality of life in America today. Society and life in America has changed. The young people are brainwashed due to lack of families and fathers to protect them. Many people have fear, including even Christians who experience distress and despair, because of lack of faith — not seeing spiritually. We read the Biblical passage from 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18 and react to it. 

2 Corinthians 4 (New Jerusalem Bible)

Verses: 7 But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, so that the immensity of the power is God’s and not our own. 

8 We are subjected to every kind of hardship, but never distressed; we see no way out but we never despair; 9 we are pursued but never cut off; knocked down, but still have some life in us; 10 always we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus, too, may be visible in our body. 

11 Indeed, while we are still alive, we are continually being handed over to death, for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, too, may be visible in our mortal flesh. 12 In us, then, death is at work; in you, life. 

13 But as we have the same spirit of faith as is described in scripture — I believed and therefore I spoke -we, too, believe and therefore we, too, speak, 14 realising that he who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up with Jesus in our turn, and bring us to himself — and you as well. 

15 You see, everything is for your benefit, so that as grace spreads, so, to the glory of God, thanksgiving may also overflow among more and more people. 

16 That is why we do not waver; indeed, though this outer human nature of ours may be falling into decay, at the same time our inner human nature is renewed day by day. 

17 The temporary, light burden of our hardships is earning us for ever an utterly incomparable, eternal weight of glory, 18 since what we aim for is not visible but invisible. Visible things are transitory, but invisible things eternal. 


  • 00:00 Sun, Apr 21, 2013
  • 00:43 Boston Marathon bombing
  • 13:13 Feedback: Suicide, whites
  • 18:56 Life has changed
  • 22:30 Passage: 2 Cor 4: 7-18
  • 27:38 Set apart from debate: Losing freedom
  • 37:08 Do you have fear? “Never distressed”
  • 48:35 Not seeing spiritually: Overreacting
  • 54:38 All is well, always. Despair? Wrong voice!
  • 59:29 Apply it to your life? Be born again

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