Hope for Hurting Hearts

by Greg Laurie on Jul 14, 2019

In this webcast, Pastor Greg Laurie shares a message from John  11 titled “Hope for Hurting Hearts” in our “Sunday Morning” series at Harvest Christian Fellowship.

Sermon Notes

It’s been said that “Man can live forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope!” In Romans 15:4 it tells us “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises.”


It was Scripture read and believed that lifted that weight off. “Never trade what you do know for what you don’t know.” Grief is like wiping out on a wave. Scripture is like that leash that gets us above the surface. God will give you the strength you will need in your hour of need.

  • Life is filled with pain, sorrow, and the death of loved ones
  • Despite the hardships of life, we must remember that God loves us.
  • Jesus weeps with us in our times of pain.
  • God can be glorified through human suffering and bring good out of bad

We tend to think about what will make us happy and comfortable now; God is focusing on what will make us holy and stronger spiritually. God’s delays are not necessarily His denials! It is through hardship we develop hope! Hope grows in the garden of adversity. When a Christian suffers and still glorifies God it reassures the rest of us that there will never be a valley so deep that God will not get us through it. The suffering of a Christian is also a powerful testimony to a lost world. The tomb is not an entrance to death, but to life. Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”


  • John 11
  • Proverbs 10:28
  • Romans 5:3–4
  • John 11:33–38
  • Isaiah 53:3–4
  • John 11:32–36
  • John 11:20–26
  • John 11:21
  • John 11:26
  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • Matthew 14:12
  • Isaiah 37:14
  • 1 Peter 4:12
  • Psalm 38:15
  • Psalm 130:5
  • Psalm 119:114
  • Hebrews 6:19

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