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RiverOaks Presbyterian Church, Tulsa
Ricky Jones  |  Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Overcoming the World
MONDAY, MARCH 02, 2020
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BLOG ON: SERMON Three Comforts in the Darkness
RiverOaks Presbyterian Church, Tulsa
Ricky Jones
Several years ago, a friend of mine left tennis practice on his motorcycle and headed home. Along the way, a car ran through an intersection and crashed into him. He received a traumatic head injury, and broke his leg in several places. His life was forever changed and his tennis career came to an abrupt end.

Months later he appeared in court. During the final settlement hearing, the judge asked him if he would ever ride a motorcycle again. He said, “No, because I now know that you can do everything right, and still get run over.”

Life feels that way to me sometimes, “I did everything right, and still got run over.”

Sometimes really good parents have children who struggle with eating disorders, or sexual orientation, or depression, or psychotic episodes, and they blame themselves. “Surely I did something wrong,” they think. But they didn’t. I watched them and they were good parents.

Sometimes faithful hard working people get fired, or miss out on promotions, or get treated badly in the workplace and never get their heads above water and they ask why but can’t see anything they did wrong.

The same is true with our friendships, marriages, and even our health. Sometimes you can do everything right and still end up wrecked.

Jesus warned us about that. He said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world."

“In this world you will have trouble.” The warning itself comforts me. He knew this was coming. He understands the world we live in and how hard it is to make it. He knows the frustration and heartbreak that await us.

“Take heart, I have overcome the world.” Yes, this world is broken. It is broken so badly that God himself had to die to fix it. It is broken so badly that we will have to die to experience a world that is healed. But this broken world is not final. Jesus has equipped us to live in this world and has created a better home for us in the next.

He has given us a Father. We were orphans, alone in the world, but Jesus brought us home and introduced us to his Father. This Father has welcomed us into his family, called us sons and daughters, and given us his care. Our Father knows us, sees us and hears us even in our darkest hours. We may get wrecked, but we will never be alone again.

He has given us his Spirit to live in us. This Spirit enlivens us, sustains us and even shows us where to walk. Some days we get wrecked and wonder how we could possibly go another day. But his Spirit wakes us up in the morning, and gives us the energy to keep moving toward hope.

Finally, he has given us the resurrection hope. This world is not the final word. Jesus has punched a hole through the grave and promised us a world where he will wipe away every tear from our eye. In that world there will be no more wrecks, nothing to fear, no darkness. He promises to meet us there. His Spirit promises to get us there. His Father promises to walk with us every step till we get there.

I tell you these things that in my you may have peace. In the world you will have troubles, but take heart, I have overcome the world.

Ricky Jones Ricky Jones

Ricky Jones has spent the past two years as a church planter and pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before that, he was a campus minister with Reformed University...

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12 Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know
MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015
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Being a pastor is one of those jobs everyone thinks he understands, but few really do. I know I had no idea what it was going to be like. So after 20 years of experience, here are a few things some of us wish you knew. I love my job. Jesus a...
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Don't Miss Easter
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 01, 2015
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Luke 13:34 may be the saddest passage in the Bible. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,...
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5 Things Depressed People Want You to Know
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014
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If you do not struggle with depression yourself, you almost certainly love someone who does. Talking with depressed people can be tricky. Sometimes we say things to help that only serve to make our friend feel worse. After making that mistake a...
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Believe What You Have Become
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
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Saturday Night Live had a skit called "Daily Affirmations" where a character named Stuart Smalley would stare into a mirror and say: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, doggone it, people like me!" SNL was making fun of the idea that positive...
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Is Marriage a State or Church Issue? And Other Questions
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013
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Questions I address in this post: Is marriage a state or church issue? How do I love my gay brother? How do I uphold biblical marriage while loving homosexuals? Should we treat homosexuality differently than other sins? Is John 8 apocryphal? What...
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Never Stop Asking Too Much
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013
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I live much of my life disappointed. My friends tell me I have unrealistic expectations. It is true, unfortunately I often find myself saying, “I guess it was too much to hope for…” I guess seeing this alcoholic reform before...
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Lent is Good for Me
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
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Lent may be the most Christian of the holidays. No stores have big Lent sales; no one pushes Lent decorations, tries to sell Lent books or hands out Lent jewelry. Lent does not lend itself to commercialism or emotion. Instead it calls for a long,...
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Dear Lance Armstrong,
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013
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Dear Lance, Wow, what a terrible few years you must have had. You were running from the truth, running from your friends, and fighting against yourself. You must have felt very alone, angry and remorseful. The worst may finally be over. You will...
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Sin: Words You Thought You Understood
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
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Please learn the true meaning of sin. Sin lives within every heart. It bends the way we think, feel and act. In the beginning, sin crept into our world and let in his friend death, and to this day sin leads humans by the hand into the arms of...
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