Lessons in a Life Without Options


In the conversation for Sunday, July 8, 2018, Pastor Stuart Nice shares an encouragement that God’s presence is best known through other people. We experience God’s deliverance when we are authentically in community. As we are there for others, they will be here for us. 

Sacred Reading 00:00-12:40, Conversation 12:40-44:24

We were crushed and overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it.
2 Corinthians 1:8b (NLT)
  1. You Ought to Know
  2. Trusting in the Squeeze
  3. The Prayers that Turn the Tide

Sacred Reading

A note about the recording of the Sacred Reading:
The reader will pause between each of the four readings. The pauses have been left in the recording so that the listener can experience the rhythm of the gathering and even participate in the reading. Below are the guidelines for each of the four readings of the practice. 

  • Read: Read the passage and receive it as God’s message to you.
  • Reflect: Read the passage again and look for the word or phrase that the Holy Spirit highlights to your heart.
  • Respond: Take the highlighted words and make them a prayer.
  • Rest: Rest your heart on God’s promises.
I think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us. He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us. As a result, many will give thanks to God because so many people’s prayers for our safety have been answered.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (NLT