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Comfort for Troubled Hearts

Stuart Briscoe

If you’ve ever been in a dark place, you know how good it feels to be comforted by people who love you. Sometimes it feels like that encouragement is the only thing that helps you withstand the injustice and hurt you experience. But no one can be with you 24/7 or carry your problems for you.

Isn’t it a joy to know that Christ is a constant comforter who has promised to never leave you? Not only that, but He understands your deepest needs. Read His words throughout the Gospels. They ring with hurt, betrayal, fatigue, frustration, and loneliness. There’s nothing too difficult for Him to understand. There’s nothing you are feeling that He didn’t feel, too.

In this uplifting series by Stuart, he looks at the comfort God promises by studying Jesus’ words during His own trying times.

Messages From This Series:

Have you ever experienced disappointed hope? To put all your trust in someone or something only to find they were untrustworthy—to be fooled and have your hope shattered. Maybe that’s why we tend to distrust rather than to trust. 

Jesus said, “Trust God, trust Me, don’t let your hearts be troubled.” But what does it mean to trust in God in the midst of things that are deeply troubling or discouraging?

In this message, Stuart Briscoe reveals truth that helps us understand how these words of Jesus can be possible in our own life.

Scripture: John 14:1-14:14

Everybody is looking for some degree of acceptance. Everybody wants to have some sense of significance and to feel like they are “giving back.” In other words, we have the need to experience love and the need to express love to others. If these needs aren’t met, it can cause us to look for love in all the wrong places.

In this message, Stuart Briscoe teaches of an obtainable love that can satisfy and bring meaning to our lives—supplying comfort even during troubling times.

Scripture: John 14:15-14:31

Are you in a dead-end relationship? Disappointed because that “special person” doesn’t meet all of your needs? We hear about situations like these all the time. 

It’s clear we’re created as relational beings, so why do we struggle so much with relationships? In this message Stuart Briscoe teaches about the ultimate relationship that brings both comfort and meaning to our lives.

Scripture: John 15:1-15:16

We know from personal experience that if something can go wrong, it will—and probably at the worst possible time. We navigate through all sorts of trials, but what if the trouble you face is because you’re a Christian?

Jesus tells us not to be surprised when we face troubles, because the world around us loves the darkness rather than the light. He also tells us to step out of our comfort zone, thoroughly convinced of who He is, ready to respond differently than the world.

In this message, Stuart Briscoe unpacks John 15 to show us how this kind of response is possible and how to find comfort through trials. 

Scripture: John 15:17-16:4

Sometimes we try to understand how anything good can possibly come out of the bad things that happen to us. The disciples certainly felt like this when Jesus told them it was to their advantage that He would leave them via the Cross. The advantage of which He spoke to them is to our advantage too, so we need to be clear about the promise He gave to them and to us.

Scripture: John 16:5-16:15

Dealing with grief and loss is something most people go through sometime in their lives. Trying to get through difficult situations on our own can leave us feeling hopeless and alone. 

The apostle Paul said, “We sorrow, but we do not sorrow as those who have no hope.” But is it possible for us to experience hope in the midst of grief?

In this message, Stuart Briscoe helps us to discover abundant life in all situations. Finding comfort during times of sorrow is possible when we know where to look.

Scripture: John 16:16-16:33

When faced with a crisis do you find yourself prepared knowing where to turn, or do you panic and simply react? As Jesus faced the reality of the cross, He instinctively turned to His Father in prayer. Is prayer your first line of defense in a crisis? 

In this teaching, Stuart Briscoe looks to Jesus’ example to teach us about the comfort available to us through prayer. 

Scripture: John 17:1-17:19

Jesus assumed that His disciples would faithfully fulfill the commission He had given them and that as a result there would be future generations of believers, including present day believers. So when He prayed for future believers His prayer included us! That He prayed for us is highly significant. What He prayed for us should be clearly understood.

Scripture: John 17:20-17:26

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