Sherwood Oaks Blog

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Posted by Nancy Barrow on

Why do bad things happen to good people? Have you ever asked this head shaking question? Perhaps your own difficult circumstances or those of a dear friend or family member prompted this inquiry? Job was experiencing this dilemma himself. Remember Job, the most influential man in his region...

Unshaken Faith

Posted by Alan Phillips on

All Job wants is his day in court. He boldly summons God to write out an indictment to which Job will gladly answer in court. Even with God as the judge, Job has nothing to fear, for God will vindicate him if he ever gets a hearing. Job accuses Bildad of tipping the scales of justice in favor of...

Friends? Who Needs 'Em?

Posted by Vickie Carmichael on

Job’s friends would have helped Job more to simply share his grief and admit that they did not know all the “whys” of life. Why is it those closest to us try to analyze our circumstances and start telling us exactly what is wrong with us and what we need to do to get...

...and shoud I dare complain, contemplate Job...

Posted by Cary Curry on

JOB 2 This short chapter captures so much of the emotion of the Book of Job. It’s painful to read, as it provokes emotions in us that we hope are never a reality in our lives. We see, however, that there is a world vying for us – a world that is not what God intended for us &ndash...

Job 1

Posted by on

In the book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, by Judith Viorst, Alexander the main character undergoes a series of difficult events which result in a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is...

Esther 9

Posted by Elizabeth Moore on

I have to be honest that in my research of Chapter 9 in Esther, I really needed to focus. The chapter is a little violent so I decided to zero in on one event: Purim. But in my further online research of Purim, I saw a link that said, “How to make a fishtail braid in 5 easy steps&rdquo...

Esther 3

Posted by on

The story of Esther is one of my favorites in the Bible.  The ups and downs and plot twists have always made me wish it would be turned into a Disney animated movie. This chapter is all about the “bad guy” Haman and his plot to do away with the Jews in Babylon.  The reason...

You Might be a Stiff-Neck If...

Posted by Claudia Mitchell on

Nehemiah 9:17 “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and...

Pray First

Posted by Roger Clark on

Nehemiah was a man with a burden. Jerusalem, the city of his ancestors, was in ruins. He had a God-sized vision to rebuild the walls. What should he do first? If it were me, I would make a plan, start a “to do” list and get busy with the first steps. Instead, Nehemiah prayed...

Ezra 9

Posted by Tom Ellsworth on

In the 9th chapter of Ezra, the priestly leader is made aware of a great problem among the remnant of Jews who had returned to help rebuild the city of Jerusalem and re-inhabit the land of Judah.  Many of them – contrary to God’s commands – had married spouses from...

© 2019 Sherwood Oaks Christian Church   |   2700 E. Rogers Road, Bloomington, IN US 47401