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    Author: Dr. Scott Solberg

    Category: The Pulse 2019, The Pulse - 2019.09 Issue 9, The Pulse - 2019.10 Issue 10

    Finding God in the Hard Place – Easter Sermon Series

    THE ORIGIN OF THE IDIOM ‘between a rock and a hard place’ can be found in ancient Greek mythology. In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus must pass between Charybdis, a treacherous whirlpool, and Scylla, a horrid man-eating, cliff-dwelling monster. Ever since, saying one is stuck between a rock (cliff) and a hard place (the whirlwind) has been a way to succinctly describe being in a dilemma.

    Perhaps you currently find yourself “between a rock and a hard place.” Is there some dilemma you are facing that seems overwhelming to you? Are you feeling alone? Does God seem absent? Do you feel as though many are against you? Do you feel defeated?

    It is amazing how often “the cave” is a symbol for struggle in the Bible. In many ways, the cave is the “rock of the hard place.” In fact, it was also the place of burial, our ultimate dilemma. And yet, it is in these difficult dilemmas of life that we often encounter God in a special way. Is it a hard place to be? No doubt! But can good come out of it? With God, most certainly.

    This sermon series – sermons from the cave - is designed to encourage those who find themselves currently “between a rock and a hard place.” It is our prayer that you will find God in a new and fresh way no matter what your dilemma might be.

    3/10: Moses and the Rock: A Place of Presence, "I am with you," – Exodus 33

    3/17: Elijah and the Cave: A Place of Activity, "I am at work," – 1 Kings 19

    3/24: David and the Cave: A Place of Fellowship, "I am your strength," – 1 Samuel 22-23

    3/31: David and the Cave: A Place of Prayer, "I am your Refuge," - Psalm 142

    4/7: David and the Cave: A Place of Praise, "I love you," - Psalm 57

    4/14: Lazarus and the Cave: A Place of Victory, "I am Life," – John 12

    4/21: Jesus: The Empty Cave: A Place of Hope, "I am your Peace," – John 20:1-23