cbsm sermon video: “doctrine of providence – you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers”

Our students had tons of questions from the Doctrine of Providence series.  So here is how we answer their super tough questions to this crazy deep doctrine. Here are some questions:

Does God still send catastrophes to discipline nations or people for sin?

How can God use natural catastrophes like earthquakes and hurricanes to cause certain people to have the opportunity to change so that they follow God’s will, but at the same time cause great destruction or death for others that apparently are already following God’s will in the same affected area?

How do you choose between multiple options of good things for God’s will?

Since God has it all planned out, should I just quit applying to so many colleges?

If God already knows what is going to happen in the future, then why does He have a  will for our lives?

If God is in control, then we’re just finger puppets. If God gives us choices, then God is out of control.  Which is it?

Does God have us a specific person for us to marry?

Does God get tired of hearing same prayers?

Why does a sov wise God answer prayers of dumb humans?

If God is all knowing and does not change His mind, how does prayer change His mind?

Storyline #73: Esther 1:1 – 2:18 “For the Love: Way More than Hunks and Hotties″

Free resources for youth pastors and small group leaders: (download @ “CBSM Podcast” on iTunes podcasts)

1 – Esther 1-2 – Hunks and Hotties (handout)

1 – Esther 1-2 – Hunks and Hotties (notes)

1 – Esther 1-2 – Hunks and Hotties (service)

1 – Esther 1-2 – Hunks and Hotties (commentary)

Esther series sermon intro video:

Storyline #46: Ruth 4 “All the Single Guys: How to get your Ruth”

loveconnectionFree files for youth pastors:

3 – Ruth 4 – Single Guys (Scripture)

3 – Ruth 4 – Single Guys (mp3)

3 – Ruth 4 – Single Guys (Service Order)

3 – Ruth 4 – Single Guys (sermon outline)

The issue of God’s sovereignty can always be so confusing in premarital relationships.  Are singles supposed to sit back and wait on God to bring along the right person, or are we supposed to find them ourselves?  It can get real tricky late in the relationship when you’re trying to figure out if God wants you married or if you’ve made everything happen yourself.  Nevertheless, we desperately depend on His control! Continue reading