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In every congregation there is at least one person with a broken heart.

One function of the Pastor, the Shepherd is to help bind up the broken hearted.

The theme for our Tuesday evenings this month is “Is There Any Good News For Those Who Suffer?”

Today’s message is titled Is There a Connection between Sin and Suffering?

When disaster struck the house of Job, his friends came at greta trouble and inconvenience to comfort and counsel him.

Job’s friends held to the traditional thoughts of their day, which in many respects are still the thoughts of our day.

They believed that God always rewards righteousness.

They believed that God always punishes wickedness.

They perceived that righteousness always pays off with peace, prosperity, popularity, plenty, and permanence.

Job’s friends saw God as a judge.

They understood Him somewhat in terms of His being a prosecuting attorney or a policeman.

They believed God to be an executioner.

They believed that God’s law was self operating and self executing, and that if you found yourself in great pain and suffering, it was proof that you were a great sinner.

The writer of the book of Job challenges all of our simple solutions to the complex questions that plague us when we are faced with pain and trouble.

The easy answer is usually the incorrect answer.

While recognising that sin ultimately results in suffering, when you study the book of Job, you cannot help but conclude that not all suffering is the direct result of sin.

Job is an excellent example of this truth.


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Stay in the Blessings

I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

Theres nothing thats too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!

You’re important to God, and you’re important to us at

When it comes to prayer, we believe that God wants to meet your needs and reveal His promises to you.

So whatever you’re concerned about and need prayer for we want to be here for you! Or even if you just want to say Hi, you can contact us


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Gary Hoban

Refinery Life Church Australia


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