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I preached this message at Celebration Church in New Orleans on February 15th, 2009. for more info visit

Text of 4 Pieces in the Puzzle of Tears

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  • Beatitudes The nature of perspective
  • Spiritualization
      • Poor
      • Hungry
      • Persecuted


  • Our view of weeping
      • Bad
      • Weak
      • Negative
      • Emotional
  • Logic vs. Emotion


  • Masculine vs. Feminine
  • Strong vs. Weak
  • The problem with science
  • Most decisions are made on the criteria of emotional connection

6. Who do you marry? 7. What house do you buy? 8. What song is jammin? 9. PAPER PLANES All I wanna do is (BANG BANG BANG BANG!) And (KKKAAAA CHING!) And take your money 10. Who do you vote for? 11. Do you like your job? 12. INTRODUCTION

  • The balance between logic and emotion
  • Times of loss, grief, pain, and sorrow should not be wished on anyone
  • Gods role Our choice

13. 14. 1. GodUnderstands

  • There are 2 definitive scripture passages which record God physically weeping.
      • The Death of Lazarus
      • Weeping over Jerusalem

15. 1. GodUnderstands

  • Loss is the greatest source of tears and sorrow
  • The parables of Luke 15
  • Myrhh

16. The Adoration of the Magi 17. 2. Tears areTemporary

  • Psalm 30:4-5 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

18. 2. Tears areTemporary

  • Tears are designed to be a temporary stage of life
  • God never intended us to grieve forever
  • The bible is clear tears are a thing of this world

19. 2. Tears areTemporary

  • Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

20. 3. ThePowerof Tears

  • Lets talk for a minute about laughing and crying
  • We tend to associate
      • Laughter = Good Memories
      • Crying = Bad Memories

21. Mardi Gras 22. 3. ThePowerof Tears

  • Weeping is better than Laughing
  • What do you call it when you laugh hard?
  • People pay to laugh, they get paid to create tears

23. 3. ThePowerof Tears

  • Name the last Oscar Best Picture given to a comedy?

24. 3. ThePowerof Tears

  • Eccl 7:2-4 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.

25. 3. ThePowerof Tears

  • Sorrow is better than laughter for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

26. 3. ThePowerof Tears

  • Laughing and Weeping are not opposites
  • Laughing and Weeping both represent a release
  • Depression vs. Liberation

27. 3. ThePowerof Tears

  • Symptoms of Depression Sleep too much or insomnia, simple tasks take long to accomplish, no appetite or food binging, irritable & easily enraged, and have thoughts that life is not worth living.

28. 4. The Role ofHOPE

  • Hope is one of the 3 most powerful forces in the world
  • When the Devil cant destroy Faith, then he will frequently go after Hope

29. 4. The Role ofHOPE

  • Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
  • There are people in this room who still have faith, but have lost all hope

30. 4. The Role ofHOPE

  • Isaiah 57:10 You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, It is hopeless; you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint.


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