Even though "good grief" is a common expression, we don't often associate grief as being good. But the Bible teaches us that lament is actually the pathway to intimacy with God and others. When we experience loss, struggles, frustration, and heartache, it is good to grieve. In this series, we learn how to complain to God in the right way, ask God for help, and trust Him.
We encourage you to utilize these resources for our "Good Grief" series. The content is designed to help you grow in community and individually, and also to share with others who might benefit from them.
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Listen to some of the worship songs that we sing on Sundays from our Spotify playlist. It's a great way to engage in worship while you drive, do chores, or exercise, and it's also a way to fill your home with truth and peace and joy.
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The following are some great supplemental resources for our "Good Grief" series:
Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering
by Tim Keller
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy - Discovering the Grace of Lament
by Mark Vroegop
Getting Involved with God
by Ellen Davis
A podcast from Christianity Today that features seven stories of loss and heartache when individuals experience God's kindness and care.
A podcast from Bridgetown's series in the gospel of Matthew about how Jesus expressed His grief in the Garden of Gethsemene.
An article from The Gospel Coalition that defines and describes the value of lament.
An article from Desiring God on how to lament well.
A five-minute video on RightNow Media* by author Caryn Rivadeneira. Caryn opens up about a season in her life when everything went wrong at the same time, and encourages us to approach God with our suffering.
*To gain access to resources, including this video, on RightNow Media, follow the "free access" link below.
Video Resources from RightNow Media
RightNow Media is a digital library you have free access to through Ventura Missionary. We encourage you to not only use this library for your own discipleship, but to also share content with anyone in your life who is looking for hope, truth, and help in topics such as marriage, parenting, and other common life situations. Do a search on our weekly topics and find some great supplemental material. There is also great content for kids!
*PLEASE NOTE: Ventura Missionary Church, and our leadership (including Pastor Doug) does not endorse every idea or theological perspective in these resources; however, we have found them to be helpful resources in developing a well-rounded understanding about our teaching series.