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Iowa City Church Podcast

Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Dec 21, 2020

One of the most difficult times for people, each and every year, is Christmas.  To make matters worse, 2020 has provided people with a pandemic, a divisive culture, and a contentious election!  Add to this the simple fact that for most people, Christmas will be far from normal this year.  For some people, maybe even you, your days are not going to be merry and bright, because Christmas...even life itself...just plain hurts.
For many folks, depression, grief, sadness, brokenness, and guilt hover in the background on even the most ordinary of days.  But there's nothing quite like the Christmas season to ratchet up the pressure to act like everything is alright (when it's not), and then wrap it in lights and tinsel to broadcast it in a heavily filtered Instagram pic for all to see!  You may feel more compelled than ever to feel good, and more guilt than ever to admit that you don't.  Why is this?  What is a person to do?
The Bible actually provides us with a couple of reasons why we struggle with hurts, depression, guilt, and even shame...and why we all have intense pressure to hide it.  However, the Bible also provides us with a hope---a gift, that when opened, leads people on a pathway to healing and restoration.  In this teaching we will explore the promises found in the book of Isaiah, and discover that God has provided for each of us an amazing gift--if we are willing to open it!  Do you want to know more?  Give a listen as we continue with our sermon series, Hidden Hope.  We know you'll find it to be helpful!