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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!

Jul 20, 2020

Nothing ruins a beautiful walk in the woods more then stumbling through a thorn bush--they scratch, tear and poke, sometimes taking all of the joy out of the experience!  The same could be said about the amazing look of a freshly planted garden, with all of its dark, rich dirt all in a nice artistic rows...only to have it covered with quickly growing weeds and thistles.  It seems like it's a constant battle to keep the thorns and thistles from overrunning the garden--again, stealing our joy!  What gives?  

This simple truth we often forget is this: life is hard.  There is no way around it.  As much as we work for perfection, stability and comfort, something will always break, wear out or fall apart.  Why is this?  When we travel back to the beginning of humanity, Adam and Eve decided they wanted to venture out on their own, they didn't need God and the relationship he provided...and God gave them what they wanted: A world of "thorns & thistles."

The amazing thing is that God is so good, and he never gives up on people!  He went right to work to help people live in a world of "thorns & thistles" AND is preparing a day when the hurts and brokenness of life won't steal our joy anymore.  Want to learn more? Give a listen to part three of Reverse the Curse. Enjoy!