John Crowder: Under a Broom Tree

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John Crowder: Under a Broom Tree (1 Kings 19:1-8)

John Crowder, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in West, Texas, asks his congregation if the old church song about being “happy all the time” is true. Elijah wasn’t happy all the time. Despite the wonders God worked through him, he came to the end of himself after Jezebel threatened to kill him. He ended up depressed and sitting under a broom tree, talking “straight” with God.

Crowder notes we also sometimes find ourselves depressed and ready to quit, pointing to his community’s recovery from a fertilizer plant explosion. “Everyone has down times, even people of faith,” he said. For such times, Crowder offers steps for determining how we got there and what to do while we are there, being careful not to promise these steps make everything better.

“Don’t be afraid to get help when you need it,” he concludes.

This sermon was delivered on August 19, 2019, during the morning worship service of First Baptist Church in West, as part of the series “Rooted.” The sermon outline is available here.

Audio for the sermon is available here.


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