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Tragedy by Pastor John Fichtner- Series Overview

This series has 10 sermons.

Series 1-2, sheds light on understanding questions arising from a tragedy and the importance of not avoiding your pain. Series 3-5, examines the lives of David and Peter and how they respond to a tragedy, understand the mercy of God, learn from mistakes, and trust that God is involved in everyday life. Series 6, tackles three factors involved in the healing process. Series 7-8, warns us through Job’s tragedy not to become angry with God or to be judgmental towards a hurting person. Series 9-10, helps us to obtain riches in our suffering and encourages us to move forward out of our mourning.

The Arguments - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 8 by Pastor John Fichtner



  1. Arguments are always from the pits of Hell

  2. As my servant Job has

  3. I am hurting so bad

  4. When does discussion turn into an argument

  5. Inflexibility

  6. Humility is the doorway to truth

  7. Sarcasm

  8. I give up

  9. Many things will happen to you that were not in the plan of God

  10. Birth in you a tenderness for the hurting

  11. If a man dies will he live again

  12. Miserable comforters are you all

  13. When someone is hurting you only have two choices

  14. Cannot be a passive observer

  15. Everyone in an argument loses

Tragedies - Why Did This Happen? - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 1 by Pastor John Fichtner



  1. Cause and effect

  2. Mark of a tragedy is that you don’t know why it happened to you

  3. Why Jesus

  4. Luke 13:1-9

  5. You might not like the answers Jesus gives

  6. What did I do wrong

  7. This questions eats you alive

  8. Logic goes out the window when you ask this question

  9. Nothing

  10. Because we live in a sin filled world

  11. Why doesn’t God stop it

  12. He will one day

  13. I didn’t deserve this

  14. It wasn’t his plan for this to happen to you

  15. What do I do with all this pain, anguish and emotions

  16. Removes your comfort zone and exposes your roots

  17. To cut, to shred, to cause the sorrow or mourn

  18. Bear fruit

  19. Fall back into the trap of those questions

  20. All the goodness of God is there for you

The Human's Need to Grieve & Mourn - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 2 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. There’s a pain and a sorrow that I will not face

  2. The human need to grieve and mourn

  3. Grieving and mourning is not only biblical but is a healing process

  4. Didn’t have time to grieve

  5. Lost intimacy with Jesus

  6. Medicinal value in crying

  7. Give self permission to grieve

  8. If you don’t get it healed it will destroy your intimacy with Christ

  9. Grieving is not complaining

  10. Complaining is blaming

  11. God it hurts

  12. Why do people run away from grieving

  13. God get me through today

  14. Grieving builds faith

  15. Presence of God in Grieving

  16. I Trust You

  17. I want everything open

  18. Anything you bury is the first thing the Holy Spirit wants brought to the surface

  19. Acknowledge and understand your own grief

  20. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

How to Recognize a Victorious Christian - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 3 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Everybody does wrong

  2. Redemption

  3. Your sin affects more than you

  4. Not all moaning an wailing is prayer

  5. True repentance is calm

  6. True repentance is forward focus

  7. Godly sorrow

  8. Leaves no regret

  9. Worldly sorrow brings death

  10. God declares you innocent

  11. God literally made his life better having made the mistake and repented

  12. Quickly from repentance to bold faith

  13. Deception in your heart since I’ve done wrong I’m no longer permitted to be bold in the presence of God

  14. Turn pain into repentance

  15. Time to quick hanging your head

  16. Bold faith restored back to you

  17. Ultimate mark of a victorious Christian is how they respond to wrongs

  18. Redeemed-brought back to full value

God's Mercy and Correction - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 4 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Took the whole issue of him being safe, him being protected and took it out of God’s hands

  2. I’m going to take care of things myself

  3. Caught in an impossible no win situation

  4. The heathen people cast him out

  5. No strength left to weep

  6. Greatly distressed means literally in the Hebrew to be squeezed between two rocks

  7. Can’t separate leadership from integrity

  8. Just about had it with you

  9. At lowest point in life found strength in God

  10. The balance between God’s mercy and God’s correction

  11. God stopping you from destroying yourself

  12. When God teaches us

  13. Stopping you from reaping the consequences of your actions

  14. It was the best thing and the worst thing

  15. receive correction of God because David knew with all his heart that he had already received the mercy of God

  16. If you think you have the kids you have because you’ve done so right

  17. Know nothing about the mercy of God

  18. When you know that he corrects you

  19. It’s simple to teach you to stop you from making the same mistakes over and over again

Prescription For A Tired Christian - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 5 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Tiredness

  2. Weariness

  3. Fatigue

  4. Worked long hours and accomplished nothing

  5. Small business man

  6. Financial pressure

  7. Ready to listen

  8. Prescription for a tired Christian

  9. You don’t look forward to church anymore

  10. To worship the Lord has become a job

  11. Spiritual tiredness comes from believing God is not involved in the daily grinding realities of everyday life

  12. Think it’s a waste of time

  13. Don’t think it makes any difference

  14. Tiredness begins to creep into your spirit

  15. Weren’t meant to carry that burden alone

  16. He was so overwhelmed

  17. Generosity of God

  18. You’re not just the center of my religion

  19. If I’ll let you be the center of everything you will show me how to take care of everything else

  20. Prosper those around us

Three Truths About Healing - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 6 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. It’s God’s will for you to be healed

  2. Other factors involved in healing

  3. Jesus healed the toughest infirmities easily

  4. Aggressive faith

  5. Went After Jesus

  6. Prayer

  7. Fasting

  8. Why don’t people get healed

Breaking Our Theological Boxes - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 7 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Blameless

  2. Upright

  3. Feared God

  4. Shunned evil

  5. Single point of truth

  6. Busting their box or judging their friend

  7. Awaken us to this creature called the Devil

  8. The Attacker

  9. Restlessness of the Evil One

  10. Beware of God trying to get your attention through restlessness

  11. God is Good

  12. They had the wrong question

  13. God did not do this to you the devil did

  14. Source of this strife

  15. Why

  16. Lord I’m hurting from a root of faith versus a root of anger

  17. Have you suffered worse than Job

  18. Defending your value system

  19. Satan is the enemy God is the friend

  20. Twice as blessed

The Fruit of Suffering - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 9 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Faith is something birthed over our lifetime

  2. Suffering is a part of life

  3. Bringing suffering to Jesus releases special gifts

  4. Please test your servant

  5. Completion of the suffering

  6. Ten in scripture represents the completion of the trial or completion of suffering

  7. Gave knowledge and understanding

  8. In all suffering God brings hope

  9. Out of much suffering have found much joy

  10. Where have you suffered in your life

  11. The greatest sufferings in my life are

  12. Can you identify the completion of the suffering

  13. Would not be there had you not suffered

No Regrets - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Tragedy part 10 by Pastor John Fichtner



  1. You have mourned long enough for Saul

  2. Deep depression

  3. When you’ve given everything you got and it still turns sour

  4. Stop and look forward to where you’re going

  5. Things I regret

  6. Things I regret means you’re still mourning

  7. No regrets

  8. 2 Corinthians 7:10

  9. Worldly sorrow brings death

  10. Learn something

  11. Feel like I have to do all these things

  12. The Word of God says just do the next thing

  13. I have a plan and purpose for you

  14. God’s strength and God’s direction

  15. Try Again

  16. Your past mistake will try to kill your future hope