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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Bumpy Road to a Beautiful Place - #4258
You know, lots of life's beautiful places are accessible this very same way - by means of a bumpy road. Maybe you're traveling one of those hard, even painful, bumpy roads right now. I imagine some people never made it to the majesty of the falls because the bumpy road made them decide to turn back - a temptation that may have occurred to you on your road.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Good News About Your Roller Coaster - #4267
No matter how scary a roller coaster may be, no matter how radical its dips and twists and turns, there's good news - it's always attached to the track! Of course, you don't even have to enter an amusement park to know what it's like to ride a roller coaster. Most of us can testify that life is a roller coaster - ups and downs and twists and turns that surprise us, rattle us, frighten us, and even make us want to bail out.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Cross in the Rubble - #4139
The picture is etched forever in my mind and, no doubt, in the minds of many who worked what they called "The Pile" at Ground Zero - the cross towering over a mountain of rubble. You know, that may be a picture of where you're going to find hope in the "rubble" you're in right now.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Inflated Obstacles - #4020
You may be facing one of life's big hills right now - financially, medically, in your family, or your ministry, your work. And right now you've stopped pedaling, you're looking at how big that hill is ... and the longer you look, the bigger it's getting. And the weaker and more paralyzed you're feeling.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Bumpy Landings - #4022
Now, maybe you've been experiencing some bumpy landings lately. It could be that God is saying, "Now that I've got your attention, I'd like to make a few announcements." Often, life's bumpy landings are God's way of getting our attention to tell us things and show us things that we could otherwise never see.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Last Roller Coaster Ride - #4068
A roller coaster ride that isn't much fun - that's how a lot of Jesus' followers feel about their Christian life. Maybe you've had your share of spiritual highs, and the view at the top is exciting. But you've also had the bottom drop out and plunge you down into the valley of spiritual mediocrity and defeat. And a whole lot of people are tired of this up-and-down faith. They're ready for something more consistent. They're ready to get off the Christian roller coaster.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Burned Grass, Beautiful Grass - #4093
It's one of those "strange ways of God." The fire that burns also produces beauty later on. If you're going through the fire right now, that's something you probably need to know right now. Because at the moment, you can only see the burning - you can't see the beauty. You will.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Narnia Secret-Against All Odds - #8066
I want to be like Lucy. The Bible says that there is a winning equation for a life that matters against all odds, “If God is for us who can be against us” (Romans 8:31). Now think about that in light of whatever forces are arrayed against you right now.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Sandbag Syndrome - #3807
Because God loves you, He brings some Divine sandbags into your life. When God is working in your life and through your life, you need ballast to keep your feet on the ground. The Lord always has His levelers--trying circumstances, criticism, some failure, a medical problem, someone who loves you enough to tell you the hard truth, financial struggles. God's sandbags aren't much fun, but we really need them.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Why Rocky Always Wins - #3810
If you know Christ, you have in Him the power to be a rock-person just like Paul. Remember, the rock smashes the wave; the wave doesn't smash the rock! In football, they'll talk about whether or not a player can take a hit. Well, Paul could--and so can you--if you are drawing on the same stabilizing source of endurance.