When God Does (and Doesn’t) Provide

Thought for the Week

This Thought for the Week consists of a video recorded yesterday morning at a local church. As part of a series on our Creator’s provision, and as a follow-up to the previous week’s message, “When God Doesn’t Provide,” I spoke about “When God Does Provide.” Spoiler Alert: In the hands of an infinite God, they serve the same purpose–a hard concept for us finite, time-bound beings to grasp.

The message runs about 26 minutes. Feel free to enjoy the music, but be warned: My opening and closing moments are kinda cringe-able! This was the first time (thanks, COVID) I’ve addressed a live group in two years. I also had a lot to live up to since my wife is a much-loved staff member at this church (at the second service I introduced myself as “Mr. Trudy”). Still, I do plan to do more speaking dates now that the pandemic is winding down. I’ll keep you posted on those so you can enjoy–or judiciously avoid–them. ;>) ~Mitch

To watch the message portion, start at 16:39 and end at 42:55.

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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31 Responses to When God Does (and Doesn’t) Provide

  1. pkadams says:

    Thanks for sharing ! Enjoyed seeing and hearing you . I need to watch your movie . Also I’m hoping to go to Niagara Falls next year. 😊

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    • mitchteemley says:

      It really is breathtaking, PK! We saw it from various viewpoints at Niagara Falls National Park (we were warned to avoid the cheesy-touristy surrounding area). The Park also has a boat that take’s you to the foot of the falls, which I understand is well worth doing. And the Canadian side is said to be even better, providing a more panoramic full view.

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  2. Mya says:

    That was a very thoughtful sermon. Your right about the time. It flies by for me but for my young granddaughter, not so fast! Enjoyed listening to your semon!

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  3. quiall says:

    I enjoyed your speech very much! Very thought-provoking.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  5. I listened, Mitch! You did well. I like what you said about them both being the same thing, from God’s perspective. He is always good, always providing something for us, just not always in a way we understand.

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  6. numrhood says:

    exodus 41:01-04 fear not
    psalms 48 the lord is great


  7. revruss1220 says:

    Great stuff, Mitch. Glad you got a chance to do that. I actually guest-preached at our church yesterday, too.
    What I especially appreciated in your message was the point you made about faith being about much more than “being saved.” Your analogy that likened it to marriage or having a baby was really spot on. My United Methodist heart rejoiced at the “journey of sanctification” implied there. Bravo!

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  8. rwfrohlich says:

    Well done Mitch! It’s true that God’s time is not our time. In fact it seems as if God sees all time at the same time, while we experience time in a strictly linear fashion. BTW, Paul did not write 2 Chronicles 🙂

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  9. Nancy says:

    Inspiring sermon, Mitch. Especially the point you made that the Christian faith is more than being saved. That’s the first step but there’s so much more as you pointed out.

    My husband and I haven’t returned to church yet since the pandemic hit. He’s immune compromised and, even though fully vaccinated, until covid #’s go down more, we’re still living quite cautiously. We watch our church service online Sunday mornings and also watch a friend preach at his church online either Sunday night or Monday morning. We couldn’t connect with our friend’s today through the internet for some reason. Logged onto WordPress and found yours. God provided what he wanted us to hear today. 🙂

    PS: We watched Healing River last month and thought it was really good and enjoyed hearing today how God closed and opened the right doors for you. Our finite minds cannot not fully grasp all he’s doing in our lives but sometimes looking back we can see how the closed doors were for our greater good and his glory.

    Keep up the inspiring work!

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy. So glad God is at work in your lives, and that you have the wisdom to trust Him even when that work is hard to see. Trudy and I mostly continue to attend church online, as well, except when one of us is called to helped out with something.

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  10. Mary Sweeney says:

    Great message, Mitch! If we could only see everything through God’s perspective …
    I didn’t know (or forgot) the story about Healing River being postponed. God’s timing is always perfect.

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  11. Hetty Eliot says:

    When I have time to myself, I look forward to listening

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  12. Great job Mr. Trudy! Presentation-wise you were/are not cringe-worthy. If you call that rusty, prior to any future talks (where you expect to shine even more) you should consider handing out Ray-Bans. Content-wise, words that instantly come to mind: enlightening, relevant and inspirational.

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  13. Michele Lee says:

    It was nice to see you. Thank you for sharing. Not at all “cringe-able,” as you described.

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  14. Well done, Mitch! I particularly liked the analogy you used for how we perceive time differently in different situations or at different ages. Sound and solid theology all the way through, but more than that, a practical lesson in faithful living. I thought your wedding/marriage analogy was perfect, too. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Thank you for sharing this with us. It helps all of us who read your work to have a fuller picture of you.

    If you ever plan to return to Southern California, I’d love to have you fill in for me on some Sunday morning.

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