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Hear the Powerful, Very Relevant Sermon Sutherland Springs Pastor Delivered Just Days before the Horrific Mass Killing at His Church

Billy Hallowell : Nov 6, 2017 :

Even after the shooting, during their first press conference, Pastor Pomeroy reiterated the point he made in his previous sermon: "Whatever life brings to you, lean on the Lord rather than your own understanding. I don't understand, but I know my God does, and that's where I'll leave that."

[] Just one week before a horrific mass shooting devastated First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Pastor Frank Pomeroy had a stirring message for his congregation. (Screengrab photo: Pastor Frank Pomeroy gives a sermon that hits home especially a week later/YouTube/via

Pomeroy, who was not at the church during the shooting on Sunday, certainly had no idea just how pertinent his message—titled, "You Don't Need Training Wheels, You Need Christ!" and based on Proverbs 3—would be when he delivered it on Oct. 29, just days before the mass shooting.

Citing Proverbs 3:5, which reads, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding," Pomeroy encouraged his congregation to focus on God while navigating life's storms.

"You're going to have ups, you're going to have downs, you're going to have curves, you're going to have speed you're going to have slow," he said, encouraging parishioners to trust God through it all.

Pomeroy, who used the analogy of how he trusts centrifugal forces when he makes turns on his motorcycle, attempted to encourage people to also trust the force of God even in the wake of storms.

"Equilibrium in life ... is not the goal ... when the bends and the turns come, remember: God said, 'I have prepared a place for you made with hands not of this world, so that where I go you may be also,'" he said. "My goal is trusting in Jesus and getting to the heavenly home one day."

The overarching focus of the sermon was on the need to rely on and trust in God, even when life isn't making sense, with Pomeroy warning that leaning on one's own understanding can spark a plethora of problems.

"This message that God laid on my heart this morning, I want to focus on the 'do not' aspect of it," he continued. "Do not lean on your own understanding. Even if it doesn't make sense to you."

Pomeroy continued, "See, God's understanding is far greater and there may be things that are taking place that you don't understand, but you still need to do what God's calling you to do."

In addition to the stirring fact that Pomeroy's pertinent message came just days before the shooting, there's another element of it that makes it notable: his focus on his daughter, Annabelle Renee Pomeroy...

Click here to keep reading and watch the sermon at the 28:00-minute mark on the video.

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