Mark Hartman - February 16, 2020

Part 1 – How To React When Life Hurts

February 16, 2020

Thriving In A Hostile World
Part 1 – How To React When Life Hurts
James 1:1-4

Life can hurt. Many things we encounter are not all that fun but they are all a part of God’s plan to mature us. Problems not only reveal our character, they grow it. Problems can even grow our joy.

From Series: "Thriving in a Hostile World"

Life is amazing under God’s mercy and grace, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy! God’s intention for our time here on earth was to make us a masterpiece ready for an eternity in heaven. During this 7-part sermon series, we examine the first chapter of the book of James, whose teachings echo those of Jesus. If you have ever wondered, “How do I find joy through the trials in my life?”, then you will not want to miss one message of this series.

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Messages presented on Sunday mornings at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, in Sugar Land, TX.

Make Your Life Count
August 4 – 25, 2019
While we may get second chances at a lot in life, when it comes to how we spend our time, we get only one shot. Buried deep inside each and every one of us is a desire to make our time here on Earth mean something. Find out what the Bible says about how to partner with God in accomplishing His plan for us. 

Keeping Up Your Guard
June 2 – 23, 2019
This new series goes through the New Testament book of Jude. Maybe you have never heard a message from the book of Jude. It wouldn’t be surprising. It is a tiny one chapter book seemingly hidden toward the end of the New Testament. Though tiny, it packs a punch. 

40 Days of Prayer at Sugar Creek
March 24 – April 28, 2019
As a whole church, we are praying for revival.  We are praying for a breakout of the power of God among us. What would happen if our church spent 40 days praying together?  What would happen if our church spent 40 days learning how to pray and really connect with God?  What would happen if God cleaned our hearts and energized us as a church with His Holy Spirit? 

New Testament Postcards
March 3 -24, 2019
Postcards are how we share short notes with people we love. The smallest books of the Bible are just that – Short messages from the Apostles Paul and John to churches and believers in the early days of Christianity. Their letters address specific problems and help believers model the love of Jesus to a lost culture. They remind the church of God’s forgiveness and the need to repair broken relationships. And most importantly, these postcards show us all, how grace and truth can love and lead others to Christ.

Answering Life’s Biggest Questions
January 13 – Februrary 17, 2019
We live in an age of seemingly endless information. But quick, easy access to it doesn’t necessarily make us wiser, happier or our life more meaningful. We have a lot of questions about life – what is the purpose of it all?  Anyone can be happy for a moment but can we experience lasting happiness?  And if so, how? How can we make the most of our time? What happens when we die?  And many more of life’s mysteries. We explore some of life’s biggest questions, and search for the Bible’s answers that can help us live our greatest life.

It’s a Wonderful LIfe –  Because He Came
December 2 – 23, 2018
The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the story of everyman George Bailey, who has big dreams for his life, but a kind heart that sacrifices those dreams to help others. Finding himself in a life-shattering situation and convinced it was better to never to have been born, George decides to take his life. This film has become a classic because it resonates with our own difficult times that leave us feeling hopeless, insignificant and defeated. Join us as we explore these themes from a biblical perspective in this three-part Christmas series to see that whatever we face, thanks to Jesus, we can have a wonderful life…because He came.

The Invisible War
October 7 – November 18, 2018
Life is full of disappointments, wounds and hurts.  The Bible tells us there is an enemy, an evil one, who steals and kills and destroys.  Paul taught us that our battle is not against flesh and blood but the evil one who is fueling the darkness.  Jesus identified this enemy as Satan who is as real as you and me.  We are in war!  An Invisible war…but a real one, nonetheless.  The good news is that “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.”.   We are reminded in Colossians 2:15 that Jesus triumphed over this evil one through the cross.  It’s time we learn about the war and how to live in the victory won for us. 

REACH Beyond
September 16 – 30, 2018
In our 43 year history, God has led Sugar Creek through several defining moments. Each one was marked by sacrificial generosity and a passion for reaching people for Jesus. The REACH Beyond campaign represents the next defining moment for our church as we raise $5.7 million dollars to reach people for Christ in our area and around the world.

Who We Are: A People On Mission
August 5 – September 9, 2018
It is possible to drift along through life with a lack of direction and forget who we are. Every so often we need a reminder about who we are and who God has called us to be. In this series Pastor Mark will help you get back to your roots. Not only as a follower of Christ, but as a church. This will be a defining moment for our future at Sugar Creek!

Power Living
June 3 – July 24, 2018
One of the great verses in the Bible is 2 Timothy 1:7.  This verse has given birth to our new series for June, Power Living. We were intended to live powerful lives. We were not intended to live lives of doubt and fear but powerful lives of confidence, love and clear purpose. We will explore the power that comes into our lives as we learn how to live in balance; the amazing confidence and impact that obeying God gives to us, and the amazing clarity of life that comes with pardoning others. 

As the End Comes
April 8 – May 20, 2018
There is a general feeling today that the world cannot continue as it is forever. There are too many serious problems with too few solutions. Whether it is because of terrorism or the environment, or nuclear bombs or some other issue the general opinion is that something is coming that will dramatically alter how life is lived on the earth. God created this world and is someday going to bring it to an end. But, the Bible goes one step further. It even tells us what will happen AS THE END COMES. All of our study through these seven sermons will come from the book of 2 Thessalonians verse by verse. 

Get a Grip
February 11 – March 25, 2018
Emotions are just a part of life for all of us. It is how God wired the human race. Sometimes those emotions can be our great strength but other times they can limit or even enslave our lives. They don’t have to be our limitation! We really can learn how to live in emotional freedom. 

Why Believe
January 14 – February 4, 2018
God has something to say to all of us in this economy through His Word. In fact, the Bible has something to say to us no matter what economy we are in! Join us as we dive into the promise of God’s provisions in our lives with “Thriving In A $45 A Barrel Economy“.

Carols of Christmas
December 3-17, 2017 
 The days of Christmas at Sugar Creek are a lot of fun. They give us an opportunity to sing the Christmas carols that have meant so much to us through the years. Enjoy this message series all about “The Carols of Christmas” featuring Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful. 

Living a Blessed Life
October 1 – November 19, 2017 
 The days of Christmas at Sugar Creek are a lot of fun. They give us an opportunity to sing the Christmas carols that have meant so much to us through the years. Enjoy this message series all about “The Carols of Christmas” featuring Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful. 

Unshakable – Making the Most of Hard Times
September 3, 2017 – 
God has something to say to all of us in this economy through His Word. In fact, the Bible has something to say to us no matter what economy we are in! Join us as we dive into the promise of God’s provisions in our lives with “Thriving In A $45 A Barrel Economy“.

Thriving in a $45 a Barrel Economy
August 6 – 27, 2017 
God has something to say to all of us in this economy through His Word. In fact, the Bible has something to say to us no matter what economy we are in! Join us as we dive into the promise of God’s provisions in our lives with “Thriving In A $45 A Barrel Economy“.

Happily Ever After
April 23 – June 25, 2017
Our view of marriage and relationships can often be built on fairytales and unrealistic expectations. Although the joys of fairy tales are fun desires to have, they usually do not have the happy ending we were expecting. What happens when hard times, frustrations and unforeseen circumstances cloud marriages and people? Learn how Godly marriages can thrive and flourish under His Word and direction. If you are single, in a relationship, or married, it can change your life and set your marriage up for success according to God’s word.

More Than An Emoji
February 26 – March 26, 2017
Chances are that you, just like every other person, want Happiness, Hope, Confidence and all the other positive emotions of life. Aren’t we constantly attempting to find old and new ways to secure those feelings through our relationships, careers or some other means? If you think about it, we live in such a rushed world and are bombarded with so much information that sometimes we substitute quality and depth of life for the “immediate”. When that happens, we end up with not much more than emoji’s…just symbols of what we feel or want to feel instead of what actually matters. But what if there is More? Something that lasts and is so much Deeper? Something that comes not from within in or around you, but from God. Why not find something that is deep and sustaining for your life… something More Than An Emoji!

Finding Peace in a Pressured World
I’m hurting, wounded and tired. The things I’ve counted on are beginning to fall apart and I’m wondering what I should do next. Is there any way to Find Peace In My Pressured World? The answer is yes! Absolutely, positively YES! This is a six week series looking at Psalm 23.

Because He’s Worth It!
November 6 – 26, 2016
As November arrives we are reminded that 2016 is slipping away and 2017 is just around the corner. In a few short weeks we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Learning how to better praise our Heavenly Father for who He is, what He has done for us and what He is about to do seems so fitting for those who truly know Him. 

Touching the Invisible
September 18 – October 30, 2016
Have you ever wondered if your prayers are really getting through? Though God is invisible to our human eyes, He is very much present. So how can we reach out and touch God through prayer? Jesus taught us how to open the door into God’s heart, “Touching The Invisible”. During this series Pastor Mark will examine the most powerful principles for connecting to God and how they apply to us.  

Live for a CHANGE
July 31 – September 4, 2016
How would you describe the spiritual journey that you are on? Are you growing closer to God and how do you know for sure? Pastor Mark is excited about this new message series, “Live for a C-H-A-N-G-E”, where we will begin to understand and explore where we stand in our walk with God and where He wants us to be. Begin to truly soar in your walk with God.

Living with the End in Mind
May 22 – July 17, 2016
Many people just live day to day with very little thought about the end goal of their lives. Jesus told us there are two paths of life to take but only one ends well. He taught us to live our lives with the end in mind because it will help us make sure we are always headed in the right direction. 

Inside Out: Living Life on a Deeper Level
April 3 – May 15, 2016
We often try to solve life issues by dealing with the symptoms on the outside without ever dealing with the cause on the inside. This leads to persistent conflicts, unresolved tensions, and broken relationships. However, Jesus addresses the heart and soul of life’s major issues so that we overcome them inside out. Don’t miss this message series!  

Wise Up, Making Better Decisions
January 10 – March 13, 2016
Making good decisions is one of the most important skills we can develop. It affects everything. Getting good information is critical but even more important is gaining the wisdom to be able to know what to do with the information we get. So, where can I get the wisdom I need to make better decisions? That is what this series by Pastor Mark is all about. It can affect every area of your life for good. Whatever you do, wise up! This is part 1 of the Wise Up series.

Know That You Know
September 6 – November 15, 2015
Pastor Mark’s 2015 Fall message series, Know That You Know, focuses on the first book of John. This book of love and joy explains the fellowship we have with others and with Jesus Christ. Join us as we discover what it means to have a relationship with the Lord, to truly understand and know that He is present in our lives.

All In
August 2 – 23, 2015
Part of God’s plan to improve our lives is to change us, to make us better. But as we are changing, He wants to use us to help others change, too. The past couple of weeks we have talked about the importance of Worshipping and Connecting with other Christ followers during our spiritual journey. Pastor Mark explains what the Bible says about how to partner with God and Serve others. Discover how you can fulfill God’s command to serve Him and those in need. And how serving helps us be ‘All In’ for Christ.

What Would Jesus Say?
April 12 – May 31, 2015
Pastor Mark Hartman walks us through the Parables, answering some of life’s most intriguing questions; “How Can I Hear God?”, “Does Praying Actually Work?” and “What Happens After I Die?” Join us as we discover together how Jesus would have answered!

We Are Jonah
March 1 – March 31, 2015
Most Christians know the story of Jonah but most of the time, our main focus is the whale. However, this book has a great message for all believers, “that God wants us to have His heart for those far away from Him and be obedient to His call to go.” through his series, we will discover that We Are Jonah.

Home Builders
January 11 – February 22, 2015 
This 7 week message series Pastor Mark explores the foundations of building a healthy family. Health comes when a family lives by core values, all the way from balanced living to respect, integrity, patience and more.

When Jesus Comes Back
October 19 – November 23, 2014
This six week series will give you a solid understanding of what the Bible teaches about the world conditions and events that will accompany the return of Jesus Christ.

Dollars and Sense
September 21 – October 12, 2014
The Bible has a lot to say about freedom. Some of what it says is about being financially free. For the next few weeks, Pastor Mark walks us through practical steps in managing our money, getting out of debt and finding contentment in our finances.

Colossians Series 3 Get Connected: Building Relationships
August 3 – August 31, 2014
Hebrews 11 is called, “The Faith Chapter.” Through the stories of this great chapter we will learn what faith really is, how to discern the will of God, how to hear His voice, how to better understand the grace and mercy of God demonstrated in our lives. Our goal in the series is to take some new steps in lining up our lives with God so we can live the most productive and fulfilling life possible.

Learning How to Trust God
February 16 – June 22, 2014
Hebrews 11 is called, “The Faith Chapter.” Through the stories of this great chapter we will learn what faith really is, how to discern the will of God, how to hear His voice, how to better understand the grace and mercy of God demonstrated in our lives. Our goal in the series is to take some new steps in lining up our lives with God so we can live the most productive and fulfilling life possible.

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2014
Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Where is God in My Pain?
January 12 – February 9, 2014
At various times in our lives, all of us experience suffering. The cause and intensity of our pain will vary, but the dampening impact upon our spirit is just as real. It’s in these dark times – when we feel so lonely – that we wonder if we are fighting our battle alone. The good news is that God is always with us, even when we may not feel His Presence. Pastor Mark Hartman continues this message series entitled Where Is God In My Pain? We invite you to join us as we gain help from God’s Word about suffering, endurance, and rescue.

9 Habits for Healthy Relationships
September 15 – November 10, 2013
Relationships are one of the most precious, enduring things in our lives. Money and possessions bring temporary satisfaction. But our relationships are timeless. Healthy relationships with family and friends make good times more joyful and strengthen us during challenging times. So, how do we strengthen those connections which mean the most to us? How do healthy friendships grow even more vibrant? How do we overcome those pesky relationship roadblocks that seem to emerge from time to time? The Bible has practical, relevant answers how to grow relationships that last a lifetime!

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2013
Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

Colossians Series 2 Live Your Life Well
August 4 – September 8, 2013
In June we began a journey through one of the most unusual and yet powerful books of the Bible, the Book of Colossians.  Chapter 1 was all about Coming Back to Right Thinking about ourselves, about our purpose, about Jesus and what He did for us.  God knows that people will only change their actions if they change their thinking. Now, Chapter 2 & 3 is about getting our straightened out and focused.  It is about how to “Live Your Life Well“  You have only one life to live.  You want to live it well but how do you do it? Colossians Series 1

Coming Back to Right Thinking
June 1 – June 23, 2013

We become what we think. We won’t live right unless we we think right. Instead of Paul going right to the problems to be fixed in this little church, he first took the time to remind them and us of what is true in his letter to the Colossians.

Parenting in the Real World
April 7 – May 12, 2013
Every parent wants to do a great job raising their children.   It begins simple enough with sleepless nights and changing dirty diapers.  With each passing year your child thrills you with what he or she learns and can do.   Soon, however, you begin to realize there is battle of wills emerging and more difficult challenges coming.   Each birthday welcomes new problems to solve and skills to learn.  You are faced with the exhilarating task of growing a child into an adult.You want help!  But, not just any kind of help.  You need the timeless help of God’s Word.   That is where we are turning in our series, “Parenting in the Real World”.   This series is for parents, grandparents and parents-to-be.  Let’s learn together what God has to say to us in accomplishing the most rewarding and challenging job of our lives – the raising of a new generation.

The Marriage Matrix
February 10 – March 3, 2013
Being married and staying married is one of the hardest tasks that many people will undertake in their lifetime. Do you sometimes feel like you managed to find the one person that is the complete the opposite of you? Is your relationship offering a new development at every turn? Are you looking for the one thing that can bind your hearts together for all time? The Marriage Matrix, a message series by Lead Pastor Mark Hartman will help us understand marriage and how to make it work.

Winning the War Within
January 6 – February 3, 2013
It is sobering to realize that oftentimes the biggest enemy we face is ourselves. From time to time all of us wrestle with negative habits, weaknesses and even deep wounds in our life. How do we overcome these powerful barriers in our lives?  How do we get on the path to healing and restoration? Over the next five weeks Pastor Mark will lead us step by step about how to find victory and peace within.

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2012
Special Sundays when Pastor Hartman offers special individual messages or guest speakers visit and have an opportunity to share a Godly message with Sugar Creek.

The Nativity Characters of Christmas
December 2 – 23, 2012
Christmas is the time of year that captures people’s hearts and imaginations in ways no other season of the year does. Much of that is related to family, friends, food, gifts, tinsel and lights, et al. How much is related to the Person and the Event at the core of Christmas? This series takes a deeper look into the moment in time when God came near, very near to us. Although His “nearness” came through a virgin and a manger in a cave in Bethlehem, Jesus is nearer, still. May His nearness become dearer, still. World Changers: A Study in Acts

Part 3 – The Unshakeable Church
September 9 – November 4, 2012
God hasn’t called us to be popular. He has called us to follow Him. This third part, The Unshakable Church, in a series of three from the book of Acts will take us through the travels and experiences of Paul. As we study, God will reveal how to respond to disappointment in our lives, how we can share our faith with others, and many more topics that are still extremely relevant in our modern day lives.

Growing a Kinder Spirit
August 12 – September 3, 2012
As children, we all learn the golden rule: Treat others as we would like to be treated. Although it’s simple in theory, there are many times that we fail –in words or in actions –to live up to the statement. God’s word gives us a blueprint for our speech, our reactions, and how to “grow a kinder spirit”. Join us beginning on Sunday as Pastor Mark brings us this fantastic message series.

World Changers: A Study in Acts Part 2 – The Uncontainable Church
April 22 – June 17, 2012
The early church was a brilliant model in many ways, but they lacked one key feature – they didn’t go beyond their city walls. Jesus called us, then and now, to reach all nations and all people with the good news. This second series, The Uncontainable Church, covers the New Testament book of Acts (chapters 8-13). Hear the call of Christ, learn how and why it is so important to carry forth the mission of the church, and join with Sugar Creek as we love and lead all people to life change in Christ.

GOD (also known as)
January 8 – March 11, 2012
God, The Father, is called many things in the Bible. These names have meanings: Provider, Companion, My Shepherd – just to name a few. The promises that are held within these names are a key to relying on God in all situations of life. Beginning January 8, Pastor Mark Hartman will bring to life God’s Old Testament names in a series entitled, “GOD (also known as)” and share the hope that comes from knowing and calling out to Him in all of life’s situations.

Sunday at Sugar Creek 2011