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In the meantime. So, what do you do when there’s nothing you can do? What do you do when there’s no way forward and there’s no way out?

In this 6-part series, Andy Stanley answers the question, “What do I do in the meantime?” DOWNLOAD ONLY

Part 1 - The New Normal (Andy Stanley)

What do we do when our circumstances are so challenging there’s no way forward and no way out? We have problems for which there seem to be no solutions. We have questions without answers. During times like those, we’re tempted to run, quit, or give up. We’re tempted to give in to jealousy, resentment, and anger . . . especially anger toward God. That’s because when life gets hard, it feels like God is absent, apathetic, or angry. But what if he isn’t? Is it possible to hang onto joy, hope, and patience in the meantime? Matthew 4:12-13; Matthew 11:6; John 11:3-6

Part 2 - A Purpose and a Promise (Andy Stanley)

Every once in a while, we run into people stuck in unchangeable, unalterable, in-the-meantime circumstances who get to the place where they’re able and willing to receive their circumstances, their afflictions, their illnesses, their losses, and their disabilities as coming from the hand of their heavenly Father. How do these people maintain extraordinary faith despite extraordinarily difficult circumstances? Where do they find the peace that characterizes their lives? 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Luke 22:41-42

Part 3 - Yes, You Can (Andy Stanley)

What do you do when there’s nothing you can do? Relationally, financially, professionally, physically, or academically, It just is what it is. There’s nothing you can do to change your situation. Challenging circumstances can make you jealous or resentful. They can make you angry with God. They can breed discontentment. But the problem with discontentment is that it can drive you in self-destructive directions that will eventually leave you with regret. So, what is the secret of finding contentment even when times are tough? Philippians 4:10-13

Part 4 - Where's Your Focus (Andy Jones)

What do you do when life hasn’t gone in the direction you hoped or wanted it to go and there’s nothing you can do to change your circumstances? What do you do when you’re living in “the meantime”? If you’ve ever been In the meantime or if you’re currently in the meantime, you can’t help but conclude you’ll never be happy again, nothing good can come from your circumstances, and there’s no point in continuing. Can it really be true that God will make things right? John 9:1-3

Part 5 - Believe It or Not (Andy Stanley)

Jesus told his followers that unavoidable trials aren’t aberrations; they are expectations. They can actually serve a beneficial purpose. Why? Because God can redeem, use, or work through the undeserved, unavoidable, circumstantial trials in our lives. But in order for that to happen, we have to believe and persevere. James 1:1-7

Part 6 - Comfort Zone (Andy Stanley)

When we’re in the midst of pain and suffering, it can feel like we’ll never be happy again, nothing good can come from our circumstances, and there’s no reason to continue living. But those are lies. God can redeem, use, and work through our pain. And when he does, we eventually have the opportunity to comfort others. There is a “Fellowship of Suffering.” People who’ve suffered are uniquely equipped and qualified to comfort people who are suffering. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; Philippians 1:6

In the meantime. So, what do you do when there’s nothing you can do? What do you do when there’s no way forward and there’s no way out?

In this 6-part series, Andy Stanley answers the question, “What do I do in the meantime?” DOWNLOAD ONLY

Part 1 - The New Normal (Andy Stanley)

What do we do when our circumstances are so challenging there’s no way forward and no way out? We have problems for which there seem to be no solutions. We have questions without answers. During times like those, we’re tempted to run, quit, or give up. We’re tempted to give in to jealousy, resentment, and anger . . . especially anger toward God. That’s because when life gets hard, it feels like God is absent, apathetic, or angry. But what if he isn’t? Is it possible to hang onto joy, hope, and patience in the meantime? Matthew 4:12-13; Matthew 11:6; John 11:3-6

Part 2 - A Purpose and a Promise (Andy Stanley)

Every once in a while, we run into people stuck in unchangeable, unalterable, in-the-meantime circumstances who get to the place where they’re able and willing to receive their circumstances, their afflictions, their illnesses, their losses, and their disabilities as coming from the hand of their heavenly Father. How do these people maintain extraordinary faith despite extraordinarily difficult circumstances? Where do they find the peace that characterizes their lives? 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Luke 22:41-42

Part 3 - Yes, You Can (Andy Stanley)

What do you do when there’s nothing you can do? Relationally, financially, professionally, physically, or academically, It just is what it is. There’s nothing you can do to change your situation. Challenging circumstances can make you jealous or resentful. They can make you angry with God. They can breed discontentment. But the problem with discontentment is that it can drive you in self-destructive directions that will eventually leave you with regret. So, what is the secret of finding contentment even when times are tough? Philippians 4:10-13

Part 4 - Where's Your Focus (Andy Jones)

What do you do when life hasn’t gone in the direction you hoped or wanted it to go and there’s nothing you can do to change your circumstances? What do you do when you’re living in “the meantime”? If you’ve ever been In the meantime or if you’re currently in the meantime, you can’t help but conclude you’ll never be happy again, nothing good can come from your circumstances, and there’s no point in continuing. Can it really be true that God will make things right? John 9:1-3

Part 5 - Believe It or Not (Andy Stanley)

Jesus told his followers that unavoidable trials aren’t aberrations; they are expectations. They can actually serve a beneficial purpose. Why? Because God can redeem, use, or work through the undeserved, unavoidable, circumstantial trials in our lives. But in order for that to happen, we have to believe and persevere. James 1:1-7

Part 6 - Comfort Zone (Andy Stanley)

When we’re in the midst of pain and suffering, it can feel like we’ll never be happy again, nothing good can come from our circumstances, and there’s no reason to continue living. But those are lies. God can redeem, use, and work through our pain. And when he does, we eventually have the opportunity to comfort others. There is a “Fellowship of Suffering.” People who’ve suffered are uniquely equipped and qualified to comfort people who are suffering. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; Philippians 1:6