Good Grief

Even though "good grief" is a common expression, we don't often associate grief as being good. But the Bible teaches us that lament is actually the pathway to intimacy with God and others. When we experience loss, struggles, frustration, and heartache, it is good to grieve. In this series, we learn how to complain to God in the right way, ask God for help, and trust Him.


We encourage you to utilize these resources for our series. The content is designed to help you grow in community and individually, and also to share with others who might benefit from them.


Discussion Guides for small groups are updated by the end of day on Friday each week and coincide with the sermon for that week.


Our daily word of encouragement videos also reinforce what is taught on Sunday mornings. You can access our videos on social media, the home page of our website, in our enewsletter, and on our YouTube channel.


Listen to some of the worship songs that we sing on Sundays from our Spotify playlist. It's a great way to engage in worship while you drive, do chores, or exercise, and it's also a way to fill your home with truth and peace and joy.
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RightNow Media is a digital video library you have free access to through Ventura Missionary. We encourage you to use this library for your own discipleship, and to share content with anyone in your life who is looking for hope, truth, and help in topics such as marriage, parenting, and other common life experiences. Do a search on our weekly topics and find some great supplemental material. There is also great content for kids! 



The Art of Lament from the Gospel Coalition by Rob Brockman

Dare to Hope in God from Desiring God by Mark Vroegop

Lamenting  a video on RightNow Media (free access on the RightNow Media link on this page). by Caryn Rivadeneira that describes how when everything goes wrong , we can go to God with our suffering.
*PLEASE NOTE: Ventura Missionary Church, and our leadership (including Pastor Doug) does not endorse every idea or theological perspective in these resources; however, we have found them to be helpful resources in developing a well-rounded understanding  about our teaching series.