In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about disappointments in life– “Castles In Spain”– and how God can use them to accomplish His will. Here are some excerpts:

“Paul, as we say, had built his “Castles in Spain” — he had his dreams and his ambitions, his hopes and his aspirations! But the truth of the matter is that, as far as we know, Paul never got to Spain… In one sense his dream came true; he did travel westward; but it was in chains that he came to Rome to die!…”

Dreams Unrealized

“…There are multitudes of disappointed people in the world today, for whom some, at least, of the bloom has disappeared from life. And if you are numbered amongst that company, remember, won’t you, that our Lord Himself suffered far more crushing disappointments than we will ever be called upon to endure [His “Castles in Spain”]…”

God Can Use You and Your Castles In Spain

“God can use you wherever you are. Our disappointments are often His appointments; and the rusty old barbed wire fences which seem to hem us in and prevent us from achieving our heart’s desire, can, by the grace of God, be transformed into the golden chains of God’s protecting love!…”

“There is only one thing that can give you peace and poise and victory over your threatening hopelessness, and that is to…”

“When you do that, you can safely leave all the issues in God’s keeping, in the sure knowledge that He will accomplish His holy and loving purposes for you and for those you love and pray for…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


August 7, 1988

Romans 15:24

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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