#11: Pruning and Lament

August 14, 2022
Pastor Kenneth Price
Adam Hartwig

We are looking at the summer of 2022, assessing our rhythms, and looking to address areas where we made need to press the 'pause' button. Where we need to stop and say, "Jesus, I need you in this space." This podcast is a call to the heart of our people to say "how can we be more intentional?" It's through rhythms and practices that we want to encourage you to follow Jesus's heart in a way you haven't before. And ultimately to live a more intentional and Christ-filled life.

Moments To Remember

  • "The Four Ds of Pruning: disease, damage, dead, or deranged." -definition shared by Adam Hartwig
  • "[Pruning] can be really ungrounding." -Adam Hartwig
  • "[Lament] is bringing your complaint to God or an appeal to God's character; it often wraps up in praise even when you don't know quite know what He is doing." -Adam Hartwig
  • "The things we deem as negative emotions are just misguided or misused a lot of times; we can sanctify those things and get them back under control and move them in the direction God intended them to be." -Kenneth Price
  • "Jesus and God the Father have expressed really strong emotion at different times through scripture; the Holy Spirit Himself can be grieved. It's just a matter of how we are experiencing that emotion and where it takes us, how we process it, and if we can bring our whole selves to God." -Adam Hartwig
  • “Lament is so holy that Jesus did it.” -Kenneth Price
  • “If I can’t be honest with [God)] who can I be honest with?” -Kenneth Price
  • "God is present even when He doesn't fix your problems." -Adam Hartwig
  • “If lament doesn’t turn towards [returning to God] it’s just a complaint.” -Kenneth Price
  • "Christ is near to me even if things are not going well. Things not going well is not necessarily a direct act on His part." -Adam Hartwig



  • The Book of Lamentations
  • "But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are ew every morning; great is your faithfulness.“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” -Lamentations 3:21-24
  • "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." John 15:1-4


  • For some of us we get faced with a tragedy…most of us face many little ones over the course of a lifetime…” -Pete Scazzero
  • “But lament is different. The practice of lament—the kind that is biblical, honest, and redemptive—is not as natural for us, because every lament is a prayer. A statement of faith. Lament is the honest cry of a hurting heart wrestling with the paradox of pain and the promise of God’s goodness.” -Mark Vroegop
  • “Grief expands our soul to know more of God.” -Pete Scazzero
  • “You find out His love doesn’t fail when He doesn’t intervene.” -Andy Squyres



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