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Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star.Philippians.2:12-18.(v.15)

September 26, 2011

Philippians.2:15b.Among whom you shine as lights in the world.

A wealthy man was asked,what is the greatest experience of your life? He had a lear jet airplane that he could fly anywhere in the world. He had many experiences as one of the wealthiest men in the world would have.But he said,the most exciting experience I have is sitting with my wife,holding her hand on the front porch of our house at night and watching the show.He meant of course,that there is a great delight in watching what God puts on in the spectacular universe.David declared in Psalm.8:3-4,When I consider the heavens,the work of thy fingers,the moon and the stars,which thou hast put in place;what is man,that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man,that thou visitest him?

The King of the universe as we look into the sky each evening is the sun because the sun speaks of power,greatness and might.But the sun to us is only great and powerful because the sun is so close to us.Many of the stars many times larger than the sun are only smaller because they are so great distances from the earth.The sun is not all that far away from the earth.They tell us it is about ninety three million miles from the earth to the sun.

There are some stars in God’s universe that are so large that they could not pass between the distance of the sun and the earth.They are more than 93 million miles in diameter or across.

When God put this show together,he put it on a great stage and it is a magnificant show. If you could catch a ride on a ray of light that travels 186,000 miles per second,you could travel from the earth to the moon in a second and a half.Now, you would be dizzy when you got there,but nevertheless it would be a fast ride.But if you were riding that same ray of light at the same rate of speed it would take you four hours to get to Mars…because Mars is that much further out in God’s great universe.

There are some stars so far away that travelling at that same rate of speed…if you were to travel 150 years you would still not be there.God is some kind of God isn’t he?No wonder the wealthy man said,  “The most exciting experience that I  have is sitting on the front porch with my wife,holding her hand and looking at the mighty show.”

With our imagination working, I want us too see the stars.(v.15) Paul said, you are like stars.You shine in this universe like the stars of the heavens.

People are like the stars of the heavens.Some shine brightly, some shine dimly.Some twinkle and flicker for a little bit and then they go out.Some are exciting for awhile and then like a shooting star they fall out of the sky.

People are like stars (v.15). You are like the lumanaries of the firmament.God has put you in this darkened world to shine as stars.When God puts us in the world to bear a witness, He doesn’t want us to be Super Stars.He just wants us to be stars; He just wants us to do our thing; just to perform as he has created us and recreated us by regeneration.

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Worry! Worry! Worry!

April 17, 2011

Romans.8:35-39.

In Romans 8 Paul declares that he will not fear what is happening today and what may happen tomorrow. He will not be a prisoner to his fears. Many people are immobolized today by what might happen or by what could happen.Some of our fears are utterly ridiculous and yet they have an immobolizing effect upon us.

Barry Segal, who was a writer for the L.A.Times years ago points out that while we are worrying about things like a nuclear exchange between the super powers and the effects of pesticides that may poision us…while we are worrying about these things there are catastrophes  just lurking beneath the surface that we’re not even thinking about.

He lists some of them:

For example: If everyone keeps saving their National geographic magazines in garages and attics instead of throwing them away, the sheer weight of the cumulation of these magazines is going to sink the North American continent a hundred feet below water.

He further points out that if visitors to the beach keep returning home with as much sand clinging to their shoes as they have in the past…that in ten years eighty per-cent of the coast line will disappear.

And the most helpful part of his writings concerns the danger of pickles,the common ordinary pickles that we eat.

He says for instance that 96% of all communist sympathizers eat pickles.

Ninety nine per-cent of all automobile accidents involve people who have eaten pickles.

He also says that documented data reveals that all those persons born in 1839 who ate pickles are now dead.

And all this pickle research has been confirmed by feeding rats twenty five pounds of pickles for 30 days and all of them ended up with bulging stomachs and loss of appetite.

On the basis of very little information we can imagine all kinds of dangers and trends…Real or imagined.

We need the comfort of Romans.8:35-39.

1.God is on our side.

2.Our commitment in life is to Christ…not circumstances.

3.Nothing can seperate us from His love.

Now, go eat some pickles!

When Christians Grieve:Voices of Grief.

November 10, 2010

When C.S.Lewis wrote of his wife’s death, his opening words were, “No one ever told me…that grief was so like fear.”

At the age of 40, my wife contracted breast cancer.The happy and active mother of four teenage children, her life soon resumed with a favourable prognosis after successful surgery.

Over a year later she suffered a rapid loss in weight.The organism was in the bone and further surgery was necessary.Her life expectancy was six to eighteen months, but she enjoyed reasonable health for another four years.The end came nearly two years ago when she was 46.

Encouraged by family and friends,and fortified through faith in Christ, we were prepared for death.

But I was ill-prepared for grief, for “No one ever told me…that grief felt so like fear.”

The Bible regards grief as a very real thing.The word it uses signifies sorrow, pain, or a wound.It applies mainly to sorrow of soul, such as that of the disciples at the imminent death of Jesus.

“Grief”, says Jay Adams, “may be called a life-shaking sorrow over loss.Grief tears life to shreads;it shakes one from top to bottom.It pulls a person loose;he comes apart at the seams.Grief is truly nothing less than a life-shattering loss.”

Those who grieve over death are called “bereaved.” The word “reave” means to commit ravages, to forcibily deprive or take by force. A “bereaved” person is literally one who is broken up in what is an intensely personal experience.

Bereavement describes the whole reaction to loss;it includes the emotional response and our adjustment to that loss.One’s thought, feeling and behaviour are so drasctically affected that the condition may be viewed as an illness.

 

When the well-known minister, William Sloane Coffin, lost his twenty-four-year-old son, Alex, in a terrible automobile accident, he said he received letters, cards and telephone calls from many friends and acquaintances, all of them well-meaning, but very few of them helpful.He said some of the worst of them came from Reverends who proved by what they said that they know more about the Bible than they do about the human heart.“I know all of the right Biblical passages,” said Coffin, “Blessed are they who mourn.Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning.I know all of that.But the depth of my grief made those words unreal.”

Lynn Caine wrote a book about her experience of suffering the loss of a husband, then sinking deeply into grief.Her book was called Widow.She said, “being a widow is like living in a country where no one speak’s your language.”

To enter into grief is like being in a country where no one speaks your language.Or as William Shakespeare could be paraphrased to say:Everybody knows how to heal grief, except those who actually experience it.”

The psalmist in Psalms 77 speaks very honestly about grief:

“Because of you, Lord God, I can’t sleep.I am restless and can’t even talk.I think of times gone by and those years long ago.Each night my mind is flooded with questions.” Then he says, “God Most High, what’s hurt me most is that you no longer help us.” Then later in the Psalm, the psalmist has come to an insight: “You walked through the water of the mighty sea, but your footprints were never seen.You guided your people like a flock of sheep and you chose Moses and Aaron to be their leaders.”

Charles de Gaulle was a World War two hero and president of France.What many do not know is that Charles de Gaulle and his wife, Yvonne, were parents of a Downs Syndrome child, a daughter named Anne.Regardless of what was going on in the affairs of stae, Charles de Gaulle would come home every day and would spend time with Yvonne, giving special attention to Anne.When they would put her to bed at night, Yvonne would sometimes say to Charles, “I am deeply troubled about Anne. I have prayed so often that she could be like others. Charles, why is she not like the others.?” Anne did not live to adulthood.They had a private grave side funeral service.And at the funeral the priest said, “When Jesus was on the cross, all that the world could see was suffering and death, but the hidden hand of God was at work to bring victory and redemption, just as the hidden hand of God is at work to bring healing to Anne.” When the service was over, Yvonne could not pull herself away from the grave. She was stricken with grief. Charles went over and touched her on the elbow and said, “Come yvonne, did you not hear the words of the priest? She is now like the others.”

In the midst of our grief, the hidden hand of God. If you are in the midst of grief, look for the hidden presence of God in the midst of the churning waters.{Thomas Long}.

O Lord, how long will you  forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love, I will rejoice because you have rescued me.I will sing to the LORD becaus he is good to me.(A psalm of David,Psalm.13).

You can hear the cry of grief and loneliness in David’s voice as he exclaims in Psalm.102:1,2. I am like an owl in the desert,like an owl in a far-off wilderness.I lie awake,lonely as a solitary bird on a roof.

About 700 years before our Lord was born, Isaiah the prophet described Jesus as, “A man of sorrows and aquainted with grief.” (Isa.53:3). His grief was expressed for others, as when he wept at the grave of  His friend Lazarus and mourned over the city of Jerusalem. (John.11:25 f,; Matt.23:27 f).He also knew what it was to grieve for Himself. A few hours before His own betrayal and death, His humanity endured such suffering in Gethsemane that “His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.( Luke:22:44).

Great though His grief was, He went to the cross, that through the perfect sacrifice of Himself He might secure the salvation of His people from their sins.(Heb.5:9, 9:26). The person who acknowledges Jesus Christ as absolute king of his life receives forgiveness of sins and enjoys a personal relationship made real by the Holy Spirit. (Acts.16:30 f.;Acts.10:43). This bond is particularly meaningful in grief, because Jesus shared our earthly experiences, including suffering and death.( Donald Howard,Christians grieve too.The Banner of Truth Trust).

 

 

Two Coins In A Trumpet:Peek a Boo,He’s Watching You:Mark 12:41-44

February 15, 2010

Mark.12:41-44.And Jesus sat over against the treasury,and beheld(gazed intently) how the people cast their money into the treasury:and many that were rich cast in much.And there came a certain poor widow,and she threw in two mites,which made a farthing.And he called unto him his disciples,and saith unto them,Verily I say unto you,That this poor widow hath cast more in,than all they which have cast into the treasury:For all they did cast in of Their abundance;but she of her want did cast in all that she had,even all her living.

The story is told of a circus strong man who had very powerful hands.One of the things that he would do is take an orange before the crowd and squeeze it with his bare hand until every drop of juice came out.And then he dared the audience to find another drop because of how strong he was.So he would squeeze it and every drop would be rung out.Big men would come up and and try to squeeze it more,but to no avail.There would be no more juice to come out.On one ocassion a real skinny man came up and said,”I would like to try.” They laughed but gave him orange.He took one hand and with all the strength he could muster up,he squeezed it and to the shock of the strong man and the crowd there was a drop of orange juice that dripped out.They couldn’t believe it.They said,”how in the world were you able to squeeze out another drop of orange juice?Where did you get that power?” He said,”It’s easy,I’m the local treasurer for the Baptist church down the street.” “I know how to squeeze stuff out of folks.”

It is unfortunate that far too many churches must squeeze out of people in this area of stewardship.They’ve got to beg and hit folks over the head in order to squeeze out the last drop.Collection after collection.Attempt after attempt to simply break even.Pastor Tony Evans said,”When that happens,something is drastically wrong with the heart.When God has to squeeze out of us praise,time and service——when He has been this good-something is wrong and it is a matter of the heart.”

Jesus is concerned about the motivation behind our giving…..the matter of the heart related to our stewardship and he uses the indicater of money,because money was what he saw as that which really indicated where a person’s heart was.Jesus said,”For where your treasure is ,there will your heart be also.{Matt.6:21}.It was not that he was interested in money per-say.But money and how you use it is a good indicater.In your car and my car we have indicater lights.When the car is running low on gas a light comes on and lets you know.There is not a light problem,but that there is a bigger problem. Or when the engine is overheated,the light comes on,not because there is a light problem,but because there is an engine problem.The light is an indicater of something worse inside.So Jesus would use the sensitive area of money…because one in every six verses that he ever spoke raised the question of money…not because money was the issue……….but it was a light that showed where the heart was, because God knows that the last thing a person will give up is their money.It was a light,an indicater of where the heart was.{Illustration from Pastor Tony Evans}.

The Bible is clear that God in heaven is watching carefully how we live.Ethel Waters used to sing the song, His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches you.It is a great encouragement to know that no matter where I go,or what I do,my heavenly Father is watching over me,understanding my needs,and caring for me.But there is another side to that.God is not only watching over my life for my protection;.He is also watching over my life to evaluate it.

One of the last public act of Christ’s ministry was neither a sermon or a miracle…but an evaluation. Mark12:41-42.

There were 13 treasuries in the court yard of the Temple,shaped like a tall box,with a trumpet coming out of it much like that on the old RCA pictures.When a man cast money into it,it was possible to make the coins roll around,and be heard all over the Temple.

Christ thought this action was important,for half of his parables were devoted to the issue of money.Fifteen per-cent of everything He said recorded in scripture has to do with our attitudes and actions with finances.He beheld-gazed upon them as though they were a form of theater.He was close enough to see who threw in much and who tossed in little.The Lord even noticed the two coins coming from the withered hand of a widow and created an object lesson for his disciples .What does God look for when he watches the treasury?

1.The Cirumstances from which we give.

Jesus was a great observer of human experience in general.But he also had an eye for the individual.This wonderful little story illustrates both of these qualities.It describes a woman whose devotion to the Lord stands in marked contrast to that of the educated theologians who had proved to be such a thorn in Jesus’ side.{Sinclair Ferguson.Let’s study Mark}.

Here was a contrast—-one poor widow—-and many wealthy people She was a pauper,one who must eke out a living each day.God knew all about that widow and he knows all about each of us.He knows the circumstances from which we give.He knows if we have much or if we have little.We often say to the poor,”God doesn’t expect you to give…..you have so little.” But that is not how God designed the church.Our faith is revealed n our giving,whether we have much or little.She gave out of her poverty because she understood that God saw what she had.The Lord knows the circumstances from which we give.

2.The Amount that we give.

She gave two mites….A widow is indeed poor if she has only two mites(lepta).The lepta was a tiny copper coin with the least value of any in circulation in the time of Jesus,about one-eighth of a Roman  assarion.The two lepta are said to be worth a quadrans,the smallest Roman coin.Four quandans equal an assarion which was worth one-sixteenth of a denarius.If a day laborer earned a denarius for a days wages (Matt.20:2),this woman has one-sixty-fourth of that wage.If this is all she has to live on,she is indeed destitute.The two mites represented the widow,for she gave more than all they which have cast into the treasury(v.43).She put in her entire life.

A pastor made an appeal for a worthy cause.A lady in the church gave a check for $50.00.She asked the pastor,”Is that enough? The pastor replied,”Of course,if it represents you.” She took the check back and wrote another check for $5,000.”This check represents me,and I’m happy to give it to the Lord.”Remember,the Lord cares about the amount we give because it represents us.

3.The appraisal of what we give.v.43.And he called unto him his disciples,and said unto them,Verily I say unto you,That this poor widow has cast more in,than all they which have cast into the treasury.

Jesus said to his disciples,”Come over here,you have got to see this.”So stunned was Jesus by what he saw that he called a congregational gathering of his fellow preachers and said,”Did you see that?” Did you see what I just saw?”He was so overwhelmed that he couldn’t stand to look at by himself.He didn’t want them to miss the widow.Jesus fixes his attention on her.Why? Because she gave more.v.43.

Those words must have shaken up his disciples.They had watched the wealthy give.The Lord said the two mites are worth more.He explained….v.44.Her whole livelihood.The wealthy gave out of their surplus.The widow gave out of her…life.The gifts given by the wealthy did not touch life at all….but the widow’s gift touched the very core of her being.

God doesn’t evaluate our giving by what we…give.He evaulates our giving by what we…have.2.Cor.8:12.For if there be first a willing mind,it is accepted according to that a man hath,and not according to that he has not.

A study revealed that people who make less than $10,000 per year give the greatest per-centage of their income to the things of God.Economic prosperity can become a curse.In Romania 95% of the believers who face the test of persecution pass it,while 95% of those who face the test of prosperity fail it.This was true of Israel.Whenever they were hungry and persecuted they turned to the Lord.But whenever they experienced peace and prosperity they turned toward evil.Hosea.13:6.According to their pasture,so were they filled;they were filled,and their heart was exalted;therefore have they forgotten me.

4.The lesson for what we give.

When Jesus visited the treasury that day,he saw many people giving of their abundance,but he took note of one poor widow who gave God all she had.

When these two types of people are shown in contrast,we can better see the example we are to follow.The Bible often reveals two contrasting individuals to help us see the truth.

The generous Abraham is contrasted with the greedy Lot,and it was the generous man who succeeded.The Big hearted Barnabas is contrasted with the self-centered actions of Ananias and Sapphira.The unselfish Mary is contrasted with the selfish Judas.

The scriptures often present the truth by revealing the contrast of two people.When we read about the widow in Mark.12,we see a woman who trusts completely in God,who gave everything she had to him,because she knew He would care for her.

We have trusted God with our eternal souls,can’t we trust him with our temporal riches?

A man complained to his pastor about not having any money left over for God after paying his bills.The pastor replied,”Would you be willing to trust God to take care of you,tithe every month and bring me whatever bills you that you can’t pay?” Of course the man quickly agreed to that plan.The pastor said,”It is strange that you would trust me,an imperfect man to care for your needs,but you will not rust Almighty God,who gave his Son to die on a cross.When it comes right down to it,we either trust God to take care of us,or we trust in our money.

The widow saw past the treasury box,past the poverty of her own life,and peered into eternity.She understood that the things worth living for are not in this world.The wealthy lived for this world,but the widow lived for the next.Every person is either moving toward the treasury or away from it.If we spend our life in the pursuit of wealth we waste it,racing away from the true treasure of heaven.But the person whose treasures are locked away in eternity has every reason to rejoice,whether things in this life are easy or hard….for that person has learned to trust in the faithfulness of God,who is watching us as we approach the treasury.

Randy Hyde in his sermon,”Catching Christ’s Attention”,writes,”She caught Jesus’ attention.Jesus was taken with her gift,because he was about to do the same,but not with coins in his pocket.Jesus never carried any money.He was about to do what this poor widow did—-except in his case it would be his life that he would give and the treasury would come in the form of a wooden cross.She caught his attention because she gave everything she had and he was about to do the same….will we do it.?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telling The Truth Interestingly..

June 4, 2009

Dear Speaker:

The world has never gotten over its likin’ of the truth.I’ve been a member of a church now for more’n fifty years.We must have had twenty pastors or more.I don’t know for sure.None of ’em stayed very long.Everyone of them told the truth.In fact they could bore you for hours on end with the truth.There was one out of the whole bunch that we really wanted to keep.He told the truth interestingly.One time he put on a bathrobe and played like he was King David.Sure was interesting.Another time he played like he was the innkeeper in Bethlehem.Then one time he smeared his face with soot——–sure looked strange——–and told us he was Job.We all knew better and he knew we did,but I never really understood the book of Job til that sermon.One time he dressed up in a white robe and came in the back of the auditorium carrying a sign.He told us he was an Archangel.He seemed so convinced,we believed him.Darndest thing,he’d do per’t near’t anything to keep our attention.He always did.Big church down in Chattanooga hire him away from us.The good’uns always seem to get away.

They arrested a man over by Greenville the other day.They threw him in jail.He was walking around town in a white robe,carrying a sign that said”THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END.”I  don’t know why they arrested him.Most everybody believed he was right.As I saw it,he was telling the truth interestingly.Last week my preacher preached on that very thing.The way he told that same truth wasn’t all that interesting.They might have locked up the wong man.

It sure seems important to me to tell the truth interestingly.Not too many people do it.A bunch of us who listen to your sermons are wishing you’d do it.You might try the white robe and sign routine.Just don’t go outside.

-Your audience.(from Calvin Miller,The Empowered Communicator,page 134).

Rambling Advice From A Rustic,Retired Pastor.

April 29, 2009

I want to share some important things I have learned as a pastor for 40 years.They are not listed in any particular order.Some are more important than others.Many of them are just matters of common(horse sense).In my journey of 40 years as a pastor,I have learned more from preachers who have honestly told of the mistakes they have made in the ministry than I ‘ve learned from the great and often embellished success stories that they have shared with us.

1.You cannot and should not attempt to control anybody in the church.The pastor who is a control freak,is insecure and unstable.Make sure that you are under the control of the Holy Spirit.I assure you that will be a full time job.

2.Be willing to say at times when you are asked a question,“I don’t know.”

3.Your job is to fill the pulpit.It is not your job to fill the pews.

4.Lead the flock.Don’t push the flock.Read this one ten times a day.

5.You are not indispensable.If you are sick on sunday morning..stay home.Let the chairman of deacons pray his same prayer of 30 years…Lord,lead,guide and direct us..take the offering and dismiss the service.

6.Don’t even attempt to please everybody.If you do ,you are on a performance trip and trap.We are to please our Lord who has called us into the ministry.On the other hand,do not try to dis-please everybody.There is no virtue in being obstinate.

7.Preaching should be personal..but not individualistic.Heed this advice or you will be sorry one day.

8.Start on time and quit on time.(nuff said).

9.In times of crisis or  conflict…P-A-U-S-E before you respond.

10.It is perfectly alright to be dogmatic on certain issues,but try not to be bull dogmatic.

11.Avoid wealth,women and the abuse of wine in the ministry.

12.Don’t call down teen-agers for talking while you are preaching.Just stop in mid-sentence and stare at them until they stop.It will work every time.

13.A little sweat will save you a lot of tears.So go ahead and visit the hospital and shut ins.They will forget what you preached on sunday,but they will remember your visit.

14.STUDY…Study…Study…Study!!!PRAY…PRAY…PRAY!!!

15.If possible…use part time staff.What can a full time music person do all week?

16.It will do you good to say when neccessary,“I AM SORRY.”

17.If there is a need…Teach a sunday school class.If you don’t teach..then attend a SS class.You will be surprised at what is taught in some classes.If you have to use the SS hour to get ready for the worship at 11 you are in real trouble.

18.Don’t compare your ministry with the big church down the road.Be faithful where God has placed you.

19.Heed the advice that an old African American woman gave to a young man called into the ministry,“Be who you is,cause if you is who you ain’t,you ain’t who you is.”

20.Feel free to add or disagree with anything that I have said about 1-19.I would like to hear from you…I’m still a learner.

Romans.8:28.The mystery of suffering.God Works all things.Part.3.

March 17, 2009

Rom.8.:28.We know that for those who love God—He is working.He is ceaselessly,energetically and purposefully active on their behalf.(Stott).

1.The Certainty of the promise…We know.

2.The Completeness of the promise..All things.

3.The Cause of it.Why does it happen?God works.

Things that are happening in themselves are not working together by themselves.Where God does not rule,He over rules.God is the one who brings order out of confusion.God brings harmony out of discord.It was God who brought a cosmos out of a chaos.All things working together for good is not done by you.There is a God in the heavens.God causes all things to work together.not just for the sake of them working together…but He is the cause of things working together for our good.

Many years ago when you went to a Doctor,he would diagnose your case.He would then write you a prescription and you would take it to the drug store.The pharmacist would take something off this shelf..out of the bottle and then he would take something else off of another shelf and mix it ..all together.Maybe just one of those things taken by themselves would poison you.But when blended and mixed,the exact amount…He gives it to you and that medicine begins to work for your good.When you get it as a whole,when it has been blended..it makes all things work that you take then for your good.

Bread has flour,but flour is not the bread.Bread has milk,but milk is not the bread.Bread has baking soda,but baking soda is not the bread.Bread has salt and hot water.But salt and hot water is not bread.But when you take  the hot water and the flour,baking soda,milk,and salt,all mixed  and blended in together and then stuffed into the oven and taken out of the fire…You have good old bread.

And so it is with your life.Think about your life.If there were no struggles—just success all the time.If it was happiness all the time.We would become so intoxicated and drunk in joy.If it were misery all the time we would soon be led to a state of helplessness and despair.But what does God do?He takes the joy and the misery,The storm and the calm,the sunshine and the rain,the ups and the downs….all of these and mixes them together by the great Mixer and they work out for our good.

It takes somebody behind the scenes to see to it that all things work out for good.And that someone is our Heavenly Father and His watch care over us is so super fantastic that whatever happens in our lives as believers is no accident.There are no coinsidences.It is there by God’s providence and everything that happens to us is completely in his hands.Everything from dropping a spoon or spending a life time on a sick bed is in God’s control.Bad things,trials,tribulations,illnesses,accidents,disappointments,even failures are..all regulated by God.Everything from the tiniest temptation to the worst Satanic attack from the devil himself is regulated by God.

This is God’s purpose,God’s plan,God’s resolve,God’s will,and when God decides to do anything,it is God who sustains it.It is God who controls everything.

No event connected with the end in view,can fly beyond the bounds of His providence.He,however,is very explicit in asserting His control of all occurances,either by His positive or permissive decrees.”See now that I,even I,am he,and there is no god with me:I kill and I make alive;I wound and I heal.”(Deut.32:39).”The lord killeth and maketh alive;He bringeth down to the grave,and he bringeth up.The Lord maketh poor and maketh rich:He bringeth low,and he lifteth up.”(1.Sam.2:6,7).He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven,and among the inhabitants of the earth;and none can stay His hand or say unto Him,what doest thou.”(Dan.4:35).”Shall there be evil in the city and the Lord hath not done it”?(Amos.3:6).

No matter how sore your trials may be,they can be traced directly or indirectly to the will of God.Why He permits them is another question,and what Christians are to do,when suffering,is a question of very great importance in these difficult days.

Remember:

1.We know..

2.All things.

3.God Works together.

And we know that for those who love God…He is working on their behalf.