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Randy Alcorn once wrote:  “I came to think that there is not a God who is actively involved with this world of pain and misery…if He is, why doesn’t He do something about it?”  He went on to try an answer: “What if God DID do something about it?  What if what He did was so great and unprecedented that it shoot the angelic realm’s foundation, and ripped the fabric of the universe itself?

A powerful moment came in the movie, PASSION OF CHRIST occurs when Jesus, overwhelmed with pain and exhaustion, lies on the ground as guards kick, mock, and spit on Him. A horrified woman, her hand outstretched, pleads, “Someone stop this!”

The great irony is that “Someone,” God’s Son, was doing something unspeakably great that required it NOT be stopped.  Had someone delivered Jesus from His suffering  that day, He could not have delivered us from ours.

Bob White

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Quail Call

Still on the subject of suffering and evil in our world…  The problem of evil is just this…WHY would a loving God allow evil to exist?  If you think it through, the problem of evil assumes that an all-powerful, all-good, and all-knowing God CANNOT have a good reasons for creating a universe in which evil and suffering exist.  While we may not understand why a good God would allow suffering…we can know that this knowledge merely establishes that if there is a God, we don’t know everything He knows. Why should this surprise us?  Still, evil does exist!! All this will culminate in one unmistakable fact (for us Christians at least):  GOD HAS A MORALLY SUFFICIENT REASON FOR PERMITTING EVIL…you may disagree with this but it is TRUTH for us!!

Bob White

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In my study on evil and suffering…I ran across something I want to share with you.  Many, many times I have heard people say..”Why would a loving God allow evil to exist?”  Can you think of a story – anywhere – that if you removed the “plot” it would be a better story?  Good stories…those that move you…are that good because there is a choice in the story of evil!  Remove all the evil from the world…all the way back.  Would mankind be better?  If no evil…no Jesus…no wonderful stories of good prevailing.  Matter of fact…NO GOOD!!  Would you like to live in a world where there was not, at least, the opportunity of free choice?  “Well, you say, “I want free choice but I just don’t want evil to exist”.  Oh yea, well if you couldn’t chose anything but good…that equates to NO choice!  God designed this world to afford you and I an opportunity to make the wrong choices so that when we make it right…we learn!

Bob White

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I’m now reading a book that deals with suffering… It is a fascinating subject in that it touches areas we don’t often broach.  The question, “How can a loving God allow his subjects to suffer”? has been around a long time.  Many have stabbed at it…but it remains.  This particular book discusses things like, CAN God really help…or is He in someway prevented in helping?  Down through the ages people have struggled with this problem even to asking themselves if there is really a God.  If so DOES He care? If He cares why don’t we see more answers to prayer than we seem to? I will be sharing with you week to week on this vital subject.

Bob White

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In some 45 years in the ministry, I have never preached a series on the “Beatitudes”!!  Don’t quite know how I have passed them over for so long, but I did…anyhow we are correcting that now.  The word corresponds with the word “Blessings” or ” Happiness” or maybe “Contentment”.  But the gist is “This is how to be blessed or happy.”  Most people, if they could remember any of them, would quote, “BLESSED ARE THE MEEK…”  Now honestly, meekness is not a quality many of us would set our hearts on. But as Aristotle wrote: “A virtue is the mean-point between two extremes” and in this case it would be like a Bully on one end and a coward on the other extreme…meekness is in the middle. Come join us for this study.

Bob White

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After coffee this AM with the “good ole boys” I returned home …stepped out of my car and realized it was another beautiful day in Arroyo City!  We have so many of them… it occurred to me that many of the winter people who visit us year after year would not consider living here… “Its too hot here in the summer”.  No look; have you ever been in Kansas in the summer?  Oklahoma?  Ohio?  The humidity there rivals anything we have, and then some!  Now I know there are those who will read this and think “BULL-FEATHERS”…but think a minute (those of us who are permanent tenants) when is the last time you really felt it was so humid here you considered moving?   My guess is NEVER…but I could be wrong – I guess anything is possible…Anyhow, have a great day..

Bob White