Why Does A Loving God Allow Suffering?

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I had a tough time reading “Answering The Toughest Questions About Suffering and Evil” because when I finished the book it left me wanting more, however I know there is hope regarding evil and suffering. There is an end!!! While Christ conquered evil on the cross, it will end once and for all in the final days.

At some point we all question how could a loving God allow people to suffer? Did God create evil? With all that is happening in the world today, we must remember God is an all loving God. The author’s cover topics such as: Why Do The Innocent Suffer? If God created everything, did He create evil? The author’s incorporate scripture when talking about each topic and include questions for reflection at the end of each chapter.

I highly recommend this book, it will make you stop and rethink about suffering, evil and judgement. “There is no shame in asking-after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible had doubts. Don’t let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.
I recevied a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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The Power of Purpose

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The Power of Purpose and the Book of Philippians reminds us that we have to submit to His leading in all things, trusting Him and His plan that he has for us. Pastor Michael walks us through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, He is calling us to maintain focus and vision, calling us to the power of purpose. We need to commit to live out this book with everything God has given us NOW!

Purposeful Prayer, chapter two really stood out to me. We have to all pray with a purpose and live out that purpose. We need to commit to live out this book with everything God has give us NOW!

In this day and age we are too quick to let our flesh nature take over when things don’t go the way we think they should, The Power of Purpose reminds us all that we are living our life for Jesus and we should react accordingly. We tend to give in to a world that encourages us to go with the flow, we are tempted to believe that we have no purpose, when in reality our purpose is with Jesus. This is a must read!

 

 

Holy Spirit Come To Me

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Are you missing the whisper’s of God? Are you yearning to hear Him? The author does an incredible job of walking the reader through the seven languages God uses to speak to us.  If you want to hear the heart of God, silence is key. If you want the Spirit of God to fill you, be still. Quiet is the think tank of the soul. I highly recommend this book.

This deployment taught me that my cast was just a minor blip, disruption, that there are bigger issues than a body who is wore out. I learned these past two weeks to take the bull by the horn and step outside my box, my four corners. I learned to just walk up, offer my hand to those broken, hurting, nothing left, offered to pray, hug and let them just share. Still a work in progress, learning to just sit and listen. Jesus, can you continue to whisper that if I am too preoccupied with my problem’s that I can’t hear His promptings.

We may think everything happens too fast, at the speed of light, but if we stop for a minute and realize God is in control life will go smoother. On this deployment we planted lots and lots of seeds and may not see the fruit of our labor right away, but Jesus has plans for everyone. Most everyone gives up too easily if things are not going our way or too quickly and we lose focus of the greater picture.

When is the last time you stopped to hear Jesus whisper? When is the last time you heard God’s voice? Do you know how to listen for it? Mark Batterson walks you through the seven languages God uses to speak to us: Scripture, desires, doors, dreams, people, prompting, and pain.

Start reading for free here: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/sneak-peek-whisper-by-mark-batterson/

Hurricane Harvey-Texas Strong

As I sit here this morning and start to process the past two weeks deployment to Katy/Dayton, Texas, I am reminded that there are still many who have not yet started the recovery process of clean up, who are still not receiving help, who may of not had a meal in at least a day. Humanity. Humbleness. Love. Mercy. Compassion. Jesus always stopped to help someone no matter how “terrible” the person might be, how different the person might be, how unclean or sinful.  He is the God of mercy and compassion! He holds their hands! The Savior of the world does the same for you and me. We are all lacking just like the next, I firmly believe the most powerful thing we can do for another person is not to try and fix their pain, but to acknowledge it. To hold their hand and cry with them. As a Disaster Relief Lead Cook and Chaplain, I can not heal. But Jesus can. 

Regardless if you live in a gated community, on the other side of the tracks or at the bottom of the river, please consider stepping outside of your box and being the hands and feet of Jesus, put aside the worldly, material items, come along side a Disaster Relief Volunteer with Colorado Baptist Disaster Relief, be the hands and feet. If your unable to volunteer, would you prayful consider coming along side me in reaching my goal of $1000 to cover lodging and meals traveling to and from Texas for my next three deployments.

 

Hurricane Harvey

By now some may feel overwhelmed with all the news stories and pictures coming out of Texas. What I see unfolding is true humanity happening. There is no division of race, creed, color, able-bodied, non-able-bodied, young helping old, old helping young. We may feel helpless, hopeless, but God is always with us regardless of the situation, He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia was not what our country truly is. Several groups of people came together for the wrong reasons. God needs to be first and foremost.