Candidating week

In the tower of Babel and the fracturing of the human race into languages? In the treason against God as Israel demands a human king like the nations? God has not answered all of our questions about the sin and misery that is in the world. There are mysteries we will not fathom while “we see in a mirror dimly” (1 Corinthians ). The honor of his Son is at stake in the spectacular sins of history and their global purpose in the glory of Christ.

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And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

And in the heartland of Minnesota, day by day the full extent of the collapse of the 35W bridge grows.

And while we groan over our losses here, on the other side of the world, scarcely in the news, twenty million people have been displaced in the last two weeks in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal from the worst flooding in years.

But they still do much harm in the world because not everyone believes, and even believers can be hurt by them, but not destroyed. They were created good, and they rebelled against God. He knows that Christ knew they would fall before they fell.

Christ knew that there would be sin and rebellion and evil. The main point of this series is not information for your heads, but application to your lives.In Newark, New Jersey, the murder rate is up fifty percent since 1998, and a week ago an execution style murder killed four teenagers.In Utah, six miners have been trapped 1,800 feet underground since Monday with no signs of life.For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him.And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.Knowing everything they would become, God created them for the glory of Christ. Of all the thousands of things he could mention, he mentioned this. All of this profoundest of doctrine was brought up to help Timothy be less timid!

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