How do we come to grips with the evil and suffering that we see in our world today? More specifically, how do we begin to make sense of the suffering that we ourselves experience in our daily lives? The problem of the presence of evil and suffering in our world has confounded many otherwise intelligent people down through the ages. For some, it has been a convenient excuse to question the goodness or existence of God. Their line of reasoning is that a loving God would not permit such evil and suffering to exist in the first place. Therefore, God is either unloving or does not exist at all. Others have said that God is loving, but He must not be powerful enough to put a stop to evil and suffering. There must be a better answer to this dilemma than what the world has offered, and we find it when we turn to God’s Word.
Everyone needs a hero. Growing up we had heroes. Maybe it was a basketball player or possibly a movie star. Perhaps your hero was more down to earth and local, such as a special relative, a teacher, or a Pastor. This person was someone we looked up to and possibly aspired to be like. The word hero is defined as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”.
As we emerge from winter, we enjoy seeing everything come back to life. The trees sprout leaves, the flowers blossom, and the grass turns green. What once appeared to be completely dead, reemerges from its winter slumber in all of its glorious splendor. If we didn’t know better we would think that God is bringing forth new life for the first time. However, we have experienced the seasons. We know that as winter approaches, all of nature falls into a death like state. However, we know that it will only last until Spring. Spring is a time of new creation, the bringing forth of something new, from what appears to be dead. This is a beautiful picture of what God does in a human life when a person commits their life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This month we will explore the different aspects of the new creation we become when we accept Jesus Christ.
restored. When brass loses its luster, we say that it has become tarnished. We live in a world that has been tarnished by sin, sickness, and suffering. Only Christ can restore the luster to our lives.
As we approach Valentine’s day, it is universally recognized that the major theme of the holiday is love. The shape that symbolizes the holiday is the heart. Boxes of candy and even the shape of the individual pieces of candy take the form of a heart. The color that symbolizes the holiday is red. We send cards that include red hearts, asking others if they will be our Valentine.