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Photo Credit: Shannon Hicks/Newtown Bee.

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On December 14, 2012, crazed gunman, Adam Lanza, forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and brutally shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults.  He also murdered his own mother a short time before arriving at the school, and eventually took his own life when it was all over.

In times like this, many are asking, “Why would God allow such heinous and senseless violence to happen – especially to innocent children?” Some have made reference to God and prayer being taken out of schools; that this is the reason it was allowed to happen.  Perhaps it’s a contributing factor, but it goes much deeper than this.

The following is a sermon that was given by Pastor Steve Hadley from Harvest Family Felllowship regarding this tragedy.  He does a great job of answering the above question (and more) in his sermon entitled, “Why Tragedy?”  May it bring some sense to this horrible event and maybe even to personal tragedies that some of you reading this may have experienced.   I hope it blesses you.

 

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German Box for Board Games Wikicommons Walters 7193

After the game, the king and the pawn

go into the same box.

~ Italian Proverb

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In the game of chess, the players strategize to corner or checkmate the opposing side’s king.  Many pieces are used in order to do this – some more expendable than others.  At the bottom of importance is the lowly pawn.  But even though the king is the most valuable piece and the pawn is the least valuable, after the game ends, the fate of both is the same.  They both are placed in the same box.

Such is the case in real life.  All people – whether kings or commoners, rich or poor, famous or obscure – all will have the same fate one day.  We all will die.  Death is no respecter of persons…and neither is God. (Colossians 3:25)

We’re all made of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7), and no human life is more valuable than any other to God.  We are all made in His image and He loves us so much that He sent His Son to this earth to save us from the punishment of sin, which is eternal death.  (John 3:16)  He did this by becoming the perfect human sacrifice and shedding His blood to cover our sins because “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission” or forgiveness of sins.  (Hebrews 9:22)  He had to do this because the blood of animals could not permanently erase sin.  Only the blood of a perfect human being, without sin or blemish, could satisfy once and for all the requirements for permanently blotting out the sins of mankind.  This perfect human being is named Jesus Christ.  (Read all of Hebrews Chapter 9 for a thorough explanation of this.) 

Whether you’re a king or just a regular person, if you confess to God that you are a sinner and believe that His Son, Jesus, died on the cross to cover your sins, then when the day comes when you die and are placed in a box, you’ll have the assurance that you will have eternal life with God and not have to face an eternal death of unimaginable horrors.  The choice is yours.

Just something to think about…

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This is an awesome live performance by Israel Houghton of the song “Our God.” 

Be blessed!

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1 They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.

As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.

                                                                                     ~ Psalm 125

 

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