“WHY DOES GOD ALLOW BAD THINGS?”

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 NIV Read: Matthew 7:7-12 Daily, we see injustices in our world. News reports tell us of terrorists killing innocent people and destroying cities and countries. We see cancer and disease taking the health and lives of our loved ones, divorce tearing families apart and famine starving innocent people. If we allow ourselves, we can blame GOD and feel HE doesn’t care about HIS creations. Do you ever ask yourself: “Why does GOD allow this?” or “Why doesn’t GOD do something about this?” The questions are related. Yet, they have two different answers. Bad things don’t come from GOD. GOD contains no evil. So, why does GOD allow bad things to happen? GOD has allowed evil to exist since the recording of time when the serpent lied to Adam and Eve. But, GOD also tells us that evil will be destroyed in HIS timetable. GOD is all powerful, so why doesn’t HE do something about these problems? GOD has done something. GOD created you! HE created you to do your part and to work with others to lessen the evils and hurt in this world. Step up and accept the responsibility GOD has given you. Some will join the military to fight the terrorist armies, while some will donate money to send aid to the starving around the world. Maybe you are to volunteer on a cancer ward in a hospital, rebuilding a home destroyed by a severe storm or assisting a ministry. We are...

“THE WHOLE ENCHILADA!”

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'” John 6:35 NIV Read: John 6:32-40 Isn’t American slang interesting? From different areas of the U.S., we hear an assortment of different slang expressions. Some are euphemisms or ironic phrases with comical undertones. These are used to express emotions and ideals. “The whole enchilada” is one of the phrases that started in the southwest and is now known across the states. ‘The whole enchilada’ simply means ‘everything’. It describes and removes any doubt of anything being left out or lacking. If you have the whole enchilada, you have it all! Do you have ‘the whole enchilada’ in your relationship with GOD? All to often, we allow daily life to get in our way of having it all. GOD gave us HIS son, JESUS, so we can have it all. Still, some limit themselves and are willing to accept less than our SAVIOR has offered. A man recently told me he enjoyed his sinful life so much that any time in hell would be well worth it! He is willing to trade a few years of a false life for an eternity of pain. He is ready to accept an ingredient rather than have ‘the whole enchilada’. Are you willing to accept only a portion of what GOD has offered you? GOD offered Adam and Eve all the goodness of the world if they would deny themselves the one forbidden fruit. Are you repeating the ways of Adam and Eve or are you ready...

“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD!”

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1 NIV Read: Psalms 23 Miss Connie gave her second grade Sunday School class an assignment to memorize the 23rd Psalm. Little Jimmy practiced and practiced but was having difficulties remembering the entire six verses. The Sunday morning came for the students to recite the Psalm. One by one, each student stumbled through their memory of the verses. Most did an admirable job. Jimmy’s time came. Nervously, he started: “The LORD is my shepherd…” Then again: “The LORD is my shepherd…” Then with enthusiasm: “The LORD is my shepherd and that is all I need to know.” Jimmy knew an important part, but still did not know all GOD had done or could do for him. We are often like little Jimmy. We know who GOD is more than we know GOD. We often take our LORD for granted. When we read the verses of CHRIST and HIS disciples, we learn the people of their day knew scriptures of the Old Testament by memory. Most did not have their own scrolls and were taught GOD’S verses in the temple and by their parents as children. Knowing GOD is our shepherd is wonderful, but our spirit needs more. The more you know of GOD and HIS verses, the better your life can be. You can benefit from studying the Bible daily. The first thing every morning before the interruptions of the day come along is the best time for many. You can use the format of reading the Bible cover to cover in a year or study passages or events laid...

“MONEY ON THE TABLE!”

“From the GOD of your father who helps you, and by the ALMIGHTY who blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills” Genesis 49: 25-26a NIV Read: Matthew 5: 1-11 Did you ever hear the old expression; ‘left money on the table’? It comes from a business transaction that means you could have made a better deal or received more money than what you accepted. If you sold a used car for $9,000 and the buyer would have gladly paid you $10,000, it could be said you left money on the table. We do this more often than we think. We leave a lot more than money on the table. Of all the things we receive, money is sometimes the least thing we can leave on the table. What few things are you willing to accept less when you could have a lot more? What about all of GOD’S blessings? Are you leaving HIS blessings ‘on the table’ and you don’t even know it? How many more blessings would you get if you were only aware and accepted them? In order to know and understand all of GOD’S blessings, start with ridding your thoughts of Satan’s negative influences that come into your life daily. Some days these negative attacks may seem unending. That is the way Satan works. The more he can distract you with negatives, the less likely you are to see all...