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We received this question recently:

Sunday I heard something that has really bothered me, and I wanted to ask if it's reflective of the teaching of your staff. One of the ladies who was baptized said in her introduction video that she had come to know that God had taken her mother from her (her mother died) in order to lead her to be closer to Him. Do you really believe that God takes people from us, that God chooses that our loved ones die, in order to "teach us a lesson ?"

Great question (& important one). Here are the verses I used in my answer to her:

Here is what I said:

Q&A with Pastor Tim Part 50 on whether God "Kills to Teach Lessons" from Grace Church on Vimeo.