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Series 09 - Uncertain We just finished the 3rd week of our January '09 series called "Uncertain," where we asked people what topics we should cover: the biggest "uncertainties" our world is facing.

I thought yesterday went awesome.  We talked about "How can a good God let bad things happen?"

We all know that these are some of the weightiest issues that we'll ever wrestle with…why did they die so young…why was that tsunami so destructive…why did that child get leukemia…why did God let that mass murderer live so long…

  • Ryan Jacobs' Story — Wasn't the story from Ryan Jacobs' parents powerful?  It left me sick & rejoicing in God at the SAME time.  His full story will be posted on our website (as an audio microcast) later this week.  In the meantime, check out this article on him from 2007.
  • Cutting Room Floor — There are a host of other passages you can dive into for further study on the topic.  All GREAT stuff that hit my cutting room floor:
    • Romans 8:28 — An over-the-top promise from God that He can use even REALLY BAD stuff for good
    • 1 Kings 14 — Where God uses someone's tragic death to protect them
    • 2 Kings 20 — Where God WANTED to use an early death to protect someone
    • 2 Corinthians 4:7-11 — A WHOLE POINT I had to cut for sake of time — "God can use bad things to reveal Christ through us"
    • Hebrews 5:7-8 — Jesus LEARNED (gained experience) by suffering
    • Hebrews 4:15-16 — Jesus was a better high priest because he knows what it's like to live as a human
    • Hebrews 12:2-3 — Jesus went through TREMENDOUS suffering Himself, knowing that there was a greater benefit to other people on the other side.
  • The Theological Question — If you liked the first point of the message (the more theological side of the question), thank Pastor Ben.  On Thursday, he was the one advocating strongly for making sure that side of the question was addressed.
  • H. G. Spafford — Ben also rocked the house at the end of service, going old school with the hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul."  Here's the lowdown on that terrible and wonderful story.
  • More Resources — Here is another resource that you can use for further study on the topic.  It's The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel.

Be sure to bring a friend to next week's topic, "What Exactly Happens to People When They Die?"  And thank you to all those who are starting to move to the 8:30a or 11:30a service.  We need MORE people to step up (if their volunteering isn't keeping them from doing so).  Our 10a service is full!!!