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Jerry Landers: “If you’re God, how can You permit all the suffering that goes on in the

world?”

God: “I don’t permit the suffering – you do.” – 1977 movie, “O God!”

Creationists chortle: “God created everything!”

So who, then, created evil?

Creationists chortle: “God created everything!”

So who, then, created evil?

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Purpose and Perversion

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“You possess a potent force that you either use, or misuse, hundreds of times every day.” - J. Martin Kohe

Inventors create products with a purpose in mind. Alexander Graham Bell created the telephone for long-distance communication. Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane for advanced transportation. The makers of Sudafed developed pseudoephedrine to relieve cold and flu symptoms. And Philo Farnsworth invented the television to allow people around the world to learn about each other, in the hopes of settling differences around a conference table instead of the battlefields of world wars.

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Life From Death

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“Did he die well?” - Anonymous

Call me morbid, but I love funerals. They teach me about life.

My favorite eulogy, you ask? Gregg Kremer portrayed the best quality in his father, Ken. Already wise in his mid-20s, Gregg approached the microphone. He bore all the markings of a Nebraska farmer: deeply tanned forearms, snowy white forehead, rough hands and a slow drawl.

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Busy

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“It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn’t be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them, but you truly love them.” – Henry Nouwen

Modern Americans typically keep a calendar of their daily, weekly and monthly activities. We create lists, make appointments and schedule lunches. Whether the list is handwritten or exists on your iPhone, the truth remains the same – the things on our calendar drive our daily lives.

Perhaps our busy schedules explain why we don’t ponder our purpose. Because at the end of a day, we can point to meetings, events and people that filled our time slots.

Jesus cares about our calendars and how we spend our time. Not just now, not just for us, but for him and for eternity. One of the most terrifying things Jesus tells his disciples is, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Something more than recognition of Jesus as Lord is required of us. Our faith needs wheels and an engine.

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Beginnings

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My sophomore year of college I enrolled in linear algebra, an ominous but necessary class to fulfill my intended math major.

Two years later, I graduated with a degree in Spanish and Economics. The linear algebra helped me make the change. Regardless, I remember the class. I remember the three-hour exams that consisted of only two problems. I remember endless computations utilizing theorems, equations and rules. I remember the indescribable sense of victory that I extracted from completing just one of these questions. I remember looking at a graded test with utter disappointment when three pages of correctly executed equations led to an incorrect solution. I started with the wrong initial value.

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Perfection

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Despite our widespread and deep-seated notions of perfection, it is not what we think.  We look at perfection as having to do with a great veneer- don't smoke, curse, drink, wear baggy clothes, see R-rated movies, sleep late or spend too much money.

Jesus never saw perfection in these.  HE emphasized loving enemies, turning evil on its head by responding with and in love, honoring marriage, and reconciling with debtors.  Jesus viewed life, and the perfection of it, in entirely relational terms.

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