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Our view of God affects our view of people and suffering in the world. Many folks say, "How can a loving God allow so much suffering in the world? If there is suffering, there must not be a God."
But God's plans and purposes include:
...good news for the afflicted
...healing for the brokenhearted
...liberty for the captives
...sight for the blind
...comfort and gladness for the mourning
...favor for the rejected
...beauty for those in the ash heap
...strength to show His beauty in places of barrenness
...honorable work of restoration to that which is ruined and devastated
God is the God of justice. Just because the timetable of His justice differs from ours, does not mean He is disinterested or not involved.
Those who fixate on Fortune and Destiny will be sadly mistaken. (Isaiah 65:11) Delighting in and following selfish ways bring consequences that the participants would rather blame God than take responsibility for their actions that lead to the suffering of others.
Want to right the wrongs in the world? Then clothe yourself with God's righteousness, aligning your heart and mind to His truth. He will direct you to the people and places that are ready and prepared to receive His healing and comfort and liberty.
And the Creator of these precious people will show Himself beautiful as He rights the wrongs of suffering...
...through His people
...in His time
...according to His ways
Lord, give me a bigger picture of You - the saving, redeeming, mighty God. Give me a burden in my sphere of influence for the brokenhearted, afflicted, rejected ones that You have prepared to receive Your healing, encouragement and favor. May You receive all the glory; may others know You, the Beautiful God.
A special "thank you" to my friend, Colleen G., who took the time to write out her thoughts and prayer about suffering in our lives.
In UNSTOPPABLE, a brand-new documentary, Kirk takes you on a personal and inspiring journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raiser in faith:
Kirk goes back to the beginning — literally — as he investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives ... and our eternities. Reminding us that there is great hope, UNSTOPPABLE creatively asks — and answers — the age-old question:
"Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?"
Over 270,000 people packed sold-out theaters to see UNSTOPPABLE when it opened the night of September 24, 2013. It was the number 1 movie ticket sold on movietickets.com.
My family's view of Unstoppable?
It was gritty, emotional, dark at times; it was violent and graphic at times. It isn't the usual "Don't Worry - Be Happy" kind of film; this is a documentary.
Did it answer the question: "Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?"
Yes, we believe that it did. I think you will, too.
*NOTE: I would encourage parents with children younger than 13 to preview this movie first to determine if their own children are mature enough to watch this DVD due to the violence, blood, and graphic scenes depicting true biblical events.
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The Unstoppable DVD giveaway ends on Sunday, February 16th, 2014 at midnight Pacific time...
...and please read the requirements for entering, below, because if you're the winner, and you said you completed a step, but didn't, I'll be checking up on you! ☺ U.S. entries only, please. Thanks!
Entrants must be 13 years or older; only U.S. residents are eligible to enter this giveaway.
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