The Angry Heart

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The Angry Heart Angry Heart : A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless. A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated. Proverbs 14:16-17 (NIV) An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. Proverbs 29:22 (NIV) The root of sinful anger grows in a heart that is self-centered and idolatrous. Because we live in a society that screams constantly about “rights,” when our perceived rights are violated, we become angry. Women champion their “right to choose,” homosexuals fight for the…

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Zophars first speech

Chapter 11 Zophar’s first speech God is kind v1 Zophar, who belonged to the people called Naamathites, replied. He said: v2 I must answer Job’s many words. I cannot agree that his long speech was right. v3 Job, no man should be silent when he hears your foolish words. Someone must stop you when you laugh (at our words). v4 You claim that you are innocent. You claim that you are right. v5 But if God spoke, he would accuse you. v6 He would tell you the secrets of wisdom…

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Christ Suffered and Died to Deliver Us from the Present Evil

[He] gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.Until we die, or until Christ returns to establish his kingdom, we live in “the present evil age.” Therefore, when the Bible says that Christ gave himself “to deliver us from the present evil age,” it does not mean that he will take us out of the world, but that he will deliver us from the power of the evil in it. Jesus prayed for us like this:…

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A Hope Stronger Than Evil

If the world were a 2000-piece jigsaw puzzle, the African nation of Rwanda would fit easily into one piece. If the world were a 2000-piece jigsaw puzzle and each nation were sized according to the horror experienced within its borders, Rwanda would easily fill a third of the pieces in 1994.During Easter of that year the people of this declared Christian nation gathered in churches singing the message of Christ’s resurrection. “One week later, the same devout Christians would become murderers and victims, and the churches the site of calculated…

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Necessary Evil

God will not short-change us in the evil we have to face but will make sure we have just the  right amount we need.Where is God when bad things happen?  The psalmist says: “Our God is in heaven.” (Psalm 115:3).  He has always been in heaven and he will always be in heaven.  Solomon says: “God is in heaven, and you on earth.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).  Over and over again, Jesus gives us the precise location of God.  He is our Father who is in heaven. (Matthew7:11).

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How Could a Good God Allow Suffering and Evil?

What is evil? There are two kinds of evil: moral and natural. Moral evil is sin, such as murder, rape, abuse, terrorism, or genocide. Natural evil is what causes suffering and unpleasantness; it is the result of moral evil. For example, every human dies, animals suffer, natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes wreak havoc, vehicles crash, diseases kill millions, and horrific freak accidents occur. Like everyone else, I have tasted this evil more than once, including when my parents separated when I was four and later when my youngest brother…

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