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God Is Good All the Time! (4 of 8)
Series: Seven Wonders
Introduction: Why do bad things happen to good people? Philosophers have debated that question for centuries. But it's not the big philosophical problems that trouble most of us. It's the ones closer to home. It's like what they say about surgery. Do you know the difference between major surgery and minor surgery? If it's someone else being operated on, it's minor surgery. If it's you, it's major surgery!
Everyone in this room has weathered some storms in life. Some more than others. I am no exception. Rose and I have lived through some days we thought would never end. We've had our share of financial struggles. We have both lost parents. We lost a baby to a miscarriage. We've sat in a hospital waiting room while a doctor told us our injured son needed emergency brain surgery. We've wept through disappointments and failures. We've shared our kids' heartaches from afar.
Some of you have been through a lot worse. Some have lost spouses or children. A few have battled long-term illness. A number have lost jobs, careers, and dreams. A few of you may be in the middle of some very hard times right now.
It doesn't even have to be a big problem. A series of smaller troubles, one right after the other, can seem unrelenting and overwhelming. Who of us haven't asked, "Why?" "Why me?" "Why now?" "How much more do I have take?" That's one of the great wonders of life--why does life have to be so hard!
Our text speaks to that question. Its promise--God is good even when life isn't.
I want to try something a bit different today. African-American preachers often use a style of speaking termed "call and response." The audience is expected to participate. The preacher says something and the congregation repeats his words or answers his question. The practice is pretty foreign to most white churches. I think it interferes with normal sleeping pat ...
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