Our Hiding Place (8 of 11) by Roger Thomas

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Our Hiding Place (8 of 11)
Series: Patriotic and Special Occasions
Roger Thomas
Psalm 57:1-3
September 11, 2005

Pastors get asked questions all the time. Here are a few actual letters that kids have sent to ministers:

? Dear Pastor, does God like everybody? If so, He never met my sister. (Arnold, age 9)

? Dear Pastor, do you think my father should be a minister? Every day he gives us a sermon about something. (Robert, age 11)

? Dear Pastor, I'm sorry I can't leave more money in the plate, but my dad didn't give me a raise in my allowance. Could you have a sermon about a raise in my allowance? (Patty, age 10)

? Dear Pastor, could you say a prayer for our little league team? We need God's help…or a new pitcher. (Alexander, age 10)

? Dear Pastor, do I really have to learn the 10 Commandments? I don't think I want to because we already have enough rules in my house. (Joshua, age 10)

? Dear Pastor, do people tell you how much they like your sermons? I really liked your message on Sunday. Especially when it was finished. (Ralph, age 11)

Every pastor has been asked a lot of questions since those dreadful events of 9-11, 2001. The same questions have sprung to life in the wake of last week's devastating hurricane and the flooding of New Orleans. Why is the big question. Where was God in the midst of such devastation? What is God's response to all of this suffering? How can we see this and still believe in a good and loving God?

Remember those events from four years ago?
? Our nation's capital was attacked.
? Over 3000 people lost their lives.
? The Manhattan skyline was irrevocably changed.
? The financial trade center for 150 nations was completely destroyed.
? The world's economy was greatly tested.
? We waged a war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
? But, a long-standing almost invisible war is being fought, and will be fought for years to come around the world.

Now consider for a moment what has been set in ...

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