What Would Jesus Say after a Mass Murder?
by Steve Jones
INTRODUCTION: On Sunday, June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen entered into the ''The Pulse,'' a nightclub popular with Orlando's LGBT community. Mateen shot and killed 49 victims and wounded over 50 more. This attack was identified as the worst terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11. Many people have had many things to say following this mass murder. We've heard from presidents, presidential candidates, political parties, the FBI, gun rights groups, gun control groups, authors, talk radio hosts, etc. But the question I want us to consider today is, ''What would Jesus say?'' What would Jesus say after a mass murder?
Surviving the Storms of Life (3 of 5)
by Kerry Shook
But what you may not realize is that the storms of life are also rated by the wind speed. There is the Category 1 storm of life, The Pace of Life. Without any changes our lives are already at the Category 1 level of stress just because of the ordinary pace of everyday life. Most of us are already pretty stressed out because of the pace of our schedules. Without anything else added on, without any other...
Comfort in Tragedy
by Chris Walls
Death-it is a word that is not easily handled in our world. We are destined to be born, marry and then die. The pathway of our lives will be marked by many tombstones. Today is a day of joy and hope, despite what people might tell you or might want you to think. We associate death with tragedy and pain, with grief and sorrow. Well, as with many things in this...
Worshiping among the Ruins (1 of 3)
by Joe Alain
Introduction: When the twin towers and the pentagon were attacked on 9/11, the symbols of our national identity were attacked. It was as if all of us had been attacked. But we still had our faith and our places of worship. But what if the churches of our nation were destroyed? When Jerusalem was destroyed in...
On the Other Side of Tragedy
by Frank Pollard
It hadn't been a happy week. A flood, a creeping, quiet monster, had stolen homes and furnishings and businesses of many, the lives of some. A distraught man wrote from New Jersey telling me his wife had deserted him. We lost one of our best men to a heart attack. For twenty-five years I've watched people handle life's hurts. Being a pastor demands that you go...
There Really Was a Flood?
by Daniel Rodgers
ILLUS: On Tuesday, as I was reading the news, I came across this article in the Australian News: ''Biblical-style flood tore Britain from France'' Scientists have found that Britain owes its island status to a catastrophic flood that swept away in less than 24 hours the hills that once joined the land mass to France...
Tower of Freedom (1 of 4)
by Jeff Strite
Chuck (our worship leader) just sang Alan Jackson's song which asked where were you when the ''world stopped turning'', when the Twin Towers fell 10 years ago. Several of our people were visiting New York City and were trapped at Central Park, unable to tell quite what had happened, or knowing the full extent of the tragedy that took place that day. This weekend, our nation...
Terror in America
by Jerry Vines
Tuesday morning started off to be a beautiful, beautiful morning. The sun was shining. There was a soft breeze blowing. In New York and in Washington, just like in Jacksonville and Atlanta, parents were getting their children to school. Workers were getting that next cup of coffee, beginning the activities of the day. In Boston and Newark and Washington, just like in...
Blessed Are the Persecuted (9 of 26)
by Jonathan McLeod
Jesus began his Sermon on the Mount begins with the beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12). Are there eight or nine beatitudes? In my opinion there are eight beatitudes. The eighth beatitude is ''Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven'' (v. 10). Then in verses 11 and 12, Jesus talks more about persecution. D. A. Carson calls the beatitudes ''the norms...
Where Is God When Disaster Strikes? (7 of 11)
by Roger Thomas
We have all witnessed the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Rose and I had a special interest in those events as we watched them unfold last Monday. We were there a month ago. On July 31 when our family vacation ended, we decided to take a detour home. We drove across southern Alabama and Mississippi so we could see New Orleans for the first time. We stayed in...