by Jeff Strite

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God Meant It for Good (4 of 4)
Series: The Mysteries of Egypt
Jeff Strite
Genesis 50:15-21

OPEN: On the night of December 9, 1914, Edison Industries was virtually destroyed by fire. Edison lost two million dollars that night and much of his life's work went up in flames. He was insured for only $238,000, because the buildings had been made of concrete, at that time thought to be fireproof.
(Edison's son) Charles was 24; Thomas was 67. The young man ran about frantically, trying to find his father. Finally he came upon him, standing near the fire, his face ruddy in the glow, his white hair blown by the December winds.
''My heart ached for him,'' Charles Edison said. ''he was 67 - no longer a young man - and everything was going up in flames.''
He spotted me. 'Charles,' he shouted, 'where's your mother?'
1 don't know, Dad,' I said.
'Find her. Bring her here. She will never see anything like this again as long as she lives.'''
The next morning, walking about the charred embers of all his hopes and dreams, Edison said,
''There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew
Three weeks after the fire, his firm delivered the first phonograph.
(Never Give Up by Tim Crosby, Copyright (c) 2001 by The Quiet Hour

All his mistakes were gone
He could start over again.

But not everyone believes that way
For example: Some people love to play God. Have you ever met anyone who likes to play God? (many raised their hands). Folks like this feel they have the authority to condemn others. They seem to be totally unwilling to let anyone ever turn their lives around/ start over again.

ILLUS: I was once visiting with some relatives when one person brought up how a preacher she knew was a hypocrite. He would be friendly and outgoing while talking to people in church, but in another organization he was part of, he was cold and impersonal - hardly said hello to anyone.
I tried to explain to ...

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