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CLARITY – 3-18-19 No Guarantee

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-18-19

No Guarantee

What’s Happening: “If it isn’t anti-American deaths (2,996 victims – so far – in 9/11 attacks), anti-Muslim deaths (50 killed in New Zealand last week), or just the ‘random’ (?) deaths of 3 shot on a tram (9 wounded, 3 seriously) yesterday in Utrecht, Holland  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-dutch-police-considering-terrorism-111545564.html), then it’s an unexpected crash of a 737 Max 8 (all killed) two of which occurred in Indonesia (in October) and last week (in Ethiopia). Life is fragile. Shoot, there were 37,133 highway deaths in 2017…and that was just in America!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Seems like death is all around. Good thing I don’t get out much.”

Biblical Response:  “Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee. Each year there are over 6,000 deaths from home accidents(in America). I guess when your time is up, it’s up. I’m not saying you shouldn’t exercise, eat healthfully, or avoid dangerous activities, but no amount of worry, fear, or preparation is going to forestall the inevitable. 100% of people alive today (barring Christ’s return) are going to die.”

“Christians? No doubt, we have the best deal going. Aren’t we  going to die? Sure, physical death…followed by a physical resurrection…’if it were not so’ He would have told us (John 14:2). Won’t there be pain? Maybe…but it’s only temporary…followed by bliss (2 Cor. 5:1-5).  Kind of makes you want to go home, huh? That’s why Paul was ambivalent (Phil. 1:23).

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, don’t let fear of dying cause us not to hear Your voice telling us which way to go … nor let us get too far ahead of You to be out of earshot; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY 8-31-18 Presumption

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-31-18

Presumption

 

What’s Happening:  “When Amy Moffat apparently fell asleep at the wheel last Sunday, rolling the F-150 that she and her newlywed husband (Stephen Graham) were in going to their honeymoon in Canada and killing them both, I’m sure she was surprised (https://www.yahoo.com/news/newlywed-couple-killed-crash-way-193756547.html).  Quoting from an article by his employer, ‘“It is incredible how fast time passes by. How we think that those we love will be there the next day. It is hard to reconcile that he is gone, but his life, his passing, and his love for his beautiful wife Amy will always symbolize for us to live life to the fullest, don’t take a day for granted, and love those around you deeply.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, there’s no guarantee of tomorrow (or of our kids’ or grandkids’ tomorrows – truly, they are only on loan). Their temporality in a fallen world is uncertain. Sometimes, we are stupid. Sometimes,  there is collateral damage to ours or others’ stupidity. These things are mostly unpredictable.”

 

“Christians? No less tragic is the unexpected (or even expected) death of a loved one…except a Christian knows this is not the end (1 John 2:17). Sure, temporality affects us all, but we have the assurance of eternity (John 6:54).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us not take anything for granted, least of all, tomorrow; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-12-18 You Never Know

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-12-18

 

You Never Know

 

What’s Happening:  “It’s been almost a week, but the tragedy is still palpable: Tony-Award-winning actress (2015 – The King and I) Ruthie Ann Miles, pregnant, and her two children, 4 and 1 (in a stroller), were struck by a car going through an intersection (in Brooklyn, New York), against the light. Ruthie is in critical condition in a nearby hospital and her kids were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car had had a seizure and wasn’t even aware of the accident (https://www.liftable.com/amandathomason/pregnant-tony-winning-actress-struck-car-age-4-daughter-age-1-toddler-dead/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriotupdate&utm_campaign=weeklyam&utm_content=libertyalliance). You just never know.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time!”

 

Biblical Response:  “True…I’m just thinking about a grieving father, a praying family. Tragedy is unpredictable. I’m sure Ruthie never dreamed she would be clinging to life or that her kids would  be in heaven today. We should all pray…and hold our kids a little closer.”

 

“Christians?  Sometimes we forget we live in a fallen world, subject to the life-taking forces of natural events. Sometimes, the unexpected happens. And sometimes, bad things happen to good people (Luke 13:4-5). This is not cause to doubt our faith or question a seemingly capricious God. He’s as upset about it as we are…He sure didn’t create things to go that way. Is He not then impotent? Nope. He was just serious when He gave Man dominion (Gen. 1:26). Thankfully, He took it back from the serpent Man had yielded it to by dying on the cross.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we pray for Ruthie and her family, we know (and rejoice) that her two children that died are now sitting on the Savior’s lap; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent