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A Minister passing through his church

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2013 at 4:17 am

A Minister passing through his church*****
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>> *In the middle of the day,*****
>> *Decided to pause by the altar*****
>> *To see who came to pray.*****
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>> *Just then the back door opened,*****
>> *And a man came down the aisle,*****
>> *The minister frowned as he saw the man*****
>> *Hadn’t shaved in a while.*****
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>> *His shirt was torn and shabby,*****
>> *And his coat was worn and frayed,*****
>> *The man knelt down and bowed his head,*****
>> *Then rose and walked away.*****
>> *In the days that followed at precisely noon,*****
>> *The preacher saw this chap,*****
>> *Each time he knelt just for a moment,*****
>> *A lunch pail in his lap.*****
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>> *Well, the minister’s suspicions grew,*****
>> *With robbery a main fear,*****
>> *He decided to stop and ask the man,*****
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>> *’What are you doing here?’*****
>> *The old man said he was a factory worker*****
>> *And lunch was half an hour*****
>> *Lunchtime was his prayer time,*****
>> *For finding strength and power.*****
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>> *I stay only a moment*****
>> *Because the factory’s far away;*****
>> *As I kneel here talking to the Lord,*****
>> *This is kinda what I say:*****
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>> *’I Just Came By To Tell You, Lord,*****
>> *How Happy I Have Been,*****
>> *Since We Found Each Other’s Friendship*****
>> *And You Took Away My Sin.*****
>> *Don’t Know Much Of How To Pray,*****
>> *But I Think About You Every day.*****
>> *So, Jesus, This Is Ben,*****
>> *Just Checking In Today.’*****
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>> *The minister feeling foolish,*****
>> *Told Ben that it was fine.*****
>> *He told the man that he was welcome*****
>> *To pray there anytime.*****
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>> *’It’s time to go, and thanks,’ Ben said*****
>> *As he hurried to the door.*****
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>> *Then the minister knelt there at the altar,*****
>> *Which he’d never done before.*****
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>> *His cold heart melted, warmed with love,*****
>> *As he met with Jesus there.*****
>> *As the tears flowed down his cheeks,*****
>> *He repeated old Ben’s prayer:*****
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>> *’I Just Came By To Tell You, Lord,*****
>> *How Happy I’ve Been,*****
>> *Since We Found Each Other’s Friendship*****
>> *And You Took Away My Sin.*****
>> *I Don’t Know Much Of How To Pray,*****
>> *But I Think About You Every day.*****
>> *So, Jesus, This Is Me,*****
>> *Just Checking In Today.’*****
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>> *Past noon one day, the minister noticed*****
>> *That old Ben hadn’t come.*****
>> *As more days passed and still no Ben,*****
>> *He began to worry some.*****
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>> *At the factory, he asked about him,*****
>> *Learning he was ill.*****
>> *The hospital staff was worried,*****
>> *But he’d given them a thrill.*****
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>> *The week that Ben was with them,*****
>> *Brought changes in the ward.*****
>> *His smiles and joy contagious.*****
>> *Changed people were his reward.*****
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>> *The head nurse couldn’t understand*****
>> *Why Ben could be so glad,*****
>> *When no flowers, calls or cards came,*****
>> *Not a visitor he had.*****
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>> *The minister stayed by his bed,*****
>> *He voiced the nurse’s concern:*****
>> *No friends had come to show they cared.*****
>> *He had nowhere to turn.*****
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>> *Looking surprised, old Ben spoke up*****
>> *And with a winsome smile;*****
>> *’The nurse is wrong, she couldn’t know,*****
>> *He’s been here all the while.’*****
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>> *Every day at noon He comes here,*****
>> *A dear friend of mine, you see,*****
>> *He sits right down and takes my hand,*****
>> *Leans over and says to me:*****
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>> *’I Just Came By To Tell You, Ben,*****
>> *How Happy I Have Been,*****
>> *Since We Found This Friendship,*****
>> *And I Took Away Your Sin.*****
>> *I Think About You Always*****
>> *And I Love To Hear You Pray,*****
>> *And So Ben, This Is Jesus,*****
>> *Just Checking In Today.’*****
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>> *If this blesses you, pass it on. Many people*****
>> *will walk in and out of your life, but only*****
>> *true friends will leave footprints in your*****
>> *heart*****
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>> *May God hold you in the palm of His hand*****
>> *And Angels watch over you..*****
>> *Please pass this page on to your friends*****
>> *& loved ones. If you aren’t ashamed.*****

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Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2011 at 3:24 am

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Answer: This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Why should human beings (not eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, or omnipotent) expect to be able to fully understand God’s ways? The book of Job deals with this issue. God had allowed Satan to do everything he wanted to Job except kill him. What was Job’s reaction? “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Job did not understand why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was good and therefore continued to trust in Him. Ultimately, that should be our reaction as well.

Why do bad things happen to good people? The biblical answer is there are no “good” people. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that all of us are tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:8). Romans 3:10-18 could not be clearer about the non-existence of “good” people: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Every human being on this planet deserves to be thrown into hell at this very moment. Every second we spend alive is only by the grace and mercy of God. Even the most terrible misery we could experience on this planet is merciful compared to what we deserve, eternal hell in the lake of fire.

A better question would be “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the evil, wicked, sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves us. He loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will be forgiven and promised an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:1). What we deserve is hell. What we are given is eternal life in heaven if we come to Christ in faith.

Yes, sometimes bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, however, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. However, instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Recommended Resource: Wrestling with God: How Can I Love a God I’m Not Sure I Trust? by James Denison.
http://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good-people.html