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Living Out the Love of God in the Midst of Tragedy

10/03/2017 in General by Dean Kennedy   () comments


We've seen floods, earthquakes and wildfires amidst the simmering tensions of international nuclear confrontation.
Then Sunday evening Las Vegas experienced the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.  A man rich enough to have two planes and an arsenal of guns opened fire Sunday night from the upper floor of a luxury hotel, hitting or injuring hundreds of concertgoers across the street. As of Tuesday, 59 had died.

Country Music star Blake Shelton asked in a tweet - "What's next?" reflecting on the idea that no matter how bad things are, they can always get worse.

It would be easy to withdraw from the world .. to hide from the darkness.  To give up.  The needs are so great ... what could I possible do to arrest the drift.  As people of the Day, as people called to salt the earth - how do Christians respond?

Carey Nieuwhof is a pastor and he has rewritten an earlier blog post that gives perspective on living out the love of God when our hearts are shocked and breaking.  His words are a reminder that we are called to engage the world and not retreat.  We are empowered with the same power that spoke the world into existence, that set captives free, that healed the sick and cast out the darkness, and brought life to the dead.  
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