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Dec 16

Sunday Scripture: John 15:6-7

If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Free willThis verse it a nerve with me this week with so many tragedies in the news and so much craziness going on.  Being a school teacher and a parent the events that happened at Newtown Connecticut has and will be on mind for a very long time.  My heart goes out to every single one of them and since Friday afternoon when I first saw the news  I kept going back to any source I can trying to find what we probably all are looking for which are answers to why.  I read through the articles and then read the comments, and there are no answers that I could find other then there is evil out there.  Once I came to that conclusion my immediate question is to ask God why? 

When we are all hit with the reality that live is not fair, and no better proof then what happened to those innocent kids where do we turn.  I feel lost like I am sure so many others out there do when ever tragedies hit and we see real evil for what it is.  I then have to remember that we all have free will which is why evil is even in this world.  We all have to make the personal choice to either be a person who produces good fruit of the vine or are a piece of the vine that withers and is thrown into the fire.  It was God’s design not to make us into robots that do his bidding, but to give us free will to make or not to make the decision to follow Him.  A tragedy like the one in Newtown does not mean that God has forsaken us or as so many people have tried to point out about the shooting which is that God does not exist because how could God allow what happened.  I see it as our planet’s world’s ever constant war between the desires of the flesh and those of the Spirit. 

I picked John 15:6-7 as this week’s Sunday Scripture because it is an example of why the choice between the flesh and the Spirit is such an important one.

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